Before the likes of websites such as Furaffinity, Inkbunny and SoFurry, there was an archive called VCL (Vixen controlled library?) It was a website that had very little in the ways of functions – no commenting system, no favouriting – but it allowed users to upload and share their artwork and contact one another via email.
I joined the site in 2003 and have used it as an archive for my anthropomorphic artwork ever since (on and off)
Yesterday, I believe that the site went down – I don’t know if it’s a permanent thing VCL being down, as I think it has vanished before.
I do know that the website is barely maintained and has been gathering dust since its ‘revival’ in 2014 – which sadly came to nothing.
Other than the loss of my own artwork, I am saddened about the site going down for all the treasures that were stored on there!
Artwork that isn’t shared anywhere else from artists that have long since moved on.
Not everything on VCL was good and the uploading rules were dubious at best – if I recall correctly, anything traditional had to have a perfectly white background (At all costs) but it did introduce me to some wonderful artists, most of which I aspire to still.
I ‘met’ some of my best artsy friends via VCL also and was introduced to the site by Sy-Swift who I mentioned in my previous post. So I think that this post for me is somewhat bitter sweet considering what I write about yesterday.
Needless to say, I will be really sad it VCL has stopped working permanently, but we all need to move on sooner or later and I haven’t uploaded to my account since last year. I guess it’s time to find another avenue for sharing furry artwork and ‘getting with the times’ finally.
I made a couple of little changes to the blog today.
I added some more categories – under the ‘Art’ umbrella.
There is Anthro/Furry – For everything animal-y themed.
Warhammer – For everything Warhammer fanarty
Misc – For everything else.
Really the two aspects of my art that I’d like to try and focus on are the Anthro and Warhammer side of things; be them pin-up style or otherwise and I think by having these categories here, I can use them to keep my mind focused this way.
Just wanted to make everyone aware that they can now browse my blog & art a little easier~
I must admit, I am struggling with this one!
I don’t know why, but I am a bit in the dark when it comes to guest blogging – I think it’s because I don’t have many blogger friends on WordPress yet that I can go slinking too, to ask.
So, I guess this post is a ‘call to action’ to see if anyone would like to either Guest Post on my blog or want me to Guest Post on theirs – I’d be more than happy to do some artwork to share on your blog or write something up regarding a topic we discuss.
I have had some Guest Posts on here before, but it’s not something I pursued since.
Guest Post: “Mr. Tall Dark and Brooding.”
An Innocent Man: Guest Post
Guest Post: Lucreace
These Guest Posts, don’t have to be relating to Fangirling – but are more than welcome in that area – I am also more than happy to feature other artists on the blog, I think that would be really neat. Posts about hobby/Warhammer related stuff would be great too!
If you’d like to be featured on here and/or work together on something, that would be wonderful! I think the best way to get in touch is to leave a comment here and I’ll reply to you.
Just a thought and something brought to my attention in the Blogging Branding University Course~
You might have already seen it if you’ve viewed my main page.
I have made a Patreon account!
It would mean the world and more to me if you came and gave me a follow over there!
You don’t need to pledge any money to follow me and most of my posts will be public – I’ll share things over there that I don’t here, like Speed Paint Videos, Sketches and WIP’s so it’s worth while!
Even better if you’d pledge! I only have one tier for my ‘stuff’ and it’s only $3!
If you don’t feel like following or pledging, then please share this blog post as far and wide as possible!!
I’d really like to give this a proper try and anything like that is a wonderful encouragement~
My blog did phenomenally (for me) last week and got nearly 200 views. I am thinking it is partially because I was blogging about the Blogging University and Blogging Branding; of which to give a quick update on – I have implemented all the changes it has recommended; putting back my archives, visiting and commenting on other peoples blogs which are relevant to my own, etc. So I guess something there is working already. I just need to keep it going and it’ll hopefully be onwards and upwards!
I must admit, I am now feeling the pressure to continue this growth and I feel a little ‘lost’ without the Blogging Branding crutch. How did everyone else who has taken it manage after the course had finished?
Ultimately, the Blogging University course has given me renewed strength, determination and direction when it comes to the blog, so I am grateful for that. I shall try my best to update with something here every day (Unless on Holiday) and just keep things going for as long as I can.
If you ‘serious’ about blogging though – as in you want to get your content seen by more people – then I really do recommend the blogging courses by The Blogging University cause it’s got some really handy hints and tips to help out.
Hello again everyone.
I think this part of the Blogging University is where I need to be super objective and look over all the wonderful background stat stuff and see whats popular and what-not.
The most popular post on this blog; throughout the many years it has been this one. I know it’s because of the Dark Heresy resource on it! Other popular posts are generally centred on Warhammer and hobby related activities – I think that this could be that it’s a popular ‘thing’ anyway. There are a lot of hobbiests out there and it’s awesome seeing what others do and being able to share my own stuff and have people interested in it is really nice.
When it comes to tags and categories though, it’s art. Which makes me the happiest ever! So, I am thinking that the direction of the blog should be art and hobby related. There are some posts and categories I have on the side bar that I’ve not used/posted under for a good few months, so I might have to have a bit of a spring clean and remove some of them – and expand on the ones that I have left! Like, Movie Reviews (July 2016) clearly, I’m not so into that anymore and because it’s not adding a great deal to the blog, I don’t think it’s really needed anymore. Video Gaming (March 2017) is also in a similar boat! As is Writing (Feb 2017) so there are some options for streamlining there.
Some input on this would be wonderful!
When you come to my blog, what is it you come to read? What is it you look for?
Incidentally, the most commented on stuff if stuff from my personal life and drama!
Day three of the Blogging Branding course from The WordPress University.
Today, it was all about having an adaptive theme; I admit, this isn’t something I have thought about before. I am a laptop user as such I have tended to assume that everyone else is! So hopefully, things will be a bit better looking for those who would like to read the blog via a tablet or mobile phone.
Seeing as this isn’t something that I use or am overly familiar with would those who are please give me some feedback on how things look and if there is something that looks fundamentally broken please tell me!!
I also added my reading list to the side bar of my blog, so that I can easily find the blogs that I like to visit on a regular basis.