It’s Been A Good Run

It’s time for a long, serious, big announcement. The short version is this: I’m going to be stopping new posts on the Creative Corner and focusing all my blogging energy on Fuldapocalypse now.

For the longer explanation…

 

As I’ve said many times, Fuldapocalypse has grown and developed beyond my wildest expectations. It started off as me trying to give Team Yankee/Red Storm Rising/The War That Never Was-style conventional Soviet/American-WWIII fiction a clearer look.

Of course, I quickly started burning out and read another cheap thriller, setting the stage to read more than that, which made Fuldapocalypse more and more of a general fiction blog, which meant that Fuldapocalypse took up more and more and more and more and more “jurisdiction” from this blog. And more motivation.

I’m not sure what this means for search engines. I’m not sure what this means for followers. It’s just that what started out as a small side project suddenly mushroomed. And it worked amazingly. But it’s also kind of split everything awkwardly among two blogs. And Fuldapocalypse has just taken up more and more of everything.

This is a problem because one of the reasons why I started Fuldapocalypse was so that the Creative Corner wouldn’t get clogged up with a lot of review posts around the “miscellaneous miscellany”. However…

  1. Fuldapocalypse has become a general fiction blog with some historical sidenotes.
  2. So was the Creative Corner, all things considered. I’ve made the occasional personal post, but as it’s the kind of thing I’m understandably hesitant to do on the internet, it had become fiction-centric by the time I started a separate blog.

So I have this feeling of competing against myself that’s grown and grown as the months and now years have gone on. I’ve entertained thoughts like “Oh, I’ll put fiction reviews on Fuldapocalypse and nonfiction stuff on the creative corner”. But it all seemed forced and arbitrary. Even when-arguably especially when-I actually posted it.

Juggling two blogs wasn’t the biggest problem in the world, but it still came across as more trouble than it was frequently worth. On the Creative Corner, I commented on history (often military history), wargaming, and fiction. Now on Fuldapocalypse I comment on history, wargaming, and fiction with considerably more enthusiasm. When I put the “Weird Wargaming” on Fuldapocalypse and not here, I felt that it was the last straw.

So with a heavy heart, I’m hereby closing the doors on the Creative Corner. It is NOT being deleted, I must emphasize. It’s staying up as an archive. But I just want to go to the place with more focus and more momentum in my mind.

It’s been a good four and a half year run. This has gotten me used to running a blog. This has gotten me the fun and experience of speaking my mind on everything from history to silly fighting games.

To everyone who’s read and commented on this blog, thank you.

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And this blog goes into the sunset.

 

 

Blog Plans/Schedule

I actually have a backlog of blog posts here and in Fuldapocalypse. While the latter blog has been a success, I’ve found “juggling” the time and place of posts between them in a place that feels comfortable for me to sometimes be an issue.

So starting this coming Sunday and at least continuing for the rest of February, I’m starting a formal plan of alternating days. Fuldapocalypse content will be on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Creative Corner content will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Saturday is for resting, gap-filling, or special stuff.

A major blog announcement

So, you may have noticed that the blog has changed a lot. I have a few reasons for this. When I started up this blog almost three years ago, the minimalist theme worked very well. But I’ve felt it has outgrown that.

I’ve set up the Fuldapocalypse Fiction blog to provide more structured, less cluttered reviews. The first such review there is of Bob Forrest-Webb’s Chieftains, a classic tank novel. More are coming-many more.

Setting that up, I liked the theme and felt it was time to do the much-needed revamp of the Creative Corner. So I’ll be tinkering with the site, fair warning if anything changes. In the meantime, enjoy the new Coiler’s Creative Corner. The cars in the header are the notoriously “quirky” Fiat Multipla‘s. I figured they suited a quirky blog.

So I’m excited about this change. It was easier than I thought, and it’s been long overdue.