Today, iModeler hit a significant milestone - our 1000th headline article. For the record, the millennium entry was Neil Foster's Tamiya Meteor prototype 1/48. Neil discovered iModeler in February; three months later, he has a solid modeling blog featuring 20 articles, and counting. Congratulations and thank you Neil, we all hope to see more from you soon!
1000 articles. This number invites reflection, so let's put it into some perspective. Between the years 1996-2008 I had been the editor of IPMS Stockholm Magazine, one of the pioneering modeling sites of the web. For the time, our website was tremendously successful and we were mighty proud of it. The fruit of the twelve years of our monthly publishing efforts were the over 450 modeling articles that can still be googled today. The value that we achieved in these 12 years of tedious and time-consuming editorial work was repeated at iModeler in... a little more than three months. In another three, it was doubled.
1000 articles after six months of operation is more than we could have imagined. When starting something entirely new like iModeler, there's really no way of knowing how the response would be; you need to take the plunge and hope for the best. As our first goal, we were hoping to get 1-2 submissions every day. It was exceeded almost immediately after our official launch in November. In the second month of operation, our record single day brought 34 new articles. And, as they say, we never looked back.
1000 articles is a number that would make any major modeling website proud. Even Hyperscale that we all know and love publishes about 600 headline items per year. Yeah, one could argue that other sites provide some quality editorial content while iModeler relies solely on crowdsourcing; that other feature sponsored product news while we don't. I'm not worried: I think you'll agree that iModeler is already one of the most inspiring modeling sites to visit daily, maybe even several times a day. With this level of engagement, I'm confident that there's no limit to what kind of quality content the future may bring - whenever our members decide it's fun and interesting for them to share.
1000 articles were created during our first six months of community building. During that time, an average iModeler member has created 3 articles, uploaded 30 images and wrote 16 comments. Almost 10,000 images were uploaded to our library.
So what's next? 1000 articles is a tremendous knowledge base and we're planning to bring forward its full potential in the forthcoming updates: organizing the lot by subject, making it searchable and fun to explore in its entirety.
Thank you Neil. Thank you all! Way to go iModeler!
Read also: Editor's Story: How iModeler Came to Be