I’m sure all of you are aware of the significance of May 18, 2010. It was the day I wrote my first blog article. I had enjoyed a kayaking blog written by my friend, Joel, and decided to give it a shot. The rest, as they say, is history. It’s been a hoot. Truly, it was far more impactful on me personally than I ever imagined when I started writing.
But I do believe that after 425 posts and four years it’s time to move on to other things.
Way back on that very first day, Joel made a prescient comment on my About page, saying, “I’ve found that the trick to these is keeping them up.” Truer words were never written. I am in awe of bloggers who come up with something of interest every single day for years on end. For those who don’t do this blogging thing, it ain’t easy to be creative that regularly for that long. I’ve never even made the attempt. Still, for me, I find it increasingly difficult to maintain a two post/week pace.
I’ve simply run out things to say.
Along the way, I tried to share with you my reentry into the world of cycling. I’ve approached the subject from just about every angle I could think of. Well, at least all the angles that interested me. I’ve shared my trials and tribulations, adventures, silly happenings, profound (or slightly profound or not profound at all) observations, and even a few posts about other people or issues that I was not directly involved in. It was a way for me to capture my adventures and share what few things I learned with those who could be bothered to read it. I’ve talked about every historical marker, every battlefield, every organized ride, and almost every crazed car driver I’ve come across. Increasingly, the topics seem to be getting repetitive and finding an original angle more challenging. This was becoming more like work, and the job of blogging in this space doesn’t pay very well.
I would like to share with you one last thing – the biggest surprise (and joy) to me was the relationship I built with so many of you through the comments section and your own blogs. By sharing your knowledge and wisdom with me, you opened up worlds I was only slightly aware of and helped me solve problems I had no answer for. Your experience and example made my advancement in the hobby much faster and far more enjoyable. I owe you all a tremendous debt and although I haven’t met most of you, I consider you to be my friends. You have given me far more than I have provided you and I thank you for that.
So I think this will be a nice place to wrap things up. Four years is a pretty good run. I’ll still be around – I haven’t died or anything – and I’ll still show up on your blogs uninvited and make comments which may or may not be related to what you actually wrote about. I’ll still keep my Facebook Page up and running. That will give me a creative outlet that requires far less work while still keeping in touch with many of you.
And most importantly, I’ll still be on my bike. That is, after all, the reason why I started this blog in the first place.
Allez and Bonne Route,
53 thoughts on “It’s Time”
It’s been a pleasure pal! Thanks for helping me along as well.
Thanks, Tony. Have fun cycling between the raindrops in the Pacific Northwest.
Its certainly been a pleasure reading your adventures and insights. I find these pages to help expand my horizons and my ideas as to what is possible. Thank you for what you have given us.
Thanks, Dan. Looking forward to following your progress!
Tragedy. Good writing is scarce and will now be scarcer.
Keep the light burning. I have never had any interest in visiting your part of the world before reading your blog. Now it is on my bucket list.
Have really enjoyed your blog. Hope you come back to it at some point, it won’t be going anywhere. I’ve realized myself that I’m starting to get a bit repetitive, it’s hard work to keep this stuff fresh for sure.
Thanks for sharing!
Receiving the Barn Door Cycling Blog of the Year award was one of my highlites! I’ll keep this space and may return to it one day. Never say never.
Steve, You have a skill that a lot of bloggers don’t have. Not only do you write well, but your personality and sense of humor come through in your blog. I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts. In fact, yours is one of the first cycling blogs that I started following. That said, I completely understand your decision. You’ve said and done a lot. I hope you keep in touch through social media and of course, I hope you keep riding.
I’d keep this place open just in case the muse strikes. I have a feeling you’ll do something blogworthy again.
You’re very kind, Aaron. I’ll keep the space and maybe I’ll transition to something more like a magazine – a (very) occasional post about something particularly interesting – a trip or organized ride or whatnot. We’ll see.
I’ll miss your posts!
Any chance of sharing your email … I promise I will only share your email with people wanting to give you truly interesting sums of money.
