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

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  1. Maciek said on 21st December 2009, 14:00

    Keith, congratulations, big ups, and don’t let the inevitable bumps along the new road discourage you.

    A year and a half ago I decided to pull the plug on a steady salary to try my hand at things I feel more naturally good at, and while it hasn’t been all fun and games, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now.

    Bravo!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st December 2009, 16:10

      while it hasn’t been all fun and games, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now.

      Yeah, that’s kind of what I’m expecting!

      • Maciek said on 21st December 2009, 23:51

        Kudos, Keith. As opposed to others here, I have nothing much to contribute in the way business model recommendations, but I’m quite sure that if you’re at the point of making the big leap, it’s because you’re ready to take on whatever unexpected difficulties might crop up. Good luck to you, man.

  2. best wishes in the full time pond. you’re our number #1 source for F1 news in Kenya

  3. Hey man. Though decision! Congrats and best of luck!

  4. adaptalis said on 21st December 2009, 14:11

    Do let us know how we can help to make this a sustainable venture for you.

  5. al_amana said on 21st December 2009, 14:44

    What can I say, well I don’t want to go into to much detail because I’m already welling up, just thinking about how I’ve watched Keith mature into the blogger he is today. I’m so proud of you Keith.

    We haven’t always seen eye to eye (almost never!) but that hasn’t stopped me from pestering you and visiting your site to read your articles only to find myself rolling my eyes at some of your opinions. But I’m looking forward to having more arguments and the occasional “agree to disagree” moments.

    On a more serious note of all the hurdles you will face the hardest to overcome will be getting the motivation to go to work. At first you’ll be OK but after a while there will be times where you’ll say “Oh I’ve got plenty of time I’ll do it later”. All of a sudden you find yourself working at 3am with a wall of energy drinks in front of you. That then can turn into a cycle which is very hard to get out of.

    However, by no means do I want rain on your parade so I’ll finish of by wishing you best of luck and thanks for the memories, so far!!!

  6. Wow, congratulations on your decision, Keith!

    I’m very grateful for the time and effort that you put into this site as it’s nice to be able to get excellent, excellent coverage of each race and all the little bits that occur in F1 (especially for the fact that I live in America).

    Another forum that I frequent allows users to donate a small sum for little hearts on their avatars. Barring the hearts, maybe you could do something similar or offer this in addition to membership fees (for users who may want to pay once or something). A donate feature would also be very nice.

    Good luck!

  7. ILoveVettel said on 21st December 2009, 15:12

    As so many people have wished, me too wish you all the best… It must be a real tough decision on your part to quit your job and concentrate only on the site…

    Just one suggestion… Now that your going to make the site bigger and better, why not change the domain to .com from .co.uk?

  8. mp4-19b(one last comment) said on 21st December 2009, 15:14

    Ok guys, this is my last comment on F1 Fanatic. Just wanted to say good luck to Keith & hope this blog becomes a better & sweeter place now that I am gone. So thats it. Goodbye.

  9. Loyal F1Fanatic reader said on 21st December 2009, 15:16

    Good luck & and thank you

  10. Daniel said on 21st December 2009, 15:17

    It’s really pleasing to know that you’re engaging full time in this job.

    I’m sure you’ll overcome any difficulties that might show up in the beginning, because you have the most important things: plenty of talent and passion, you’re a gifted sports writer and it was impressive that, up until now, you were an amateur…

    Good luck!

  11. sato113 said on 21st December 2009, 15:37

    wow, didn’t know u’d leave ur job for this! nice. I too get my ‘fix’ from this site. love it, thanks!
    I sense a bit of internet entrepreneurship here! if it works out globally, then- $$$!

  12. David - BR said on 21st December 2009, 15:44

    Congratulations and all the best Keith!

  13. Paul Taylor said on 21st December 2009, 15:45

    Enjoyed reading your site for nearly 3 years now, one of the first sites I visit every day, but

    With the very greatest of respect I think you are making a big mistake as somehow to keep your current lifestyle up you would have to earn £20-30,000 from F1Fanatic I would imagine to match your salary from Auto Trader and as you are not FIA accredited and go to all the races I really don’t see the current content enjoyable though it is to read generating that kind of revenue

    I applaud your bravery and wish you the very best of luck but unless you are a single guy living at home a secure job and leaving the site in the hands of an editor who can update things while you are at work would have been better

    Paul

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st December 2009, 16:16

      I appreciate the thoughts Paul. I definitely wouldn’t have made the decision if the figures didn’t add up.

      FIA accreditation is obviously something I’d like to have in the future but as well as giving opportunities to improve the quality of information on the site there are drawbacks too – the huge time and cost implications, for example. Getting the site to stand on its own two feet financially as the first step, getting full FIA accreditation is a later step.

      • Good luck with it Keith, seems like you know what your letting yourself in for.

        As far as the financing goes, I don’t have drastic plastic, so couldn’t do a subscription, but i’ll be very happy to introduce my other half to the shop in time for my birthday in the spring, & next xmas etc.

        Another thing I can offer is, I have an 8 piece rock band, “The Hamsters From Hell”, google it rather than me using your blog as a plug. 1/2 the band are F1 fans, so i’m sure we’d be up for any F1fanatic events. Email me if you’re interested.

  14. Anonymous said on 21st December 2009, 15:48

    F1 Fanatic should be the recognize as official Formula 1 fansite. :)

    Keep it up! Congrats on upcoming 5th year of F1 Fanatic.

  15. Echoing the congratulations everyone has already said!

    The F1 coverage here in the states is slim-to-none in the media – especially in the off season – so this site is the one I rely on for my fix. Keep up the amazing work!

  16. Excellent! Well done!

  17. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st December 2009, 16:16

    Thanks very much to everyone for the very positive feedback so far!

  18. Shagrathian said on 21st December 2009, 16:26

    Good for us, no doubt. I hope it would be good for you, too. Good luck!

  19. Good luck and three cheers for Keith… hip hip hooray! hip hip hooray! hip hip hooray…

  20. We=re all damn lucky to have you and this superb site.

    And now to be run full-time……fantastic !

    I wish you all the good fortune you richly deserve.

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