Over the past 9 years we have redesigned Woody Boater three times. It’s a by product of the ever changing world of social media and how people are consuming information. Over the next couple months we are going to be rethinking stuff. Like content that is unique, sponsors, donations, and what our long term plan is? We also need to redesign the experience so it works better on mobile platforms. I bet many of you read WoodyBoater on I pads, your phone etc. We also need to seriously look at how we work now with Facebook and Instagram. It’s tough, and getting tougher to find unique content. On any given day, there are 2 or three stories on Facebook or instagram that would have been gold on Woody Boater, but its easier and more gratifying to post it yourself. That’s cool, and going to happen more and more. Why fight it? In a way, its like the universe is saying. HEY WOODY! You need to put up or shut up. And we seriously considered shutting up. But, I hate to give up, and I firmly believe that there NEEDS to be a place out there that is the open door to the culture. Not a confederacy of rag tag facebook pages and 17 year old instagramers. There needs to be a place where you can come each day and find something new, fun and trustworthy that you connect with. In our case, its the subject of classic boats.
Sponsors. This may wind up being the largest change. We have removed several key sponsors for the simple reason that they have failed to pay there bills. In fact, we are owed almost half of our years budget this year from slow or no paying sponsors. Why is this? Because we didnt check them out to be honest. We would ask around, and folks said nice things, but in this passion, we have found that everyone says nice things. Or in some cases, they go nuts and feel ripped off. No real middle ground. I can say now, that the sponsors on the page today, are good business to do business with. Since we have used them all. Some are part of the Woody Boater Community like Fine Wood Boats, who dont sponsor but support us in other ways. There should be a place for good companies to be with out the cloud of crap around them. We are NOT about the money here. Clearly.
So, I could go on and on, but we really want to know what you find good, and what you find useless? What could we improve? Like More Fiberglass? More new ideas? New Companies and suppliers? big events? Reporting live? Video? We lust over the quality of Petrolicious videos. But dear god, those take time we dont have here. Soon, but not today. Or get rid of stuff? The Classified page that does not much? or do less of? Really? Our mission is to be the portal to the hobby. To be the first place you go when it comes to Classic Boating and be an open free door into the good parts of the Classic Boat community.
Let us know!