36 hours without Saabblog ... 1 1 / 2 days without saabic reading. A test. No Saabblog, that means no automotive morning reading, no reading fun at the end of the day. Was it fair for us to take the blog offline? It was a signal. Time for a serious topic.
Writing an automotive blog is not a difficult exercise - actually! Material supply manufacturers with press releases, and there is often financial support. The work is made easier by databases that provide image and film material for download. That's not what we have, 4 years after the demise of Saab Automobile AB, for our project.
Subjects have to be found by themselves, countless hours are spent week by week researching and procuring material. It will be more demanding to write, year after year. In some of the posts that are read quickly, weeks of work are stuck.
As the challenge grows, for each article time must be "borrowed" from families, friends or job, so the support for the blog has been falling for months. Constantly to do more, decreasing donations, that is not a solid foundation. An important blog supporter, the Kunert family, said goodbye to the business this year. The gap left behind could not be closed. Many companies live from businesses around Saab, benefiting from our work keeping cars in the present. But few have courage and are ready for regular support.
In addition to financing servers, promotions, events, niceties such as Saab reader cups and other things, our charity project is close to our hearts. Resources that are not needed for maintaining the blog and for actions are invariably included in the projects we support.
The blog, the daily Saab message, is important if the brand is not to be forgotten. Mark and I want to continue blogging on 2016. Volunteer, for the love of the brand and with a lot of passion, without benefits for us. Are the readers on the blog ready to contribute the project?
In the Anglo-Saxon area it is the custom to support bloggers with donations. Saab Blogger veteran Swade, founder of Trollhattansaab and Saabsunited, called in twice a year. The donations of the readers were a confirmation of his project, a recognition of the work done. How does it look for our German-speaking Saabblog?
Did the readers like the blog 2015? Did we deliver the required daily dose of Saab? What on average are 29 articles worth per month? So that the blog also 2016 remains on the net, we rely on the donations of the readers. How about making a financial contribution to our work in Year 2016?
Readers can decide what the blog is worth, whether it stays online. Our commitment to the supporters ends as every year to the 31.12. This gives us the freedom to decide if we want to blog for another year.
Should the page be empty in the future, like the last 36 hours? That would be sad ... We would be happy if the blog story 2016 would continue. Active help can be provided by companies in which they contribute as blog supporters for 2016. Readers can donate via Paypal button in the sidebar or by bank transfer. On request we will send the data. Just send an e-mail to: email@example.com