I don’t want to get too dramatic here. And I don’t want to be a drag on your time. I’ll do a final SU entry around this time tomorrow and there’ll be lots to say then – about the future and in thanks to the many people who have made my blogging journey so enjoyable.
But there are a few things I’d like to share before then. I’ll go in point form to keep it quick.
- This website has been a labour of love, but it’s only because the company it celebrates is a fantastic company. I only came to enjoy Saabs because they were brilliant fun. Blogging has a certain momentum of it’s own but there’s no way this endeavour would have lasted as long as it did if the subject matter was boring.
- Saab need your support. Vehicle sales are personal matter and whilst I’ve shared people’s purchase stories here, I’ve never implored anyone to buy. I haven’t been in a position to buy myself, so how could I compel another. But Saab still need your support in whatever way you can give it. My realm has been the online world, of course, and I can’t help but think that the positivity that’s come through this site would be good to replicate in other online places. I think regulars from this site have done a fantastic job taking some reasoned commentary to the Swedish press, for example. Can the same sort of thing work for motoring websites like Autoblog and Jalopnik when Saab articles are posted? I think it could, and should.
- The community at this site, and others like it, is the most important thing. I managed to write a lot of stuff over the last six years, but none of it would have mattered if there wasn’t a community there to receive it, dissect and discuss it, and provide direction on the many occasions I was wrong. Preserve your sense of community. And on that note….
- I learned a hell of a lot from the people that visit this site. I learned perspective from Greg Abbott and I learned to harden up from Turbin. Remember that your circumstances are your own. When you press to keep Saab accountable for this, that, or the other, always remember that there are cirumstances bigger than yours that govern the way the company operates. A little understanding and some awareness that your tone can influence those around you, can go a heck of a long way.
- Never underestimate the power of an encouraging word for the guys who operate this website from now on. They will make the occasional mistake and they will take it hard when they do. They will get frustrated and they will scream some of your names across the room in frustration every now and then. They’re human, and need the support of their peers as much as anyone else does.
- If you ever get the chance, make sure you attend one of the bigger Saab events that happens in your region. Whether it be the Saab Festival, IntSaab, the Saab Owners Conference or a national club meeting or other large gathering – get there. These events and the people that attend them are first class and there’s nothing quite like seeing all these vehicles and all these people in one place.
That’ll do for now. Tomorrow I’ll finish off. Sorry if that sounds like preaching, but there are a few things that running a place like this teaches you about managing this type of communication medium and I just wanted to help you help the new crew.
Now, back to some car stuff….