Honestly, I never expected this blog to pass even 25,000 views. Since the beginning, I’ve maintained that I would never promote my blog (and Flickr) on any other site and I think I’ve held true to that goal because I never wanted to be “that guy” who was always begging people to check out his stuff. I wanted my content to speak for itself and find an audience on its own. I never saw blogging as a competition of who can rack up an astronomical view count the fastest or who could gain a billion “likes” or “followers” in the shortest period of time. I simply started this blog with the intention of sharing photos of cars (and eventfully other off-topic stuff sprinkled in here and there) I thought were pretty cool and worth sharing. Apparently you guys liked my posts enough to visit 100,000 times.
You may have noticed things have slowed down a lot here within the last year or so. As I’ve touched on in previous posts and mentioned by other bloggers, the massive influx of automotive blogs, Tumblrs, and Facebook pages have created a sort of “photo overload” situation. Photos were being shared, reblogged, or reposted hundreds of times, and soon, everyone had seen the same photos several times over. Fresh content was few and far between and with everyone picking up digital cameras, even original content such as event coverage became repetitive and rather lackluster. I found it rather futile trying to compete with all these other media outlets, so I began to stop posting photos and never really posted much event coverage (unless it was a small and/or unique gathering).
Probably the biggest web traffic generators were my strong opinions on the car scene/industry and whatnot. I’ll admit, a lot of what I came across on the Internet got me really worked up a lot of the time and my posts were often written in the heat of the moment. Since then I have realized this and questioned myself as to why I get so bent out of shape over what people do or say on the Internet and why I feel a need to share my views or opinions. Turns out, I wasn’t alone. Jay had been experiencing the exact same thing as I had and I think he explained it quite well in one of his posts (which he ended up deleting shortly afterward).
I still do soul searching on myself as to why I have the need to share any of my views or what I like automotive wise with anyone. I have no idea why I continue to update this blog. I don’t go to events to much anymore or get excited for a car show thats coming up. I don’t go on forums and websites and bitch about [anything] or even share what I think here on this blog. I don’t wanna be heard really. By anyone. Opinions don’t matter much to me as I get older. I fought a long time for acceptance in the so-called “scene,” but thats not important anymore in my world. My world consists of doing things with my car and close friends and sharing my automotive personal moments with them, not internet lurkers and so forth. I turned off comments on this blog a few months back because I was sick of high school shit heads blabbing about whatever they want or never really [understanding] where I was coming from. A lot of posts where I commented on the state of things have long been deleted. Why? Because who cares? Seriously, who gives a fuck? People take car stuff way too serious. Even I do. And I hate it. I hate getting upset when I look at another website that is doing shit that offends me or I think is downright stupid. I have seen so many bad feature cars now on websites I’m totally numb to it now. I still enjoy seeing a great car feature though. Nothing brings a smile to my face faster than seeing a dope ass car that someone has put blood, sweat, and tears into.
What Jay had to say really stood out to me because I was able to identify with every part of it. That realization was mostly responsible for why I have stopped posting regularly. I see no point to sharing the same photos everyone’s already seen and adding my opinion that no one really cares about to all the other junk floating around on the Internet. I still get a little upset when I see some of the stupid things people say and do online, but I try to show restraint, not let insignificant things that I can’t change bother me, and move on. The Internet is a powerful tool that has many great uses, but I think I prefer the days before the digital information revolution. The much simpler times when car enthusiasts hung out with each other, worked on and had fun with their cars, and built them for personal enjoyment. Unfortunately, thanks to the Internet, most “enthusiasts” have lost sight on what it really means to be an automotive enthusiast and many have become arrogant, lazy, cheap, and entitled. Things would probably be a whole lot better if we all just walked away from our computers…
Anyway, that doesn’t leave much left for me to blog about, haha. I’m going to finish out the rest of my FR-S project posts for anyone interested in that, but otherwise, don’t expect many future posts. Ending on at least something positive, I did enjoy my blogging experience overall. The one thing that I really enjoyed the most about running this blog is that it has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of great people, some of whom I now consider good friends. I know I’ve been saying this for a long time, but I still think it’d be neat to do a blogger meet-up sometime.
I encourage you to check out the blogs I’ve listed on my blogroll at the bottom of the page. There are still some great people out there posting some great original content such as A Class, AUTOnGRAPHIC, HighTopFade, and The Chronicles.
Well, don’t know exactly what else to say or how to end this, so I’ll just leave at a simple, “Thank you.”