Monday, August 23, 2010

A Slightly Different House of Paincakes Shout Out

More than likely, you’ve seen quite a bit of buzz/hype/hullaballoo about the House of Paincakes today. Since I’m one half of the team that brought this baby into the world, thought I’d talk about it slash promote it. Plus, since I’m posting my promotion later than much of the rest, I have the added bonus of a slightly different perspective.

It’s been a crazy day so far for me. The response we’ve gotten is bordering on overwhelming. I kinda expected us to languish in obscurity for a while longer. At this point, I’m wishing I had taken the day off to deal with all the traffic and incidental stuff that’s cropped up. None of that is to say that the publicity and the work have been unwelcome - quite the opposite. To be honest, we’ve exceeded my own best case scenarios and I’m sure Dethtron’s as well.

Just by the time I woke up late this morning, we had already had something like 10 blogs applying for membership. Add to that the genuinely useful & constructive criticism* over on YTTH, the unsolicited promotion by our new members and the tremendous support of our initial blogger group and it has been one hell of a Monday. In a good way!

However, the biggest surprise isn’t the successful launch or even the existence of constructive criticism. It’s the amount of positivity and genuine excitement that’s been cropping up around us. A full half of our members have thrown up a post about the network. All of them have been pretty pumped that we exist. Apparently we correctly identified a need/hole/niche in the community.

To be honest, all the positivity and the collaborative spirit that we’ve been riding all day are the reasons we’re doing this.

For us, the whole blogging thing has become the unexpected third leg of the hobby.**   Blogging is a motivator and an outlet that we’re, frankly, lucky to have. It’s the kind of thing that has really helped us step up our game and meet some genuinely cool people. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But let’s face it; it takes a lot more than simply writing a post to get your own word out.

So that’s where we hope to come in. Like we said in the vision, we want to help you get the word out. That’s why there are so few language rules and why we’re entirely disinterested in the difference between casual and competitive. Like so many others, we genuinely want to promote the hobby in as many ways as possible.

Hell, we’re just a simple blog network now, but Dethtron and I have a ton of ideas to play with in the future. Big things are on the horizon and we look forward to sharing them with you. And that’s a key point – the sharing. So as much as Dethtron and I are running the blog, it’s entirely about you guys and your work.

So, check out the site, sign up if you’re feeling saucy, hang out and help us build this House of Paincakes.

1 comment:

  1. I think a lot of it is that many of us are surrounded by the fluffsters and it's really good to know there are others like us...

    So thanks for stepping up!