“Napoleonic Wargaming” was my first blog. I started it in March 2009 as a record of my wargaming activities. I had no knowledge of blogging, other than having read a few blogs online.
When we moved to Spain in 2006 I had a whole new wargame project planned. I had decided not to buy or paint any more figures. Instead I would now wargame with them. The new project would require that I reorganised all of my 28mm, 18mm and 6mm armies into armies representing all of the major powers of the Napoleonic Wars. There would be an Austrian, British/Portuguese, Prussian, Russian and Spanish army. Plus five French and allied armies.
By 2009 the reorganisation was completed and I was planning a comprehensive wargame campaign which would provide battles to wargame. I was also writing new wargame and campaign rules.
I wanted to record the progress of this project, and a blog seemed like a good way to do it. I would have a permanent record and could make it available to other interested parties as it would be online.
I wanted the blog to cover all aspects of my wargame activities, but I also wanted to be able to recover each entry in the future. So I needed some sort of index. I found that other bloggers were very helpful and full of useful suggestions.
I did not have any clear plan of how often to publish, but I see that in the first nine months I posted 140 entries. This would remain by far the highest number of annual posts.
Over the next three years the numbers decreased until 2013 when they settled on 52. A weekly post would become the norm.
Most of the posts would concern the campaign, its organisation and progress. But there would also be a section devoted to scenery plus reference to my other blogs as they appeared.
My posts have never resulted in much comment. I am not sure why this should be so. I would have thought that most of what I posted was of general interest. Particularly scenery, campaign and wargame rules, and visits to battlefields. However I was aware from reading other Blogs that this was not unusual, and I was not particularly discouraged by it.
I soon discovered Amazing Counters, which allowed me to record all visits to my blog, and to exclude my own. This was a great encouragement as I could see on a daily basis how many people had read my comments. Unfortunately they seem to have disappeared lately, and I do miss being able to check my visit numbers. Perhaps I will have a search on the web for a replacement.
Meanwhile I discovered that the blog itself generates a record of visits. I am not sure whether this includes my own or not. However I am quite impressed that the current number is 228562.
Even more supportive is the number of Followers. It is quite a responsibility to know that 115 people bother to read my comments. It also makes me quite determined to post regularly. It suits me to post each week, but I am also encouraged as I do not want to disappoint those who take the trouble to check what I am doing.
“Napoleonic Wargaming” would be the start of many blogs, and I will look at another one next week.