Tuesday, November 22, 2011

3 Years Of Cars (and Typos)

Image stolen from Sweet Celebrations.

A few weeks ago, while my house and business were without power and there was chunk of tree sticking out of the back window of my BMW, the 3rd anniversary of Just a Car Geek slipped by.

A few rambling thoughts, better late than never...
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My favorite part of this site is the comments section. I love reading what you think about the cars and the blog.

This recent comment caught my attention. It made me realize that not everyone has figured what I'm doing here...

"I was clicking around and stumbled upon your website. Why the hell do you start your posts with on the defensive way! Ex: I just posted this because... I'm not telling you to buy this but..."

"In other words: don't think that I post this because the car is good, or because it's a real car and I didn't know it was art..."

"Terrible to read! Thought I'd let you know. Now I'll disappear in the internets again."

Except for maybe the "terrible to read" part (if you ignore the typos), he's right. That's the way I want it to be...

Imagine Just a Car Geek as a big street. Each day we walk down the street and see a car that we haven't seen in a long time. Sometimes it's a great car, one we'd love to own. Other times it's a not so great car, one we have forgotten about. In my mind both are interesting, although in different ways.

If I were looking for a car and was given the choice of say, a nice BMW 2002 and a Chevy Vega, I would, of course, choose the BMW. Even though I don't want to own the Vega, it's still interesting and I respect the person who has kept it alive for all this time.

Not every car posted on Just a Car Geek will be perfect, rare, collectable or valuable. Hopefully, it will be interesting.

All-in-all I love the comments this site receives, even the critical ones. Keep 'em coming.
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I'm often asked if I make any money off the cars I feature. Nope. Not a dime.

99% of the time the seller has no idea I've posted their car. A few have found the site and emailed me to thank me. A few have mentioned that their car sold because of the site. That's cool. I'm happy to have helped. I know of only one person who has been pissed off by what I wrote. He was selling a basket case Bristol and decided I was "clueless". That may be true about life in general, but I stand by what I wrote his car. (You can find the post and his comments here.)
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Submissions are always welcome and encouraged. It can be a car you spotted somewhere on the internet, or it can be your own car. The only thing I ask if you submit your own car is that it be listed for sale somewhere on the 'net. I don't want this to become a free classified site.

Don't be offended if I don't use your submission. Sometimes I'll get a submission of a really cool car and not use it. Usually it's because I posted one just like not too long ago, or it's already been posted on other sites. Most likely it will have nothing to do with the car.
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I recently took a giant step into the 21st century and set up a Just a Car Geek Facebook page. It's open to the public, so you don't have to be a Facebook member to see it. On occasion I'll post a few things there that don't make it to the blog.
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Typos, bad grammar and misspellings... The bottom line here is that I don't proofread. I guess if I get to a point where it looks like I can make some money from this site, I'll take the time to proofread. For now I just type out what I have to say and click on the "post" button.

The cars are more important than anything I have to say, anyway.
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Technically, I can no longer call JaCG a labor of love. Back in May I got a check from Google for the little ad box that is on the right side of the blog. The payment amounted to roughly 10 cents per day for almost 2 1/2 years. I'm not exactly a making a fortune from blogging.

You can give me a "raise" by clicking on one of the AdChoice ads each time you visit Just a Car Geek. You don't have to buy anything, just check out an ad. (I'm not telling you what to do here, I'm just sayin'...)
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I really can't post this without thanking all of you. Without you I wouldn't be doing this. I appreciate all the support. Thank you, very, very much!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy 3rd Anniversary! I am a daily lurker, and I love the cars you feature. I, like you, have a love of old BMWs and older Euro cars generally. I find the cars you feature intriguing and encourage you to keep it up. When you go a few days without posting... I am always disappointed, but I also realize that you have a "real job" and family that takes precedence.

All the best and take care.

-Marc

Scott said...

Congratulations! Any guy who thinks a LeCar is cool, is ok with me. (I'm a Renault guy and just happen to have a R5!)

Marlow said...

I really the enjoy the site. I agree with Anonymous in saying that when the site is not updated I have nothing to read in the morning. I always like the interested cars and keep up the good work.

bluetoes591 said...

Happy anniversary! I love the casual nature of your blog, not overwritten like Bring-a-trailer (which I also enjoy) and the like. Also, your taste in cars is more varied. Hope to still be reading in another three years.

Milo

Blair Russell said...

Hey, congratulations. I am glad I stumbled across this site long ago while looking for something (I believe a particular Peugeot car); it's always been interesting to look at and I've learned something new about a variety of interesting vehicles. Hopefully this blog will continue on for years to come.

Harv said...

Your site is like the conversation that would occur when a couple of car people have a bunch of Teo's hot dogs and beer.

"Man that PBR is just awful!"

"And this surprises you!?"

Happy 3rd!

John

Anonymous said...

Your site is one that I visit daily as a way to unwind and we share an interest in off the wall European cars. I'm not sure exactly how I discovered your site but it has become one of my favorites. Keep writing about what interests you and bringing us interesting cars that many people overlook.

Jeremy N. said...

Congrats on 3 years! I unfortunately missed much of the first two, but the 3rd has truly been fantastic. I genuinely get excited when a new post lands in my email box.

Keep up the great work!

-Jeremy

DesktopDave said...

Happy 3rd! Anyone that puts "car" and "geek" in the same sentence is a kindred spirit of mine. Happily you enjoy many of the same quirky, unusual, entertaining cars I do. I'm not sure there are many of us...so much the better!

P.S. My old BMWs never seem to make me money either. But I've ceased to care if this is noble or idiotic. Just doing it for the sheer joy of the thing is enough for me.

Looking at it from the time/money perspective, I'm ahead of the game...how much do I save in psychological therapy?

Dan DiBiase said...

Congrats, Dave! I'm just glad that I have found someone, besides my cousin, to share strange/unusual/cool car finds with. Makes time spent trolling craigslist 'not so wasted'.....

Dan D

Terabine said...

Happy 3rd birthday! Congratulations :D Keep up the hard work!

longrooffan said...

This is daily stopover for me while out surfing these tubes. Congrats on your third, glad you made it through your recent weather healthy and unscathed. Happy Thanksgiving and see you tomorrow.

BTW...the word verification is "metro"...got any of those up tour sleeve?

JT said...

Thanks for your efforts amigo. Some of the stuff you are into just baffles me frankly, but I wouldn't trade it for anything...I love your little corner of the Internet. Here's to 3 more years.

CJTPS said...

You're doing a great job! Thanks for all the neat cars you feature as well as your knowledge on most of them.