Reflecting On The Week, While Taking A Drive
While carving up the local curves with some friends on Friday evening, I couldn't help but think about my firstweek posting to DriveTribe and of all the stories I look forward to sharing in the future.
Well, it has been just over a week since I started contributing to the DriveTribe community. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I posted my first article. My friends know that I love both cars and sharing a good story, so it didn't surprise any of them that I would try to put both skills to use for DriveTribe. I am pretty sure however, that trying to write for DriveTribe wasn't on their radar. You see although, I have a ton of stories and a passion for cars, I also have dyslexia and can't spell to save my life. To say I dread writing, would be an understatement. Despite having to write in my professional career in IT, I have never tried to write for personal enjoyment or for the entertainment of others. So this was a little out of my comfort zone. Obviously, I am thankful for all the support I have received from my friends and family. My daughter is my acting creative director and all around critic and my loving wife is my chief editor (AKA SPELL CHECKER). My son seems to have appointed himself as my marketing director. He likes to come around a couple of times a day to see how my articles are doing online and to see if I am working on anything new. They are all pretty great for being unpaid help.
Then there is you, the DriveTribe community. I just wanted to share my thanks for everyone that read and commented on my articles and posts this past week. It is really a complete mystery to me how I am actually doing, but with five articles down, I can't believe that I have accumulated nearly 30K impressions, 112 bumps , and 8 followers after my first week. This community is just amazing, and the support I have received from my fellow DriveTribe contributors has been fantastic. I decided to take a break from creating content on Friday and just enjoyed reading new articles and responding to your comments. So many of you shared some really great stories in response to my articles. Being able to share those stories and experiences with you all, is really one of the best parts about contributing to the communities content.
Out for a fantastic twilight drive with our friends. With the wife driving the BMW X5M and my buddy at the wheel of our Porsche 911 997.2 Carrera S.
So, where does this road end?
Friday evening, with our friends in from out of town, we decided to embark on a spirited twilight drive through the twisty country roads. It was a beautiful evening for the top down, with my friend at the wheel, also a car enthusiast, we were chatting about cars while the wives were in hot pursuit in the BMW X5 M with it's 4.4L Twin-Turbo snarling at us on every straightaway. It was a prefect evening and gave me time to think about my next article. Although I was trying to think about what topic or story, I would share next all I kept thinking about was how blessed my family has been. Sure we have worked hard putting in countless hours, commuting hundreds of thousands of miles over the years while struggling to climb the corporate ladder, but even with all of that you don't get here without help. We both have great parents, a supportive family, fantastic friends and an employer that provided us the right opportunities to grow our careers over the years. Without those folks and the Lord above, I don't know where we would be today. What I do know, is that without that support over the years, we would not be on this drive, in these cars, sharing these stories and experiences with you. While reflecting on all of this, it hit me that much like my friend at the wheel of our Porsche for the first time on unfamiliar roads, it is unclear where this road of passion for cars and writing for DriveTribe will take me or even how long the ride will last. One thing that I do know for sure, I am going to enjoy this ride as long as I can.
After Friday evening's drive it deserved a nice wash and wax on Saturday Morning.