I’ve been getting a few reader referrals over the last couple of days from a blog I’d never seen before. It had a rather intriguing and promising Intertube domain, railmaps.blogspot.com. Naturally I had to check it out. The site was kind enough to recommend me to its readers, so I felt I could certainly repay the favor by visiting for awhile. The author focuses specifically on Australia.
I wouldn’t normally feature a blog with a single post because these sites come-and-go as people grapple with the extended commitment necessary to provide content over time. It’s difficult to predict what people will want to read. I think I saw somewhere awhile ago that the average number of readers per blog is less than ten. How’s that for throwing out a wildly reckless and irresponsible statistic without attribution or support? The larger point being, however, that the ratio between time commitment and readership isn’t very favorable and it can be discouraging.
One has to have a true devotion to a subject bordering on obsession to find enough motivation to keep it going month-after-month. In that context I have high hopes for this blog because it’s a companion to their established Australian Rail Maps website which has been in existence since 1996.
They cover other forms of transportation too. Take a look at the astounding level of detail on their National Public Transport Map. I don’t think they creators of this site will have any problem populating a blog and I look forward to following their progress.
I have a particular soft spot for Australian geo-oddities (type Australia in the search box and you’re sure to see a bunch of articles) and I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because the land seems so foreign to me with all the reddish outback earth, unusual marsupials and overabundant eucalyptus. I’ve only been there a single time and I remained on the eastern coast so I’ve barely scratched the surface. I do hope to be able to return someday, maybe when the kids get a little older.
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The next site is C N UTAH which I found as a link from an intermittent blog I read called Every Whatever. C N UTAH has a simple mission: "Our goal is to visit all the towns of Utah and take a picture of their town signs to prove that we were there. We think it will take some time, but it should be fun along the way."
I love websites where people with a focused determination set out to experience every item conceivably related to an amazingly esoteric topic, to become the absolute acknowledged worldwide expert of that discipline. Bravo. And don’t we all want to have some fun along the way, too?
They haven’t posted since October, but it does get pretty cold in Utah during the winter months. I’m hoping they reactivate the site with the onset of warmer weather.
Random thought: I’m particularly happy today because the last speck of snow finally melted from my yard this afternoon. Spring is on the way.