Tuesday, 29 November 2011

We've only just begun




Yep, the Expanse is now a year old, give or take. Thanks to Whisk for the reminder and the fine singing, and to everyone for the ongoing encouragement, for all the reading and commenting, especially the tough guys who've kept coming back since the early days.

There's no plan for any competition or giveaway right now, but it has got me looking at a regular more tangible gift over the long term I'm hoping will cover the interests of most. More on that as I get it, and soon if my recharged batteries are a guide to progress.

I'll be honest and say the fact of it being exactly one year hasn't got me too excited, and I've been far too distracted by one thing or another recently to really take it all in. That said, I have been looking back at the various series and projects and getting fired up all over again. Measured in posts and even useable material it's been a wild enough ride.

I've been thinking about putting links to the major strands in a single reference post, but that will have to wait for a while. For now, I've done some quick tieing up of a few loose ends behind the scenes and written up a long list of things I want to get round to at last.

Of the changes, two are more practical. For those who remember, and maybe more for those who don't, I finally got round to labelling the Deep thought Fridays, a series we can expect more of soon. I've also added a row to the graphic menu at the top of the right-hand sidebar for what's been getting the love recently, or will in the near future.

One of the older ideas I'm reworking quite heavily is the triffle, which for me is up there with propluristemic content and strange new worlds as key to the Expanse. It has real potential as a tool and I want to simplify the format, expand the scope and do it justice.

In the meantime I'll be doing some reading and posting a strange new worlds roundup.
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13 comments:

The Happy Whisk said...

Happy Blogger Birthday, Porky

Sidney Roundwood said...

Happy Birthday, Porky. You should know that The Expanse is a wonderful, inspirational site. It's pretty unique for a wargaming site. In fact sometimes I think it's almost as far as you can get from miniature wargaming (Deep Thought Fridays), and then sometimes it's totally in the middle of the hobby (Never Get Out the Boat). Othertimes, and these are the moments I love, it's just plain astonishing (Fire in the Sky, 23 June 2011). Whatever you do, wherever you go, please, please keep on posting. For the moments I totally get what you're talking about, and perhaps also for the moments when I start off having no clue where you're heading, it's deeply inspiring. Thanks for the first year.

Garrisonjames said...

Congratulations! May you never encounter the sort of technical difficulties some of us have run afoul of lately...
I'm looking forward to where you take things next.

Crockett said...

Yeah, well done! Thanks for all the links, support, and cool ideas. See ya 'round the blogosphere.

Trey said...

Congratulations! I look forward to more great stuff to come.

Ray Rousell said...

What Sidney said, I couldn't have put it any better!!
Here's to another year!!!

Jedediah said...

Happy Birthday :) I geratly enjoy comnig heer, it always gets me thinking and inspired. So I'm looking forward to the years to come.

Minitrol said...

I wandered to your blog three months ago impatiently waiting for my son top be born. The poster who left your link warned "Be wary. Once you enter the rabbit hole you might not emerge"

And at times this is true in eagerness I set up my RSS feed but sometimes I wont look at it for days as I know it's an investment in time.

Thanks Porky I have had some great epiphanies reading your site and it has encouraged me to start my own!

Minitrol NZ

The Angry Lurker said...

Congrats and Happy Birthday to one of the best blogs out here, you're stuff sometimes confounds me but always interests me though.

Porky said...

That's some response..! Thanks very much to you all for the kind words. I'm more than a bit lost for words in return, but you've given me a boost, not least to the ego! It's a big shove forwards, to keep it up and do it even better. It makes me happy to know it has a use and a point, and that you see it, and that even the days it's just too wacky don't put you off. Thanks very much again.

And to Minitrol, congratulations - that's a real adventure!

ArmChairGeneral said...

Happy Blog Birthday!

ArmChairGeneral said...

To celebrate you will have a review for WTNW Airships and Skypirates very soon!

Porky said...

Thanks - based on what I've seen and the series so far I'm looking forward to it.