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Firing Up - October 2013

It’s Time For A Performance Review

Sep 17, 2013
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Here at the corporate entity known as Source Interlink Media, all of us employees get "invited" to what's called a yearly performance review. It's the time of year when my boss, the publisher of Camaro Performers magazine, calls me up to his office for a "little talk" about my work performance. Not to worry, though, I'm not going to bore you with the details of how entire said performance review goes down, but my boss is a pretty cool cat, and I think we have a damn fine working relationship. (I hope he feels the same way.) So to start the meeting off, I have a seat in the chair in front of his desk, try not to fidget much, and tell him everything is good on my end (I like to keep meetings like this short), and he tells me all is cool on his side as well. That, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up the extent of the review. But as I stand up to make my exit, and this happens every year, I take my time walking out just in case he's got one more thing to say—you know, something like, "Oh, Nick, I forgot to mention that you're getting a $10,000 bonus this year for doing such a remarkable job with the magazine, website, and all the social media outlets." Unfortunately, that has yet to happen. And he's not a candy-bowl-of-chocolate-on-the-desk-kind of guy, so I end up leaving a little hungry, too. Oh well, maybe next year.

So not really keeping track, but I've been on this magazine for almost 7 years now and have written some 60-or-so editorials, but I don't recall if I've ever asked you readers to share your thoughts on how I'm doing at the helm (although some of you have taken it upon yourselves to offer your opinions—good and bad—all of which I appreciate). Now, I've never considered myself to be the most intelligent person in the world, and the mere fact that I'm asking you readers to give me a performance review might prove that fact. I just hope this doesn't turn into a bash-the-editor session. But your input is important if I want to make this magazine the best it can be. Besides, my publisher tells me no matter how good he thinks I'm doing, there is always room for improvement. With that said (I can't believe I'm doing this…), here's your chance to give Camaro Performers magazine a performance review. I know the Third-gen Mafia members already have an email in the queue all ready to fire away, so let me beat you to the punch. I know, I know, there's not enough third-gens in the magazine. Trust me, we're working on it.

Now, in all seriousness, I need to know if we are on target with the content of our tech articles. We get quite a bit of positive email when we do paint and bodywork articles, and our project cars generate a good amount of email, as well. But if you have any technical subject matters you'd like to see, please let us know and we'll do our best to get it handled.

On the feature side, we notice a spike on our website, Facebook, and Instagram when we post first- and second-gen g-Machine builds. It doesn't matter if it's a pro-built or home-built, those cars really generate a lot of traffic and a good number of comments.

With that said, we have no plans on turning our backs on restorations, drag cars, or any other variations of Camaro builds, I'm just stating what's most popular these days.

One the event side, we've been covering quite a few street driving events, as over the past 4-5 years they've become insanely popular. I gotta tell you, I've never had more fun with my car than when competing at one of these events. You can autocross, road race, do a speed stop, and at some facilities even drag race, all at one place. Trust me, if you haven't been to the Holley LS Fest, Motorstate Challenge, or any of the American Street Car Series or Optima events, you are missing out on some serious fun.

And for the drag-only enthusiasts we typically mix in some NMCA drag racing coverage. These guys put on the best fan- and racer-friendly drag racing events in the Midwest and East Coast, and with the recent addition of the NMCA West Event Series, the West Coasters can experience the same top-quality racing, too.

So the way I see it, my job is to fill the pages of Camaro Performers magazine with content our readers want to see. So let me know exactly what that is and I'll do my part to make it happen.

Just make sure to keep that candy dish at the end of your desk full of chocolate. Peanut M&Ms are pretty rocking—I like Reese's Pieces, too.

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