I began this blog about Southern Pacific modeling on December 8, 2010, a date chosen not for any reason other than I was ready to begin that day. And today, here it is, December 8. Once again this year, as has been the case on each of the four anniversaries before this one, I am surprised and impressed with the viewership this blog has enjoyed, not just this year, but looking back for all five years.
My original intention was to post a couple of times a week, and that has proven to be a good rhythm for me. I have continued over these years in
presenting about ten posts per month, and about 120 to 125 per year.
The post you are reading is the 620th, so the average rate is exactly 124 per year. These posts have varied widely in how many comments they receive, but as has been increasingly true in recent years, readers with questions, corrections or
comments tend to email me directly. That’s not a complaint, just a
Page views have continued at a high level. The
first year there were about 50,000, a number which seemed impossibly
huge to me when I saw it, and far beyond anything I had ever imagined
would happen with this blog. The following year there were almost
100,000 more, bring the total to 150,000 after two years. Even more amazing to me.
The third anniversary in 2013 brought to
light even bigger annual viewing numbers, reaching almost to 300,000
views total, thus almost 150,000 additional views in that one year
alone. Since then, the viewing has continue to increase, though the rate
of increase has flattened out quite a bit. The
total reached 468,000 views after four years, meaning that
there were almost 170,000 new views that year. The number of new views in the fifth year is about the same, another indication of flattening, though of course it remains at an amazingly high level. Total page views since the beginning in December 2010 reached 600,000 just before 5 PM on September 28, 2015, and now has reached a total above 632,000 views. I can’t say it
enough times: I am just amazed—and also very gratified.
original goal was to present a perspective on modeling the SP in HO scale, and to
add historical as well as modeling and operating information where possible. Those goals have remained in place, and I feel like I have addressed them in the way I wanted to do. Although not originally central to my plans, it has turned out that modeling projects on my SP layout have formed a significant part of the blog output. That makes it fun, as I now tend to plan any project, whether rolling stock or layout, with photography
in mind, to document in a possible future post. This has probably increased my
percentage of completed projects, if nothing else!
I will just include one photo from the layout as it now is, showing Ten-wheeler 2344 switching at Shumala. Set into the fascia at right is a push-pull handle for a switch at the back of this scene.
In recent years, the blog has acquired new features too. These include increases in the number of
documents posted on Google Docs and available to anyone on the Internet,
such as the recent posting of a commodity table for tank cars ( http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-tank-car-commodity-table.html ). In addition, there are now reference pages, accessible by the list at the upper right
of the top of the blog page. These reference pages were created by combining eleven posts about my method of freight
car weathering using acrylic washes, into two reference pages, one on
the basic method, the other on specifics for individual car types and
Although I didn’t begin this blog with very specific plans, least of all with any time frame in mind, I am sure I had no idea that it would extend to five full years and beyond, with over 600 individual posts, nor had I ever remotely imagined more than 600,000 page views in that time. These numbers still make me shake my head. But recognizing that there is a readership increases my motivation to continue, and to enjoy continuing. Thanks for your interest and support.