Anyway, yes, you have had a great 4-year run, and this will surely be enough to make me abandon my facebook page in favor of a personal facebook account which I have so far avoided.
Happy pedalling …. not writing will give you more time on the bike!
Oh yes, and PS. Did I mention how very cool it is that you closed in French:-)
Suze, I’m at email@example.com. Drop me a line anytime! I like to poke fun at the French but my teasing is all in good fun. I actually studied the language in high school and college and remain competent enough to order a meal or start a fight. Happy pedalling and I look forward to reading of your adventures!
Sad to read your final post and sorry to see you leave here Steve, but I understand your reasoning. I will miss your posts here but I am sure you will make up for it in facebook. I appreciate the friendship we built up over the years. See you in facebook buddy.. 🙂
You are the first of three people who read this blog that I have actually met face to face. Our ride to Oundle (and you say you don’t have great place names!) remains one of the highpoints in my cycling life – a truly unique experience made especially memorable by you!
You’ll be missed. Your posts were always well written and entertaining to read, with a real sense of your personal voice coming through. I’ll keep an eye on your Facebook page, for certain. You were the first reader to comment on my own blog, on my very first post. Your friendly welcome to the blogging world was much appreciated. Keep the rubber side down.
Yours are some of the more remarkable tales I have read. You completely remove any excuse for southern slobs like menot to ride in the Winter. Please keep your light-hearted conspiracy theories coming!
I haven’t been active in the comments much, but still quite sad to see your blog go, mate. Will miss the only non-pro cycling blog I’ve read for a long time.
Keep those pedals turning!
PS: you were also partly responsible for me to pick up running. It ended up in me running hilly trail runs in the winter, and a half marathon this spring. Thanks! 🙂
That is awesome, Adi! Keep it up. I have no doubt you are similarly inspiring others to do likewise.
This is a drag. I understand (having started a blog and found it nearly impossible to keep up with) but still, it’s a drag. Thanks for all the good stuff!
It’s especially bad for me, since I am the proud owner of a “Lifetime Membership to There And Back Again’s Premium Content Area” that I earned a while back. Now I’ll never know what I was missing.
The Lifetime Membership transfers to Facebook with no additional charge! Thank you for your comments. Learning about cycling in MD was a big help to me, especially when I wandered in that direction once or twice. Best of luck!
Hi Steve, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve decided not to continue your blog but I certainly understand the reasons why. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading each entry and will miss them. Your writing skills and sense of humor along with the pictures made each entry very interesting reading. I learned more than I thought I ever would about cycling and related topics. Glad to hear that you will continue cyling! Bye for now, Mom.
Among all my readers, you have always felt more like family to me. 😉 Thanks for the kind words. You expect your mom to be one of your backers, but it never hurts to read about it!
Hi Steve may I add my sorrow in this being it, to the others. I looked forward to your blog posts popping up on my work computer. But the world moves on and thank you. I need to get onto your link on Facebook.
Thanks for the kind words, Robin. Here’s wishing for continued success to you and I’ll see you on FB!
Hey Up Yank, I’m gonna miss you. As you say we’ll always have Facebook. I’ve loved the History stuff, a passion we both share and you’ve taught me stuff I doubt I could have learned anyway else. For that I thank you. You do have a talent for this writing lark, but after my Blogging life I totally get your decision!
You now have the dubious honour of being my friend and if you’re ever my side of the Pond you will be welcome at Chapman Towers for a Mountain Bike lesson!
See you around mate.
Forgot to say, I’ll take you to a Rugby match too, so make your next trip to Dear Old Blighty from the Autumn (Fall) onwards!
Have a good one mate!
I look forward to that lesson, mate! I suspect you have taught me far more than I have shared with you. Until the day I die, no one within earshot will be safe referring to the Union Flag and the Union Jack!
Steve, I also call you a Friend. That alone is enough to bring a smile to the face and thankgiving to the heart.
You have enriched my own cycling experience on the road and on the web. Thanks so much for your writing and pictures.
Who knew that so many kind-hearted souls existed on the internet? Thanks, Ron, for your sentiments. Likewise, I always enjoy stopping by your blog for some knowledge, entertainment, and inspiration!
