Today I realized that I—or this blog, anyway—had reached a milestone. A minor one, perhaps, but a milestone nonetheless.
Three years ago yesterday, I published my first post on this blog. Now, 818 posts later, it’s still going. And I haven’t lost my passion for it. Or, let’s just say that it’s fun for me. I hope that reading and following this has been fun for you, too!
In the three years I’ve been keeping this blog, I’ve tried to make it interesting, funny, thought-provoking and a conveyor of emotions and spirit. Now, I don’t think I’ve done all of those things at the same time. Then again, would you want to read a post that did that?
I’ve also tried not to turn it into a mere log of my rides or my bikes and equipment. Speaking of equipment, the few reviews I’ve done are of ones that I have used for (at least relatively) extended periods of time, and for which I hadn’t seen a lot of other reviews up to the time I was writing mine.
That is why, for example, I haven’t reviewed Mavic Open Pro rims—or, for that matter, any other Mavic rim or wheel. I have been using Mavic wheel goods for over 30 years, and all of my current bikes sport their rims. That’s an endorsement, I’d say. Also, I haven’t reviewed, and don’t intend to review, Brooks B17 saddles, even though I now ride the standard version on two of my bikes (Helene and Vera) and the narrow version on my other two (Arielle and Tosca). I could write a post, or more, about what I like about them but, for the most part, I would simply paraphrase what other fans of those saddles have already said.
On the other hand, I hadn’t seen many reviews of the King Iris cage, White industries or MKS platform pedals, Bike Burrrito or other products reviewed on this blog. I’ve debated whether I want to review the Carradice bags. Some time, if I’m feeling really ambitious, I might write a blow-by-blow analysis of the bikes I now ride. I love them all, but I still feel as if I’m learning about them. Then again, I have felt that I was always learning about any bike I kept and rode for any period of time.
I’ve also debated whether I want to write about past bike tours or races. If I were to write about them, I’d probably concentrate more on my feelings and impressions—and, perhaps, other things that were going on in my life—rather than to scribble (Can you do that on a computer?) travelogues or accounts of race tactics.
Anyway, as I said, I still love writing this blog, so I expect to keep it up for some time. In the three years since I’ve started this blog, I’ve posted about three out of every four days. I don’t know whether I’ll keep up that pace. One thing that will determine the frequency of my future posts is, of course, what else goes on in my life.
So, to those of you who have been reading and following this blog: Thank you. And if you’re here for the first time—or started following us recently—welcome aboard! I hope you’ll enjoy the ride with me!