For our regular readers, who by the way hate change, it’s become time to change again. Sorry. But the digital universe and what and how people are getting information is changing, or has changed. BTW, we at Woody Boater are no different. Some parts of Woody Boater have just plain failed, or are obsolete. Our mission from the start has been simple. To provide a portal to the classic boat community. Free and open. With daily updates. A place for the real community to gather daily and check in, and check out whats going on.
Okay, okay, what about the Boat Buzz? Well, it’s complicated, and sad. I LOVE the boat buzz, I am one of the first people to be part of it in fact, and had a crap load of comments there. I was even part of the first email trail that would happen before the boat buzz. Bill Basler designed the Boat Buzz to move the club forward, mixed it in with the archive and other elements to make the club digital. Okay, lets set that aside.
New boards, new ideas, new passion are great for clubs, they provide a new look at things. And that is the cycle of change that has happened over the decades that we have been doing this. okay, around 14 years. The relationship with the ACBS, and the CCABC have been through many changes and ups and downs. Okay lets set that aside. I warned you its a tad complex.
With the latest change at the CCABC, new board, new questions, all healthy, the relationship with Woody Boater was called into question. The now famous “Dog Ad” clearly caused some behind the scenes crap. Okay. And so I got a bunch of behind the scenes crap. No boat in the ad? Why is Woody Boater there? How come WoodyBoater has two pages? Can we justify that? New president calls me and asks for stats to defend the partnership. All this while “George” who I know who it really is, jumps on Woody Boater and craps all over us and others in the most vile offensive attack in our 14 year history, and it all made me rethink the relationship to the point that while I was looking at what Woody Boater was providing for a two page ad, it dawned on me, wait…. What are the cubs doing for Woody Boater? mmmmmm, Drama, vile comments, behind the scenes drama.. And 120 clicks. 120, not 120,000, 120 last year. BTW, we sent around 30,000 last year. SET THIS ASIDE.
Okay, the boat buzz. Its dead. someone asks a question and no one answers. So it just sits there, like a dead leg that should have been cut off years ago. We all know it. So. Set this aside.
NOW, mix it all together like a stew. Go ahead. And with the crappy comment from “George” and the questions about us and justifying our partnership, telling me what my ads need to be…. and it was all just too much. So, I sent them the stats, and also dug into WHAT ARE THE CLUBS DOING FOR US? And sadly, we could not justify the partnership based on a business choice. Partnerships have to work both ways to work. And clubs have a tendency to be one sided. And sorry again, are obsolete. Facebook made them obsolete. On any given day you can hit google and find whatever you need from an info perspective, and as to a brother/sisterhood thing, Facebook, Woody Boater and other resources are here.
So, this is just the tip of the iceburg, and far far too much crap for a story, but you asked. And this is the truth and current situation with the page design. We are in the works to change up the design and mission of Woody Boater. After all thats all part of the fun. Its fun? Right? Right? this is fun? Right?