FTW, a look at the first year

I started this as something I was going to toss in the promo section but after typing for 5 minutes, I realised it needed it's own post.

If memory serves me correct, FTW is coming up on it's first birthday (it's June I think maybe). Seems like so long ago when I look back, but it's been well worth it.

Just like any good Space Marine Chapter, the origins of FTW are shrouded in mystery and controversy. I consider myself very fortunate to have FTW where it's at now. I owe the success of this blog to every member of the FTW Blogger Group, every person who has commented and every person who has submitted something or emailed me with their thoughts.
I couldn't possibly begin to thank everyone else who has had a hand in helping me.

I originally started out just wanting to share the 40k stuff that I was doing. As I got back into the hobby and blogging more and more, FTW grew. Then it reached it's breaking point, too much too fast I suppose. But out of the ashes rose a new, better FTW.

It's been a struggle. I won't lie when I tell you that it's been hard to keep FTW on track some times. When I started the FTW Blogger Group, I said the purpose was this:

The FtW Blogger Group is a group of bloggers who share the same idea of promoting Warhammer 40k and the hobby through our individual 40k blogs.

This is true today, just as it was on the first day. As FTW continues to grow, I am constantly working to keep it on track with it's original purpose. I've made some changes recently and I wanted to let you guys know what's going on.

Things Added:
+ I've added a Recent Comments section for readers to follow what's getting talked about. It's one more way for readers to see what going on at a glance.
+ I also added a Followers widget again as a small way of saying thanks to those readers who follow FTW.
+ Collaborative Posts. These are going to continue and become a bigger part of FTW. I think these make great resources for anyone looking for information on a topic. The amount of expertise in the FTW Blogger Group is amazing.

Things Removed:
+ This has been the hard part. The focus of FTW is to promote the hobby and others blogs. As individual bloggers, we all have certain things we cover and certain things we don't.
+ The Battle Reports and Editorial articles have been taken down. Most of what the members of the FTW Blogger Group cover is modeling and painting and this is where FTW really shines I believe. In collecting those type of articles from members and networking it all together for all readers.
It's hard not to want to collect all kinds of things and have a little bit of everything to check out but I think staying focused on certain things will only help FTW in the long run.

I have to remind myself that there are many other blogs and sites out there that cover those things much better than I possibly could hope to.

Goals:
+ To improve the FTW site so that's it's easier to read and access information.
+ To focus FTW as a "jumping point" or portal for 40k blogs.
+ To continue to promote members contributions to FTW and their respective blogs above and beyond the FTW Blogroll.
+ To continue to collect the wisdom of the members of the FTW Blogger Group in things like Collaborative Posts and other ways.
+ To show you guys some of the modeling and painting work I'm doing.

It looks like it's going to be another great year for FTW. I just want to thank everyone who has been involved so far and hope that next year we can make FTW even better.

Thanks folks!

UPDATE: This post is fairly old and FTW has since experienced a number of changes. Sometimes it's nice to look back at where you came from and where you're going.


Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!

15 comments:

  1. Happy birthday FtW!!!
    Keep up the good work Ron :)

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  2. Cheers to everyone for a job well done and many thanks to Ron for making it all possible. :D

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  3. Ron, Ive only been blogging since early March but I enjoy it so much! Your blog is a great inspiration in its own right and also in its content, people can find everything they need here!

    Keep up the great work... I cant believe its only a year old!!! Imagine 20 years from now.......

    Also Iv done a little shotgun tutorial if you'd like to post it: http://cadian8th.blogspot.com/2009/04/017-bitzbox-shotguns-tutorial.html

    Cheers for all the hard work you put in for our reading delight!
    Craig @ cadian8th

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  4. Thanks guys... and tutorial added.

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  5. Ron

    Thanks for all the hard work. I really like where FtW has gone in the new year. And I do use it as my prime portal to the 40K Blogosphere.

    Brad

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  6. Thank you for all your hard work Ron, without From the Warp, many of our blogs would just be obscured deep in the depths of the internet (wandering around aimlessly in a series of tubes invented by Al Gore :p)

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  7. FtW has helped me find a lot of readers, and a lot of things to read! I still think the best part is that inspiration flows freely in both directions for bloggers, especially FtW bloggers!

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  8. Nice! Thanks for all your work - FtW is fantastic, and just keeps getting better...

    It's my first stop for 40k-related goodness!

    Cheers,
    Mordian7th

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  9. Hear, hear - Hippy Bathday FTW...

    I just realised FTW is WTF backwards - is this intentional?

    Keep up the good work Ron and here's to your roof getting fixed!

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  10. WTF FTW! I was reading Ron's blog and then ended up in the same city as him.. I walked into Game Vault and was like 'I've seen these buildings before' (regarding a few of Ron's terrain pieces)

    anyways, I'm glad FTW is here,, really pushed me to get a lil fledgling blog going. keep it up guys.. I don't comment all the time but FTW is an awesome time killer when I need to knock off a few minutes.

    bless!

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  11. suneokun: Accidental... unfortunately.
    And the roof is fixed but now I have drywall work to do inside.

    Thanks for all the kind words guys, tomorrow it's back to work.

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  12. I appreciate being a part of the FTW group!

    I'm glad I wandered in here once when checking BoLS.

    I like the idea of the FTW collective better.

    and as for FTW WTF?!?
    I thought for a while it was the "For The Win" now I know it's not all about winning here in the gang of FTW.

    peace,
    Farmpunk

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  13. Hey, I thought it stood for For The Win as well! Still catch myself thinking that every so often... hope that the Commissar of Fun doesn't find out.

    Wow, only 1 year old? I seem to have started my 40k addiction at just the right moment to catch on to a lot of the online community starting to form outside the forums. Go me!

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  14. I check here almost daily. So many great ideas laid out in such a well organized way. I've only been visiting a couple months, but it's added so much to my modeling skills. Couldn't have done it so quickly without FTW!

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  15. Happy Birthday FtW!!
    You've done such a terrific job with FtW Ron, I don't know where to begin :)
    Best wishes to all the FtW community for another great year!

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