Later this month, vee8 will be one year old. It’s been a great year and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed contributing to the debate among F1’s bloggers. But it’s time for some changes.
You may know that when I set up vee8, it was as a spin-off to my personal blog, doctorvee. Essentially, I had set up two blogs when I only really had enough content for one blog. I suspected I wouldn’t be able to produce enough F1 content to justify setting up a totally new blog.
If anything, my time constraints have become more severe since then. I am heavily involved in running four blogs, and much of my spare time just now is spent looking for a job. Then once I find a job I will have even less spare time for obvious reasons.
Originally I had two plans in mind to make producing content for vee8 easier.
First of all, I decided to invite everyone to post. The idea was to have the openness of a forum with the format of a blog. It was experimental. I always suspected that not many people would take it up. After all, there are plenty of other outlets for people to express their opinions, and the F1 blogosphere has developed even more since then.
That made it all the more surprising that some people actually did decide to write one or two posts for this site. So my thanks go out to Christine, Brits on Pole, Onebrow, Ollie, Ponzonha, Sammy the Finn and Scott Woodwiss for making use of the facility and producing great posts for this site.
But now I have closed down new user registration. That is not to say I am totally ruling out any guest posts in the future, and everyone who has registered is still very welcome to write a post for vee8 if they wish. But in general, any future guest posts will be done on the sort of basis they are done on other websites.
My other plan to beef up the content on this blog was to produce daily news roundups. I believe this feature proved to be popular. Back then, I don’t think anyone was offering a similar kind of service. But today, both Keith at F1 Fanatic and Christine at F1 Minute produce their own regular links roundups and make heavier use of Delicious.
Now that these two adequate alternatives to my daily links service are available, it is no longer the USP it once was. Furthermore, the time constraints I have already mentioned mean that I am no longer able to hunt for links from a variety of locations. I now normally stick to the same old sources, and if you read my daily links regularly you will already be well aware of what those sources are.
This is where your help comes in. Do you, as a reader, still value the daily links roundups? Should I re-think the feature? Give up on it completely?
Over the next few days I will be tweaking the design of the site to make it more suitable for the direction I want to take vee8 in for the new season. I am still not sure how often I will be able to keep vee8 updated. I have found it difficult over the off-season, but I was exceptionally busy in December and January, and I might well get back into the swing of things come Melbourne.
But while I am considering all of this, now is a good time to ask you guys for your advice. This will help me as a content producer get more out of vee8, and hopefully it will help you get more out of it too. Any thoughts are welcome!