The new F1Fanatic Live Blogs of the practice, qualifying and race sessions have proved really popular, with hundreds of you joining in the Grand Prix comments.
But I think we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what we can do with this feature so please give me any feedback on the service so far. Here are a few thoughts I’m working on at the moment:
Covering the sessions
What makes Live Blogging really powerful is that loads of people can contribute at once. So how can we harness that to cover F1 better?
One way, which we’ve already started to use a bit, is to have feedback from people watching F1 via different sources – television broadcasters around the world, radio announcers, plus online coverage such as the live timing screens and Renault’s excellent live telemetry.
Another way could be to have different people tracking the progress of individual drivers. So if you’re a Nakajima fan you could be out appointed Nakajima specialist, keeping a close track on his progress and making sure the rest of us don’t miss anything.
Would you be interested in helping us follow the race this way?
Another way might be to divide it up by roles – have one person keeping an eye on pit stops, another monitoring track and weather conditions, another changes in the running order and so on.
At the moment F1Fanatic Live Blogs is run using CoverItLive. How well do you think the software worked? Do you know of any alternatives that might be better?
I’m in discussion with the CoverItLive people at the moment and will pass any relevant feedback on to them, especially if you encountered any technical problems.
Share the Live Blog
If you run an F1 website then you’ll be able to place the F1Fanatic Live Blog on your site from next week. I’ll post the relevant code closer to the time (to make sure you don’t miss it why not subscribe to the RSS feed?).
Over 1,300 messages were posted during the Malaysian Grand Prix alone and the moderators who helped out last weekend played a vital role in making the Live Blog a success – thanks to Ollie, Duncan, Journeyer and Arun.
We do need some more moderators, however, so if you can spare a bit of time during any of the sessions to help ensure people’s comments appear on the blog as quickly as possible, please contact me via the comments below or the contact form.
Wanted: Friday hosts
After the Bahrain Grand Prix I won’t be able to run the Live Blogs for the practice sessions as I’ll be at work! So I need at least one person to run each of those two Live Blogs.
If you’re interested in doing this, please contact me
What more can we do to make the live blogs better? What did you think of the live blogs so far? Please leave your comments, suggestions and ideas below.
You can also send feedback to F1Fanatic.co.uk via the F1 Fanatic Facebook Group: