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. Tengil said on 21st December 2009, 9:39

    Congratulations Keith and good luck!
    F1fanatic has been part of my daily startup routine for a year or two now and this can only improve it.

  2. DanThorn said on 21st December 2009, 9:41

    Best of luck Keith and thanks for such a magnificent site!

  3. I’ve just disabled AdBlock on F1Fanatic, you deserve any money from ad impressions you get for running this fantastic site.

  4. Rob A said on 21st December 2009, 9:45

    Well Keith, put it this way – when I started reading this I thought you were going to announce giving up on the sit and was instanly downhearted! Good job I read on and saw the opposite was true!

    Best of luck with it – a courageous move! You’ll have my support all the way.

    Incidentally, should you go for an autosport.com type business model and have a few articles available only to paid subscribers – I would be interested in that. Just FYI…

  5. NomadIndian said on 21st December 2009, 9:48

    Congratulations Keith and Good Luck!!!

    Looking forward to the future!!!

  6. Inferno said on 21st December 2009, 9:48

    Fantastic news! This site is my first port of call for F1 news and it is a truely amazing site. Congrtats on your great work and being able to work at something you love!

  7. Daniel said on 21st December 2009, 9:50

    Hey Keith, congratulations and goodluck.

    Have you thought of adding a donate feature, as Im sure many including myself would add a few quid to help you out which would only help and make F1 Fanatic bigger and better!

    Anyways all the best!

    • Yeah I thought that too. I’ve been on websites before that have a donate feature. I’d chip in a bit hehe

      • Mark Hitchcock said on 21st December 2009, 10:47

        As would I. Can’t afford to commit to a subscription or anything like that but it’d be good to be able to give a few quid every now and then.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st December 2009, 15:38

      Have you thought of adding a donate feature, as Im sure many including myself would add a few quid to help you out which would only help and make F1 Fanatic bigger and better!

      Yes I have and you can make a donation here:

      http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/donate/

      This will be flagged up on the home page when the new site design is ready.

  8. themarcpearson said on 21st December 2009, 9:51

    Is it bad/sad that i have F1Fanatic set as my homepage

  9. Congratulations on the brave and awesome decision. Best of luck for the future Keith!

    Its good to see someone follow their dreams.

  10. Steph90 said on 21st December 2009, 9:52

    Jesus Keith you quit your job? Now that is dedication and I really admire that. Good on you :)
    This site was a genius idea, is run by a true fan and has wonderful little touches like the forums and the live chat. I know you can continue to make your site grow.
    Congratulations Keith. Certainly the most inspiring story from F1 this Christmas.

  11. Rob R. said on 21st December 2009, 9:52

    Now you have nothing but F1 all day, you’re going to go as bat**** crazy as Bernie or Max. ;)

  12. sumedh said on 21st December 2009, 9:54

    Congrats and good luck, Keith.

    By the way, just out of curiosity, what was your profession before? (Now its obviously F1 journalism).

  13. Good luck I hope you manage to make the site pay and don’t regret your decision. F1 Fanatic is one the best on the web and one of the firsts sites I check every time I go on the internet.

  14. Jonesracing82 said on 21st December 2009, 9:57

    brilliant as this is now my Fav F1 site!

  15. Hats off to you, Keith. Quite a tough decision to make, I reckon. Keep up the good work. I’m look forward to reading more from you.

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