The State of TNI

I know it’s Monday and you’re probably expecting a post, sorry, but we wanted to ask you, our loyal readers, some questions. Don’t worry it’s nothing too difficult, we just want to know how we’re doing, and what you like and don’t like about the blog and our topics.

Feel free to answer any and all of the questions in the comment section below, and please don’t worry about hurting our feelings. If there is something you hate that we’re doing, tell us! We do this site for you and if there is something that you don’t want to see anymore, or see more of (within reason), we want to do our best to make you happy.

So without further ado, the questions:

What types of posts do you like the most? Do you like the experience posts, the commentary, the news, the rumors?

What types of posts do you like the least?

Would you like to see us do more of anything?

Would you like to see us do less of anything?

How do you follow the blog? Do you receive e-mail updates or just type in the web address?

Do you follow us on Twitter? If so, is there anything else you would like to see us do there?

Do you like the way the blog looks? Do you find it easy to navigate?

Do you like Ask the Insiders Wednesday? Is it something you would like to see continue?

The off-season is just one short month away. Is there anything you would like to see us doing when there isn’t any racing going on?

Where did you first hear about us?

Do you have any additional comments or suggestions?

Again please don’t feel like you need to answer all of these questions and please don’t feel like you need to stay within the parameters of the questions. We mostly just want to know what you like and dislike about the blog; and what we’re doing right and what we could be doing better. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for all your suggestions!

Journo and T.C.

P.S. We’ll be back with a ‘normal’ post tomorrow! Oh and windowlicker, congrats about Timothy Peters’ first Truck win this weekend.

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26 Responses to “The State of TNI”

  1. Mish says:

    I like what y’all post. I like the variety. I like the commentary. I follow y’all via Google reader, and on Twitter. Tweet more, if possible. The look is fine, and I’ve had no problems navigating it. Love “Ask the Insiders Wednesday.” For the off-season, perhaps as much “inside” info on the upcoming season that you can share. Oh, and I found y’all from that mention on Jayski way back when…

    Keep up the great work!!

  2. I like a mixture of posts. It is one of the things I enjoy the most about your site.
    I zone out on the posts that are too technical or about people I’m not familiar with.
    I think you do a nice balance now.
    I subscribed to your blog and it appears on my reader.
    I use Twitter but I don’t follow you there.
    I usually just read the text from the reader and don’t come to the site unless I want to leave a comment.
    I enjoy the Wednesday feature and have even submitted a question a couple of times.
    I can’t think of anything I’d like to see during the off season.
    I really can’t remember where I found your blog…maybe Jayski?
    I love reading about controversies and having them cleared up. I was kinda interested in your take on NASCAR not calling a Caution at the end of today’s race. It seemed to be a dangerous situation for the car that was stalled on the track. Maybe that can be a Wednesday question?
    I appreciate all the hard work you do keeping the blog going. I know it can’t be easy and is time consuming but it is a unique take on racing that I haven’t seen other places.

  3. SearsPointer says:

    Don’t have answers to most questions, but…

    Follow via RSS feed.
    Ask Wednesday has become increasingly repetitive and shallow to me. Not all that insightful anymore, answers to most questions could just as easily have been googled.

  4. Savannah says:

    I really like the Ask the Insiders Wednesday questions. This is a great feature, and I like to have the opportunity to ask you questions. Please keep this feature!

    I would like to have an update about the Insiders- Do you still remain anonymous, or have some within NASCAR guessed who you are? Is is harder to share your opinions a year later, or are you still able to operate as unknowns?

    The off-season is just one short month away. Is there anything you would like to see us doing when there isn’t any racing going on? I would like to see you profile some of the talent that doesn’t receive as much attention as the bigger names in the bigger series. Also, could you do a lower series for Dummies segment to give more information. For example, what is the World of outlaw series and who are the major players?

    Keep up the good work.

  5. Woogeroo says:

    I like the experience and commentary posts the most, with the relevant rumors coming in 2nd.

    I just have the website address bookmarked right under Jayski in my nascar news links.

    I think the log is fine the way it looks, easy to read and pleasant on the eyes. I especially like the rotating banner pictures of the old race tracks.

    I think I stumbled in here from Jayski’s site.

    In the off season… I say do some more historical stuff about racing, the cars, the old technology… the old tracks. Retired drivers/crew chiefs… There is a lot you could cover.

    my .02 cents.

    I enjoy the site, not too much too often, just right.

    -W

  6. Longboarder says:

    OK – the name of your blog pretty much says it all…NASCAR Insider. I like the variety of post you offer – experieince, commentary, news, rumor. I can find nothing wrong really – you guys are not doing this full time – you’ve made it clear you work in the business of auto racing – so I expect brevity from time to time.

