Sprue Grey Toy Soliders in the digital age

I’m not going to bore you with the details of where my hobby is at. We all know by now.

In the meantime, I’ve been experementing and reading things DISTINCLY not hobby related. First and foremost, the awesome tutorial series on Creative Twilight about tuning the blog for Search Engine Optimisation.

It has helped me massively and forced me to rethink a few things about the blog and the way that I am approaching it.

However, Creative Twilight also got me to thinking about how to get more exposure for other hobby blogs, not just my own. I started looking up phrases like social networking, content curation and other non-hobby related words.

I have a massive blog roll to regularly read through and a share awesome blog posts I’ve found.

With the demise of Google Reader, those of us old enough to remember RSS (when I grew up we only had RSS, but we were happy) were a little hard up for programs to aggregate feeds. After a lot of searching for an online RSS reader I eventually found:

  • Feedly
    Feedly is a news aggregator application. It has a versions for both web browsers and mobile devices. Feedly is characterised by its simple design and and easily personalised interface. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others.

Although you can put RSS into most email clients like Thunderbird, Outlook etc, Feedly offered a purely online service that was more convenient when travelling on the train or away from my normal computer.

Onto the other part of blogging, content curation. Or, sharing stuff with people.

I have a presence on all the big social networking sites:

But what about content sharing? Blogrolls on people’s website is a great way to start. I have also found the following services as well to increase the profile of Sprue Grey Toy Soldiers.

Am I missing any?

I have also been dabbling in online publshing and have successfully published my first ebook on Kobo, Amazon and Gumroad:

Why am I doing all this?
Ideally it’s to increase my profile online.
I’d like to be able to do this for a living.
I have a couple of ideas that I want to make sure have the best chance to succeed when I release them. If I can get the processes in place, I can spend more time (hobbying) and generating the content to go into the processes.
I’m also constantly impressed by the hobby output of other people and someone will have the answer to a problem I have been having, for example, Broken Paintbrush pointing me in the direction of Trello.

Along the way, I am collecting and sharing content that I find, for my own reference mostly, but to also help your blog get some more views as well.