Thanks, Craig, for your touching words the other day. More than that, though, thanks for keeping my seat at the helm of AROnline warm. On a personal level, 2014 and ’15 have been extremely busy, but also incredibly rewarding – so coming back to AROnline, the site I created to get onto ‘the Internet’ the proof-read a book I never released, really is the icing on the cake.
During the past, 12 months, I’ve learned how to run a weekly newspaper – in the form of Classic Car Weekly – manage a brilliant team, get to the heart of the classic car scene and learn to believe in myself. While I’ve been growing in the world of print, I’ve been keeping a fatherly eye on developments at AROnline and have enjoyed following Craig’s travails buying a string of successively hopeless heaps. Yep, he fits in.
However, it was hard keeping my hands off – and, after much agonising, I’ve decided to come back. Of course, all of my contributions to AROnline will be in my own time, as the day job at Bauer must come first, but those of you who know me, will also understand that it was always so – pretty much all of the site was written ‘off the clock’ and for fun. Why? Because it’s a labour of love.
What makes this website so absolutely special, though, is that I’m far from being alone in that respect. Greats like Mike Humble, Alexander Boucke, Brian Gunn, Ian Nicholls, Clive Goldthorp and Declan Berridge (as well as many, many more) did all of their amazing work on the site on a purely voluntary basis, and it’s a credit to each and every one of them.
So, what’s going to change in the coming weeks and months? Very little, I hope. I’ll polish up and refresh the historic side of the site, find new stories and recollections to add, and make sure that we’re still accurate in matters of product and marketing development throughout the years. Mike Humble will be given a free hand to entertain and educate, too.
I’ll dust off my book of CSS programming, too, so if there are functional or design issues of the site you’d like me to develop, please feel free to leave a comment below, discuss it on Facebook, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to hearing from you on matters of ‘the eternal soap opera’.