Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Happy Birthday Blog

Hard to believe, but this blog is  a decade old today. Ten years of me wittering on about toy trains. The first post (although there is some confusion and blogger seems to have compressed this area) was about the then new N gauge cattle vans from Peco which were very timely as we needed a batch for the cattle dock traffic on Unnycombe. The post is noticeably short and can be found here.

The question now is where to go next. I've covered most things from soldering up O gauge coaches to N gauge platform trollies, buildings in card and plastic, track, weathering, lots of bog paper scenery  and just about every logical subject for a builder of small model train layouts, excepting DCC for just that same reason.

I've detailed in recent posts the tidying up and labelling process and regulars may have spotted a deluge of posts of late, partly as an experiment. Possibly more on that another day. There may be some more small changes and I'm half tempted at this juncture to move the whole thing to a new address as there are a couple of things that I'd like to do that aren't possible as it stands. The basic shape of me making stuff and moaning is unlikely to change though.

This basic blogging shape has seen me move from spare time hobbyist to almost full time writer/editor, almost by accident. Now this line has been crossed it's something that I want to grow, as the other side of my work life is naturally shrinking.

If you've been here from the start, then thanks for staying the distance. If you've just wandered in from the cold, then welcome to the madness. Here's to the next ten years wherever it may lead.

9 comments:

  1. Congratulations Chris. It takes a lot of time and dedication to keep running s blog so thank you. I know from your recent posts that you are thinking about where you go with it in the future but I have enjoyed reading many of your posts, learnt from them and been provoked to think and consider things that I may not have before. Just like fiction writers people have favorite authors I guess the same must be for blogs and your blog is one of mine so I do hope you carry on! Once again congratulations on this milestone!

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    1. Thank you. At the moment I think my head is in a place where I need to expand it into something else as opposed to what I would usually describe as a line of postcards - something more article-like. I need to change certain things though the most important, the URL, would mean that I would lose a lot of what I consider to be important digital links to other web pages. This article shape is more what I used to do before this particular blog (you can tell how tentative I am by the first post here). We shall see. Thanks again.

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  2. Congratulations! When's the birthday party, it's a good excuse for cake :-)

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    1. If you want cake you need another blog, one over to your right maybe...

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  3. Not bad newbie. (Sits back in wing back armchair, adjusts padded smoking jacket) A few years to catch up with us established hands of course... ;-P

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    1. Yeah newbie. Four blogs, 16 odd years. I remember when you couldn't add photos or get comments. Nice try old man. ;)

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  4. About the first thing I look for each day (well, nearly). Good down-to-earth stuff and real modelling.

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