Since starting ADudeAbikes.com on WordPress January 1, 2016, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. At the end of 2015 I had just obtained a cell phone and biked about 3,000 miles. It began as a way to document my journey — both figurative and literal. And I suppose I’ve accomplished a few things. Sometimes I like to look at those statistics and reflect upon it all.
The milestone of 500 followers is an important one to note. I’m very grateful to those who follow and especially appreciative of those who read it. Many people follow and then forget it, or if I don’t follow, they unfollow. Some of them are not legitimate bloggers, either. That’s okay; I’m not doing this for followers, although it would be nice if more people read what I’m writing. Posting three times a week does not seem like it would take a lot of effort, but it does. Some posts about a bike ride or aspect of cycling tend to go easier and faster than others.
The more challenging posts are the more personal essays exploring topics and thinking out loud (like my recent On Resilience: Biking Through Life and the Pandemapocalypse). Those can take quite a while to do and then redo several times. They’re never perfect, either. Adding links, photos, sometimes reading and a little research, and the bike rides that go into having something to write about certainly take time and effort as well. Time is money and so far I’ve spent plenty of the former and not made any of the latter.
That’s been okay but increasingly nowadays, it’s not okay. Making this blog (and this blogger) financially sustainable have to become a priority. That may mean less blogging, and more editing my book. If you’re new, I’ve written a memoir about my journeys 2016-17. I enjoy blogging but since I alternate days between this and the book, the book is taking a while. So another reason to blog less and work on the book more. We’ll see about that.
Back to promotion for a moment. One day in December, I texted the link to a post to a number of friends. My brother sent that to someone who put it on their Facebook page. Usually I’m lucky to get 25-50 views on a day I post, and less on the day in between posts.
On that first afternoon of that person’s post, I got about 140 views, and over 1,000 the next day. That proved to me the power of social media, which I still manage to eschew. Again, I’m not really interested in having numbers of followers who don’t read my blog and I’m shy about doing self-promotion; it seems like bragging. And I do plenty of that. But if I want to grow my audience of readers I will have to spread the word through other channels.
There’s a lot more to say and for me to learn. The most important thing to tell you about blogging (aside from yes, blogs still exist and are a thriving area), is true for all forms of expression. The creation is not complete until an audience absorbs it. That’s to say thanks again, Dear Reader, for being here. I hope you find things worthy of your time and attention to come back. Maybe you’ll tell a friend — or 1,000.
- What do you enjoy about this blog?
- How do you think can I improve it?
- What topics do you want me to address?
- How would you suggest I make it sustainable?
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