From the Back40K mailbag:
Dear Back 40k,Fan and Avid Reader Nicholas here. I was wondering, if it's not too personal, What each of you at the the back 40k does for a living. I question a blog paying the bills (and hobby supplies), so I wonder if it does, or if the blog is another aspect of the hobby to you lot.Thanks for all the content, and I understand if this is a question you would rather leave unanswered.Sincerly,Nicholas
We answer for real this time. It's not Talk like a Pirate Day today. That is Sept. 19th.
I wish our blog made enough money to support even one of our families. It might be nice if the Back40K supported even one our hobby addiction. Early on, I decided I didn't want ads on the blog. This is free content. Being non-revenue creating helps prevent some problems, like: how to distribute the booty. Also, I don't think asking people to pay for our opinions is really fair.
Blogging is part of the hobby for me, and I believe a lot of the other guys. I started off reading Bell of Lost Souls, and one day thought: 'Heck, I can write articles as well as those guys in Texas can. Having a blog can not be that hard.'
and so it started. On Dec. 18th 2008. I was bored with free time at work.
I enjoy blogging better than being a name on the Librarium Online forums. I enjoy having other guys with the same hobby write articles as well. I will admit it's a bit strange to show up somewhere, and have people blurt out with uncontrolled excitement: "OHMYGOSH! That's you?!?! Wow. I love your site and articles! This is so cool. I can't wait to tell the guys."
You see, to me, I'm still just that dorky guy who plays a miniatures game with dollies. I write about it online. People read what the Guys and I write. We can sometimes fight like brothers amongst ourselves.
I'm a Flow Cytometrist. I sort cells for the Indiana Cancer Center, which is a part of the Indiana University Medical School. What does that mean? I work with Lasers, cells (goo), Saline solution, high voltage, and lots of data. ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
How did I go from Crop Breeding (BS degree) to Cytometry? I was a Tech Service Engineer for I-Cyt, in Champaign, Il. I helped design, test, and build machines like the Reflection cell sorter.
That's what I do. Besides blog.
SandWyrm is a Real-Time 3D Graphics Consultant. He's also done work on some movies you might have seen: Antz, and Shrek.
Area Supervisor for the best Roastbeef fast food chain in the world. My high energy and engaging personality serve me well on the table top and the business world. I like long walks on the beach, blonde hair, and .... Sorry wrong request. :)
TheGraveMind is a part time college student, with a part time restaurant management job, and a full time hobby
Yep my job is to steal your oxygen, neat gig all in all. My wife prefers the term student, but I believe in calling a duck a duck and a rose a rose. When my wife secured her current positions we had to move so I took the opportunity to go back and get the degree that would allow me to advance past helper monkey and on to boss monkey.
In a past life I was an assistant project manager for the fine coal recovery division of a coal company. In essence what that mouthful means is that I floated mud, built things to float mud, or I told other people that whether their mud was worth floating. Long story short I had made a career out of floating mud, and sometimes rocks, before giving up the glamorous life of a surface miner and becoming a professional thief.
When I'm not busy being a bamf on the table, I do it in the kitchen.
I work two jobs currently - one in a closed-facility cafe for a bunch of people who answer phones and take lots of coffee breaks, and another as an event chef for a catering company in Indianapolis.
I also pose as a (very) amateur food writer at times. Meaning yes, I had this handle long before I wrote for this blog.
Archfiend of Desdemon:
is a Head Stock Clerk for Kroger (Grocery Chain).
He teaches art to special needs children up in Kokomo.
I think he's a waste management engineer.
well, that's all the usual suspects. I'm sure they'll chime in with a bit more detail. But I hope that answers your question!