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,