The future of F1 Fanatic

I started F1 Fanatic at the beginning of 2005 as a hobby. At the time I never thought that within a few years it would grow into a site visited by around 200,000 people per month.

But in the past few months I have felt increasingly frustrated that I don’t have enough time to do everything I want to with F1 Fanatic: developing the site, writing articles for it, proof-reading, responding to your comments, and everything else.

I decided it was time to either commit to the site fully or give up on it. So three weeks ago I gave notice that I would be leaving my job at the end of the year to work on F1 Fanatic full-time.

As you can imagine I’m very excited to take on the challenge of turning something which has given me an enormous amount of pleasure into a paying job. But I’m under no illusions that this is a difficult profession in which to earn money.

I’m very grateful to all of you who visit the site and have contributed to it. I hope you will get even more out of it in the future as I am able to dedicate more time to it.

There will inevitably be changes to the site in the near future, many of which I’ve mentioned here before. They are partly intended to take advantage of the extra time I will have to work on the site. More on that here: Update on improvements to F1 Fanatic

In 2010 I hope to develop F1 Fanatic further as an essential destination for F1 fans with better news coverage, more original content, a quicker and more reliable site, and – most of all – many more opportunities for all of you to get involved.

Here’s to the future!

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209 comments on The future of F1 Fanatic

  1. pankit said on 22nd December 2009, 6:10

    This is amazing news Keith,
    Best of Luck on this venture and you have my full support !!! Although im very sad Raikkonen is no more a part of F1, i cant wait for season 2010 to begin !!!

    Hamilton @ Mclaren
    Alonso @ Ferrari and the most exciting of them all
    Michael @ Mercedes (and Ross Brawn)
    It is surely to be the most amazing season of all time !!!

  2. Great news Keith and thanks.

  3. Wow!! I feel like applauding all of a sudden! :D You do deserve around of applause from all the readers of your blog for the amazing effort you put into this blog and for making such a brave and exciting jump! I feel so happy for you to be able to practice your passion as your job! It’s like a dream come true, even though it’s not as dreamy as it sounds, it’s still better facing hardships from something you love than something you are forced to do!

    As many have already said this is one of the best, if not the best F1 blog out there, and the thought of it getting better has already made 2010 a better year lol

    All the best!

  4. Rob B said on 22nd December 2009, 8:42

    Good luck Keith – Ive always marvelled at how you managed to fit work and run this amazing site into your days! I struggle with work and reading the articles here! :D

  5. great decision Keith… all the best for your new venture!

  6. Pacman said on 22nd December 2009, 11:21

    Good luck Keith – this site is, by some distance, my favourite F1 website. I visit at least twice a day and really appreciate the well-written articles and high-res photos (so difficult to find these for free elsewhere).

  7. Best of luck Keith, and good on you for following your dreams!

  8. I’m delighted to hear your news!

    It’s the most interesting F1 sight already and I have no idea how you did so much part time.

    I’lllook forward to it even more now.

  9. leon pel said on 22nd December 2009, 17:50

    welldone!!! i think your decidion it’s very good for us. Gongratulations. we will be with you. happy holidays from Greece

  10. simone said on 22nd December 2009, 19:04

    Good luck! :-)

  11. Keith, you have without any doubt, managed to create the best F1 site on the web bar none.

    The quality of your journalism and impartiality is beyond reproachment. The fact that Ari decided to call you, at the start of your summer holiday, to state his position with regard to the FiA presidency and the numerous invites to advise on Sky News, speaks volumes.

    Thanks for all your hard work, sincerly wish you every success with the monster you have created. Hobby for a job? You deserve it sir – all the very best to you!

  12. Keith, kudos from Brazil, F1 Fanatic is just great and will be better!

  13. awesome news, best of luck to you Kieth i hope you the best in the future i am already reading your site everyday.

  14. Accidental Mick said on 23rd December 2009, 12:57

    Keith,

    I have worked with computers since the late sixties but learnt something new from this stream.

    I didn’t know that you only got paid for the adverts when someone clicked on one. In the unlikely event that there is someone else out there as ignorant as me, I think you should put a note to that effect on your home page.

  15. Hollus said on 23rd December 2009, 14:05

    Good luck, buddy!
    Keep the good work up and earn a life out of it. I for one will keep on passing by all the time if the page is even half as good as it used to be.

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