Hey guys, Dre here, and welcome to a rather ridiculous challenge of mine, as I attempt to write 30 consecutive blog posts over the next 30 days, right here on Motorsport101! Consider this one of my ridiculously over-ambitious ideas, but this is another one of those things I’ve always wanted to do.
I was greatly inspired by a few folks – Aaron Hyden, wrestling writer, and long time friend, who had the “HIPE Train”, where at one point, he went well over A YEAR with consecutive posts on Lords Of Pain. Katy Fairman, who tried this back in January, and is one of the finest young journalists in Motorsport today, and Elizabeth Werth, who’s one of my favourite people writing some ridiculous thesis material on Motorsport and is a journal published author. Shout-out and much love to all you guys.
Also, a quick note – I haven’t got a set list of 30 things I’m going to write about yet. If I’m being honest, I have about… six. So if you have suggestions as to what you want me to write about, let me know. It doesn’t even have to be Motorsport related, because I don’t #StickToSports (More on that later in the month), so feel free to send some ideas – I’m really looking forward to writing about some things I’ve been put off from because of the platform here being purely towards Motorsport.
So, to start us off, why not give you guys a little update on how things are going right here behind the scenes of the Podcast?
It’s fair to say, it’s exciting times at the moment. We’re now in March, so that means we’re on the brink of prime Motorsport season. Motorsport101 will be back on weekly schedules probably within the next fortnight, especially given IndyCar’s 2017 season kicks off at the end of next week, with MotoGP and Formula 1 right around the corner. Similar deal with BikeLive, we’re still gonna be a little bit more sporadic on that for another couple of shows, but once MotoGP, Worlds and British Superbikes start up again, it’ll be two shows a week until pretty much December.
Apologies for those expecting the “Movie Club”, it turns out our off-season was a little busier than anticipated, but if we get some slow weeks, we may still have time to fit them in. Sadly, given two out of the three of us main panellists have full-time jobs, getting the time to get everyone better to watch a 2 hour film can be tricky. The good news, the software we all downloaded for it to make it work, went without a hitch, so it’s just a matter of when, rather than how.
How about YouTube? I’m tentatively aiming for at least one highlight from each show, per week. I’m very fortunate to have Conner so willing to chip in and help, which frees up time for me to focus on other more occasional projects like the “Brief” series, the game reviews, and what I’ll be focusing on over the spring – some more comedic stuff, known as “Dre Takes”, based on some of my favourite and most infamous moments in Motorsport, and some longer form video projects too. Since being introduced to Jon Bois’ tremendous work on “Pretty Good”, it’s been pretty inspiring and an inch I have to scratch.
Some more goals I’d love to work on? Getting more guests and more interviews. I’d love to get out of my comfort zone more often and just having more names to help enhance the show. One of the more fantastic things about getting BikeLive over has been that Louis is a GOD at interview getting. Last year alone, we had Bradley Smith, Nicky Hayden, Brad Binder and Chaz Davies, and we just brought him back for our first show of the new series, and that was awesome. So hopefully, more of that in 2017. And, if I’m being completely honest, me and Louis kinda wanna stick to our old landlords, and that is motivation in itself.
And of course, I’d just like to say thanks for all your continued support. Motorsport101 as a network is something I’ve never been prouder to have. Infiltrating RynoGT4’s stream the other day was amazing, hearing a dozen or so fans and friends of show making in-jokes, bantering and just enjoying ourselves was an eye-opening, wonderful thing. We had a 1,000 listen week for the first time ever, and the excitement for the first BikeLive, with folks watching World Superbikes for the first time purely because they listened to us, was incredible.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this motivated for ANYTHING in my life… It’s probably how this challenge came about. I just hope we can keep entertaining you all, because you guys are amazing, and deserve the best. See you all tomorrow.