So two short weeks ago I hit 100 posts and 10,000 visits at around the same time. To celebrate I decided to have a little competition. I had hoped that I might get a entry or two but I hadn't expected to get 7!
I've published all the comments at this point but I found it impossible to choose between the entries. All of them were interesting, amusing and heartfelt. To help me pick between them all I asked my wonderful assistant (aka, the better half) to have a look and help me choose. Through various esoteric means, we decided on:
1st Place: Justin Penwith
1) What keeps me chipping away at the lead mountain is my sincere desire
to keep gaming with my mates and to have armies ready for my sons to
play with, and against, me when they come for a visit. While I am not
quickly going through the mountain, I am continually at it.
2) Who do I thank most for my inspiration and motivation? Honestly,
those who inspire and motivate me most are the heroes and villains of
all the past wars and conflicts. Each fought for a cause, some
honorable, and many not, but it is only because of their actions and the
histories left behind that we can wargame those events today.
More modern models of inspiration include numerous authors of either
academic texts or wargame rules, but who each had an appreciation for
military history and also delved into the hobby itself.
Others still, bloggers who, in the midst of often chaotic and stressful
lives, post about what they are working on and what inspires them. Too
frequently, favorite bloggers"
2nd Place: Red Dog
"Well done notching up a century posts!
Painting isn't my most favourite part of the hobby, but the need to have
painted models (combined with the fact that I can't afford to get
someone else to paint them!) keeps me chipping away. As for inspiration
and motivation, I'd say my love of history and the encouragement of the
guys I play with (and have contact with via blogs) keeps me going. Also
the great feeling of satisfaction in completing a project and taking
pride in my work. Cheers, Paul."
and 3rd Place: Chris Stoesen
"Congrats on the milestone.
I enjoy the variety of projects that other people are working on, even
periods that I have no interest in. It keeps the creativity moving. I
paint in bursts. I had a fantastic burst in tnbe beginning of the year
and I am prepping for the next one.
Who do I thank the most? Well, the readers who post comments on my
blog. They make me want to do more."
Justin will get first pick of the books, Paul the 2nd and I'm afraid Chris will get whichever is left. I'll attempt to contact the winners via their profiles, but if I can't (and you've not heard from me in the next week) please leave a comment on one of my blogs!
Thanks to all the entrants and the other members of the community that have kept me painting and blogging over the last year.