Catching up with some of my bike blog buddies, I dipped into the Reader function on WordPress. I see they are doing their thing, each in their own way, as they should. That by itself is inspiring, because it reminds me that I’m not really alone out there on the road pedaling away or in cyberspace writing about it. The words “bicycle community” are bandied about as if it’s a monolithic, coordinated effort, but it’s not either of those things.
Still, I believe there is a siblinghood (new word I just thought of — you read it here first!) of cyclists in the sense that if you ride a bike, you know the feeling of fun it can bring. So tonight instead of writing about myself again, of which I often grow weary, I’ll highlight a few of my fellow travelers. Check them out! I’m sure they won’t mind. And if you’re one of them I didn’t include, I hope to in a future edition.
I grow weary of writing about myself at times. This is particularly true when my bicycle riding is not as consistently prolific as usual, for one reason or another. Illness, injury, work, heat, Tour de France are unto themselves each a good reason to take some time off my bike activities, but all at once is a super good excuse, ahem, reason. But since my bike activities include writing this blog (although it often veers off into other subjects), I still feel I must publish (or perish!) thrice weekly. Today is no different. By the way, I’d love to know about some bike blogs by women riders, if anyone has seen any good ones they’d recommend. Posthaste and herewith are some snippets from fellow bicycle bloggers, in no particular order. Enjoy and go visit and like their blogs too. Tell ’em A Dude Abikes sent you.
The idea of reviewing books about bicycling has been in the back of my brain for a bunch of blogs. But I have Milly Schmidt from Australia (The Cat’s Write) and Shalini from India (Books, Reviews et al. by Shalini) to thank for reminding me that writing in different genres is perfectly acceptable (despite what some pro bloggers may say) and that reviewing books is a good thing to do for aspiring writers. I’ve just finished award-winning Walter’s Mosley’s Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, so don’t be blue. Without further ado, here is A Dude Abikes’ review. For you. It’s true! And brand new. Continue reading
Newer fellow bloggers may find this of interest, and more experienced ones may have something to chime in about. I can publish a blog, but that’s about it. Hiring a webmaster is not in the budget, so unless one jumps out of the bushes (a distinct possibility out here in the country – but probably something creepier), learning how to improve www.ADudeAbikes.com is up to me. So I attended a class. I also had an interesting conversation with a mentor from SCORE, a program of the Small Business Administration that I will summarize. And oh, I received my 100th follower of my blog today! Continue reading
Gettin’ Bloggy Wid It
I began this year with the notion of blogging daily for a month. Checked that box. Now it’s a week after Groundhog Day, and I’m still going strongly. (I thought my post from 2/2 was fun and whimsical, but it was not read by many, so here’s another shot at that post). Since 1/1, my followers have doubled to 50 – including 11 new ones just today! Other stats of views, comments and visitors are way up. What does it all mean?
It’s all very interesting to me, and awesome. Thanks, everyone! I can see how having good content is important, as is engaging with others. I’m still learning, and yet, I am feeling like I am not doing my job, because I am not riding my bicycle very much. My medical challenges are holding me back and have me feeling like a sports player on the bench – really wanting to go in and play, but unable to. This is hard pour moi. Continue reading
Over the last few weeks I’ve been interacting a bit more with other bloggers. It’s been really interesting to see what other people are doing around the world. It’s also very nice that people are liking and commenting on A Dude’s work, so I’m trying to step up my game and return the favor as I’m able, which takes more time than one would expect.
Also, last night, I again attended the monthly event where writers read one page from a work in progress that’s held in my town. Not only did I find more inspiration there, some fairly well-known folks were in attendance. So here’s a blog about blogging and writing and all that jazz. Continue reading