When I started with BRM, we had 12 magazines a year to produce. And the hordes on RMweb to wrangle.
Then along came a DVD which has evolved into BRM TV. We upped magazine production to 13 per annum. A few years later, a free weekly newsletter. Then the World of Railways website. Next (for me) Garden Rail. We publish on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. More recently, we ran our first virtual show with another in a few months time. And there is more new stuff to come.
Once upon a time, a model railway magazine team could sit back and rely on a monthly letters page to communicate with readers. We now find ourselves working with e-mail, Facebook messenger, Twitter and of course, RMweb.
The users of each tend to be very loyal to their chosen platforms - I
keep talking with potential contributors via Facebook and having to
direct them to e-mail as the photos they are sending me need to be large
for publication, not shrunk by the Zuckerberg machine. Oh, and don't
think office hours will do - there are plenty who will message over the
weekend and complain when a reply isn't instant!
Add in the joys of Covid, and my job is evolving at a rate of knots.
We've lots of exciting ideas floating around and the one common theme is
that for the moment, the workload is only going to increase. And I want
to grab all the opportunities to get involved with everything.
Sadly, something has got to give, and that is going to be this blog.
Much as I love my blog, and am really proud of it, the pressure of producing enough material for a post a day is going to be too great over the next few months.
This doesn't mean no blog - that's too big a step to take - it just means that I'm not going to have time for my own projects for a while.
I do have a major project starting tomorrow and that will generate plenty of posts, at least initially. Although some of this will be magazine fodder, this forms only a small part of the job. The rest appears on here.
I'm not sure when the gaps will appear, and it's going to hurt the first time one does, but I need to do this. If anyone fancies helping out with the odd guest post, please let me know. For the moment, I'm sticking this out there so that when there is a post-free day or two, regular readers won't think I've fallen down a hole somewhere. Just hang around and another post will be along eventually.
The one thing I know about the future is that it will be different from today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?*
*Actually, on here I do, but that's another story.