Hello all! January 2nd actually marked my official one year anniversary as a wee blog about bikes, but somehow I thought it was today. Ah well… that’s really not all that shocking, is it?
That’s The Raleigh as it looked when I first bought it! Can you spot the differences?
I’ve had so much fun with this blog. I really never had just 12 loyal readers, but for a while it felt that way. Today, with around 4,000 hits a month (and I know that Monk is here a lot with Auchen and a few others, but I doubt they’re hitting that refresh button 300 times each), I feel incredibly honored and humbled by the affection folks who’ve never met me have for my wee adventures. So first off, I’d like to say: Thank You!
Now before I have a PBS moment and start asking you for pledges, I’m going to move on.
The first Obligatory Bathroom Photo… oh, the Memories!
Speaking of $… I still don’t have ads. Really, I don’t need them. I wouldn’t be raking in the dough here. But I also feel like I need to stay in control of my own content and of how often I post things here. If I can’t ride for a couple weeks, I need that to be okay. If I had advertising, especially sponsors, I think I’d feel a need to post more often to justify their support. At any rate, no one’s asking… right?
Wrong. Today I can officially state that I was asked to be a corporate and industry shill. I’m taking this as a sign that I’ve hit the Big Time. And also as a sign that these folks don’t read my blog. Seriously. I don’t report on industry news. I don’t report on much of anything, except my own minute world. But still, I was perversely pleased, despite the degrading nature of the request. It’s like when the cheesy guy in the Ferrari wolf-whistled at me when I was thirteen: I was flattered that for the first time an adult male had made public his attraction to me, and totally grossed out by who it was and why he did it.
Okay, this was the only shot possible for this moment, wasn’t it?
Anyway, so I won’t be updating you on the latest news from the biking world. I assume you wouldn’t want me to anyway. I would happily review and give away products, as Veloria does at Lovely Bicycle!, but no one has asked me to do that yet. If and when, I’ll let you know and I promise to be totally honest if something stinks. Can’t you just see the offers flying in after that endorsement?
The Panasonic, Bicycle of the Gods, before being sold.
Though for the record, I’d like to categorically state that if National Geographic offered to fly The Raleigh and me to England for a month-long tour of British backroads, I’d suck it up and let them own me.
Ireland, you had your chance!
The Viva is still for sale over on eBay, and with many “watchers” and several days left on the auction, I expect it to sell. It’s a bargain (this is not me asking for money, I swear) at the price I’ve listed it, and I know whoever gets it will love it. The money I get for it will not go for another bike (I realized recently that The Raleigh is The One, though The Shogun may get converted to my secondary bike this summer). I plan on buying a new camera, as along with the fun of meeting all of you, this blog has created in me an insatiable need to take more photos of more things than is possible with my current point-and-shoot. My plan is then to… wait for it… give my current camera away on this blog. But The Viva has to sell first, so you know, if you’re on the fence…
Consider the photographic possibilities here!
Here’s to another year of wonderful rides, great folks and continued gentle growth! Oh, and National Geographic? I’ve been a member for years. My grandmother was a member. You’re how I learned about boobies before I got them. I heart you. Seriously: call me. We’ll talk.