Thank you – and you – and you!

Every so often, it has to be said.

A friend emailed yesterday to remark that he’s impressed by the high-level nature of the discussions that take place on this blog – better, in his opinion, than what he sees on most newsgroups. As he put it, the Signal to Noise Ratio is much higher here.

Obviously, he’s a buddy and we’re like-minded about many things in the hobby – and that’s going to skew his view. Also obviously, I have to take some of the credit for that by posting frequently and – I hope – thoughtfully about things.

But the real credit goes to those of you reading my blog, and engaging with me and other readers through the “comments” feature on each post. I’ve been blown away by the thoughtfulness of the comments.

I get lots of positive feedback, which is always encouraging.

I also get lots of interesting information that fills in gaps in my own knowledge or adds context to what I’m doing.

Equally important, though, is that when I get something wrong – or you disagree with something I’ve said – the corrections or the debates are gentle and respectful. I always feel that they’ve been offered in the spirit of improving everyone’s understanding of what fires us up in this hobby.

I enjoy this interaction – immensely. Keep it coming.

And…

Thank you – and you – and especially, you!

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7 thoughts on “Thank you – and you – and you!

  1. “…impressed by the high-level nature of the discussions that take place on this blog…”

    As well as the other points you make (and I have to say that it is the owner of such things as blogs who sets the tone, so thank you for encouraging respectful debate by being thoughtful and respectful yourself!) a key feature is the fact that this is a blog, and not a newsgroup/internet forum. Geoff Forster, an occasional commenter on here and elsewhere, and a good friend, made this point to me some time ago: he has stopped posting on bulletin boards because he preferred the style of discussion that blogs engender. One is, effectively, paying a visit to the host of the blog, whereas on a bulletin board, users seem to forget that they are in someone else’s virtual house. The down side of this is that sometimes readers are reticent about joining in, to which I can only say, do what I did 17 months ago, and get on board.

    Mind you, I have an eclectic list of followers on my own blog, which never ceases to amaze me. I mean, S scale model railways are not exactly mainstream, are they?

    Simon

    • Hi Simon:

      I’ll echo what you’ve said – I’m happy to hear from people via this blog and encourage participation.

      I will keep the blog on focus – so, for example, if someone wants to ask a question about couplers, they shouldn’t pose their question in response to a post about scenery.

      Find an appropriate post – one on freight cars, for example – and ask the coupler question there.

      I’ve included more information about how I moderate this blog on the page About the Author – under the section heading, “How to reach me”.

      If you haven’t commented and you have a question or observation to make, please do speak up!

  2. Trevor,
    I thank you for allowing my participation on your blog. You indeed set the proper tone from welcome to control and everything in between. Blogs have restored civility and proper etiquette to discussions concerning modeling railroads and ancillary issues. To me, joining a blog is a rewarding privilege, where as many other ‘groups’ I have tried, the folks there seem to feel it is their ‘right’ to say whatever they want.
    With your own encouragement and others, I now am enjoying my own blog greatly. In the long run I hope to do as well in controlling the focus and being helpful to others as you are.
    Ben

  3. I feel one of the differences between a blog and a regular group is that in a blog, as was mentioned, you’re visiting someone’s ‘place’, and as a visitor, you should show respect for them and their ideas, even if your own ideas differ.

    But in some groups, people seem to act as if they can say anything they want regardless. Sometimes there is a total lack of consideration as to how something might be received. Maybe you meant one thing, but something poorly considered and poorly written can result in an argument just because of a simple misunderstanding, a risk that written communication always entails. But having a blog and replying to the entries tends to keep everyone focused and civil. Egos seem to be checked at the door here.

    You certainly are the main reason for the Signal to Noise Ratio, but I also agree with you that the great comments by everyone here adds a great deal to your Blog too. And you provide a welcome mat to encourage such communication.

    I’m always happy to see that there is a new Port Rowan Blog, as I know that I am about to learn something new or get entertained but always have something enjoyable to read. Thank you!

  4. Trevor,

    I have no interest in the 1950s no, special interest in Canada railroading, no interest in S scale yet your blog is the only model railroading blog that I check in daily.

    As I have mentined before, you explain why you do what you do, as well as what you were trying accomplish, and then show the results, even the mistakes you make and how you fix them. That and the fact I like short lines is the reason I come here every day.

    • The same here, no real interest in the 1950’s or S scale, although some Canadian stuff does interest me, but what you do is relevant whatever scale it is, and that is why I drop by regularly.
      Thanks for allowing us Trevor!

  5. Trevor,
    In my humble opinion, yours is one of the best model railroad blogs out there. Well written, interesting topics, top notch modeling, unique perspective and provocative comments. Lots of light, minimal heat. Like Christopher, I visit daily. (no pressure ;-))
    Andrew

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