It’s a rather sad and poignant day to launch my blog. Yet it is a day that demonstrates the awesome power of social media. This incredible power is to communicate to the world, or certainly those connected through social media across the world, news and information within seconds of it happening.
This was evident today when one of the renown F1 journalists tweeted this morning, “so sad to wake and hear about Sid…” of course referring to the death of Professor Sid Watkins. The first tweet I saw regarding Sid’s death was around 21:00 last night. It used to be the case that we the public would only hear about breaking news quite some time following the event. So for millions of F1 fans to have known that Sid had passed on to join Ayrton before a number of people closely connected with the F1 circus – would have been impossible a mere handful of years ago.
I have no grand designs for this blog, no intended structure for regular content like pre and post race analysis features. There are others who do this quickly and very well, so I have no intention of competing with people who have permanent roles in F1.
I am in fact battling to get to grips with all that the software can offer in building and presenting the site. So there will changes to its look and diversity of content over the coming weeks as my competency improves. I’ve managed to get my tweets up on the right and am quite proud of myself.
I am primarily a fan of F1 of over 30 years and over that time I have made a number acquaintances and friends across the F1 spectrum. Some of these people are cogs in their team’s machine, for example a factory engineer, and yet these are the people who know much and will talk to a friend.
Conversely there are times when people of higher profile in the F1 world want to ‘get something out there’ without putting their names to it. They too have found thejudge13 twitter useful in the past and that will translate into greater detail in this blog. There will also be people who comment on the articles who via a nom de plume have something to convey.
To be honest this is one of the reasons I was persuaded to set up the site and why the title is anonymous.
Enough of the intrigue; more importantly, just like any journalism or factual writing other than headline writing and breaking news, the skill of a writer is piecing together the various bits of information and presenting conclusions and maybe an opinion.
I will assume anyone reading this blog is more than a passing F1 observer. The technical aspects, strategy, politics, rules and all matters behind the headlines and breaking news will most likely be our focus.
Most of all, I’m excited about the response from those who read the articles and their comments.
So let the journey begin!