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. Brilliant!

    Cant commend you enough for this!

    Ed

  2. Great news Keith we hope the site continues to grow. It’s one of the best F1 sites around. It’s the only place on the web where its easy to find so many true F1 fans.

  3. Blimey, that’s brave! Best of luck. I’d better click on an ad or two here and there :)

  4. Robert McKay said on 21st December 2009, 10:55

    Wow, brave decision – but only mainly because (a) the blog is already so good it’s hard to see it being improved, although I’m sure you will, and (b) it’s a competitive market and lots of less-scrupulous websites have articles written almost entirely by copy-paste…

    I have to say though that this is in my view one of the holy triumvirate of F1 blogs – Joe Saward’s Grand Prix Blog, James Allen’s blog and F1 Fanatic. There’s other stuff worth reading as well, of course, but on sheer consistency these three are strongest and all complement each other very well.

    • Couldn’t agree more.

    • Bullfrog said on 21st December 2009, 11:36

      That’s my top three as well!

      Congratulations Keith, I look forward to hearing more of you on TV and radio too.
      Do let us know the most effective way to support your new venture (how best to use the ads, shopping links etc) and any events or gatherings you may be planning…

    • Ned Flanders said on 21st December 2009, 19:33

      My top 3 also. Why is Joe Saward’s blog now a better site than grandprix.com?

  5. Travis said on 21st December 2009, 10:56

    As already said, all the best to you Keith!

    I visit the site every day for my F1 fix, and will comment every now and then if I feel necessary.

    It’s a big step you’re taking, but I’m certain it will be the right move.

    I know I don’t speak for everyone, but I’m sure if it came to a small membership fee there are a lot of loyal followers here who would be willing to pay. I know I would!

  6. Good Luck with it, I’m sure everyone is willing to help you

  7. LewisC said on 21st December 2009, 11:05

    Wish you the best of luck. Found this site at the start of last season and it’s been great all year – I particularly like the ‘voice’ of how you write articles.

    Onwards and upwards!

  8. This blog of yours is wonderful, there’s no one like it. It’s like being inside the world of Formula 1. You have my support all the way from the Philippines!

    Looking forward to the future of F1Fanatic!

  9. striay said on 21st December 2009, 11:15

    Congrats Keith… Good luck for the future!!!

  10. Ned Flanders said on 21st December 2009, 11:27

    Just woke up and seen the article, looks my article is going to be right at the bottom of the list so I hope you get to read it.

    Anyway… great news! This is my favourite F1 site around. I hope this works for you

  11. S Hughes said on 21st December 2009, 11:30

    Congratulations and good luck for the future!

  12. MPJ1994 said on 21st December 2009, 11:34

    Best of luck for the future Keith. Ive only been visiting the site for little over 6 months and it has now become my main source of F1 news.

    And like many others have said, if it comes to the time where a small membership fee has to be paid, I would be more than willing to pay it.

  13. Good luck!

  14. Clearly a big decision, Keith, and I hope your dedication brings the rewards it deserves!

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