10. That's a decade of blogging.
When I first started this at the end of December 2005 things looked a bit different. At the time I worked for the County Council and did a little commission model building on the side. The blog was just a bit of fun and somewhere to test a few ideas.
Since then I've left the local authority, had a few more jobs and worked for two of the biggest model railway mags in the UK as well as appearing in all the rest. I also took over MREmag.com, the biggest on-line model railway magazine. And I stopped comission building as being more trouble than it was worth.
There have been three one-shot or bookazine publications, all of which I'm proud of. A novel too, although there's not any modelling in that.
Posting, once occasional, is now daily. Many, many words, some of them correctly spelt, have appeared on-line. I've no idea how many - how close is the first million I wonder?
Anyway, it's review of the year time again.
- 365 posts in 2015 - one a day still. It's been close a few times but I've managed to knock something together and am still stupidly proud of the fact.
- 168,000 visitors - Around 460 a day with 145 returning each day. Presumably a lot of people are bored at work...
- 250,000 pages viewed over the year.
More importantly, there have been many projects I'm proud of.
In the "not every kit maker has died we're not all doomed" category are a couple of cracking models of on-track plant:
Clockwork Industries laser-cut ballast tamper.
Make your Mark models rail crane.
Both are fantastic kits that look good and aren't too difficult to build. Kitbuilding isn't all about fighting lumps of badly cast whitemetal.
That's not to say I didn't have a few fights with lead alloy.
A South Eastern Finecast P Class. There was a 7mm scale 02 diesel too.
If your tastes tend toward to odd-ball, after visiting an Emmett exhibition in Birmingham, I came away with a Smallbrook Studio kit for Nellie:
It's not just locos either, there was the amazing Magna Rail cyclist, seen here passing a Petite Properties cottage.
A bit larger, in 7mm scale, I headed out to the garden for this greenhouse diorama.
I've even managed to knock a project off the list from last year!
The Bantam Tug has been on the water and looking good. One day I'll weather it but that can wait a while.
We'll just have to ignore the 3mm scale Class 25 now making 4 years unfinished and the industrial Garratts still not out of their boxes either.
2016 holds yet more projects.
Quite a few of these will be for Ruston Quays, the new BRM project layout I've been working on. This is scheduled for a couple more trips in the spring, and on one of these it will be accompanied by Melbridge Dock, our venerable old layout which also managed a couple of shows in 2015.
Anyway, thanks, as always for reading my waffle and sometimes even commenting. To be honest, even if no-one dropped by, I'd probably still write stuff, but it makes it a lot more fun if I know it's being read. Happy 2016 everyone!