It's that time of year - the time for looking back on the year that is ending, and looking forward to the new year. Time for navel gazing... (though why would anyone stare at their navel? Mine is rather unremarkable. I'll spare you photos)
ANYway, I digress. Let's talk about railfanning, writing, and blogging in 2016.
Railfanning in 2016I have to say I wasn't railfanning as much in 2016 as I have in the past few years. The last few months of 2016 were particularly idle. I was super busy at work and didn't have a lot of time nor energy to spend chasing trains. It was good for the pocketbook but not for the photography.
That being said, I did get out for a few good trips:
- I did some mountain railfanning in the Banff area, which was super fun.
- I finished my Manitoba grain elevator project with a marathon 21 hour tour.
- I railfanned at Dorval, Quebec.. briefly
- I photographed some trains in the Saint John, NB area (including CN 406 twice)
- We vacationed on Newfoundland and I photographed many static displays
- I railfanned in the Lethbridge, Alberta area and saw its bridge and some stored cars nearby
- I even railfanned on PEI twice
I went out twice with other people, which is unusual for this "lone wolf" railfan:
- The elusive CN RDC, CN 1501
- The CN Family Day train
- The CP Holiday Day train
- I was even on the UP Express train, briefly
Writing in 2016I was happy to write an eBook in 2016, Diesels on Prince Edward Island. It was something I wanted to do, and it was pretty well received. It's a lot of work to write a book... and mine was considerably shorter than, say, Eric Gagnon's VIA Rail book series.
Did you know that Eric's writing a new book? Find out more!
- My Stewart Southern article was published in the March-April 2016 issue (based on this series)
- My "Trains and Grain Elevators" article was published in the May-June 2016 issue
- My two-part New Brunswick East Coast Railway article was published in the November-December 2016 issue and the second part will likely be published in the Jan-Feb 2017 issue
Blogging in 2016
I published eight "10 questions" posts this year. These are always popular and I enjoy doing them. I'd like to say I interviewed from A to Z but I only interviewed from Berry to Zulkoskey so I missed a letter!
Two posts in particular have received quite a bit more than the average number of views:
My least popular posts are the news posts like More on Winnipeg's Waverley Street Overpass which obviously don't appeal to a wide audience.
Off Topic PostsI wrote a few posts that were a bit off the beaten path, as it were. I was inspired by the retirement of HMCS Iroquois to write about my ship geek days and I wrote a few more personal posts about jealousy and my lack of patience. I'll probably write some more of those in the new year. I know they aren't as interesting for the readers, but to paraphrase Lesley Gore, "it's my blog and I'll write what I want to." ;)
Summary2016 was a busy year. It was a year of finishing projects like my Manitoba grain elevator project and my eBook. Railfanning-wise (is that a word?) it was a slow year.
I'm collecting my thoughts for my 2017 plans and I'll write about them shortly.