Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Mechanical Hamster soaring majestically through the blogosphere.

Mechanical Hamster has just passed 10,000 visits. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed and read my ramblings. Big thanks to Frank/ Xisor and Lost_Heretic for their numerous comments, and to Matt ‘The Chief’ Keefe for his insights, technical advice and support. Hello also to Fergo, Eliza, Dan and others who had posted comments in the past – I hope you’re still in the neighourhood. Cheers also to those folks who have used the Ask Dennis hotline.

When I started MH just over three months ago it was a project for myself really, to keep my fingers tapping and to exorcise those niggly thoughts that creep up as one lies awake in bed pondering one’s craft. I had no expectations of what would happen, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts so far and will continue to do so well into the future. If I’ve been of help to a few folks along the way then that’s all the better.

Observations: The link to TVTrope from Jeremy has added significantly to the traffic, so a big thank you for that. It’s also obvious that one’s past always keeps up – whenever I post on a forum such as Warseer or The Warhammer Forum there’s a spike in activity. Putting links in your forum signatures seems to work!

I think some folks are cottoning on to the fact that I often write a post on Monday to work my way into the week – there’s definitely an increase after the weekend has passed. Perhaps MH is one of those guilty pleasures for a work lunch-time (I would never suggest that visitors should idle away dull moments on MH when they should actually be working…).

As for links, Dan Abnett and Graham McNeill are topping the charts, with Matt and CL Werner tying for third place (although I think Matt is edging it in reality thanks to a few links to specific articles of the Star Chamber). Searches that brought people here include such gems as “fake hamster names”, “how to draw a realistic hamster”, and the immensely ironic “secondary characters with more screen ti” [sic]. Apologies to those folks who didn’t find what they were after. 

Highlight: Dennis receiving a job offer via the email:

I am offering you a Job offer with our establishment that deals in the Import and export of Cocoa butter cream, Rubber, Cotton, textiles and fabric materials which is based in the United States.

I persuaded him not to leave me for the delights of import/ export trading. He has also turned down a few offers to invest in business opportunities in a number of African countries…

Thank you all once again, it’s been great.



Published in: on July 17, 2008 at 4:49 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Thanks for the mention! I’m still around; I always look forward to seeing an update here. Your thoughts on craft are thought-provoking, and I very much enjoy reading them. Keep up the good work!


  2. Thanks for running the Blog Gav, I’ve always gotten the impression you’re a top bloke and reckon it’s a shame I didn’t get more time to say ‘hi’ the one time I’ve met you to date (I may have been a little overawed & nervous at the time!).

    I’ll go back to quietly lurking now…


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