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Blogtopsites, It’s Back

Today I received an email from the webmasters at BlogTopSites, Ahmed and Jacob, as I suspected, due to the popularity of this site it had outgrown the server capabilities and started to create unreliability for its members. The whole system has now been upgraded to allow for the continual growth and optimized to allow additional servers to be added when needed.

As far as I’m concerned it’s great to have the site back on line, the incentive is back to climb up the ranks. Don’t forget to check you’re emails for login reset then you’ll be back in business.

Ahhh! the beauty of being popular!

Blogtopsites, Where Is It?

I have noticed in the last week or so that the website, blogtopsites has been down. My question is, is it because of a change in server or has it been removed altogether. The site is unique in the fact that you can track the amount of traffic that comes to your blog over a one week period giving you a numerical number for the position in that said category. In other words, Metamorphosis was tracking at number 60 to 65 over the week period out of an estimated 400 blogs in the category of Automotive Blogs. Most people wanting to find out about a certain subject will visit this site, making it important to strive for a top 50 placement at least in a hope of finding regular traffic. The top 50 being the first page of this website.

I find it interesting as this gives me an incentive to try and produce more postings with quality information. This in turn will help my readership to grow, resulting in a higher placement in the blog top sites.

I have noticed on the site Problogger which normally tracks at number one for internet blogs, that the link is down proving there must be a problem. If anyone does have an idea as to what’s going on, post a comment to resolve my curiosity.

Best of “How-To”

Another successful “Group Writing Project” comes to an end at Problogger and it’s time to list what I think has been the most beneficial to my growth as a blogger. That doesn’t mean that the ones that didn’t make my list were not worthy but the ones that did meet my criterion for the “Best” are the ones that I have listed.

This list of 343 submissions surpasses the last mass writing project and to be honest it has taken a lot of time to read everyones post and more, which leads me in having to backtrack and read quite a few of the posts again, just to refreshen my mind after information overload.

My thoughts on this project leads me to list first the posts that are outside the normal scope of what Problogger is about, those posts that have nothing to do with internet marketing and making money online. They are the ones that I enjoyed the most in this group writing project. They were the ones who spoke about their hobbies, their families or day to day experiences. Continue reading Best of “How-To”

Cast Your Vote and Have A Say

In a previous post on “What splines are best” I was hoping to get a response from the modeling fraternity to see what the material of choice was but with dismal results. Not one opinion, I can only assume that the majority of modelers no longer care or use the spline as a means of ensuring a quality surface, maybe the digital world has taken over and it’s just the case of scraping out the mill marks and calling it a day. Even so I’m sure that many modelers do use splines for controlling the surface and with that I will share my findings with using carbon fiber.

Since that posting our studio has made numerous carbon fiber splines with great success, gone are the twists in the spline that you associate with wood, now we have the option of using the straight carbon fibers. This success did not come overnight though, it took several attempts to get the right amount of resin to carbon fiber, the thickness was also a factor. With carbon fiber it tends to be more rigid than the regular wooden spline so a thickness of 6.0mm in wood is more flexible than a carbon fiber at 6.0mm. To get the same sort of feeling we found that the thickness would have to be reduced by 1.0-1.5mm for the same length and width on the carbon fiber spline. Continue reading Cast Your Vote and Have A Say

Sculpting Tools for Professionals

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Darren Rowse of Problogger sets the group writing project for this week as being, lists. It just so happens that it fits in nicely with the information that I would like to portray on this weblog. In essence, to compliment my claysculptors website by offering information to clay modelers/sculptors who need a central resources site for reviews on available modeling tools or how modeling tools perform in real world applications, couple this with material reviews, how do I topics and industry news, it should make for some informative reading.

With that in mind where would I start for this group writing project. The first thing that comes to mind is you cannot start any model or sculpture without a basic set of modeling tools. Anyone first starting out is always eager to scrape on the clay and try to create a smooth acceptable surface, so let’s start with a list of Industrial Clay Tool suppliers. Continue reading Sculpting Tools for Professionals

What Splines are Best?

Over the last few months there has been considerable discussion as to what splines are best, well actually since the Christmas break. This all stems from the clay being that much harder than I can remember, I don’t quite know if the formula has changed slightly due to the fact that the majority of the studios are milling most of their full size models from the get go but it is taking its toll on the wooden splines. Like most people in the industry my splines are on the old side having been made years ago from laminated beech or maple to ensure some sort of stability in the various climates around the world. Continue reading What Splines are Best?

A New Year, A New Blog!

Welcome to Metamorphosis, here I will be talking about the transformation of a block of modeling clay into a sleek futuristic design, that is, your design. The purpose behind this blog is to provide you with the answers that will help you to successfully build your model from a sketch to a three dimensional object.

Now, using this blog as a medium for you to add your views, comment or such it should pave the way for you to gain a successful result with minimal stress. Couple this with my website Clay, Application to Refinement we should be able to accomplish a very acceptable end result, with you being the recipient of free and valuable information, that you can then take forward to a successful career in automotive design or clay modeling.

Participation is the key so don’t be shy!!!