First things first: I’ve been putting off making this post for several months, so I should point out that the immediate reason for me making it now is Tumblr’s ban on adult content. I don’t agree with what @staff is doing in the slightest (and if you want to know more on how I feel about that, see my personal blog), but it’s got nothing to do with me. I don’t post NSFW things, I don’t follow NSFW blogs, and I don’t like posts from NSFW blogs. There’s no reason anything on my own blog or this blog should get flagged for NSFW content. But I know Tumblr. I know that what half of y’all are really here for is porn, and I can respect that. I expect you’ll all be leaving in droves once the ban becomes official, so I figure that before you go, I had ought to give anybody who was wondering a reason why this blog stopped posting.
I started this blog in February 2017 as an outlet for my love of racing history. My actual motivation for starting the blog was that I felt that American open-wheel racing history (i.e. IndyCar) was too often forgotten, and I wanted to dedicate part of this blog to it. I knew that this by itself wouldn’t attract many followers, so I started using photos from NASCAR and Formula One as well. From its inception, this blog was always a one man operation. Over the weekend, when I had nothing else to do, I would go through Pinterest and Google Images looking for old racing action shots that I thought were interesting enough to go on this blog. And I always had my submissions box open in case anyone else wanted to help me find interesting images to put here. It was fun for a while. And over time, this blog gained more attention and followers than my personal blog ever could.
After a little more than a year of operating this blog, good racing images started to get hard to find. I usually knew where to go to find decent Formula One pictures, but I couldn’t always find good NASCAR or IndyCar images (mid-70′s USAC images were the toughest to come across). I did my best to keep this blog active on a daily basis, but over time, trying to maintain this blog, which had been getting increasingly difficult, began to feel like an obligation; a chore. I had some 4,000 followers at the time, and though I could appreciate that that many people shared my interest in motorsports, I couldn’t really keep up with them or deal with the pressure. Eventually I just decided that I didn’t need that extra stress.
This blog was only meant to be on a temporary hiatus because of that, but then my interest in motor racing in general took a turn for the worse. NASCAR was my first love; I started watching in 2007 and it was my introduction to the world of motor racing. But as most of you know, NASCAR has been held down by terrible management, constant rule changes, heavily inconsistent officiating, dwindling car counts, and a dismal on-track product, all of which have alienated me from keeping up with the sport every week since 2015. The 2019 rules package was the last straw – I see it as NASCAR wants to turn every race into a pack race, which is absolutely mindless and serves to make every race a boring suckfest with a lottery winner. That’s not what I watch racing for, and though I will continue to watch the Daytona 500 and the Southern 500 every year, my interest in NASCAR is all but gone. Most of the traffic that comes from this blog is from Formula One fans, and though I have respect for them and the sport, I cannot confidently say I was ever really a devoted Formula One fan. I live in America; if I wanted to keep up with every race live as it happened, I’d usually have to wake up pretty early in the morning for it, which throws off my sleeping schedule (not to mention Formula One isn’t that big over here anyway). If it weren’t for IndyCar, I would not be watching racing at all right now. I’m proud to call myself an IndyCar fan, and while I will continue to watch IndyCar into 2019, there’s not a whole lot for me to do with it during the off-season except wait. With all that in mind, it’s hard for me to find the motivation to pick up this blog again.
So that’s it, really. General lack of interest and failure to deal with the pressure of running a popular blog led to this blog’s demise. I have more than 6,000 followers now and I apologize that I wasn’t able to keep it afloat for long enough to please all of you. If for some reason you’re interested in me and what I’ve been doing, my personal blog is @goingsovereign, and I’m not going to be leaving Tumblr anytime soon (though I do regret having to watch so many of its users abandon the site). I can guarantee you my personal blog is a lot less interesting than this one though; it’s more of an outlet for my emo side. I will be starting to set up commissions for my graphic design work in the very near future (before the end of the month), and when it’s set up I’ll probably post info and links to this blog as well.
Catch you on the flip side.