The humble old Tears of Isstvan blog has been receiving a bit of attention of late. This weekend I passed my 19,000 viewer mark, my follower numbers have increased, and I've noticed that traffic has started to come from a variety of previously unknown sources. Initially, I put most of this down to my coverage of some Blanchitsu I'd been privy to, and my reports from the Yggdrassilium and Inqvitational games that I'd been invited to take part in. However, I've discovered it's not only been due to these articles: I've found my own witterings sparking debate on Australian painting forums about the future of miniature painting, being referenced on odd forums dotted around the margins of the hobby, and today I'm incredibly flattered to discover that I'd been nominated for a Liebster award by the formidable James S at Warp Signal. As this has followed on the heels of the extraordinary write-up from the Spiky Rat Pack 'golden age' blog round-up, I'm more than a little overwhelmed.
I've been incredibly fortunate over the past year to not only befriend a hero, but have found myself becoming swept up in, and documenting, a genuine renaissance of miniature gaming, modelling, thinking and aesthetics alongside some of the finest practitioners in the world. I sometimes have to pinch myself that I've been charged with giving narratives to Jakob Nielsen's miniatures, spent afternoons talking to Andy Hoare about the machinations of various Inquisitorial factions, gamed on some of the most incredible terrain I've ever encountered, as well as meeting so many others whose work I'd admired on forums and blogs.
When I first started Isstvan (or rather, when I shifted it into a blog about the culture of wargaming), I wasn't sure that there were many people left out there that would understand what I was trying to do, or appreciate my particularly skewed and somewhat selective perceptions. That these (often non-linear) meanderings have been so well received is really, genuinely humbling. In many ways, I'm not entirely sure what it is that people like about the blog: there's often so little of my own work in here (due to the slow haphazard progress I make in creating things), but I seem to be doing something right. I'm aware that the blog isn't a typical one: I don't churn out tutorials, or finished miniatures, or completed projects, or even necessarily clear or coherent thoughts.
I don't even know exactly what it is sometimes, but I'm glad its being enjoyed.
And thank you: the attention and appreciation for my thoughts and perceptions is gratefully received and I'm honoured that some people are finding something of worth in here to take with them elsewhere.