    I’d like to see more of the same – you gusy seem to do a pretty good job of getting in beyond what SpeedTV & ESPN reports.

    The blog’s appearance is good – easy to read/follow.

    This reader does not Twitter – I just check this blog 3-4 times a week. I have it bookmarded on my browser.

    Off-season? hard to say – maybe you could describe anything interesting that you do – out of the ordinary stuff – but actually figured you guys would go off-air until mid January.

    All-in-all, it is a good blog – including your opinions, which you’re certainly entitled to. Good food for thought. It’s broadened by knowledge of NASCAR.
    Thanks for asking. And keep up the good work.

  7. Deborah says:

    I like the commentary, opinion and experience posts the best. Don’t like the rumor posts much.

    I follow on Twitter and read blog entries when you post a link on there. Being more active on Twitter is always a good thing.

    The blog is easy to read and navigate.

    There’s been some interesting questions asked and answered so I hope that feature will continue.

    Just keep doing what you’re doing in the off-season and fans will keep reading.

  8. steve says:

    I like the current mix of posts, there’s nothing I would have you drop, but would like to see more on the technical aspects of NASCAR racing

    I follow on the web, usually one of the first sites I check each morning. Don’t do twitter. The blog looks fine, don’t think you’re losing any readers because of the format.

    Love the Ask the Insiders Wednesday.

  9. West Coast Kenny says:

    Fellas,

    I like things the way you do them. You do a good mix of explanations, commentary, and news. Sometimes I’m not interested in a commentary, but it doesn’t matter, the rest of the content is excellent.

    The questions and answers are my favorites.

    You have also built up a knowledgeable and opinionated group of readers.

    Thanks.

    West Coast Kenny
    Alameda, California

  10. ella says:

    I really like the mix of topics that you post and hope you continue along the same lines. Ask the Insiders has been a great help to me in understanding the sport. I get direct emails but also follow in Twitter.

  11. Kim says:

    Happy with exactly the way it is! Love “Ask the Insiders”. I think you should definitely blog during the hiatus (two months of no posts is not good for any blog) – and I like the idea of looking at WOO series. I know nothing about that series, even though Kasey fields a team.

    I was going to say that I’d love to see interviews with crew members to learn who is who on the different teams, but that would mean you would no longer be anonymous (to the folks you interview, and, through elimination, to us – LOL).

    I read you in my email and come to the site for questions and to comment. I follow you on Twitter.

  12. safemike1 says:

    I do not follow on Twitter.

    I really enjoy the Wednesday “Ask the insiders”. I find that section really answers the questions that people really want to know.

    Your posts for the most part are right on. Maybe because I am an outsider, I don’t quite understand some things. But I think you are very quick to side with Nascar on many issues. Not all of course, but sometimes, even though I like the commentaries, I think an insider should come out and say “this is just not right!” We as fans see the problems. That is one reason, among many others, the seats are so empty. So the insiders should see the same issues.

    And since I post a monthly newsletter, I can honestly say “How in the world are you able to do this on a daily basis?” I give you guys a lot of credit for being able to do this.

    Thank you for doing what you do for us fans. The good, the bad, and the ugly!

  13. Christopher says:

    1. experience/ask the insiders. NASCAR.com has plenty of news, I never care much for rumors anywhere, but this blog has something special in terms of your candid experience.

    2. Rumors and anything non-NASCAR

    3. More Ask The Insiders! And maybe if you don’t get enough questions, go into detail on some item that maybe no one talks about much.

    3. Not necessarily less of anything.

    4. Just the web address

    5. No Twitter

    6. One simple thing: You should link to the comments at the bottom of the post, not the top. Or both. I’ve scrolled all the way to read the post, and now I have to go back up.

    Also, I don’t like moderated posts. It takes too long to post so everyone can see, that I don’t think you get as much back and forth conversation.

    7. Yes, Ask The Insiders is my favorite post.

    8. No idea, I guess the same still applies: your experience, past stories, the insider info.

    9. Can’t remember!

  14. rain says:

    I really enjoy the site. I’ve been following it through Twitter for a while now. You are in touch with what we are thinking (and questioning) and I like that. When there is controversy, you are right on it. Off season?? I’m sure NASCAR and the media will feed us tons of crap you can post about and we can discuss. At first I thought TC and Journo were a little too sensitive in reponse to some of the comments. But you know something? That’s what I really like about it!! Keep it up..

  15. Rick says:

    “If it ain’t broke,Don’t fix it.”Y’all are doing fine.

  16. Neon says:

    Great site and I wouldn’t change much, if anything. Above all, both of you stay anonymous. That is the key!

