3 Year Blog Anniversary (and Happy Earth Day!)

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Most people probably are not aware but this blog turned 3 years old today, marking a nice blog anniversary for Adam's Auto Advice.  (Also it's Earth Day, so Happy Earth Day!)  You can checkout my first post I did 3 years ago from today, which wasn't all that amazing, but that is how I got my start blogging and writing online.  As well you checkout the post I wrote at my 2 year blog anniversary and that happened to be my 200th blog post on here as well.

Looking back I am amazed and how much better my writing has come along over 3 years.  I mean 3 years isn't that long when you think about writing, but in internet time that marks a lifetime basically.  Ironically it doesn't feel quite as long as I thought it does, but having a blog anniversary really makes you look back.

Some cool features I did on this blog was attending the GM Baltimore operations event for the Spark EV.  I got drive the Spark EV, which not a lot of people have, around the a closed course.  In addition I toured the plant and got to talk with engineers who designed the Spark EV and Chevy Volt.   Another cool event I attended was the Consumer Reports Top 10 Picks announcement at the National Press Club in Washington DC.  I also got some slick vertical business cards made off of Fiverr but I might need to change the design soon since I am shifting my focus to new projects.

In the 3 years since I started this blog social media has become huge part of the internet.  I joined Twitter and I am still learning and getting better with Facebook.  (Although I still don't get it!)  I am more active on Google+ and try to stay active on there since Google clearly is putting a lot of importance on Google Authorship profiles.  As far as I can tell they really only want to highlight people that are active and legit writers AND are interacting on Google+ a little bit.  Pinterest exploded this year, and while I think it is really cool, I still need to master that and figure out how to market myself and my other sites I have on there in the best way possible.

With the explosion of social media, the blogging field in general has grown a lot too.  I remember hearing a statistic by Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress (the blogging software that this site runs on), that WordPress was downloaded over 430+ million time in 2012.  While not every download meant someone was using WordPress for a blog and people could use those installation files multiple times for different sites, that still shows the rapid growth of the internet as a whole.  (That statistic doesn't include automatic script install of WordPress by the way.)

New blogs and sites are popping up all the time, making it harder and harder to compete in the online world.  Some of my fans have probably noticed that I haven't contributed as much on this auto blog as I would have liked.  The main reason is I have done a lot more paid writing gigs.  Some were better than others and some paid pretty decently too, making me feel like the road I choose to be an auto journalist/blogger wasn't a wrong choice.  (Even though I know deep down it probably was.)  Honestly this field doesn't pay as much, unless you get crazy traffic, which is unlikely even if you know a lot about SEO (search engine optimization).

I think once you start writing you can't really stop though.  That's why I started a new online auto magazine, CarNewsCafe, with some auto journalist friends.  You can read my post about it here.  Starting another site, while challenging, actually has a lot of advantages when you do it with other people.  There are other writers are creating content, making it is easier to compete against larger sites.  In addition I can bounce ideas off of someone else if it doesn't work.  As well this makes you look more professional and you can network with others and create better more engaging stories.

While I will continue to write on this blog and write about cars, I am facing the harsh reality that this is a difficult market.  I have decided to slow down writing about cars for a little while, but won't stop.  I am going to be shifting my focus to some new site ventures, which will I will be very excited about when they launches.  The main one I am working on, HostTribe, will have tutorials about hosting and information for people that want to get started with their own sites.

I also want to wish everyone a Happy Earth Day.  Not sure what you are supposed to do on Earth Day, but I guess you should “Be Green” whatever that means.  If you want learn about Furoshiki, a Japanese gift-cloth wrapping technique, checkout the Fursohiki Forum.  If you use cloth, instead of paper, you can save $100's and even $1000's of dollars over the years.

I am glad that I could share this blog anniversary and milestone with all of you, and I look forward to writing and creating more websites that people can enjoy in the future.

Win One of Six 2013 Smart Car Pure Coupes on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

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2013 Smart Cars

Win a 2013 Smart Car Pure Coupe!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are full of amazing deals and there are quite a lot of great giveaways going on too.  Slickdeals.net, a forum and website for finding great deals around the web, is holding a pretty sweet giveaway where you have a chance to win a brand new 2013 Smart Car Pure Coupe during Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  SlickDeals is not only giving away one new 2013 Smart Car, but six 2013 SmartCars!

Three Smart Cars are being given away for Black Friday on Thursday, November 22th to Friday, November 23rd.  Then another three Smart Cars will be given away by SlickDeals on Saturday, November 24th to Monday, November 26th for Cyber Monday.  This gives you not just one but six chances to win a Smart Car which are valued at a sticker price of $12,490.

All you have to enter the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Smart Car Slickdeals giveaway is to visit this page.  You will have to register and become a member of the Slickdeals community to enter, but it is a quick and painless process.  You can register with a Google or Facebook account if you prefer.  There are ways to gain extra entries for yourself, which is listed on the giveaway page.  You can like Slickdeals on Facebook, Tweet about the contest, sign-up for the Slickdeals newsletters,  etc.  Youu know how these giveaways and contests work, they want you to like and follow them for a chance to win.

