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. Martin Stanley said on 21st December 2009, 10:09

    Good luck Keith, I’ve only started reading it this past season but I think it’s a great site.

  2. Arun Srini said on 21st December 2009, 10:11

    good luck, we fanatic readers will be there to support you…

  3. In my opinion, you’ve already done a great job with this site as the kind of project it was run until now, so I think it’s a good decision to commit to it. I definitely wish you all the best and, of course, I’ll be following the developments.

  4. Good luck mate!

    :)

  5. Journeyer said on 21st December 2009, 10:26

    Excellent, excellent news, Keith. I do hope you’ve thought this through and you have a sustainable profit model ready. Once that’s set, the rest should be at least a bit easier.

  6. You’re a brave chap Mr Collantine. I’ve been visiting your site for a good three years now, and it’s easily the best out there. Now it has your undivided attention, it can only get better. Hopefully you can find ways of making it pay. Here’s to F1 Fanatic!

  7. Fantastic! Who here wouldn’t like to jack-in the daily grind to do something they enjoy?

    Hope everything goes as planned and good luck for the future Keith!

  8. This is great Keith. I’ve been following your site for so long but not that participated by commenting. Said that, I’ve been reading your articles.

    And one thing that caught my attention: How do you plan to make money out of it? I can’t see any AdSense or something. If there is anything we can contribute such as click-ad-once-a-day-keep-the-doctor-away, let us do it : )

  9. SaloolaS said on 21st December 2009, 10:37

    Great news Keith. Will the blog bring you enough money?

  10. Vincent said on 21st December 2009, 10:38

    My best of luck for you.

  11. All the best things come frome brave decisions and I’m sure this will be no exception. All the best.

  12. Richard C said on 21st December 2009, 10:45

    You have our total support as always Keith and its great to see so many support you as well.

  13. Andrey said on 21st December 2009, 10:47

    Hi Keith. Congratulations!
    any html and css tasks – please ask :)

  14. Scribe said on 21st December 2009, 10:47

    This is an incredibly brave decision which I think its safe to say looking up an down this thread we are all very gratefull for. This site is my number one place for F1 and the forum is my number 1 place for dicussion.

    Wishing you all the best of luck with this new direction you are taking we’re all behind you.

  15. Rishab said on 21st December 2009, 10:48

    All the very best Keith! You’re doing a splendid job, hats off to your commitment, dedication and the effort you put into the blog.

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