    Best posts are ones that contain info or insights that only an anonymous “credible” insider can provide.

    Comments are better when both of you are involved throughout. I think it was the Carl Long saga that you decided to back-off the comments. I say jump back in.

    I don’t Twitter. Sorry!

    ATIW is good for old and new. Please continue.

    1st heard @ on Jayski link to MWR story

    I like photos at top. Maybe more of them. Old track photos are nostalgic.

    TNI Poll Question: new questions more often. Include some that might start some heated dialogue.

    I like the degree of comment moderation here. You let people have some freedom, but reel them in (or cut them off) at the appropriate time. Too many other blogs are filled w/ foul language and those that just want to be heard.

    Many informed bloggers here in TC , Journo, Window, Ross, Zeike, Kenny, Joe W, #7, Knob and many others……

    1st thing I thought of when Timothy Peters won at the “paper clip” was Windowlicker jumping up and down. Congrats!

    Please continue TNI thru the off season.

    Stay anonymous my friends…

  17. Tara says:

    I most like the experience posts & commentary. While we can get commentary elsewhere, very few sites contain any sort of experience garnered by being on a pit crew. Even a lot of commentary & opinion articles found elsewhere are made from people who aren’t actually at the track/shop or don’t have the access that you both have while at the track.

    I can’t really think of any posts I dislike. Sometimes the weekend post with the links seem like filler posts but you are both working at the track and that is totally understandable. I have seen an article here and there that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise so even those are nice.

    I love the Ask the Insiders Wednesday feature. Most fans don’t have the opportunity to interact with crew members or journalists so to have that direct line with you two to ask the questions that are on our minds is very nice.

    I do follow TNI on Twitter. I enjoy the interaction on there.
    Most of the time, I read the new posts via Google Reader. TNI is always one of the first feeds I look at on there for new posts.

    After the season is over, I’m very curious to hear each of your takes on the 2009 season and also using that to look forward into 2010. What was the biggest shock of 2009? If you were kings for a day, what should NASCAR/team/driver have done differently in ? Etc, etc, etc.

    Haha…It’s almost like I’ve always known about you. I’m thinking I probably first heard about you on Twitter. If I recall, the site was still very new when I did hear about it.

    What it boils down to for me is that fan access. While we have a site like Twitter now that more teams & commentators are joining daily, TNI seems like the first site that was developed with fan access in mind. You are anonymous so I think that even gives the fan a sense of security that you aren’t just BS’ing because of sponsor or team loyality or friendships. Your experience and knowledge is very obvious in your writings. Thanks for the site and Keep up the good work!

  18. Amy says:

    What types of posts do you like the most? Do you like the experience posts, the commentary, the news, the rumors?
    What types of posts do you like the least?

    I like the experience posts the most, followed by the rumors secondly. I guess I probably like the commentary least but I really like all or most of your posts….

    How do you follow the blog? Do you receive e-mail updates or just type in the web address?

    Twitter mostly but sometimes I just go right to your site

    Do you follow us on Twitter? If so, is there anything else you would like to see us do there?

    Yes I follow on twitter. Is there a way you can tweet news from the track (that wouldn’t give away your secret identity) that would be cool

    Do you like the way the blog looks? Do you find it easy to navigate?

    Yes

    Do you like Ask the Insiders Wednesday? Is it something you would like to see continue?
    YES I love Ask The Insiders Wed. It’s prob my favorite of all…

    Where did you first hear about us? Egads I don’t even remember…

  19. chubdubblub says:

    What types of posts do you like the most? Do you like the experience posts, the commentary, the news, the rumors? I like the insider/experience posts..not so much rumors.

    What types of posts do you like the least? biased opinions

    Would you like to see us do more of anything? interview with crew members..insights to work/family balance, if there is such a thing.

    Would you like to see us do less of anything? Nope, enjoy this site.

    How do you follow the blog? Do you receive e-mail updates or just type in the web address? I follow via Twitter and also receive the email updates.

    Do you follow us on Twitter? If so, is there anything else you would like to see us do there? Yes, I think I responded to a post you made and we struck up a conversation.

    Do you like the way the blog looks? Do you find it easy to navigate? Yes, looks fine, very easy to navigate although there are times when I see something “new” and it turns out to be an old posting.

    Do you like Ask the Insiders Wednesday? Is it something you would like to see continue? Yes, Continue what you’re doing..

    The off-season is just one short month away. Is there anything you would like to see us doing when there isn’t any racing going on? insider information…silly season insider stuff.

    Where did you first hear about us? Twitter

    Keep up the good work, guys! I enjoy the topics and the banter. While were times I totally disagreed with what you said (Mayfield, Long)but I know where you’re coming from.

