Our first half-million hits

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Thames Barges

Thames barges on the Blackwater – one of the first photos
to appear at intheboatshed.net

It feels a little funny when I think of it, but some time in the next two or three days in the boatshed.net will rack up its first half million hits.

Those with long memories will recall that this weblog began in a very small way at the end of 2006, and benefited early on from the support of various weblogs and online magazines, most notably Chuck Leinweber’s Duckworks Magazine and Tim Shaw’s Chineblog.

Ben Crawshaw’s wonderful The Invisible Workshop followed as did Chris Partridge’s Rowing for Pleasure, and so did a host more I won’t mention just now because if I do this post will become too huge for words.

We’re now all part of a community of interconnecting weblogs and online magazines, and I’m grateful to all of them both for their assistance in helping readers find their way here, and for the entertainment and interest they have given us in our household. If you come to this site and happen to land on this post, therefore, I’d like to suggest you take a little time to explore the sites and weblogs, as well as the rest of the intheboatshed.net blogroll.

But I have another request: please send me pictures and stories that you’d like to share! We’re particularly interested in old boats, traditionally built boats whether old or new, in boats that bear the influences of the past, in the history and culture of boating, in influential individuals and in alternative ways of enjoying boating rooted in the past. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a proud owner or not, or a boat builder or other boat related craftsman, or even if you simply have something interesting to sell. And the occasional story about a boat-related shed doesn’t go amiss either!

Finally, I’d like to pay tribute to my family and wife Julie, who has shown immense understanding and enthusiasm over a long period. I know that I’ve been very lucky to have their support and I hope they feel the result justifies the effort and time that goes into the inthboatshed.net project.

Reach me either at gmatkin@gmail.com or by using the intheboatshed.net contact page, which you can get to using the page tab above the title line.

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5 thoughts on “Our first half-million hits”

  1. Gavin, congratulations! How about a best hits sort of top ten posts from your inception.

    Nice numbers, something to encourage all of us boat bloggers.

    1. Aside from the homepage, the biggest share of the traffic goes to the various free boat plans, of which the Julie skiff plans are by far the most popular.

      The next most popular is the set of plans for the 10ft double-ended skiff first published in Practical Boatbuilding for Amateurs.

      The post on Robert Ballard's beautiful and touching images of the Titanic comes next, closely followed by two Iain Oughtred-related links, one to an online catalogue of his plans and one to Chris Perkins beautiful Oughtred canoe Stangarra.

      I could go on for a total of 843 posts, but won't do so today…

      Gav

  2. Gavin,

    Congratulations! I enjoy your posts several times a week! The Light Trow design is on my short dream list of boats to build.

    Thanks

    Jon

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