The best of the series, don't argue with me.
This is an expensive hobby and up until recently I vaguely thought that one day, I'd get around to flogging some of my stuff on e-bay to help fund it. And maybe on some magical day when we discover that there really are Unicorns, someone will ask me to paint some miniatures for them. But the deeper I get into it, the more I want to buy and the more costly it becomes. It was time to have specific goals and then create plans to achieve them. But I had no idea where to begin.
Until I took an online course at Udemy, taught by Patrick Hatt that teaches the fine art of platforming oneself on social media. I took everything I learned there and applied it strictly to the gaming community. I immediately realized that I would never be able to sell any figures if no one knows who I am. Further, if the only people who know who I am are talented painters then I am not reaching potential buyers. And thus began my campaign to get my work "out there" where as many gamers as possible could see it.
I know some of you have seen me on a few gaming forums posting like a madwoman. I've been known to have two threads going on two or more forums at the same time. I was not prepared for the response I got. Some of that response is evident in the number of pageviews I now have. At the time of this writing, I had 217,000 pageviews. God only know how many there are now. I have also gained 25 new followers, all of whom are gamers.
I was also completely unaware that sculptors hung out on those forums until I got PM's from two of them. Apparently I have some innate talent with painting and they've noticed that. One of them had gathered up all the links of the threads I'd done for the last two weeks and pasted them into a PM and said-"I noticed these and what you're doing is very clever" Tom Meier himself even showed up and commented on two of my threads. Jaysus, I almost passed out.
There's more going on than this at the moment though and we'll save that for Monday when I officially celebrate my 200,000 pageviews and formally launch O'Leary Miniatures.