It was almost six years ago to the day that I first started writing a blog called Trollhattan Saab. That site had 5,431 entries. Saabs United was started in February 2009 and has 3,718 entries, but a few of those are duplicates from TS that I wanted to ensure were part of the new architecture.
Accounting for posts from Eggs, Lance Cole, RedJ and Pierre, I reckon I’ve put together well over 8,500 articles in my Saab blogging career and I’ve read, moderated and managed over 155,000 comments.
You might therefore understand that I’m pretty tired.
Managing SU and juggling a full-time job, family and friends has become an unmanageable task and it’s fair to say that my lifestyle and health (and to some extent, my family) have paid a price as a result. It’s for this reason that things are going to change.
That change means that I’m going to be walking away from writing Saabs United.
I expect that this will happen reasonably soon after the Geneva Motor Show, which takes place on the first few days of March. I don’t have a hard date yet, but I imagine the curtain will fall for me around the 10th of March.
What does this mean for Saabs United?
I guess there are three possible outcomes:
#1 – the site is sold
Not highly likely. I care a lot about the legacy of the site that I’ve worked on for six years so it’ll take a reasonable sum of money to hand that legacy over to just anyone and I’d be picky about who that ‘anyone’ is. This would be a good outcome for my family and I’d like Saab themselves to make an offer for it and continue it on, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for that.
#2 – the site continues with other writers
I don’t expect that any one individual is as nuts as I am in terms of keeping this place ticking over on a daily basis. Maybe a panel could work it out between them, though. RedJ is already on board. Pierre has recently penned a debut post. Maybe there are others out there who are interested in committing to writing a couple of posts a week. It’s a tough ask, though. There has to be a unity of attitude and editorial purpose, and someone’s got to moderate the discussion in comments.
#3 – the site sits inactive, as an archive.
Enough said. No updates, just an historical record of what’s happened here over the last few years.
As for me, I don’t think I’ll be off the air forever. I imagine I’ll be back and working just as hard on something before you know it. Maybe that’ll be here. Maybe it’ll be somewhere else.
Right now, though, things need to change and this is the change that must come.