Even if you don't want a 2013 Smart Car I would still enter this contest.  You have the option to win $10,000 cash, which is a good chunk of change for buying gifts for the holidays.  You could also use $10,000 to buy yourself a bunch of nice stuff, but I am sure whoever is reading this would be more charitable then that.

To enter the need the Slickdeals 2013 Smart Car Pure Coupe Black Friday and Cyber Monday giveaway you must be over 18 years old or older to enter, live in one of the US states, and obviously will be responsible for all local and federal taxes and fees associated with winning the cash or Smart Car.  Nothing surprising there and to read and familiarize yourself the contest rules click here.  Of course… most people don't bother to read the contest rules but you should at least glance at them! 🙂

Anyway, I already entered the contest and got some entries.  Last time I checked almost 25,000 entries had been recorded so you better start racking up entries if you want to win a 2013 Smart Car or $10,000 in cash.

 

Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee

Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee is having it's 6-month anniversary tomorrow morning.  My friend Gypsy Jack has told me it's turned into quite a big and fun “gearhead” meetup for people from around Maryland and Pennsylvania.  People will even drive up from Virginia for Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee to my understanding.

The Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee not only attracts a wide range of people, but cars and vehicles are diverse too.  Classics, tuners, exotics, sportbikes, cruisers, lowriders, hot rods, etc.  You name it, someone is going to come by with it, probably has, or eventually will.  Check out some pictures from Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee.

Where: Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley MD, 21030

When: Saturdays, 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Why: Because you like talking with other gearheads!

People usually gather in front of the closed Best Buy, since that is where the most parking is.  Most people go over to Caribou Coffee to get coffee.  Some people stay until 10:30 but I believe most are out of there by 9:30.

FYI after or before) Cars and Coffee I would recommend going to the Pennsylvania Dutch Market on York Rd.  All you do is take a right on York Rd and go for about half a mile and then turn left onto Ashland Rd.  The baked goods, donuts, and food there is AMAZING and it's run by Amish.  Also the coffee here will be better in my opinion.  It's a great thing to do if you have out-of-town guests or want to treat yourself.  The Amish have me hooked on their apple fritters and cookies!

Andretti Claims the Baltimore Grand Prix could be “The premier street event in the world”

Baltimore Grand Prix

Baltimore city's Board of Estimates last week officially confirmed that Michael Andretti and Andretti Sports Marketing along with Race On will be organizing the 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix, making many IndyCar and American Le Mans racing fans happy.

In a press event that officially made Mr. Andretti and his company the organizers of the 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix, which takes place on the streets of Baltimore, he commented that the race has the potential to be the “premier street event in the world.” Whether the Labor Day weekend race will actually live up to that expectation will require a lot of planning on Andretti's part.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal Andretti Sports Marketing is trying to pull this race together as quickly as possible with only a few months to go. Tickets are set to go on sale in a week on May 28th, 2012. They will be available on Ticketmaster and a new website the company has setup to sell tickets and provide information about the event.

They have also taken steps to setup a Facebook page and Twitter feed to keep fans informed and connected with the 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix.

The previous organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix, Downforce Racing, did not even manage to sell tickets or find vendors to put up seating. The company that put on the race in 2011, Baltimore Racing Development, went bankrupt and was not able to pay the city and state taxes and fees. So both racing companies contracts were canceled for these reasons.

This left the door open for Andretti and Race On to step in. Race on is a local company that is partnering with Andretti Sports Marketing to run the race. The people involved with Race on are Gregory O'Neil and JP grant, who plan to operate the race for the next five years. (That is if Race On and Andretti Sports Marketing successfully puts on the 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix.)

“This is a world class city,” said Grant when talking about Baltimore. “It deserves a world class event.”

Grant firmly believes that the 160,000 people who spurred $47 million in economic spending far outweighed the city not making any money on the massive event last year. The city seems to feel the same way if they are prepared to sign a new contract and deal with the immense headaches of putting on a major street race again.

Other tasks that Andretti hopes to accomplish include finding a title sponsor for this year's race. Mr. Andretti is hopeful but not 100% certain they will able to locate and find a title sponsor this year, bu for 2013 they are very confident a title sponsorship is possible.

It seems the “Race is On” for Andretti Sports Marketing and Race On to get the race ready in time.

Adam’s Auto Advice Turns 2 Years-Old Today Along With This 200th Post!

Me and My Dog Cody!

I thought I would share an important milestone with all the fans and readers of my humble blog, Adam's Auto Advice. This blog is now 2 years-old as of today.  Happy Birthday… to myself I guess! 🙂

It's amazing to think that my blog is 2 years old! Honestly it feels like I have been blogging and writing about cars forever, but it really has not been that long.

I look back at all the amazing posts and articles I have written. The articles and posts range from the fun and whacky Charm City Pedal Mill, the interesting Baltimore start-up ParkingPanda, attending the Baltimore Grand Prix, and breaking news about RelayRides. I have even tested automotive products and gone to a few car and auto shows.