I am thinking that when my niece gets married [don’t tell anyone as no plans are in the air yet], we will come to Maryland. Perhaps a few miles on the tarmac would be in order???
First off, congratulations! When the plans take shape, drop me a line and maybe we can link up.
Say it ain’t so! I’m glad we were able to meet last year at the Crystal Ride. Your blog was the reason I started cycling about 3 years ago and it’s definitely sad to see you turn in your keyboard. Hopefully your adventures continue and I’ll look for you (in an Army jersey) at the Crystal Ride this year. Maybe we’ll even see each other at a Sprint Tri sometime. Take care and enjoy your travels.
I’ll be there, Nene, going for my fourth gold medal. It’s always sunny and hot at the Crystal Ride. I wonder if this is the year we do it in a deluge. Hope to see you there!
I’m glad to hear you’re continuing to ride, even if you’re not going to write. I’m starting to feel the same way about my blog– I’m not as inspired to post these days. Best wishes to you.
Thanks, Lisa. Best wishes to you as well and happy cycling!
Steve, I feel like we’re losing one of our own. Couldn’t you have at least shaved your legs and given me one last good post!? Maybe it’ll happen on Facebook…
Gerry, it’s been very neat to watch your business take off and your blog is always an entertaining read. It’s difficult to be so dedicated and successful to your discipline and business while still maintaining an excellent sense of humor about it. And to top it off, you’re surrounded by Frenchmen. Here’s wishing you continued success on and off the bike. I have no intention of shaving my legs in the near future, but you never know what may happen down the road…
I’m sad to hear it. I’ve just found your blog recently, I would have liked reading it, but I guess I’m going to be reading it backwards now instead of forward…
Start in 2010 and work forward. There’s 425 posts there, so one post/day will keep you busy well into the summer of 2015! Thanks for stopping by.
Great estimation Steve, I’ve just finished reading every post. Still, I’m a little woeful that there are not going to be any new posts.
I am feeling a little stupid right now! I was reading those adventurous encounters in the past and all of a sudden came across this latest post of your that is on a slighter sadder note 😦
Well, all I would say is to keep up the good work and all the best for your future endeavors. You will definitely go places 🙂
No need to feel stupid. The blog posts are timeless! Thanks for reading and the kind wishes.
Thanks for kind words and information. I was reading few of them and I think they are quite brilliant. Good engagement and content!
Keep it up (Y).
Well, I’m nearly a week late in discovering that you’re going to pack it in. Sorry to hear that — but I know what you’re feeling. It’s a struggle to come up with new stuff on a regular basis. I’ll miss your blog. I think we view cycling in much the same way. Enjoy the ride.
You are a stalwart in the blogosphere. I continue to enjoy your blog and marvel at your ability to maintain your pace over a much longer period than I did. Thanks for the kind words!
Hi Steve, I have been meaning to comment and say that I will miss reading about your cycling and occasional running. You’re creative and have a good narrative voice. One of my favorites of yours is the instructional about using the multi-use path. So good! I will miss your voice in the ether, but understand that there are other good ways to spend time in addition to writing blog posts. All the best, and hope to see you on a DC Rand brevet again sometime.
Thank you very much, MG! It was your blog and RevRider’s that introduced me to randonneuring and the DC Randonneurs – a truly special group of people. I type this mere moments before seeing a doctor about chronic pain in my right foot that makes rides over 50 miles difficult. If I get that sorted you can be sure to see me at a brevet near you!
I’m another one of the many who’ve enjoyed your blog. The reasons you cite for discontinuing are some of the reasons why I don’t blog on a planned schedule (other than the First Fridays) so I get it, but I hope that with a little time off you get re-motivated to get back to posting, even if on an occasional basis. Until then,
P.S. did you ever build that bike we emailed about? I’m curious to know how that turns out
Thank you very much. I may find myself doing monthly/quarterly reports. As for the bike, some unexpected financial obligations prevented the purchase, but it remains on my bucket list!
Hi, Thanks popping by! 🙂