What One Year On Drivetribe has taught me

One year of meeting new people, hearing new perspectives and making some people slightly angry

7w ago

I have loved cars since the day I was conceived and finally have a platform to share that love of cars, since I joined in late July 2020 I have gained over 200 followers and almost 25,000 likes, I have had numerous articles get promoted to the homepage, and have made many lifelong friends. But there is a little more to it than that, things weren't always so easy on here, partly my fault and that is why I have tried my best on improving as a writer and user.

My first ever post

Well my first post was on my very own truck, I thought it was really cool that I could post my own content on Drivetribe instead of just reading established writers articles like on many other websites. So I wrote a short piece on my Hardbody (As a wise man once said "The truck named after me") and it got a whopping 7 likes!!! (This is sarcasm) But it encouraged me to improve as a writer and eventually make it to the homepage.

My first ever article

When I first figured out how to write articles on Drivetribe I decided to write one on my automotive hero Carrol Shelby. I was very proud of myself when I published it and got 30 likes! Which I thought was huge at the time, and then I saw Throttle Girl post an article on Carrol Shelby which was easily 10 times better than mine get twice as many likes, and that's when it hit me that it was Carrol Shelby's birthday and I didn't know it (No hard feelings Throttle just a funny story).

Starting my own tribe and getting my first promotion

Well it felt like forever until I got my first promotion, I made dozens of articles that I thought were fantastic but turns out could have been much better. After bugging John Coleman for a long time about it (Sorry John), I finally created my magnum opus "The 3 best and 3 worst customization trends" to go in my new tribe. This post gained over 200 likes and 100 comments, and I was the most excited I have been in a very long time. I felt like I had finally become a great writer, I told my parents and my friends all about it and I just felt so blessed. My tribe has grown to almost 120 followers in just a few months which is quite impressive in my opinion (Then again this is coming from a guy who was excited about 7 likes on they're first post). I wanted my tribe to be about what I love which is customizing cars, after all I want to own my own hot rod shop one day. So thank you John Coleman for helping me grow my tribe into a successful and fun tribe.

Overcoming differences

When I first came on here I was a hot head, some people liked it and others hated it, several people in particular in fact disagreed with me heavily Henry Hewett and Robert Thorton are the one's I want to talk about today, we would get in heated arguments almost daily and we'd all say some awful stuff to each other. But as time went by we all realized that we all were the exact same, just with a different opinion. We were just passionate about our views, and began to respect each other. I now consider them friends and would like to apologize for our previous interactions and am glad things worked out.

Life long friends

There are tons of people on here who are truly amazing, I'm not going to name all of them because I don't want to end up forgetting someone on that list, but I enjoy hearing all of they're opinions and gaining new knowledge from them. I love hearing what Eddie Brooks has to say about a rare classic, or James' weird obsession with milk floats, I also enjoy hearing Jeric Jaleco's unconventional take on being an enthusiast or Throttle Girl's amazing motorsports stories, I like seeing Will Stockett and Nolan Carter talking about boats and planes, I enjoy Josh Wilkerson's fantastic photos and even Vincent and Ferdi's eccentric and hilarious opinions (I just think eccentric is a fun word to say) but the truth is I enjoy seeing all of yall's hard work and fun opinions. Even if you don't believe your a great writer don't give up, as we all come from humble beginnings. I'm looking forward to another year on Drivetribe and I hope you will tolerate me for another year.

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Comments (30)

  • It's been great having you here. Keep going!

      1 month ago
  • Ethan, I'm very proud of your effort to engage on DriveTribe, demonstrate your knowledge, share your growth, and build on your writing. I always look forward to your posts and comments. I'm very pleased you found this place because you fit right in! I truly hope you are able to pursue your passion for customization with great and lasting success. 😊

      1 month ago
  • Epic low res thumbnail. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

      1 month ago
  • How could you not love mikfloats?

    I've really enjoyed having you here and it's been great to become friends with someone who has such differing opinions to me. Well done on all that achievement, nearly double what I've done in half the time (maybe not that much of an achievement actually!)

      1 month ago
  • Nice

      1 month ago