Today's update isn't of the normal sort. Instead, I have some interesting findings based on a nostalgia pang which has been hanging over me recently.
Tau were my first 40K army, and it has been approximately 10 years since I actually took enough interest in my collection to start playing full size games and accumulating a large enough force to actually craft a list, rather than just fielding all of my models. I don't have many (if any) pictures from when I first started 40K, but I do
have pictures from when I first started here at ATT.
In fact, I have entire threads.
It's fun to look at where you've been and see the progress made, and my tenure here at ATT has been nothing short of amazing for developing my hobby skills and pushing me beyond my previous limits.
I have some images, and also some statistics about my threads over the past 7+ years.
For starters, let's take a look at the beginning.
I began my Tau as a clean and simple scheme loosely based on the Sa'Cea scheme in the 4th edition Tau Codex. In my local hobby scene they were considered well painted at the time. Once I joined ATT, however, I came to appreciate just how much I had to learn (and how badly I needed a real
The first thing I did to try and update my Tau was to try my hand at weathering. Some of the techniques I learned there I still use to this day, others not so much.
I was heavily influenced by Jordtron's weathered Farsight Enclaves army
, and tried to emulate it without really understanding how it worked.
Interestingly enough, my younger self was quite proud of these models, though I cringe when I look back upon them.
I made some minor improvements over the next 2 years, most of which were documented in my 40k blog
. I tried some new things, and generally updated the thread with my hobby workings as they happened. It was a period of generally low self-esteem for young Arrow, and I stopped updating the log in September of 2010. Despite this, it remains to this day my most posted thread, and my thread with the most views at nearly 58,000 as of writing. This is the metric against which I measure myself, and my current Fio log.
It was in this log that I started really exploring the world of conversions and experimenting with better and better painting methods. It is also where the term Mangohead
was coined, for those of you familiar with the project.
It wasn't until 2012 that I think my skills really began to develop. I consider this diorama to really be the turning point for me. It's also when my force began to take on a less weathered overall look, with vehicles having some directional weathering and occasional models having bullet damage or chipped paint, but the majority of the force looking clean on the tabletop.
Of course, from there it wasn't long until I reached where I am today. Always growing, always learning, and always pleased when I overcome new hurdles.
Now to talk statistics, because in both post count and my most posted thread, this Fio log is finally about to overtake my 7+ year old 40k blog, which is a thread I had considered deleting altogether in the past but decided to leave alone. I took data points two weeks ago, and again today to evaluate long-term and short-term trends.
Some interesting things I found when crunching the numbers:
Total views per day is an interesting statistic. My old 40k blog is averaging 21.32 views per day, which I initially thought was a dropping value because the blog hasn't been updated in 6 years. I assumed that the views were falling off and it was initially just very popular in the beginning. This is actually not the case, as 2 weeks ago it was averaging 21.25 views per day so the views are actually going up. This is much more apparent in the short term, where it is actually averaging 30.89 views per day. I don't know why, but that old thread is apparently a hobby resource for someone.
My current thread, by comparison, is averaging 12.08 views per day. This is up by 1.01 since 2 weeks ago when it was averaging 11.07 views per day. This is due to the 2 week average views being an astounding 77.17 views per day! This thread obviously dropped off the radar as I stopped updating it for a while, but has seen a resurgence of interest beyond anything I had imagined in the meantime. The only recent threads I know of which are getting more hits per day are contest related.
Another statistic I checked out is a measure of how engaged the community is with my thread. How I determined that is what percentage of total posts are my posts. In the old thread my posts were 47.47% of posts, while in this new thread my posts represent 45.77% of all posts. It's a pretty similar statistic, which shows that the community is about equally engaged with this thread as it was with my old thread. My posts are matched on average 1 for 1.
Based on the current trends, this thread will overtake my other thread in all areas eventually, but it'll take a while. It's about to be my most posted thread, but it will be some time before it becomes my most viewed thread. At the current rate of daily pageviews it will take 932 days for this Fio log to overtake my old 40k blog for most views. That means that it would overtake on April 24th, 2019 (making the thread 578 days younger than my old thread is right now), and the total post count would be 86,176 views in each thread at the time of overtake - not a bad number of views.
Anyway, enjoy the statistics and history if you're into that sort of thing. Happy voting week everyone!