From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
Most articles on this blog are part of a series in some way. For most articles, you wouldn’t know it by reading them.
Yesterday’s article on my painted Numinous Occulum was article 21 in my series of tabletop terrain painting. This morning’s Bones’ update was article 62 in that series, but would you know it by reading?
Whether and how my articles are connecting is something that I have been considering recently. In a typical week, the list of most-read articles looks something like this:
Unlike my other articles, the classic game walkthrough articles are each clearly part of a series. It makes sense both for me to clearly number each part, and also to have them link to one another. When you complete part 6, there’s a link to take you to part 7, and so on.
So far, so ordinary. But I also considered that if someone were to randomly get to that part 6 via a Google or similar search, the article makes it clear they are looking at part of a series, and easy to navigate through to what they want.
My other articles typically don’t do this.
In a recent creative break I made banners for my Explore MtG art series. They are fairly crude. I simply opened an image in Paint 3D, typed the artist’s name over the art using a contrasting colour, and then used the snipping tool to create a rectangle that I thought would fit reasonably well on the page.
So far, so basic. Simple as they are, it took some time to get the banners into each article, manually add links to them, and so on.
I started to think about other article series, especially the various miniature painting projects that are the genesis of this blog and still the core of it for me. These articles aren’t well connected to one another.
Banners like the one above, linking the reader to the previous and next painting project might liven things up a bit and make the blog easier to navigate for someone who enters on a ‘random’ article.
Something like this might encourage more reading than relying on the random three articles WordPress chooses to show.
If I go ahead, it won’t happen overnight, or even in a month. It’s a fairly time-consuming task, but I think it would be worthwhile on some of my longer projects – so the terrain, Bones, Plague Marines, and a few others.