Well, here we are having made it through another year and, as we begin to dim the lights on 2013 and look ahead to 2014, I thought I’d thank you all for your continued support. It’s certainly been an interesting year, with the British car industry, now under overseas ownership, going from strength to strength – we now seem to have cracked the art of building cars that people want. It will be good to see how that momentum continues into 2014 with two of our big sellers, the MINI and Qashqai replaced by brand new models.
AROnline has continued to grow throughout the year and, despite the fact that I spent much of the first half of the year building and then launching Honest John Classics, I hope that there’s been more than enough love spread in this website’s direction. One of the great things about HJClassics is that I’ve been able to refocus AROnline on UK-built, and (to a lesser extent) badged cars – my passion for the others now has a more legitimate outlet. I’ve not, of course, taken any of the existing content away from AROnline – you’ll just have to search a little harder if you want to read about Audi, Alfa Romeo or Citroen…
The AROnline community continues to impress and delight, too. Throughout 2013, you’ve challenged, interested and contributed massively to the site. Truly, if it wasn’t for you, the site would be a shadow of its current self and for that I am grateful to you all. We’ve had some brilliant contributions to the blogs along the way – thanks to the likes of Martyn Kelham, Andrew Elphick, Robert Leitch and the irrepressible Mike Humble, we have some great original content – and you don’t end up bored reading just my ramblings.
What does 2014 hold for AROnline? Well, I’m planning a new site layout, which will improve how you access the content. Trust me, there’s a lot of it – we’re rapidly approaching 6000 stories, and it’s time to make the place a whole lot easier to navigate. That’s in the future – right now, we’re sauntering into Christmas and I can smell the mince pies and mulled wine, so I’ll sign off for now.
Have a great Christmas, and see you in 2014!