The Dilemma: Merging?

From the Convergent Ideation Department

The line between these dailies and where GBXM is heading is starting to get blurry.

Suppose I pivoted, niched-down, and made a point of almost always framing them in an automotive/gearhead context—what if I rolled these into Gearbox Magazine?

The Dilemma (I keep coming back to this.)

Posting every day is good for traffic. It’s also good for me, as a writer.

Writing everyday—for GBXM—would be a good thing, too.

And I could make these little things optional in the email subscriptions so only those who really want them would get them (and everyone else would be spared). I also really think this is a good idea, as it will help me focus exclusively on Gearbox instead of splitting my time with these.

It’s where I want to take things, I think.

But how much of GBXM is for me vs for others?

What’s the mission? What’s the move?

Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. That’s the first thing they teach you.

Gonna need to think on this one some more. Would appreciate any thoughts you might have.


Remember the world wide web?

Before social media ruined it?

15 years ago, those of us already active in online communities were presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We were able to start over and make new names for ourselves—using our REAL names.

Today, most of us simply go to Facebook or Reddit or LinkedIn or Twitter and view the things THEY think we want to see. Today, most of us see only what we want to see. We merely consume.

The other night, I grabbed my phone, opened the browser, and clicked the address bar. Facebook was the second option. As I waited for the feed to load, I thought, “I don’t want to be looking at Facebook. I want to look at something else for a change.”

But what do I look at? Where do I go?

I used to spend most of my time on automotive forums. The problem with automotive forums is that they tend to revolve around vehicle mods and repairs. I’m taking a break from mods and repairs, methinks, after the last month.

So where do I go?

(Seriously. I’m open to suggestions, here.)

PS: This is something I realize needs to be, like, THE #1 THING to figure out with GBXM these days.

(And I’m working on that.)