Hi y’all. I first posted to Oppo on December 7th, 2019. Ever since then, I have reliably posted every 1.5 days or so. I would like to take this time to thank this wonderful community for all their input and of course the good times as well. There were many days where musing over whatever was said or posted was about the only thing keeping me going. My life at present is rather tedious and difficult, but this community has certainly helped me through some lows.
My actual automotive experience is itself almost hilariously limited, which makes me continually bewildered that I have even thought up stuff to post this whole time. I am always looking out for new ideas for original content because rarely can I relate an actual personal automotive adventure.
I thought I would take this time to look back on what I came up with during the past four months, starting with my very first post.
I sat on my new posting privileges for a few days so I could make sure to come out with a high quality post. In return, I received a hearty welcome.
I went on to create a scattering of DOTS posts and highlight a few cars for sale before I really got into a groove.
I spent a lot of time putting together an in-depth review of my car, finally deciding to post it nearly a month after I joined Oppo. In retrospect, it might come across as slightly pedantic, but I erred on the side of thoroughness. I even managed to work in a guest star in the form of Oppo’s own Snuze.
Of course, I made my fair share of low effort posts. I think this is probably my best.
In mid January, I published my second major review. You are doubtless quite familiar with this place by now.
I didn’t realize how often I was going to revisit the topic. I came up with the ambitious plan of highlighting a single car and doing a reasonably thorough write-up every weekday for an entire week, somewhat ambiguously calling it DIOCCUSA. It was here that I realized that enjoyed series posts so I didn’t have to worry too much about overall length. I am still occasionally releasing DIOCCUSAs when I feel the inspiration, but have just about exhausted my store of pictures so far.
From there, I embarked on another ambitious project that really took way too much time. I would call it Carspotting in the Past.
I really went all out with these, creating fancy thumbnails to draw attention to my hard work. Too bad the posts were of dubious legality.
The next series I came up with involved more community participation. I highlighted a half dozen or so interesting body styles of otherwise mundane cars.
This one didn’t last as long, but I am thinking of reviving it.
My Carspotting in Google Maps series was maybe less successful but still pretty fun to make, which is really the point anyways.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have confined my efforts to one city. I might just want to revisit that idea.
My most recent series idea was going through the inventory of a very strange local dealer. This idea wasn’t new to me, but I don’t recall anyone else serializing such posts.
Through all this, the mainstay in my posting history has been DOTS and things I’ve seen just walking around. One interesting variation I got into lately was time lapses of various small road trips.
Of course, on the way I managed to produce some non serialized posts that I feel warrant including here.
Been quarantined for so long has made me antsy to get out, but escape does not seem likely. Oppo seems to have a dearth in original content in seclusion (or maybe just an increase in editorial style posts), but I haven’t had enough time in my busy schedule to make anything. Hopefully in the next week or so I can think of something.
In the meantime, I just want to thank the whole community for accepting an internet noob like me and the associated unsolicited Cruze content. Here’s to at least another 4