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Sep. 1st, 2015

11:45 am - Shameless plug for my blog/site/tutorial thingy

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About 18 months ago, I decided it was time to make a proper blog for my making stuff stuff, since it was getting to be such a big part of my life.  So I quietly set about figuring out how to use Wordpress, getting plugins and whatnot together, deciding on a style* and beginning to upload content.

Fact is I haven't even come close to uploading all the historical content I have, but I'm quite good at updating with my latest work so it has fairly regular posts and new pages being added all the time - particularly tutorials.

Here it is if you're interested - I Make Stuff.

saarebas

My competition costume for Auckland Armageddon last year,
Saarebas from Dragon Age 2

That picture was published on the day my site had the most views ever, because it was featured on some obscure Italian cosplay site.  375 whole views! In one day!

I don't really look at the site stats very often, because I'm not out to make money, don't host any advertising, don't really promote it, and don't care all that much. It's more of a repository for my WIP shots and tutorials that I can  point people to when they ask me questions than anything else.  Despite that, it seems to consistently get about 40 unique visitors and about 60 views a day.  Not exactly fame or fortune, but given that I'm just some random cosplayer from Nowheresville, it's a little gratifying that people actually go look.

By far the most popular page is the tutorial for the Grey Warden costume (the costume in my icon, can be seen fully here).  Partly I think because it's the least obscure costume I've made, and partly because it was featured on CosplayTutorials.

And it's had over 11,000 visitors since I started it.  Again, I'm not about to start my own fan club, but it's nice to think people are getting something out of my ramblings.  I guess I'll keep doing it then.  And maybe one day if I open up commissions, it'll come in handy to have it be a little bit known among obscure nerds.

* I don't really have any style and my blog looks oldfashioned but I don't care.

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From:fbhjr
Date:September 1st, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
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Very cool!

The stuff you make looks amazing!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2015 02:59 am (UTC)
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Thank you! ;-)
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From:adam_0oo
Date:September 1st, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
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Hey now, good for you!

Also, as I ever so slowly go through the DA games, your costumes make more and more sense.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2015 02:58 am (UTC)
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I couldn't find any costumes in Inquisition that did it for me. I'm giving it a few months and another playthrough to be sure, but I think DA2 has the best costumes, and my next cosplay is likely to be Doof Warrior from MMFR.

That will make three costumes in a row that are masked and creepy. Excellent.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:September 3rd, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC)
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I was surprised how fast...mask and chains and horns guy died actually, considering how attached you were to him. But he had a great character arc and costume and I suppose maybe I could make him live longer next time if I make different choices?


DOOF WARRIOR!. I might be a War Boy.

Masks are great for cosplay, not so great for Halloween Parties, where nobody can recognize you or hear you and I can't drink. I love full face mask costumes, so I am torn.
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From:meathiel
Date:September 1st, 2015 07:18 am (UTC)
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I think it's a good idea to have it all on one page. And I actually like the simple layout ...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2015 07:43 am (UTC)
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That's what appealed to me too. And I like the magazine style front page too. :)
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From:clevermanka
Date:September 1st, 2015 01:56 pm (UTC)
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You're incredibly skilled! These costumes are beautiful.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! It's a labour of love really, I just really enjoy doing it. ;-)
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From:warriorsavant
Date:September 1st, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Cool stuff.
Simple layouts are always better. You want ppl to appreciate your costume skills, not the complexity of your webpage.

Edited at 2015-09-01 04:01 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
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That's true. I didn't want anything too cluttered because my pictures are generally pretty full of stuff anyway!
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