Before I get started, I want to state for the record that I have no clue where I'm going with the blog portion of this site. It may end up getting quite a bit of use discussing mods that I am considering including, new content and the like. It may end up serving as nothing more than a location to post updates to the guide. Only time will tell.
For now, it serves to announce that I am writing another modding guide for Skyrim SE. This guide, in its present form, is heavily based on Lexy's Legacy of the Dragonborn Special Edition guide. Before I decided to make this a fully self-hosted guide, it began its life as a direct fork of Lexy's guide on the STEP wiki with a few personal edits. As these things go, a few minor tweaks turned into several different mods. Several different mods turned into a completely different goal. Today, I am still using Lexy's guide as a reference, I use many of her patches, and I fully support her guide.
But what is so different about my guide, you ask? My goal is to provide both a more immersive experience than Lexy's currently provides and an experience tailored specifically for users with higher-end PCs. While I am aware that the Skyrim engine itself eventually becomes a bottleneck to improving the game graphics, I also know that you can get a lot higher quality out of the engine than Lexy's current setup can handle, and I want that quality!
Finally, I am going to head off one question that I am confident will be asked before anyone even gets around to asking it. In regards to providing a single self-installing zip file, or the use of Automaton, the answer is no on both counts. I don't personally believe that the distribution of a full modpack as a zip file is ethical. Mod authors work hard to provide the best experience possible, and users should acknowledge their work. Download the mods yourself and endorse the author. Automaton, on the other hand, can't cope with a mod list this complex at this time. If that changes in the future, I will revisit it.
For now, that's all I have to say! I sincerely hope that you enjoy LOTD Plus!