Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 1, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Panbo may not make the corporate masthead any time soon, but the agreement that begins today is definitely a collaboration between this little web site and the Active Interest Media Marine Group, and I'm excited about it.
AIM not only includes Power & Motoryacht and Sail magazines, where I wrote columns for many years, but also Soundings and PassageMaker, both of which I've long admired. In fact, one of my first formal acts as AIM's Senior Electronics Editor will be delivering a seminar titled "Dedicated Navigation Systems and the Apps Revolution" at the Fort Lauderdale Trawler Fest on February 1st (a seminar I hope to write aboard the trawler-like Gizmo in South Carolina). But the main goal for 2013 is to feed and grow Panbo and the AIM relationship is going to help...
It may take a while to get the programming done, but eventually Panbo content written by myself and others will appear on various AIM web sites and also in an e-newsletter (and maybe in print). There may even be a "What are they talking about on Panbo" comments box on some AIM sites, but wherever our writings and chatter appears it will be clearly sourced and AIM readers will be encourage to visit here if they'd like to join the conversations. I'm hoping that Panbo's audience will broaden and I'll also have more resources with which to broaden its voice. I know I've talked about getting more writers on Panbo before but now I'm more determined and better equipped. (So don't hesitate to get in touch if you like to give entry creation a try.)
And speaking of resources I'd like to thank the companies that advertised on Panbo in 2012 and especially those who've signed up for 2013. Almost all the advertisers you see will be supporting the site for the entire year and a few more are in the wings (and there is room for more). Now if I could just get someone clever to breath some life into the Panbo Classifieds! Yes, there are many ways to improve this place but I've been thinking for a while that it's already become something more than a "blog"...hence the slight name change you can see in the header logos and also on the door of the new (and highly teched-out) company car. Welcome to Panbo 2013, "The Marine Electronics Hub" and also the enthusiastic partner to AIM Marine Group.