2016 Year In Review
by DT E-i-C Vince: 2016 was an interesting year here in the world of Daily Turismo. Lots of ups, some downs, and plenty of crazy/interesting/cool/cheap/expensive/terrible cars. Before I start down the meandering path of year in review style nostalgia, I first have to send a huge thanks to all of the people who make this site happen, including (but not limited to..and in no particular order) my wife (Sophia), CFlo, Mrs CFlo, Hunsbloger, Kaibeezy, Producer Ben, Ashley, Gianni, Andy Liss, PhiLOL, Matt, Glenn, Cory, Al, Adam, Michael B., and the scores of tippers/commenters/readers/haters/well-wishers who make this site the lively place that it is today.
A few words about me before I get to far into the year in review. I am, by all accounts, an engineer working in the engines/automotive/commercial-vehicle world, but a few years ago I started DT as an alternative to watching TV or reading books after the kids are put in bed. In March of 2016 I parted ways with a small engineering firm and jumped onto DT as a full time passion. In case you don’t know much about internet publishing, let me tell you a few things. First, I don’t know much about internet publishing, but what I do know is that blogs don’t make money. Sure, they make a few nickles on a click here/there, but for the most part I would describe the revenue stream to be slightly better than the average kids lemonade stand on a rainy day in a country where lemonade is illegal…but only slightly. So here I was, working DT in the morning, working DT in the day, working DT at night, and mostly having a great time. With a full time commitment from yours truly, posts were long and frequent (I think) and social media engagement went up, but social media (twitter/facebook/instagram) views mean squat unless you have Kardashian numbers of followers and then you can whore out your posts…something that I’m not keen on doing. Bottom line was that it wasn’t a good thing for my bottom line (whoa…I gotta pay the mortgage each month…yer talkin’ crazy man), so in the fall I rejoined the working world at another engineering firm, but not before I learned a few things. The first is that this website is much more enjoyable when it is a hobby, and next…I needed help.
In preparation for rejoining the world of the office, I did a few things to prepare for an inevitable crunch between work/life/DT. You’ve noticed a few more voices on the publishing side and this is where the guys who stepped up and shouted “hey, I wanna write” saved my bacon, because every word on this website needs to be written by someone. The guys who volunteer to write on this site do it for the love of cars and for that I am grateful, humbled, and invigorated. The writers that we added in 2016 helped fill the gaps as I’ve returned to a regular 9-5 job and as CFlo has spent more time bashing the track with Black Iron Racing’s Brougham d’Bavaria and buying Volvos. DT’s logo guru Kaibeezy continues to be a source of inspiration, creativity, and tips….speaking of tips, they have been really REALLY good recently and I can’t say thank you enough times to the people who send them in on a regular basis.
The DT Radio Show that was launched late in 2015 was one of the more exciting things to really come into a life of its own in 2016. We had racers, builders, wheelerdealers, editors, legends, and inventors join us for a hour or two in the studio and I don’t regret a minute of that effort…but…it was a Herculean task to get the top notch guests and get a good interview done. With a heavy heart, CFlo, Producer Ben, and I decided to put the show on hiatus for the time being because of our commitments to family & life. We just didn’t have the time necessary to make the show as good as it needed to be. With some luck (and perhaps additional people) the DT Radio Show will be back in the future, maybe with a new format, but with the same irreverent, infantile, and irrelevant attitude that made the show unique.
A few stats from 2016, because who doesn’t love stats! It was a good year, with 380,279 unique visits, 737,423 sessions, and 1,413,373 pageviews, which sounds like a lot to me, but it was actually a bit down from 2015 (2.1 million pageviews)…perhaps due to the way that google measures visitors versus spam bots, or because I’ve managed to alienate yet another group of car enthusiasts…who really knows?
Despite the lower pageviews and unique IPs, there is some positive results in the data — how people are coming to DT is changing for the better (I think). The majority of traffic is still direct (people typing www.dailyturismo.com into their browser) but google organic (search results) traffic is up to 31% (from 18% in 2015) and bing/yahoo numbers were up as well. Facebook continues to deliver clicks on the 24,000 people who’ve “liked” DT’s facebook page, but I’m still not convinced their is much value in social network numbers for a classic website like DT…but I’m no expert…yet.
