You may have noticed a lot more non-train posts here at Traingeek World Headquarters. This isn’t intentional. I’ve been writing what I feel like writing, and these days I want to write about a lot of different things – life in the USSR, life as a computer geek, train stuff, random fiction.
I’m trying to decide whether I should continue to post the non-train stuff here, or on a different platform like Substack or Patreon or Yet-Another-Blog. I’m torn.
Here’s where you come in. I’d like your opinion. I made a short three question survey to help me decide; this is now closed and you can see the results below. Thank you to those who filled it out. I’ll consider your responses when I decide what to do.
Often when I want to make a decision, I “go with my gut” but my gut is not helpful this time. So I’ll list a few pros and cons and you can weigh in by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a comment, if you wish.
Post Everything Here
- Established audience
- No learning curve for me
- No additional cost for anyone
- May alienate existing readers
- Little additional audience for non-train material
- Very mixed message for new visitors
Post Non-Train Stuff Elsewhere
- Potential for a new audience
- Traingeek.ca stays train oriented
- Less constraints on what to write
- Could earn some $$ without running ads
- Most existing readers won’t follow me there
- Learning curve for me, and for existing readers
- May be a cost for me, or for readers, or both
- Yet another site to maintain, OR
- Writing on someone else’s platform
SurveyMonkey allows you to see the first 10 responses before requiring a paid plan (which is expensive, in my opinion), so I closed the survey after 15 people responded. Here are the results from the first 10 responses:
Q1: Do you come here for my writing or my (train) photography?
- Train photography: 20%
- Writing: 0%
- Both!: 80%
Q2: Do you read my non-train content at all?
- Always: 30%
- Sometimes: 60%
- Rarely: 10%
- Never: 0%
One comment: “Depends on the subject” which is very fair!
Q3: Does my non-train writing make you more or less likely to come here?
- Very likely: 10%
- Likely: 0%
- Neither likely nor unlikely: 60%
- Unlikely: 10%
- Very unlikely: 20%
There were lots of comments here… mostly positive.
What do you think? Please email me at email@example.com and/or leave a comment below!