  20. Lost in Texas says:

    Ya’lldoing a great job! I have been a racing fan since about 1959. 50 years, dang I am getting old. I get your column by email and also have your RSS feed on my homepage. The Wednesday Q & A is most interesting in not only your answers, but the question teach a lot about the fans and their concerns. Keep up the good work. Don’t try to fix too much as I don’t think anything is broken.

  21. Newracefan says:

    I like the inside information the best and think you give us just enough not to give yourselves away but I really do like everthing. I check it every day and always read the comments to see what others have to say even if I don’t post one of my own. The Wednesday post can sometimes be a little light at times but I like the option of having somewhere to go when I have a question.
    I also follow on Twitter and think it is very big with Nascar fans.
    It was the Daly Planet that first clued me to TNIs existance and I was thrilled when I realized it was for real. Appearance and navigation work for me more bells and whistles are not always better just ask Nascar.com and Speedtv.com talk about nightmares.
    Just keep it coming I’ll be reading

  22. Ric says:

    Ask the Insider my favorite!! Wish you would explain / give more detail on more of the answers. Maybe on a slow week, bring up an oldie but goodie to help fill in, or answer a question that you get asked a lot when people find out what you do. OR if you feel you have too many questions that week have a second section later in the week, OR move a couple to more detailed article a couple of days later.

    I check out the website about once a day, linked at work and home. Found it by chance when I was looking for a answer to a question. No twitter. The blog format / layout is fine, have seen many worse. Would like to see a link to the comments at the end, as someone else posted earlier.

    Would like to see more comments from you guys in the comments section. At times questions are brought up (directed to one of you) but no response, even days later.

    Some news thing that I think might be nice and help attract people:
    A little discussion on some things slanted toward the newbie. There are many good sites out there, but they are so far over the head of most newbies it just turns them off. Hopefully you will be able to bring in the newbie and keep them.

    A day or two before the race a little bit on what to watch for and why: Tires will be an issue, Fuel mileage race, Weather forecast looks like most will be fighting tight cars, Cars will be loose early then tighten as the race goes on, Cold Temps will be an issue, etc.

  23. Las Vegas Greg says:

    How about a resident handicapper that gives insights and opinions on races? Many of us wager weekly on NASCAR in Las Vegas and via gambling websites.

    I’m sure that you’d like to keep a “firewall” between your handicapper, TC and Journo so that there could be no suggestion of impropriety.

  24. Ross says:

    You got lots of great comments so no need to add anything more.

    Thought I’d give you a little bit of The Ross Insider re: Timothy Peters and Windowlicker.

    Licker was in town this weekend. For some stupid reason (probably because there was a freakin’ monsoon in the morning) we thought the truck race was gonna get postponed until Monday. So we went to the Whitewater Center for lunch and a hike (highly recommended when in Charlotte btw). Then we went for a few beers/college football. Then Licker’s dad called him to talk about Peters’ impending win. We only saw the last 10 or so laps of the race.

    Licker was oddly subdued. But he did run suddenly to the bathroom after the post-race interview so who knows….

    We went up to Martinsville on Sunday where he was pretty jacked to see Peters’ burn out marks still there on the track.

    There you have it….

  25. windowlicker says:

    I just type in the website to get here.

    I like the opinion, rumors, & Ask the Insiders best. Lots of repeats on Ask the Insiders but usually one really good & interesting question a week. I guess you have to deal with that as you get new readers. I check the site multiple times a day, especially if there’s a hot topic. I’m probably least interested in “the week that was” but will occasionally check an article that is linked.

    The site is easy to navigate.

    I can’t remember where I found this site. Probably from a link on jayski. I check him daily too.

    I think what I like most about the blog is the comments to your posts. The comments from the readers seem to be exceptionally more thoughtful & intelligent than on other sites.

    How about starting a fan page on facebook?

    I would like to see an in depth analysis on lug nuts this off season. I hear they can pack a wallop being shot from a spinning tire.

    Good to see TP get that first win where he did. I missed going to the truck race but caught the last 30 laps on TV. The company I was with poo poos a multiple race weekend so we only attended the Cup race on Sunday.

  26. windowlicker says:

    How about driver/team/owner profiles in the off season. Sorry if someone else mentioned this above, I didn’t see it.

    Ric: “A day or two before the race a little bit on what to watch for and why: Tires will be an issue, Fuel mileage race, Weather forecast looks like most will be fighting tight cars, Cars will be loose early then tighten as the race goes on, Cold Temps will be an issue, etc.”

    I like this idea. Maybe who’s hot, who’s not, track perspectives, etc. You guys sometimes do this already.

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