Recently I mentioned that I'm in the process of being dragged kicking and screaming (well, maybe shaking and whimpering) into the information age and the world of Facebook, Twitter, etc. Well, it's true. Right now I'm scheduled for a series of one-on-one training sessions with my friend and mentor Editorial Director Brian Brennan. Brian has kindly offered his valuable time for multiple reasons, first and foremost to keep me from getting canned, and secondly to enable me to become as involved in the Classic Trucks website www.classictrucks.com as I am in the production of my beloved paper magazine. It's my hope that I have the requisite brain capacity needed to master the world of electronic media so Brian's time is not spent in vain – and so I won't end up living in a cardboard box and selling pencils at the end of a freeway off-ramp.
I have to admit I'm pretty nervous about this whole deal. Historically I've been one of a very limited group of editorial staff (pretty much limited to just me) that are, shall I say, technologically challenged. Sure, years after being equipped with an Internet-capable computer I can finally send and receive emails and surf the Web pretty well, but I really have no idea how my ramblings and photography can make it from my keyboard and camera through the ether and into our website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. But hey, I'm willing to give it my best shot...like I have a choice.
Anyway, I've been thinking lately about the new possibilities that mastering social media will open up to me editorially and there are actually some great advantages. For one, www.classictrucks.com has no page restrictions. In other words, I'll no longer be limited by a fixed amount of pages as I am in the magazine. And yet another advantage will be that you folks will be able, with just a few taps on the screen of your smartphones, to enjoy Classic Trucks whenever and wherever you are. Now that is pretty neat.
So, with all this said and in anticipation of my looming electronic prowess, how about I use the opportunity to finally catch up on my huge backlog of Classic Cruisers by starting to showcase your classic pickups at www.classictrucks.com as well as in the magazine itself? Sound good? While we're at it, what do you think about using the website to show off what all you folks have going on in your home shops? I think it'd be great for us all to see the goings on in each other's garages. Heck, I just may start back to work on my '57 just to have something to add to the mix too.
What do you folks think? If you think this would be a neat way for us all to get involved in Classic Trucks drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll throw around some ideas. Geez, this electronic media may well be a lot of fun. So wish me luck on my training, and start sending me your ideas, images, and info on your classic trucks and or whatever you're bolting together out in the shop and I'll start getting it up and on the website as soon as Brian is through teaching me how to do it!
Talk to ya soon.