Today we have a very compelling and promising guest post from Adam Smith:
Warhammer 40K fans, I'd like to share some info with guys about a new
website project I'm working on -and it's pretty big. Really big infact.
Now I'm a big fan of the 40K blogosphere and personally I prefer following the blogs to trawling through the forums.
Only problem is, I've found myself struggling to find the good stuff this year and it's for 2 reasons.
1) From The Warp stopped being the hub of 40K blogging
I used to be able to find loads of great stuff on From The Warp's
blogrolls from really obscure little blogs, but very talented bloggers
non the less.
I understand that all these blogrolls became too much for From The Warp to manage.
2) Bell of Lost Souls changed how they manage their blogrolls
One upon a time everyone and his dog could get on the BoLS blogroll.
Then after a couple of overhauls, only the small blogs that don't post
very often were allowed on the blogroll, while only the big sites were
allowed on the Elite Blogroll, provided you wrote content for BoLS of
And that kind of screws over all the medium blogs in the middle and kind of holds the bigger blogs to ransom.
It's tough for new bloggers
While there are other 40K blog hubs out there, they don't drive anywhere near as much traffic as these two sites did.
Because of FTW and BoLS not serving the community as they once did,
getting 'discovered' in the blogosphere is really hard for new bloggers
Don't get me wrong, I've found some truly amazing stuff by trawling
through the blogosphere, but I've had to do some major blogroll
trawling, Google image searching, you name it.
It's tough for readers
I think I'm subscribed via RSS Feed to about 8 blogs, because they're
the big ones that update regularly. And that's simply because it's
convenient. I don't have time to trawl the blogrolls all the time.
But in an ideal world, we'd want to see all the best bits from the entire blogosphere without having to dig for it, right?
That means we'd be able to find great painting guides, conversions or
battle reports from absolutely anyone. Not just the big blogs that
update all the time.
Alright, alright. You're probably thinking that I'm going to create another 40K blog hub, well, you'd be have half way right.
What's going to make this blog hub as good as From The Warp back in it's
hay day and better than all the other hubs and networks that have
sprung up over the past year or so?
Two things actually:
1) Readers will be able to read and filter articles from the blogosphere without blogrolls
That means any blogger's articles can be found, so your blog doesn't need to be as big as Fritz40K for people to read you.
2) The site will rank in the top 3 Google search results for Warhammer 40K, 40K and all of the Warhammer 40K races.
Yes, that is a BOLD statement. But as some of you may know, I work in
Search Engine Optimisation as the Link Building & Content Manager
for a leading agency in the UK. It's going to take some hard work, but
But what it means is that the site will get lots of exposure from all
the rankings, loads of traffic and as a result the blogs will receive
far more visitors, subscribers, etc.
Meanwhile, my girlfriend is incredibly technical and will be bringing my
creative concepts to life in simple, fast loading functionality for you
This is a real top-level explanation of what we're up to. I didn't want
to delve too deeply into the details and there's loads more stuff that
this website will do for the online community. This is the real tip of
the ice berg.
If you have any questions, I'd love to answer them! It's probably best
that I explain all my reasons for creating something for the community
in the Comments below rather than fill up this article with personal
But for now if you could head over to my old 40K blog and bookmark or follow it, we'll keep you up to date with all the developments right up to the big launch in January!
And I just wanted to say "thank you" for all your years of kindness and suppport.