This has been a difficult piece to publish and it is one I have mulled over for some time… but here goes.
Eight and a half years ago, I penned the first article for what was then The F1 Broadcasting Blog.
An idea in between University lectures at the age of 19 has since turned into three million hits, 15,000 followers on Twitter and 1,428 articles, with interest from many inside and outside of the industry.
The journey over the eight years has been amazing, and I have been fortunate enough to meet some incredibly talented people who bring this sport to life along the way, you know who you are.
Motorsport Broadcasting is not a team, there is no team or big backer sitting behind the content on this site, unlike many other motor racing websites you read.
Aside from a handful of articles, only one person has produced the content you see from initial concept, through transcribing and onto publication: me.
Despite the long period running the site, I have not once given myself a break from writing. Family holidays? Write a note or two whilst wandering. Annual leave from work? Write a post to publish the next day. Christmas break? Same applies.
Why did I do that? Because I enjoyed it, I enjoy stretching myself and writing content on an area I feel passionately about, whilst also retaining the ever-enjoyable day job alongside it.
But, 2020 has presented challenges that no one expected, and in all honesty, motivation recently has dropped and burnout has increased, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I know I am not alone in that regard.
There is not a day currently where I do not think, in some way, about this site. Sometimes I feel guilty because I am, as an example, escaping from the outside world on games when I could be writing content for the site.
Regrettably, I feel that an enforced break from Motorsport Broadcasting will do me good, and it is for that reason I am going on a hiatus, effective immediately after this post, from publishing new material on this site until the New Year.
Is Motorsport Broadcasting no more?
Let me make clear that this is a temporary, not permanent, break.
The timing appears odd, I agree. The alternative is I take a break following the conclusion of the F1 season, but before we know it, the Christmas break has come and gone and we are already thinking about pre-season testing.
The only loss over the forthcoming weeks will be the regular scheduling posts, although RaceFans publishes the latest information each F1 race weekend.
My fear is letting Motorsport Broadcasting become the one thing I loathe: a site that churns out mediocre content for the sake of content.
I need to take the opportunity to re-evaluate what content I want to appear on Motorsport Broadcasting, and there is no better opportunity to do that than over the forthcoming months, ready for a soft relaunch in early 2021.
With 23 Formula 1 races provisionally scheduled for 2021, if a scheduling post takes on average two hours to write and publish, I could spend over two full days in a calendar year writing schedules, taking away valuable time from creative content.
I need to remind myself why I love writing the content that I do. And, I need to remind myself that everyone reading this site still likes the content I write.
I know people enjoy the content, but because I never step back to properly recharge, I never realise this as much as I should do (if you are a lurker who works in the industry and are reading this, please reach out over the next few weeks and say hi).
When I set up what is now Motorsport Broadcasting, I did not expect to lead it for eight years without a break, but here we are. This is painful, but necessary, so Motorsport Broadcasting can thrive in the years ahead.
I have so many thoughts and ideas in my drafts to get down on paper, and over the next few weeks and months, I plan to do exactly that. I finally feel like I have the headspace to write freely, instead of trying to meet a pre-defined schedule, which is exciting!
I want to be proactive with my planning, rather than publishing posts as soon as I have written them because I am afraid the gap between my last post and this one is ‘too long’ (whatever that means).
One of the many things I love about Motorsport Broadcasting is getting to know the industry more, chatting to people, going behind the scenes, bringing you closer to the sport you love.
To everyone that has helped make this site over the past eight years and offered me guidance and support along the way: thank you.
But first, I need to do what is best in the short term, and that is to take a break from publishing articles, as well as enjoy the racing we have left in 2020.
Rest assured: this is not a goodbye. It is ‘see you later.’*
Owner and Editor of Motorsport Broadcasting
* knowing my luck, a big story will break tomorrow, rendering this post useless…
17 thoughts on “Site Announcement: “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later””
Big news story? I take it you hard Sky have relinquished their F1 rights and the bidding starts tomorrow?! 😉
In all seriousness though, love the site and it’s intelligent informative articles. Genuinely one of only three Twitter accounts I have tweets notifications on for! You deserve all the time off in the world and look forward to what the future brings for this brilliant site.
Thanks Dave. Put your feet up and we’ll see you soon…
Enjoy your well deserved break
The only big news stories will be Lewis winning another WDC, Lewis signing for 1 or more years, Toto perhaps going to Aston & RedBulls engine plans.
I enjoy all the info you offer us and the insight it brings us broadcasting fans. I’ve have learned a hell of a lot from your posts and thank you profusely. You absolutely deserve a break and make it a good one
Thanks again Dave.
See you when you’re ready.
(Site still bookmarked)
Thanks for the heartfelt message which I also take to heart. I have really appreciated the fantastic content you’ve been producing for this blog. As a long time F1 fan, it’s been great to get your news, insights and info about F1 and all motorsport broadcasting. It’s a unique and valuable resource for the most essential part of the motor racing outside of the getting the cars on the track.
Glad that you’re wisely taking care of yourself. Enjoy your guilt free time and we’ll be here when you come back.
Great site and will be missed. Am I the only one to feel guilty at not paying a cent….
I hope someone will step forward with an offer of support with the site when you’re ready.
I payed Adrian.
There was a link on each postings page.
Hi Dave, I am so disappointed in your news, but fully understand your reasons. Enjoy your break, and be sure to recharge your batteries. To say that I will miss your regular posts is a big understatement. I religiously printed off your weekly listing of races and marked them up to highlight the ones I didn’t want to miss. Sometimes, I would be watching two or three races at once (e.g. F1, BTCC, WRC!). Take care, Tim Schwersenz
Hope the big story is sky relinquish the rights that gets you out your little break
I echo all the comments above in wishing you well in your break, we all need a break from these things sometimes, especially when you are a one-man-band alongside a full-time job. I look forward to your return, but don’t come back until you feel ready – quality over quantity.
Have a good break. It’s been a tough old year and I hope that you come back refreshed sometime in the new year.
You’ve done a great job with this, and I totally understand the need to step back and and think about the future. Best of luck with it all.
Thanks Ben, means a lot. 🙂
No probs Mate 👍
I’ll be here when you return 🏁
Enjoy your break, Dave. It’s a weird year and about to get weirder. Self-care is important. We will welcome you back in 2021.
Makes sense Dave. You’ve done a fantastic job on this site but we all need a break sometimes so I think you’re doing exactly the right thing. Enjoy the break, thanks for all your great content and see you next year!
Sad to see you go…but that’s life. All the best!