One year ago I started blogging Trackside Treasure for three reasons. One, it sounded simple. Even with minimal programming skills, each post is easy to produce. Two, it sounded profitable. Oh sure, maybe if the blog gets 10,000 visits per day. Three, I had something to blog about. Fortunately, I'm nowhere close to running out of material.
Looking backwards, from a marker lamp's perspective, I've learned that it's important to stay on-message, continuing to publish unique material that's different from anything else online. Unlike most blogs, mine is not a true daily "web log"; instead I take some time to pace my posts so the blog won't burn out. I really appreciate comments that readers send, keeping the blog interactive. Thanks to Dave, Steve, Byron, Robert, Chris, Jason, John and Scott who produce the fine blogs and websites you'll see on my blogroll.
There is a lot of interest in Canadian railway operations of the 1970's-80's-90's, as evidenced by the average of 25 daily visits to Trackside Treasure. Even though Canada isn't as broad in scope or locales as US railroading, I've encountered lots of Canadian operations I'd like to share.
Thanks to you, the loyal readers of Trackside Treasure. I hope you'll stay aboard for another interesting year. Who knows what'll appear around the next curve?
Can you identify either specific location pictured in this post? The first reader to do so and send it as a comment to this post will win the Trackside Treasure first anniversary prize pack.
Welcome John Longhurst, associate editor of Canadian Railway Modeller magazine, to our blogroll. John will be blogging about his CP Rail Manitoba & Minnesota Subdivision HO layout and all things model railway-related, not to mention Tibetan sand mandalas!