Here is the news…

Starting today F1 Fanatic will be offering more Formula 1 news.

These stories will be listed under ‘News in brief’ on the right-hand side of the site, and as you can see that box has been re-designed to fit more content in.

Hang on, isn’t this a blog? Why have you added a news service?

The blog will continue as usual but I want F1 Fanatic to offer more than blog content, including video, forums and news. This is another step towards that.

However these stories will all be ‘comment-able’, just as they are on the blog, offering a greater depth of interactivity that few other F1 news sites offer.

Who writes it?

The articles are supplied by motoring news agency GMM’s team of writers, who also supply news to other F1 sites. They are all checked by me before being published here.

The news content will be supplied on trial until the end of November, after which I’ll decide whether or not to continue with it.

You’ve crashed my feed reader!

All this new material does mean that the F1 Fanatic RSS Feed will be putting on some weight.

I could offer a ‘non-news’ version of the feed if people are interested, so if that’s something you’d like to see, please leave a comment below.

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26 comments on Here is the news…

  1. Very good idea. But please do always check the GMM stories, in the past I’ve found them very poor at understanding the rules, particularly the engine rules.

  2. i am so disappointed to read this keith.

    *looks for unsubscribe button*

    GMM have proven themselves to be incompetent beyond belief this year. earlier in the year we actually asked all commenters on sidepodcast.com not to post links to GMM sourced stories, so wrong was the information most of the time.

    you must be desperate for content to go down this route :(

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd November 2008, 16:02

    Don – I will do, and if there’s something in there I don’t think is right I won’t be publishing it.

    SPC – I had a look at some of the reference to GMM in your comments and among the stories your commenters were encouraged to take ‘with a pinch of salt’ were early reports about Toro Rosso testing Takuma Sato and McLaren doing a deal with Force India. I’ve found GMM produce good material which I wanted to offer here. If during or after the trial I decide it isn’t up to a high enough standard I’ll drop it. It’s not a case of being ‘desperate for content’ – this arrangement is anticipated to break even at present.

    Can I take it you’d rather see two different feeds, or are you so offended you never want to come back here again?

  4. Please make a feed for non-news items. It would be gratefully appreciated.

  5. Yup, a non-news feed would be appreciated.

  6. I would be interested in separate RSS feeds.

  7. i’m not bothered what it cost, nor how much you make. when i say “desperate for content”, i mean it sounds like you’re less interested in writing unique posts.

    i can get genetically modified media stories from a hundred other places and the only difference is the adverts i see. sounds to me like you’re generating a lot of duplicate information, much of which is decidedly ropey (unless they’ve upped their game recently, that’s just what it is).

    maybe you’ll manage it well, maybe it’ll be the best thing you’ve ever introduced. two feeds is an absolute must though, yes.

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd November 2008, 18:31

    When did I say I was going to be writing less original content?

  9. John Spencer said on 22nd November 2008, 18:42

    Well I think it’s a good idea, Keith. As long as it’s clear what’s a news item and what’s an article, I’m not bothered if you do one or multiple feeds.

  10. I don’t know why so many people are against the idea. I love it as it saves me time so I don’t need to go to other sites for news. And as f1fanatic is the best site for F1 fans I can’t see the problem with combining best of both worlds as they say. I know Keith will continue his amazing blogging I am very much for an expansion of this site.

    Keep going Keith.

  11. “I don’t know why so many people are against the idea.”

    i woke up and got spammed by a bunch of content i spend my life trying to avoid :)

    if keith says decent articles will be continue that’s cool. with a separate feed it’ll probably be fine. doesn’t feel like f1f to me though.

  12. I don’t think is a good idea to post news from GMM. This blog is great, the work you’ve done here is just great, but I think this news service is unappropriate.

    Of course, it’s your blog and you will have the last word on this. But please think again about this.

    And if you decide to continue with GMM, please offer a second RSS-fedd just with your posts.

    Thank you.

  13. ceedas said on 22nd November 2008, 20:09

    I don’t think this site needs news, it’s where I come for a slightly different take, and for the arguments discussions about the stories, not for the news itself. The actual original content is in danger of getting overwhelmed, which I think would make this site a less valuable destination for me (just an opinion of course).

    I’ll add my voice to those who’d appreciate a non-news feed.

  14. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd November 2008, 22:53

    Got more grief for this than I did for saying Kubica was the driver of the year. But that’s why there’s a comment box: I didn’t think this would be so divisive. Just like I’m sure if a news story goes up that people object to, I’ll get told about it through the comments.

    Anyway, to be clear: no reduction in original content (aside from the unavoidable off-season slow-down), and a non-news feed is high on to-do list.

  15. Yes please for a blog post only feed.

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