Friday, July 24, 2015

Labelling of Blog Entries Is Completed

I have gone through over 900 blog posts going back to August 2007, when I started this blog, and entered topic labels for every single posting. YIKES! that was a lot of work.

I then posted the 26 most popular topics in the column on the left side of this page. So if, for example, you wanted to see everything on this blog about Prussian cavalry, you would click on the link for Prussian SYW Army and that would cause every related post to show up on your screen. Then you would scroll down through the posts until you found one with a Prussian Cavalry label, click "Prussian Cavalry", and then all of the posts related to Prussian cavalry would be at your fingertips.

I can add more topics to the list, because everything now has a label, I just didn't want the list of labels to get too long.

Followers Wanted
I was hoping that the increase in blogging output would attract a few more followers  to this blog. I actually lost one follower today (sigh). I am targeting 500 followers as my goal. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, then why not click on the Follow This Blog link on this page and become a follower .

Comments Are Appreciated Too
I can track statistics that tell me how many visitors I have each day, but the thing that I really enjoy is reading comments that visitors leave on the blog. I encourage everyone to leave a comment on a topic from time to time, even if it is just to say Hello. A lot of times I post information in the comment responses that does not appear on the main page, so you could be missing some good information.

What's Next?
I have been working on my 1:20 Minden Austrian and Prussian armies so that I can run a Kolin game at next year's SYWA convention in March 2016 in South Bend. I will be reporting more on this topic in the coming days and weeks.

In the near term, I want to set up a Chotositz scenario and play a solo game. Hohenfriedburg and Soor are also candidates for solo play treatment in 2015. In other words, I want to play more wargames in 2015, be it solo games or games with the Brown Deer group. Solo games give me the opportunity to try out scenario ideas or experiment with rules changes.

AWI Hessian Update
We should be seeing the greens for the Hessian infantry within a couple of weeks, which would be my best guess. I am looking forward to seeing what Richard will come up with this time. Stay tuned for more information.

Big Battalion Game "Label"
In going through all of the old posts these past few days, I found some awesome pictures from the Battle of Schaumburg in October 2009. Click on "Big Battalion Game" label on the left side of this page to relive some of these battles. It is worth the extra couple of clicks. We are starting plans to host another huge multiplayer Big Battalion Game, probably in May 2016.

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to label your posts, as it will now allow me to peruse your posts at my leisure. I've been able to play plenty of games this year for once, but at the same time very little painting has been done due to work pressures. Well we can't have it all I suppose...

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  2. Well done on getting all that work done. I've tried labelling all my blog posts, but it proved such a chore that I lost patience with it.

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    1. Even I was having trouble finding things, so this compelled me to grab the bull by the horns and do the project over several days. It was worth the effort.

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  3. I'm happy to sign up as a follower of the blog. I check it daily, yet I've never thought to sign in.

    And that's great news about the hessians. I've been looking forward to these since the kickstarter. An hints as to what we can expect in this wave? All musketeers or grenadiers too? Marching or firing or charging or a mix?

    Thanks anyways for the great blog,

    Rob Kenny

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    1. There will be musketeers and grenadiers, both firing line and marching poses, in the first batch of Hessians. Thank you for becoming a Follower. :)

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  4. Thank you very much for slogging through the huge task of labeling!

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  5. DAF,

    Maybe you can't answer this publicly, but it would be nice if you could sell Crann Tara's line here in the U.S. Their new WAS figures would mix well with many of the Minden French and Austrians.

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    1. We are working on such an arrangement as it makes logical sense.

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  6. Updating labels on old posts is a task. Updating labels on 900 postings is a major effort. Well worth the effort, I think.

    Very good point about reading comments. Some of the more lucid thoughts and revelations by both blogger and reader are tucked away in these missives and add greatly to the original post.

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  7. Great work on the labelling.

    I really enjoy your blog and this makes it easier to find and go back to posts I have seen in the past.
    Thanks
    Richard

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  8. Excellent job Jim. This will make it very easy to find those gems of yours, which in truth, are all your posts. Good luck on your goals mate as I am sure they will be met easily. Great, great blog!

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  9. Thank you Jim, the indexing of posts is appreciated. I have takan inspration from your post over the last several years.
    A second here on availability of Crann Tara here in the States.
    Regards.

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  10. Jim,

    I'm certain someone else has asked at some point, but might it be possible to used the forthcoming Hessians as Prussians (or the soldiers of Prussia's allies) in a 1750s-60s Central European context?

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Absolutely yes! The Hessians look exactly like Prussians, but without mustaches . I plan on using the firing line figures as Prussians.

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    2. That's great news on the Hessians! I was hoping to use them for SYW.

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  11. Thanks, Jim, for the effort you made in indexing your old posts. Your site is a bit of an encyclopedia, reference and eye-candy-shop all rolled into one for me. The index is a big help navigating it. The fellow who dropped off is barking mad!

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  12. Hi Jim. This is invaluable and I am very pleased you have done this. If more bloggers did this we would have a much more usable Web. Keep up the good work.

    p.s. I see that you aren't down to come over for AMG 16 perhaps we should try and organise a trip over to see you!

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  13. Well done, good sir. I rather abandoned my blogs for more years than I realized until I decided to chronicle some of my new efforts to get something for AK-47 Republic Classic and saw how long it had been since I posted. One of these days I still hope that life and finance will permit me to attend a Big Battalions game and meet everyone in person.

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