It is two years ago since we took the plunge to make our first tentative public disclosures of this blog, so we are counting today as the second “official” birthday.
We started back then with just 36 topics/posts, mostly picture based and showing historic On2 layouts and what brass models had been produced commercially.
By the first anniversary, the number of topics had grown to 110+, with the addition of prototype information, book lists, historic plan lists and the stories of a number of suppliers.
Our second “birthday” today, the number of published topics has risen to 144 (with this posting). The second year has really been about consolidation; we were fortunate to receive permission from Chuck Collins to reproduce his prototype locomotive information previously published on his now defunct website, and to receive input from both Maynard Stowe and Mark Hall about their work in producing the Putnam & Stowe and The Forney Co/Portland Products 0-4-4T Forney locomotives respectively. We also received further photographs of Bill Kerr’s home layout, which allowed us to significantly add to this already popular posting.
Our blog engine, WordPress, introduced changes over the last year; one which will be familiar to our returning viewers is the ability to make a posting “sticky”; ie give it priority so that it appears at the top of the list. We use this facility to bring the older posts back to the top of the list in rotation, and also when an old post has been significantly changed. Viewers will see this facility as a “Featured” post.
A year ago, in response to a comment about what we were trying to do with the blog, we wrote;-
After much discussion, we decided that the best description of what we are attempting to do with the new blog style FAQ’s is “to produce/publish an internet based resource for the Maine On2 modeller (and Maine Two Foot enthusiast) that tries to address the common questions, problems and solutions which would otherwise be buried deep within the various Yahoo! Groups, and to make these freely available.”
Looking back now, we feel that we can now say that we are further along that road.
Thanks to all our contributors (and administrators),
Terry, Matt and Trevor.