The past year has been a good one and was packed with life-changing events. My wife and I decided to leave Germany and move back to the United States. We both found good jobs and have settled into a nice little apartment on Manhattan’s west side.
I am also grateful for my Eisenbahnstudio readers who come back again and again, read the RSS feed, subscribe to the email updates or follow Eisenbahnstudio on Twitter . Over time, this blog has developed a small but faithful following that I hope will continue to grow in 2010.
But before I start talking about the new year, let’s review 2009 here on the Eisenbahnstudio blog…
The most popular posts
In terms of pageviews, the following five posts were the most popular among readers in 2009. If you missed any of them, review them at your convenience.
Working with TurboCAD Mac Deluxe – The most important features to learn in order to start working in 3D with TurboCAD.
Rail 2009 PROTO:87 Convention – My report from the inspiring PROTO:87 event in Houten, Netherlands.
My new macro photo studio – First pictures from my macro photo studio.
Benchwork for my FREMO project – An overview of the module set-up of the Fessenheim project.
Assembling Weinert’s original coupler – Instructions for optimizing the coupler for operation.
How readers found Eisenbahnstudio
One of the things I find most fascinating about managing a website or blog is looking at the keywords that visitors use to find the site. I went to Google Analytics, exported the keywords and made a tag cloud to visualize how individual keywords rank in searches.
2009 Eisenbahnstudio keyword cloud.*
Overall, the keywords focus around topics that are representative of what I write about. I expected words such as proto, fremo and related keywords to be represented prominently. To my surprise, a high number of searches included the word marklin, which brought a sizable number of visitors to Eisenbahnstudio. This makes me wonder if I should consider not using this brand name on the blog because I imagine that many visitors looking for Märklin-related content will be disappointed.
What’s in store for 2010
Settled into a new apartment and job, I intend to spend more time modeling and reporting on my projects – possibly including US prototypes.
The interview series with other prototype modelers will continue, and I plan to write more about general prototype modeling topics, report on community events and share PROTO:87 industry news.
If you are interested in anything in particular or have suggestions on specific PROTO:87 topics, please leave me a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks, and Happy New Year!
*Image created by the Wordle.net web application.