In response to my post earlier this week about my visit with Chris D’Amato from Railroad Model Craftsman magazine, a couple of readers expressed interest in seeing an article about my layout in the mainstream press.
I’ve thought about this and at some point, yes, I will write a feature for one of the print titles. I know there are many hobbyists out there who are not reading this blog. They may not be online at all. I would hope that those readers would enjoy such a feature.
I would also hope that such a feature encourages more people to visit Port Rowan in 1:64. From that perspective, an article in a traditional print magazine sure makes sense.
But I find it curious that a few of my current readers would welcome such a feature, when they’ve obviously already found my blog. I’m flattered that you want to see more – but a print article will barely scratch the surface of the information that’s posted here. After all, this blog currently comprises:
More than 790 posts
More than 3,200 comments (which, even assuming I answered every comment, is still 1,600 comments from readers)
Several hundred photos (I don’t have an exact count, but a quick glance at my photo gallery stats show it’s in the hundreds)
So, rather than assume – I’ll ask: What would you expect to see / read in an article for a print publication?
Keep in mind that many readers of a publication like Railroad Model Craftsman or Model Railroader will be completely unfamiliar with my layout, so overall the article would have to serve as an introduction to the prototype and my interpretation of it.
I’ve also submitted a few articles to Model Railroad Hobbyist, because I’m always impressed by the response when I post something to the MRH forums.
And I’ve done some work for The Missing Conversation by Mike Cougill – and will certainly do more. Mike and I are like-minded modellers. While he models in a different scale, a different era and a different theme, we agree that this hobby can be a vehicle through which to spend a lifetime learning about and practising craftsmanship – providing one approaches it with the proper attitude.
Finally, there’s video. I think the future of hobby publishing is in video. But that’s a topic for a future post.
For now – I’m open to thoughts about a print article. No promises that I’ll use any of the ideas generated – after all, it’s my layout, my writing and my photography so in the end I’ll do it my way. But if there’s something I haven’t thought of, I’d like to know about it.
Thanks in advance!