The Story of Custom-Models.com

This has been the hardest subblog to storyboard for so far, not because I have too little, but because I have too much.

Custom-Models.com (aka SunRunner Stables) has been around for over a decade, but it’s focused on static content for the most part. The Custom Model Horse Gallery was the be-all and end-all of the website for a long time.

Now I’m trying to figure out what sort of ‘studio blog’ it should be…

Watching Paint Dry

Obviously I need to keep on top of the Live From the Workbench posts that let people know what I’m working on. Those plus the step-by-step customizing posts are a good way to look into how the WiPs get from body to finished custom.

But I also want to do How-to posts, which was the original intent of the blog.

Painting, photography, resculpting, props, tackmaking, showing, etc. … there’s a lot of facets to the model horse hobby and I’d love to get back into all of them. I love to dabble, so I doubt many of them will get too far beyond the simple patterns/blueprints/tutorials, but I know they’d be useful to folks just starting out.

Order from Chaos

Which is where I hit my wall– I’m not sure what order to do things in, nor how much time to spend on each topic before switching leads. Right now I’ve got the topics in a random pattern, to provide a little bit of everything.

When it comes time to turn them into an e-book, I’ll probably group like-to-like, but I think I’d lose readers of I spent three months on a topic they weren’t interested in. At least in theory. *pokes her hobby blogroll* Everyone else seems to mostly pick one topic, but I’ve got hobby ADD. 😉

I’m planning on 26 topics for 2013, since How-to’s take a bit longer to research and write, but I’m hopeful that I can work my way up to once a week instead of bimonthly. *crosses fingers*

Idea Farms

So, anything you’d like to see covered? 😀

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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