I have been amazed by the response to the site. This weekend it turned officially one year old from when I feebly stuck up my first post “Here We Go“. From the beginning this site hasn’t been about making money. I just wanted a place to share tips & trick with you that I wish had been available to help me.
Since then traffic has grown steadily, especially since it started to get discussed on the AMOC forums. Amazingly 5,700 viewers have read posts 20,500 times. Currently about 30-50 people a day view a total of about 100-150 posts. Viewers are from 125(!) countries all around the world including the UK, US, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, U.A.E, Japan and more. Just Wow.One of the parts I’ve found most rewarding have been the Comments left by you like minded readers (168 so far). I have to admit it, I am motivated by the positive things you’ve shared (ego) and this keeps me going on the new articles. So, feel free to comment on the articles, share your thoughts and suggestions.
I’d like your help spreading the word about the blog. Tell your other Aston friends about it. Make comments on the popular forums referencing Aston1936.com where appropriate. Spread the news wherever you think you can. Subscribe to the blog to get automatic notices of new articles, and subscribe to the Aston1936 YouTube channel.
I’ve tried to raise the production value a bit along the way. My video editing skills are improving. Camera positions and some new sound recording are coming along. My production crew is still mostly me, and some occasional timely help and advice from my neighbor Rob. My Sweetie Karen helps out as well. Still all of this is done with just a borrowed GoPro camera and my cell phone for high res photos and audio.
Even with more experience, I find I probably need 2+ hours to think through, research, draft, and finalize each article if it’s short. Then add another 1+ hours for post production of each video if it’s short. Labor of love I guess.
60+ articles posted so far, and I have a pretty full slate already lined up for the remainder of 2016. I am trying to keep up with one article per week (at least). Hopefully this helps entice you to subscribe and check back regularily for some new tidbit of knowledge.
Where are we going next?
I hope to keep the momentum going. Maybe two cameras recording a scene so that I cut in the best view. After I am through the Coil Pack series, I have a short PCV series, and then a headliner and dash series (both already shot). In the fall I will have a few standalones on changing some of the exterior marker lights, and after my local AMOC track day in January 2017 my brakes and tires will be used up and I will have a series on overhauling the brakes and the best tires and fitment.
If I dare to dream, it would be that an Aston Parts supplier would want to supply the parts I need to complete the projects, in return for providing links to the viewers reading them at prices that are the cheapest that can be found on the Internet. Come to the site, read how to do it, and then buy the bits you need for the best possible price. I don’t want to sell out, but it might unleash me to do projects sooner than just waiting for stuff to break on my car :>)
I will also be revamping the main page to have an index of all the articles so its easier to browse through the materials rather than searching the site.
I have another idea in mind to publish my costs of DB9 ownership so that others ‘thinking about it’ can see what they are looking at investing in. The truth about it, not what we tell our wives about it :>)
Looking forward to the next year ahead….