[ originally published 06/23/11 | updated 02/06/18 ]
Forget the new year’s resolutions this year. Do something simpler. Do something that works. Do three words instead.
GBXM has always been about gearheads like us; people who get it. We love shiny new cars and car parts. But while the cars might bring us together, it’s the things we do — together — that keeps us coming back. [Read more…]
I’ve wanted one of these since 1991
Work-life balance. Business or pleasure. Ya gotta keep ‘em separated. Or do you? Here’s 10 skills employers are looking for in 2015. If you’re not referencing your automotive experiences to highlight your abilities in these areas, you should.
UNDERSTANDING THE BUSINESS
Business acumen, functional/technical skills, technical learning
We’ve learned a lot about working on vehicles over the years, but how much of what we’ve learned in the garage can be applied elsewhere in our lives? The rest of the world thinks what we do is just “playing with cars.” Today, we’re changing that story. Today, we start looking at modifying our lives through the lens of modifying our machines.
#67 | Should you really be reading this right now? GBXM doesn’t pay my bills, and I’m pretty sure that means it’s not paying yours, either. (If it is, please let me know how, as I’d like to subscribe again.) Back in school, many of us had guidance counselors ask us what we’d do if we had a bazillion dollars in the bank and didn’t have to work. Frankly, I think that’s bullshit.
None shall pass. (All must pass.)
I am SO glad I did this.
Part 2 in a series. [Read more…]
If everyone picks the same car to donate, it might make things easier for everyone. Here’s how. [Read more…]
Pretty much every single day, I wind up thinking about all the things I need to do. Rework all the pages on the website, improve the contact form, test and implement the new payment gateway, scoop the litter boxes, do the dishes, replace the rear window defroster switch in the truck that keeps turning on and off all the time on its own, maybe actually pass emissions… I could go on, but so could you, right? [Read more…]
THAT’S THE DREAM, ANYWAY
If you’re a regular reader, you probably know Gearbox Magazine has largely been a solo effort. I’ve had a lot of help from some truly awesome people over the years, but for whatever reason, they’ve all had to step away. My dream is this:
I want to get Gearbox Magazine, aka: GBXMunited, to the point where it means enough to the gearheads of the world that they are willing to pay a little bit here and there for this and that (magazine, events, merchandise, etc.) so I can devote myself full-time to uniting the gearheads of the world.
Moreso than that, I want this thing to serve as a platform helping others achieve independence for themselves. I want to one day walk away from GBXM knowing it’s in good hands and will outlive me. From Day One, I’ve been telling everyone, “If you are willing to help me build this thing when there is no money, when the money comes, we will share in it together as equal partners.” Still, this is a lot of work with only intrinsic reward.
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
One of the things I’ve learned since starting this digital rag in 2009 is that being a member of the Press has its own rewards. I’ve been granted special access at motorsport events. I’ve been invited to private reveals of new models. I’ve run into people for the first time who tell me they’ve heard of Gearbox Magazine. And I’ve seen the Google Alerts when people I’ve interviewed tell everyone they know about their time in the spotlight. This is the stuff of intrinsic rewards, the non-monetary returns on my investments in this project.
Recently, I stumbled across another reason to get excited about what we’re doing here at GBXM – the realization that I could confidently apply for any number of paid, professional writing opportunities and actually stand a chance at landing the jobs! Here’s some excerpts from real automotive journalism job listings I found on LinkedIn this week.
Autos Online Editor, US. News and World Report – Washington, D.C.
2-4 years experience in journalism or online content production
Proven writing/editing skills and solid portfolio, with strong editorial judgment
Understanding of SEO and experience with writing for the web
Proven ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Attention to detail
Sr Editor, Automobile Magazine – El Segundo, CA
Manage all technical content including how-to stories and other special interest features.
Contribute to editorial direction of magazine through new story ideas, comparison tests and information design.
Write features, cover stories columns and departments.
Represent magazine at local, national and international trade shows and build strong links with readers and the industry.
Previous experience as an editor in a publishing environment, or equivalent education and experience
Excellent writer able to communicate complex issues in lively, clear, and concise prose.
There’s more to landing a professional writing gig than just the bullet points above. And there’s more to it than simply blogging (as much of what we do here could be considered at this point), but let me ask you this; If you were looking to hire someone to do a job, wouldn’t you want to speak to the person who enjoyed the work so much he or she did it for fun, for free? I’m not saying that helping me run this website is a guaranteed path to gainful employment in the business. I sure hope it proves as much, and I’m certainly busting my ass to drive that dream, but actions speak louder than words.
Since the very beginning, I’ve been offering full partnership in GBXMunited to anyone willing to be a reliable, long term part of what we’re doing here, but if you’re really more interested in one day writing for one of the automotive publications you see in the news aisle, that’s cool too, and I’m happy to help you prepare to apply, interview, and prove yourself – up to and including helping you start your own online magazine! (Seriously. I’m working on some How To guides right now.)
Some people spend years of their lives and thousands of dollars on journalism degrees, but degrees aren’t guarantees of employment. You gotta get the experience; experience producing content, supporting an editorial mission, developing a voice, establishing a professional reputation, and learning the ins and outs of automotive journalism – as it has been and should be.
ARE YOU READY?
I’m willing to give you the keys to the kingdom and to teach you everything I’ve learned from 3+ years running this place. I want to give you a space to publish your work and make a name for yourself. And, as much as I want to call you a partner, I’m just as happy to write you the best letter of recommendation I can if it helps you land your dream job somewhere else. The question is, are you ready?
Can I tell you a secret? I know more gearheads in Australia than I do neighbors on my own block. In some respects, I know that’s terrible, but in others, it’s totally awesome. Every other year, my wife and I try to get out and see the world – the world of gearheads. We at Gearbox Magazine want YOU to be able to experience stuff like this too, so I’m going to keep you in the loop as things progress in the coming months. [Read more…]
The Summer Olympic Games take place in London, England, in July. Medals will be awarded for all manner of summer sports, including equestrian (horse), cycling/mountain biking, even canoe and sailing. For all the power, speed, and agility tests involving vehicles, there will be no automotive games. We think that should change, even if it means we design our own Summer Gearhead Games. Here’s some ideas on what that might look like. [Read more…]
One of the neat things about being a gearhead and knowing how the various systems and assemblies on our vehicles work is that we can use our understanding of them to help us better understand other things. I like to think of this as “automotive metaphor.” Today, what say we see what we can learn about life by thinking about traction and handling on a car. [Read more…]
One question keeps me awake at night; Why don’t more people comment on the stories we run on Gearbox? Some people have told me it’s because forums are where everyone’s opinions matter, while blogs are only about one person’s opinion. As a 10-year forum veteran, I call bullshit. Not here. Not this “blog.” I think it’s that we’re just not sharing the right stories or something. So I did a little digging into some the forums I’m on. [Read more…]
Something you might not know how to do: Modifying your life. If only changing our lives was as easy as changing an air filter, right? Even a timing belt, at least we could see how close we were to being done. The question is, why do you modify your vehicle? [Read more…]