The Blog’s New Facebook Page

I have a new Facebook page! It can be accessed HERE.

www.facebook.com/iwatchtoomuchracing/

Why did I make one?

I find myself reading features and watching videos I think are really interesting and I want to share them. They are sometimes interesting pieces about things not front and centre in the motorsport eye so they’re easily missed. Discussing things about racing outside F1 and NASCAR (as well as interesting things within them that aren’t just the latest “he said, she said”) was the reason this blog was started in the first place. The Twitter account, and now the Facebook account, are just extensions of this.

The blog no longer seems the sensible place to collate external links. I do like the idea of short-form posts sharing things, like the post before this one about McLaren’s old team bases, but in reality few people read them and even fewer click through to read the thing I’m sharing. And I can relate. Clicking a link to a site only to find it’s a link to another site, just isn’t how things are done!

I think the blog is better served as a place to keep my thoughts, as and when I feel like writing them. (I might be tempted to post here a summary of things shared on FB..!).

Twitter timelines can fly by quickly, and people don’t – I think? – go back through the day or through individual accounts to see what they missed. Maybe they do.. It seems that the Pages function on Facebook is much better suited to this. In any case, FB reaches a slightly different audience, so I’ll continue to use Twitter for sharing things.

The final reason is this: Somehow, somewhere, someone seems to have decided that sharing on Twitter or Facebook is fine, it’s just considered sharing and is encouraged.
“Please Like and Share!!”
Put a video on your FB page and you’re helping.
But if you post the same video, treated in exactly the same way, embedded in a blog post..
“Oh no, that’s theft, how dare you, you need permission for that!”

I really can’t see the difference! Both are published on pages controlled by the same person, both are shares. If this were a profit-making website I’d understand. But it isn’t. It’s a blog.

And it is a blog. Not a content aggregator.

I don’t really feel I have enough to say to write many long-form blog posts nowadays, but I’d like to get into the rhythm of writing once a week. (I’ve said that before and not done it). I ramble on Twitter. Twitter is for short-form. I should be rambling here!

So my logic for the 3 places is this:
Twitter = Instant reaction, conversation, soundbites, retweets & links to things I found.
Facebook = Links to things I found.
Blog = Comments and ramblings, plus a place to put the calendar links because I don’t know what else to do with them.

All this stuff is my hobby, this is my effort at streamlining and making the most of my time.

Something of a Return

2014 ELMS start
The first lap of the 2014 European Le Mans Series race at Silverstone. (Photo by P.Wotton)

Apologies for the long periods of silence. I’ve only written sporadically since last summer. Real life intervened. Work became stressful for multiple reasons, then some different reasons. Glad that’s all sorted. At about the same time, and more excitingly, I bought a house. Yay for me. Now all of those stresses are over I can relax and get back to what I enjoy.

August represents the 6th anniversary of this blog and it seems the turn of the month is a good time of the year to start it again.

For those who follow me on Twitter I never really went away. In fact I rarely shut up or stop retweeting. I aim to reduce frequency there and channel more thoughts here, sometimes a 5-tweet string is more appropriately hosted on a blog. And I miss blogs. Nobody blogs any more.

A refreshed blog theme (this one is even mobile-friendly), a different way of doing things compared to recent times and get back to the way it was in 2008 and 2009. No schedules. No weekly commitments. Occasionally long form, mostly shorter, snappier, more frequent. Finding and sharing things. Yes, I know, everyone else is doing the sharing thing now but many are just content aggregators and a few have a problem with source attribution. Tut, tut. I was doing this stuff years ago. Time to stick those elbows out like Marc Marquez and claim some space back.

In the meantime my eyes are going square (or should that be racetrack-shaped) from all the racing I’m watching, magazines and websites and blogs I’m reading, podcasts I’m hearing.

I’m watching too much racing, again

Are you?