Anybody who has set up a WordPress blog will recognize that as the title of the default post that WordPress provides as a template.
Two years ago today, I saw that title and thought, “Well, here we go…”
So, two years later, where are we? Here’s a breakdown…
As a writer and recognizing that I wanted to use this as a diary – a means to document my modelling of the CNR Port Rowan branch in S scale – I knew that I would post fairly frequently. Well, including this post, there are 588 blog entries. (If you’ve slogged through all of them, then thank you. I’m glad you’re still here!)
Of those posts, here are the top five, in terms of popularity (recognizing that I’ll make them even more popular by including links to the full posts):
1 – “Up to my ears…” – about building the cornfield at St. Williams.
2 – “The elegance of switch lists” – about how I use prototype-based paperwork to handle freight car switching.
3 – “How about a layout plan?” – in which I provide one.
4 – “Bushes and weeds for the Lynn Valley” – describing how I’ve scenicked a corner between the Port Rowan apple orchards and the Lynn River.
5 – “Working a freight extra ” – this was the first of an eight-part posting in which I documented the work of X1560 to Port Rowan and back.
This really, quite pleasantly, surprised me. The blog currently contains 1,694 comments.
Now, I would guess that half of those are comments I’ve posted in response to other comments. Maybe more, maybe less. But even conservatively, that still means more than 800 comments from readers.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write!
I didn’t know if anybody would be interested in a layout that depicts a fraction of a small and little-known branch… and in a niche scale. But I’ve had wonderful responses from readers.
There are many “Attaboys”, which are always appreciated – but also many, many great comments offering information or sources of information, historical context, and so on. Plus, many thoughtful questions from people who like what they see and are finding ways to use it in their own modelling – whatever the scale, gauge, era or theme.
I’m really enjoying these conversations and look forward to many more.
This is humbling:
In my first, partial year (basically, four months of 2011), I received more than 26,000 hits on this blog.
In the 12 months of 2012, I logged more than 179,000 page views.
So far this year – with four months still to go – I’ve topped 214,000 views.
Add it up, and that’s more than 419,000 page views in two years.
Wow. Way beyond what I expected.
Thank you, everyone, for reading – and engaging with me on this blog. I look forward to more conversations in the coming year.
And if you’ve read this far, you get to enjoy my favourite comic strip commentary on writing a blog. Obviously, I’m doing it for other, more noble, compensation…