That was 2016…and it was a good year for DT…but what does the future hold? To be perfectly blunt, I’m not sure. I can tell you that the new writers will continue to deliver the good stuff, and that I plan to continue writing scathing reviews of everything I can find (I saw a new BMW today that was the color of bacteria infused mucus) and I will continue to fight for the little guy. As a thanks for all the tips & comments DT will continue to provide a collection of the best cars for sale on the internet and, like the menu at Taco Bell, Daily Turismo in 2017 will be bigger, better, badder, and beefier.
Happy New Year,
Vince “El Hefe”
DT Editor-in-Chief and Chief-of-Chiefiness.
it's been fun, and sure will be interesting to see what 2017 brings – cheers and happy new year to everyone from here in the far and salty north – special shout to the Jefe family, CFlo family, Hunsbloger, and Ben, see you guys again soon, or get that dang VW refund and come visit
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Happy New Year DT'ers. I enjoy the site and even cought some of the radio shows. Looking forward to a great 2017.
Vince et al – thanks for all the effort and for putting up with my tips, emails, soliloquy and more.
Thanks for all your hard work. DT is the first site I go to every morning and there is always something interesting, tempting or humorous. Your new contributors have added another enjoyable dimension to the site. Best of luck in 2017.
This is an amazing site and I check this place daily myself. It's good to know there are other crazy folks out there like myself and buying beaters seems to be the norm. As a New Years present to myself, I just acquired a 1975 Honda CVCC station wagon 5 speed that is not running… I blame Daily Turismo for my new addiction for 2017.
Can't wait to see what DT brings in 2017!!
Awesome Find! Love me some early Hondas:) Where are you located?
I'm asking because the only way we could get an early CVCC's with a 5spd here in the States (before the 1st generation Accord was introduced) was in the stand alone "5 Speed" model. (2 door hatch, with hounds-tooth interior and extra gauge pod on dash to accomodate a tach)
If my memory hasn't failed, I don't think we got the wagons here until '76 or '77, and they were strictly 4spds or Hondamatics.
Early Honda production was in very short supply for the US dealers and they were begging for any cars they could get.
We ned to see more readers rides in 2017.
Well my CVCC is a 5 speed wagon, rare even for me when I lived in SoCal. I doubled checked the VIN/ build date and it was made in June of 1975. I've moved to Florida and found this wagon Alabama. I towed it 200 miles 1 way to my place and now it's storming like crazy here so I can't work on it yet! I'm on Honda-Tech and 1stGenCivic.com under this user name, I posted pics on those sites.
That's an awesome find. It certainly has to be one of the earliest survivor wagons out there. I'll update my obviously swiss-cheesed memory banks.
Thanks to everyone for such a great time thus far at DT, means a lot to me that Vince gave me the chance to write for such an awesome website. Happy New Year from Down Under everyone!
Happy new year everyone! I can't wait to see what happens here in 2017! Great job to all; EiC, commenters, and writers.
DT has been the first thing my bleary eyes see on the internet, every day since your first posts. Thanks to the new guys for allowing El Jefe a chance to enjoy his family a little bit. All blog and no play is never a good thing. When readers become writers, you know you're typing to the right group! Happy New Year to all.
Yes, thank all of you that contribute to making this site great!
Thanks folks for all the hard work. You can't beat the twisted humor and slightly askew world view…not to mention I not so secretly cover Hunsblogger's '65 Buick…if its not already sold for an obscene and completely unwarranted price.
You and me both. I wish I could afford it when he does sell it.
WoodieMan, Gianni: Thanks for the kind mention. Woodie, you're timing is good. Send me your email address via tips@Dailyturismo.com and I'll contact you.
No Beef@TacoBell….My Sister who is a realtor in the Phoenix area agrees that FB has meant little to her work income but today sometimes we follow the crowd on social media and end up a little lost or does not perform like we imagined. I only hope to learn from 2016 and all my years behind me, May 2017 be a much better safer year in every way. J.B.
Thanks for all the great work, good cars and fun times. This is the only website I visit every day, thanks for a great 2016!
I enjoy the heck out of DT and I'm not particularly knowledgeable about cars. Great writing, great humor, and great content. Keep up the good work!
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