I must admit that it’s been a tough few weeks for AROnline. Firstly, there was a serious outage at Streamline.net that deprived us of our Forum, News and Blogs pages, followed by a dearth of new stories to upload and keep you – the loyal readership – amused.
I guess what I did wrong was to have a huge splurge of new stories over the May Bank Holiday, that filled the updates page and gave you far too much to read. What I should have done was to produce the new pages as I did but then ration them out over the period of the following couple of weeks. Oh well, we live and learn.
It’s good to know that the feedback system is growing in popularity and there are now some lively debates at the end of every new article that’s uploaded. The one that’s particularly pleased me is the Vauxhall Cavalier story, which I’d assumed would go down like a lead balloon, but instead has been greeted rather favourably.
It’s clear that the AROnline readership enjoys seeing what the opposition was up to and has a much wider enthusiast appreciation of what came before than many of the ‘fan sites’ that litter the Internet. That got me thinking – again – about rivals on this site…
A while back, I’d mentioned that I was considering putting up a Ford Cortina page, to which someone responded that there’s loads of stuff out there already and that there’s no place on AROnline for such things. I beg to differ: after putting in a Google search to see what’s out there, I found very little of use.
We’ll see but, for now, I’m convinced that it’s right to carry on with the ‘rivals’ thing on this site.
My final point of the day – sorry for the groundhog day Front page experience of the past few weeks. It’s been a busy time at AROnline Towers. Normal service should be resumed soon. If you’d like to see more new stuff, do feel free to contribute – it’s your site as much as anyone else’s!
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.