The day I launched TJ13
, was a very sad poignant day namely the death of the F1 gentleman Professor Sid Watkins. Yet it was a day that demonstrates the awesome power of social media. This incredible power is one that communicates to the world, or certainly those connected through social media across the world, news and information within seconds of it happening.
The evidence of this to me was clear when one of the renown F1 journalists tweeted the morning after Sid passed away, “so sad to wake and hear about Sid…”. The first tweet I saw regarding Sid’s death was around 21:00 the night before.
It used to be the case that the public would only hear about breaking news quite some time following the event. So for millions of F1 fans to have known that Sid had passed on to join Ayrton before a number of people closely connected with the F1 circus – would have been an incredible proposition a mere handful of years ago.
I have no grand designs for this blog, no intended structure for regular content like pre and post race analysis features, rate the driver and rate the race polls etc. We’ll just see what people like and try to deliver that.
I am primarily a fan of F1 of over 30 years and over that time I have made a number acquaintances and friends across the F1 spectrum. Most of these people are cogs in their team’s and the F1 machine. A factory engineer, truck driver, a KERS speciaist and others. Yet these are the people who know much and will talk to a friend.
Conversely there are times when people of higher profile in the F1 world want to ‘get something out there’ without putting their names to it. They too have found thejudge13 twitter useful in the past and that opportunity is now there in for them to do so in greater detail in this blog. There will also be people who comment on the articles via a nom de plume have something to convey.
To be honest this is one of the reasons I was persuaded to set up the site and why the it is anonymous.
Enough of the intrigue; more importantly, as with any journalism or factual writing the skill of a author is in he ‘reading of the tea leaves’ – the piecing together the various bits of information and presenting observations and an opinion.
I will assume anyone reading this blog is more than a passing F1 observer. The technical aspects, strategy, politics, rules and all matters behind the headlines and breaking news will most likely be our focus.
Most of all, I’m excited about the response from those who read the articles and their comments. Please feel free to disagree with my conclusions and post your comments accordingly.
Anyway, we all love F1, and if you’re like me we’d have 30 races a season not 20 – but in the interim it gives us chance to dig around and chew the cud over the players that we admire and follow.