My Thoughts on 2017

By David G. Firestone

For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to move forward to 2017. It might seem a little early, but if I’m going to be able to successfully implement any changes to formats, I need to be able to have enough time to figure out how and when I’m going to implement them. As such, I’m going to discuss what I’m working on and have decided as of right now.

Currently, there are six postings in a week. Monday has videos, Tuesday has My Thoughts On, Wednesday has the Paint Scheme Tracker, Thursday has Throwback Thursday, Friday has the Friday Feature, and Saturday has the Paint Scheme Grades. When it comes to the format, I’m not going to change anything, as I really like this current setup. But there will be minor changes to the formats themselves.

Monday videos will remain unchanged in their current format, and production setup. I’m happy will they way things are going, and there is no need to make any changes in this respect.

Tuesday has My Thoughts On, and these have always been subject to how I feel as a person. Sometimes they are light-hearted, sometimes, I’ll discuss a serious issue. I’m not going to change this much either. Also, they are subject to how I feel physically, and if I’m not feeling well, I’m not going to write one.

The Paint Scheme Tracker and Grades will remain in their current slots, but I’m eliminating the A+ grade in favor of just an A. This will make the final grading much easier. This new change will debut with Wednesday’s edition of the tracker, and the Saturday edition of the Grades. It should also be noted that if there isn’t a Cup race scheduled for the weekend, I can’t do a Paint Scheme Grades, as I don’t have enough material.

Throwback Thursday will remain in place. Yes I realize that it’s not popular to have a Throwback Thursday anymore, but I don’t care. The only change I’m going to make is that I’ll be a bit more descriptive with my grading.

The Friday Feature will still be here, but I’m going to take a few different directions with it. One change I’m going to do is that I want to start doing more on design, not uniforms. I’ve got a couple design columns that I’m working on. The other change I’m going to make is that Reel Reviews is making a comeback in 2017! But there is another change I’m making in that there will be two subsets of Reel Reviews, Movies and Books. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and now I’ve got a plan to make it happen. Reel Reviews are not easy to do, in that they take three times as long as normal columns. But I do want to do them, and I’m going to make sure they get done next year.

I should also mention that I can definitely say that I have a Friday Feature for every Friday through the end of the year. This includes the Paint Schemies, and the Paint Scheme Leaderboard. The Schemies and the Leaderboard will also return for 2017. Though most of what I discussed may or may not be set in stone yet. I look forward to seeing you all for another great year!

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