Introduction posts are difficult. It's kind of a stab in the dark — you're writing something will be looked back on years later as "the post that started it all" or something that will be remembered as a colossal flop. This one is no different. But I have to admit, I have a pretty good feeling about it.
Today, I'm proud to introduce a project I've been working on for over a year — Blockheads.
What is Blockheads?
Blockheads is a community for LEGO builders to create and share their work with the world. The past several years have seen sites, apps, and forums for the online LEGO community come and go. As it stands today there's no longer a central hub for LEGO fans. By providing a platform for builders to share their work and interact with one another, Blockheads aims to become the place for the LEGO community to gather and grow.
Who are you?
My name is Galen Gidman. I'm a web developer and I've spent the past 10 years building hundreds of sites for dozens of clients. I built with LEGO when I was a kid, but the real LEGO expertise comes from my brothers, @grahamthebuilder and @OrangeGareth. They've been invaluable in helping me understand the dynamics of the LEGO community and the problems you face. Together we've developed what I think is the start of a great online home for LEGO builders.
What's the future of Blockheads?
In many ways, that depends on you! As the community develops, we're going to learn a lot about each other and how we can grow Blockheads into something bigger and better. With that said we have a lot of exciting features and some cool stuff in the works already.
Did someone say contests? 😳
How are you paying for Blockheads?
I did the development myself, so that was free. But the costs for servers, image hosting, and the other 3rd-party subscription services I need to run Blockheads are out of my own pocket right now. As Blockheads grows, I'll need to find a way to offset those costs, and hopefully turn it into a profitable small business. Which leads to the next question...
Will Blockheads always be free?
Blockheads will always be free to use. At some point we plan on introducing Pro accounts with additional features and perks, but the core features will always be free.
Would you ever sell Blockheads?
Look, if LEGO calls tomorrow and offers me a million bucks, I'm taking it. But I'm not planning on trying to sell anytime soon, if ever.
This all sounds great. How can I help?
Thank you for asking! You can help by registering on Blockheads, being an active user, and telling your friends. One cool feature we have is a Share Image generator which makes it easy to promote your Blockheads profile on your other social accounts.
I want to thank my brothers for all their help with this, and the beta testers from InnovaLUG for being so generous with their time and helping shape Blockheads. Thanks Cody, Geneva, Michael, Mark, and Isaac!
If you have an idea, suggestion, or question about Blockheads — or even just want to say hi — email me. I'd love to get to know you.