EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
That’s how often I work on this magazine. If I’m not writing stories or building the latest digital issue, I’m emailing back and forth with people all over the world or joining new communities so I can send a private message to people I’d like to interview. As this one-man-show transitions into me writing two versions of every story – one for the website, one for the digital issue – I’m going to start posting at least five days a week.
You’re still going to get the stories – at least twice a week as always – but you’re also going to get a peek behind the curtain; you’re going to see what goes into making Gearbox Magazine. Pretty much any day I don’t have a featured story ready for you, I’m going to do one of these. (I’ll probably take weekends off.)
By the way, I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s not going to be easy. In fact, I’m even pretty nervous about committing to it! But ya gotta do whatcha gotta do!
Maybe this will feel more like a forum and you’ll leave a comment once in a while. I love hearing from gearheads who give a shit. Want me to ask someone a specific question? I’ll ask it! Wish there was a technical series on whatchamacallits? I’ll find an expert to tell us all about it. Gearbox Magazine was started to put our collective power to the ground.
ARE WE THERE YET?
Here’s what I’ve done in the last couple days.
- Finished Seth Scarborough, “Forester of the Month”
- Built my featured, header images for four upcoming stories – I build these in Photoshop, which I only have on one computer. I try to build a couple in advance so I can just type up the stories on other computers when I have time.
- Malcolm Neill, Motorsport Consultant – He ran the Lombard RAC Rally (aka: Wales Rally GB) for years. We talk motorsport consulting.
- Trollvo – I see this super nice Volvo a couple times a week on my commute. This is the pre-stance story.
- FT-86 Speed Factory – Jeremy of JB Autosports sold his Evo to fund his move into a niche.
- AZ Crawlers Wrenchfest – see below
- AZ Crawlers Wrenchfest – The local Mitsubishi 4WD guys got together to work on a truck for a friend in New Mexico. I drove 70 miles (113km) “across town” to maybe lend a hand. They helped me get my truck running better than ever! I started writing this story.
- Built eight featured, header images for this Founder’s Log series. Check back in and see if you can identify them all!
- Started formally interviewing Ted Marquez, who has a 9-second, show-quality DSM.
- Started wrapping up interview with Digo Pino, who is building pretty slick Evo.
- Started discussing suspension design and selection with Doug Nagy of Streetwise Motorsports for an upcoming series on why you deserve better than a generic, off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-some suspension solution.
- Asked the last two questions of Jeremy Barnes, an American who, with his wife, flew to Australia, bought a shitbox, and rallied it across parts of that country most natives haven’t seen in person in the Shitbox Rally.
- Began piecing together a story about a guy with a Factory Five Cobra (because Year of the Snake).
- Started compiling pieces of multi-person interview on organizing rallyx events in the American southwest.
- Reached out to some friends in the UK about possibly helping out another friend in the UK with a major motorsport event later this year (since I’m too far away to do so personally).
QUESTION OF THE DAY: THE WEEKENDER?
This pretty much makes the Weekender posts obsolete, but what if I moved the week’s stories to Tuesday and Thursday and did weekenders on Fridays; a sort of look ahead at the weekend’s activities? Then I could do these founders log updates on Mondays and Wednesdays; reporting on what actually got done over the weekend (and in the first half of the week). Anyone have any thoughts about that?