Probably the best thing I have written about on this blog was my road trip from Irvine, CA to back to Baltimore.  It was an amazing trip and I hope to do many more road trips and a cross-country road trip again soon.

You know, I started this blog and didn't have set high hopes for my writing but look at me now! I am a full time auto journalist and blogger. I was able to go from writing as a hobby to writing about cars professionally.

Looking back at my first post, and some of my early writing such as this Top Gear editorial my writing has come a long way and fast. I am fortunate to be able to be doing something creative and love what I am doing.

I feel proud of everything I have been accomplished with this blog and other writing I have done.

As well sharing my experience when I appeared on Anderson with Anderson Cooper for the TV show's New Year's Special. I performed “Auld Lange Syne” with my singing dogs, Cody and Sierra, which was an amazing experience which I shared on this blog. (Of course it had nothing to do with cars, but I did drive up to New York-City with my dogs.)

I am glad to have had all these interesting and varied experiences. I hope to share more auto news, advice, tips & tricks, product reviews, with everyone via Adam's Auto Advice. I know I will continue to grow and experience more amazing automotive experiences in the future.

I also appreciate all the people with a shared passion for cars I have meet along my journey. We have exchanged web advice, writing tips, and personal stories of “Auto Awesomeness!”

Someone who deserves credit for my blog is my brother Jason. He helped me get this blog up and running and switch from Blogger to WordPress. He's also helped keep this blog going and updated. Thanks Jason!

I certainly have not crossed everything off on my automotive bucket list. I know I have a lot more great experiences ahead of me.

This is actually my 200th post! I didn't plan that, but it is a happy coincidence.  There will be hundreds of more great articles and posts along the way. I am going to make an effort to post more and most likely shorter articles in the future.

I hope all of you continue to follow my writing and work. Please Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest to keep updated.

I look forwarding to writing about cars and on this blog for many more years.

Win One of Eleven Free 1-Year Subscriptions to Motor Trend from Adam’s Auto Advice

Win a Motor Trend Subscriptions!

Following the success of my Baltimore Auto Show ticket giveaway (and the marginal success of my carseat giveaway) I have decided to do another giveaway.  What am I giving away?  A total of Eleven Free 1-Year Subscriptions to Motor Trend magazine!  That is a $50 value that you can get for free!  Sounds awesome, right?

What do you need to do to win a Free Subscription?  It is as simple as 2 mouse clicks.  A “Like” on Adam’s Auto Advice Faceboook page and a follow on my Twitter feed.  That's less than 3 seconds of work for enjoying a whole year of Motor Trend.

Well, you also must leave a comment below to inform me you are interested in winning a free Motor Trend subscription with a valid email address.  Please include funny car stories, adages or maxims, or just a fun reason why you need or want a Motor Trend subscription.  Still that isn't much work to enjoy a great publication all year long like Motor Trend.

For additional chances to win make sure to Share, Tweet, ReTweet, Email, etc. this Motor Trend giveaway.  If you noticed I have Shareholic installed on this website for easy sharing.  If you want to be even more ambitious you can become a Facebook Friend, add me to your Google+ Circle, and also include Adam’s Auto Advice Google+ Page.

I think you get the idea and this is similar to my ticket giveaway to the Baltimore Auto Show.  Follow me on social media to get a chance to win, but your chances increase the more social media platforms you follow and share me on.   Good luck and I hope there will be a lot of happy people getting these Motor Trend subscriptions!

Now for the nitty gritty of the contest.  Contest ends March 28th, 2012 and winners will be announced the following day via a post on Adam's Auto Advice.  Please allow 6-8 weeks for the first issue to arrive.  This giveaway is only open to residents in the US.  Each address or household is eligible for one subscription.  Adam's Auto Advice is not affiliated with Motor Trend or it's subsidiaries.  This website and the owner and operators are responsible for issues not being delivered or other crazy things that could happen with a magazine subscription.

Need a Car Seat? Follow Me On Twitter!

Do you love Twitter?  Do you need a car seat for your small child? Then you are in luck!  The first Adam's Auto Advice Contest has officially begun.

I am looking to get over 1,000 Twitter Followers in 1 month.  If you help make that happen, then you could win a Graco Car Seat!

I won't just take into account Twitter followers, you also need to Retweet and Mention my blog.  Increase your chances of winning with a Facebook “Like”, Google+, Google Circle Add.  Hey if you like to use Digg, Delicious, StumpleUpon, etc. share my articles on there too.  Basically whoever shares my blog posts and articles the most will win.  Currently I am at 125 followers, so better get cracking.  Good Luck!

Graco Car Seat

If you want to win the Graco Car Seat, please email me with the subject “Win Graco Car Seat.”  I will then choose a winner who has clearly shared my contest the most.  If there are a few awesome people who have shared my content and shown a commitment to promoting Adam's Auto Advice, I will then randomly select the winner.  Car seat is rated for a small child up to 40 pounds.  Will ship to the lower 48.