So, here on the last day of May, I should probably acknowledge that the Lamley Group Blog turned 5 this month. It’s actual birthday was a few weeks ago, but May is the month.
It is honestly strange to think this little project I started on a whim has gone strong for five years now. It has gone through its share of changes, and definitely evolved. But no matter what its incarnation, I still try and make it as much about the joy of collecting as I can.
At one point I never thought I would do videos. Now I do. I used to show pics of leaked cars. Now I don’t. (That remains the most important decision I have made related to the blog.) My photos have evolved, hopefully for the better. And, as can happen when a few people read your blog, I have my share of haters. It can only be taken as a source of pride.
Of course over the five years I have met a plethora of cool folks. From my Lamley Partners to folks that work at the various diecast manufacturers, to the most important people in this endeavor, you Lamley readers. I am lucky to have formed some strong friendships all over the world that I will value forever.
But through all that, with the goods and bads, I only do this blog because I enjoy it. I thoroughly enjoy this hobby, and writing about these goofy toys is how I experience it. I like sharing my excitement for a new model, or showcasing an old favorite in the collection. There have been times I just want to hang it up, but ultimately I come back because I enjoy it.
So the Lamley Blog will keep going, as long as I like doing it. When the time comes that I don’t, I will walk away. I don’t think that time is coming anytime soon.
So, to celebrate the blog’s 5-year anniversary, I decided to give it some of the upgrades I have wanted to do for a long time. Let’s be honest, the old blog was U-G-L-Y. I literally started the Lamley blog in a matter of minutes 5 years ago. I decided I wanted a place to put my diecast photos, so I googled “blog” and 15 minutes later the Lamley Group Blog was online. I knew nothing – and still don’t know much – but went from there. The blogger platform allowed me to post my photos and features, but it never looked how I wanted it to look.
So I finally bit the bullet and changed the platform to WordPress, and the blog looks so much better, ESPECIALLY on mobile, where half of you read it. There is more content on the front page, so I can post more news in between features, and things don’t get buried so quickly. The search function and menu bar up top make it easier to do a dive into past content. So it looks better, and it functions better. The feedback so far has been totally positive, and I hope all of you find the experience of reading Lamley a ton better.
I also upgraded my office to make the videos look a little more vibrant, and have been experimenting with a new photo style to go with the standard white-to-black style I have always used. Mixing things up is always a good thing.
So yeah, I like photographing and writing about little cars, and I am thankful many of you enjoy visiting this passion project. I will keep trying to do the best I can.
Thanks for making this so fun for the last 5 years. Here’s to 5 more.