The editors would like to wish all the contributors a Happy New Year and thank them for their material used in the past year. We also hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year.
The most viewed posts (*) in the calendar year 2019 were;-
#1- MaineOn2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL.
#2– Maine On2 layouts – Trevor Marshall’s Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR.
#3– Prototype Information – SR&RL Locomotives.
#4– Maine On2 layouts – Peter Barney’s SR&RL.
#5- MaineOn2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module.
#6- MaineOn2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Franklin module.
This is a rather familiar listing topped by old favourites of well built Canadian layouts which are regrettably no longer in existence. Bill Kerr’s layout had a surge of viewings following the “re-discovery” of a number of his own postings and emails describing the layout and how it was built which led to a blog update. This was an unintended benefit of Yahoo! groups closing.
Visitor activity this year has been well down on previous years in terms of visitor numbers, total views and specific topic viewing numbers, which are used to produce these end of year rankings. This seems to be a common trend of late with many other model railroad blogs and email groups showing reduced activity.
The number of viewings by American and Canadian visitors were particularly reduced compared to previous years, which caused the rankings of the nationality of viewers to revert to their usual pattern. The USA still leads with some 77% of the 2019 total viewings, but the United Kingdom at 6.6% regained it’s traditional second placing with Canada now coming in third with 4.7%. Next came Switzerland (2.1%) Australia (2.8%), and Japan (1.8%).
The blog has recorded visits from 53 different countries around the globe this year.
The editorial team took things easy for most of the year and we did not publicly mark the blog’s sixth anniversary. The notice that Yahoo! was intending to eliminate “user posted content” from the Groups site at rather short notice in the last quarter caused a rush of activity to protect some of our information sources or to download particular pieces of information. Some of this information has already been published, mostly as updates to existing topics, and some has been marked for review and possible publication at a later date.
We still have some topics and updates on the “to do” list and may well find errors to correct and additional information to add to existing postings, so keep coming back in the coming year.
on behalf of the editorial team (Trevor, Matt & Terry).
(*) as recorded by WordPress, using direct visits to the topic/posting.