Over the past couple months, Woody Boater has taken on a tone we are not to happy about. It’s become contentious and smutty. Readership is up of course, folks love a good nasty comment, and scantily clad girls are always a cheap eye grabber. But is it good for the culture of classic boating? Are negative comments about sponsors and other folks in the hobby good for the hobby? Every issue has two sides, is it fair to use the web to vent?
We are a pretty open group here, we figured that if we just took our time, some of the stuff would correct itself, and in some cases it has, but in others its gotten worse. Now mind you, we don’t ever want to be boring and PC. That’s worse than any negative crap. But there needs to be a balance.
While in Europe last week, I was unable to monitor Woody Boater 24/7. I usually am on it, but I had family I wanted to be with, and was also 6 hours off in timing. Last week, several folks took the chance to go negative, and then it just kinda took over. As do most negative things, they attract more negativity. I was unable to delete them as usual until it was to late. The damage was done. Damage to very good friends and huge supporters of not only Woody Boater, but the entire hobby of classic boating. Many of you jumped in to help, and for that, we are eternally grateful.
Some called in question our choice of content and why we featured some folks over others. To be transparent, we are friends with the Katz’s Team, all 15 of them, but we are also friends and love the work done by others. Some sponsors, some not. Dennis, Matt and the team at The Antique Boat Center, Herb and team at Sierra, Carla and Team, at Hagerty, Brian Robinson, who is not a sponsor but contributes so much to the culture. The good folks at the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club who also have been dealing with negativity on the boat buzz.The good folks at the ACBS who are always trying to take the high road.
We rely on many of these folks for content, not marketing or promotion, but information and fun stuff that’s going on. When Brian is working on Henry Fords boat, that’s cool, if you need to be insured during the winter because it’s actually the most damaging part of the year, we talk about it, and if there are 6 Cobras in your marina being prepped for the 60th anniversary show in Florida, we are going to talk about it. It all in the end is about keeping stuff interesting so you and new readers keep coming back.
There is a very simple solution if you have an issue with our content, submit some. We will look it over and if its fun and cool it goes up.
If you would like to submit a story to Woody Boater, we are always looking for fun stuff to report on. Especially during the winter. Kentucky Wonder called it for sure. To submit a story please consider the following
1. Keep it short.
2. We don’t sell stuff. Over 75% of the stories we get are folks trying to sell stuff or services.
3. Photos photos photos, great clean photography is always a way to get on Woody Boater.
4. Anything odd or cool, barn finds, family boats, unusual options. That’s what folks like to see.
5, If you are a professional restorer or broker, we are always glad to help, but if you compete with one of our sponsors it’s just not fare.
It’s really that simple, thanks for being patient, and thanks for your continuing support.