Barry Silverthorn and I had a lot of time to talk in the truck as we drove down to Scranton PA at the end of March to cover the 2015 Finescale Model Railroader Expo for TrainMasters TV… and at some point the conversation turned to blogging.
I think one of the most important things a blogger can do is post regularly: If readers like what you’re doing, they look forward to new content. It keeps readers reading and encourages them to comment – and that’s valuable on a hobby blog like this one because I learn so much from the comments on my posts:
– I learn about Port Rowan and St. Williams.
– I learn about the Canadian National Railway.
– I learn about the 1950s in southern Ontario.
– I learn about S scale.
All of this combines to make me a better modeller. (And thank you, yet again, to those of you who contribute regularly! Your engagement with this blog is always appreciated.)
(I must admit that while I do a great job of posting to this blog, I’m not as good about maintaining the Achievable Layouts or Adventures in Live Steam blogs that I started. Writing entries for the Layout Design blog requires time to draw up plans and a lot of prototype research – something that I enjoy doing but that takes away from the research I need to conduct for my own layout. As for the other blog – there hasn’t been much of an adventure. I’m not the gardener my mother hoped I would be – and time to devote to my live steam interest always seems to take a back seat to Port Rowan, working my border collie Mocean on sheep, and other activities.)
Barry’s website, TrainMasters TV, also has a blog, but between shooting and editing stories for the show he’s finding he hasn’t had the time he would like to devote to keeping the blog updated. And as we discussed the problem while en route to Scranton, I realized I could help with that.
So, I’m going to be posting regularly to The TrainMasters TV Blog. This blog is open to everybody – one does not need to subscribe to TrainMasters TV in order to read it, although obviously I hope that you are subscribing. (And if you’re not, then perhaps something I write on the blog will encourage you to give it a trial run.)
My first post is about Streamliners at Spencer – a remarkable event that took place in North Carolina about a year ago. Barry produced a three-part report for TrainMasters TV on this gathering of vintage cab units – plus one streamlined steam locomotive. Knowing that some hobbyists would prefer a hard copy, that others do not have the bandwidth required to watch an HD video online, and that still others may enjoy seeing the event on a larger screen (or even in their home theatre), Streamliners at Spencer has now been reformatted as a documentary and will soon be available on DVD. Click on the image, below, to read more about this and find out how to pre-order:
I have more posts in the pipeline, and plenty of ideas. Some will be related to stories that have been covered on TrainMasters TV in the past. Others will take readers behind-the-scenes, to shed light on what goes into making a professionally-produced show about our wonderful hobby. And while we’re not yet sure of the frequency, I’m hoping that as I get into the groove of writing for for the blog I’ll offer up one post per week at a minimum.
Enjoy if you visit, and I hope you’ll bookmark The TrainMasters TV Blog.