This question has been running around in my head for a while.
There’s no doubt about it, blogging takes time.
Each blog has two parts. Firstly the photos. Taking them, choosing which ones to use, cropping and resizing them for the web. A simple blog has one or two photos, for an exhibition or a visit to a railway there can be 20 to 30 photos to add to the post.
Then the words need to be written. For a modelling post the text is a short description of what I did. If I visit an exhibition or a railway I’ll do a bit of research to check the facts are correct. Inevitably, some editing is always required to make the text more ‘readable’.
If I used this time for modelling, would I be a more productive modeller?
After some reflection I’m not convinced I would.
The blog is a motivator for my modelling. If I haven’t blogged for a while, it encourages me to do some modelling so that I can write a blog.
Additionally, when I’ve written a blog it makes me think about what I can do next, and that leads to more modelling.
Finally, it’s fun to write a series of blogs about a small modelling project, for example making a loco or a building.
These things create a cycle of model, blog, model, blog… a sort of virtuous circle.
Yes, blogging takes time but I enjoy it and it makes me a more productive modeller. Let the cycle continue….