I must admit that I’ve not been blogging as much as I should recently – put it down to the sheer amount of workload on my desk and the finite number of hours I get to play with.
It’s not that things are bad or anything like that, just that every day seems a little shorter than the last… Putting thoughts down on paper (or screen) is a tough discipline, but one – if you’re a budding writer – that you need to get into and, ahem, ultimately enjoy.
However, one thing that has been nagging me recently is the future development of this website and, more importantly, how to implement any changes. Like everything it comes down to time, money and ambition. I have plenty of the latter, but not so much of the former.
We’re still having day-to-day traumas with the site, though. New hosts – DBN Web Design – who are very, very good, by the way – are reporting that Heart Internet, where its servers are located, are making rumblings about bandwidth. Oh no, here we go again, I hear you say. Well, not quite yet – we are all working to a solution that doesn’t involve me hiring a dedicated server at around £100 per month. That’s why we’re currently analyzing data and monitoring traffic…
My apologies, then, if you’ve tried to open a locally-hosted video and found it’s not working – that’s down to me. YouTube hosting here we come. It has wearied me, though, to be honest. I just want a simple life and just want people to enjoy the site.
Regular users will have noticed that I’ve started putting an increasing number of stories onto WordPress. That’s good and bad news, I guess. It’s better for an admin point of view, but whether it works out that way for readers in terms of navigation, etc., is another matter altogether. I really need your feedback on this – although, to be fair, at the rate I am going at the moment, it’d take ten years to get the site off HTML and into WordPress.
I’ve been watching and contributing to the site during the past few weeks, though. I’ve seen some baffling conversations during the time – like a complaint that I am showing UK cars with foreign number plates on. It sparked debate initially in Richard Aucock’s MINI Cooper SD drive story, but blew up big time in my Jaguar XKR-S feature. Seemingly, it doesn’t do Jaguar’s Britishness any good to wear German ‘plates, the idiotic argument went, and it would be better served for all concerned for our latest supercar to some nice Coventry numbers instead.
Absolute tosh, I say!
I reckon that, if that’s the level of debate that we’re now attracting, I’m heading this site in entirely the wrong direction. For one – this was an international launch and there were a number of EU cars, sporting all manner of ‘plates. I’d have thought that the misguided ones might have appreciated the export sales. Perhaps not but, either way, it’s not going to stop me featuring our cars from all over the world – even if it means those ‘funny foreign plates’.
While I’m moaning, I might as well get my oar in about the decision to call the stylish MG6 saloon, the Magnette. MG Motor may as well have called it the ‘Teacozy’, ‘Cottagepie’ or ‘Ealingcomedy’. Why, oh why, oh why? The MG6 is clearly a contemporary car which handles well and, in saloon form especially, looks very good indeed. Hell, I could imagine owning one of these myself – but with that moniker attached. I feel very uncomfortable indeed – the old ones were good enough, but don’t exactly attract thrusting young dynamos. Still, you don’t have to have the badge…
Can you imagine it: ‘Fire up the Magnette!’ Ugh.
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.