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Old 03-30-07, 09:03 AM   #1
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How often do you blog?

I've never really blogged. I created a blog page but have yet to blog. How often do you blog? And more importantly what got you started?
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Old 03-30-07, 03:17 PM   #2
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I usually post about twice a day on my commuter blog (link in signature). It's almost a commuting journal. I try to get some pictures in as well, at least a few per week.
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I try to post at least once a day. I get a ton of press releases, but I try to dig a little deeper. That means chasing up people, and a lot of research. I've interviewed Dave Moulton and Tony Ellsworth, and Chris King owes me an interview. It's much harder to find something worthwhile than just post about a daily ride. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Oh, I've been doing a few product reviews, since companies are starting to send me goodies.
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Old 03-30-07, 04:47 PM   #4
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Well, I try to post at least 3X a week or more.
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Old 03-30-07, 05:28 PM   #5
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I've never really blogged. I created a blog page but have yet to blog. How often do you blog? And more importantly what got you started?
I started my blog well over a year ago but my posting frequency only really started to take off (one a day it seems) when I moved my blog to a webhost. They provided site stats and I was pretty surprised to see that I was getting around 20+ hits a day sometimes. The audience has to be fed!

Why did I start? I'm not really sure. I post book reviews, rides, etc. I guess it was one way for friends to keep up with what I was up to.
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I blog when the spirit moves me. Sometimes several in a week and sometimes less.

My blog is all over the map. Nothing particular. Whatever I feel like writing. I have not blogged in awhile. But I keep at it enough to have filled up quite a bit of bandwidth with my inane and less than substantial drivel.

The one thing I have not done is post a link anywhere. I guess I was counting on accidental discovery. I need to count on something else it seems. In the 2 plus years I have been doing it, not many visitors have stopped by. I did have a flurry from some writer's group I dissed. But that was eon's ago.

Edit Note - Thanks for the goose. I just posted my first ever link to my blog. Criticism welcome.
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Old 04-01-07, 09:17 AM   #7
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I just posted some very exclusive content in mine.
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Sweet, Brian!
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Quite exclusive... Great interview.
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Old 04-01-07, 07:52 PM   #10
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I try to post at least once a day. I get a ton of press releases, but I try to dig a little deeper. That means chasing up people, and a lot of research. I've interviewed Dave Moulton and Tony Ellsworth, and Chris King owes me an interview. It's much harder to find something worthwhile than just post about a daily ride. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Oh, I've been doing a few product reviews, since companies are starting to send me goodies.
My main website isn't a Blog at all, and I've done a lot of the same stuff you've done with product reviews, being a guinea pig for new stuff from different manufacturers, etc. I use a PHP/MySQL content management system that I wrote myself about 5 years ago. I slapped AdSense on it last year and it's been making me a few bills ever since. Not to mention free go-fast goodies for my car.

If I decided to throw a lot of energy into a blog such as yours, I could probably pull it off. I personally use mine to keep a journal of my silly adventures and mishaps. I have several reasons for taking this approach.

* First and foremost is that I love to write. I do a LOT of technical writing for work and for the site that pays some of my bills. I use my blog to keep my narrative-style writing skills up to snuff.
* I blog the way I do so that cyclist friends can see what I'm up to since I don't believe in MySpace, Face Book, and the like.
* I use it as a journal to hold myself accountable. I have a decent reader base, and I'm building frequent commenters and interactive folks. I'm hoping that they'll give me hell if I start slacking on my bike commute!
* Last, I do it to demonstrate that you don't need to be a jock to ride a bike. I first noticed this among co-workers, but it seems the public's perception of bicycles is that one must be very physically fit to ride a bicycle at all. I tell everyone I run across that they could probably ride a mile on a bicycle just fine, and they might hurt a bit the next day. After a few weeks of riding, almost anyone who's sedentary will feel better and be able to ride further with less effort.

I do really love reading some of the more professional blogs though. IndustryOutsider, Commute By Bike, and a few others are always in my daily "must read" list.
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I'm a blog slacker. I go through periods where I'm blogging like mad, and then I'll go months. It depends on what's going on in my life at the time...for example, being in the middle of a divorce, for some reason it's hard for me to write at the moment. I'm down to only blogging about my double centuries and other cycling events instead of daily life stuff.
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Old 04-05-07, 02:32 PM   #13
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i'll post twice a week. mondays and wednesday's.

monday is a recap of weekend rides or training. wednesdays is a recap of mon/tue training and any food/nutrition/supplement findings. less frequently; tuesday or thursday is gear day.

i try to stay consistent for my many readers
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I try to average at least once a week. The more I'm riding or doing cycling related work, the more often I have something worth while to add.
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it depends on what i am doing and how verbose i am feeling, when travelling i blog daily. when sitting at home cleaning my bike every 2-3 days
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I blog too often. I should ride more and write less.
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they're both an outlet. keep up the good work, man!!
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mine is more of a journal for myself. currently i am posting once or twice a week. it will likely pick up whenever spring hits and the riding picks ups for me. later.
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I generally write in mine after a race or a particularly good or bad training ride. Sometimes I'll post about a new goodie that I bought or received from a sponsor or something like that. I mainly do the blog thing to help motivate me. I hate the thought of doing nothing worth writing about for more than a few days in a row.

Honestly, I do it more for me than for anyone else. It provides me a type of motivation. What can I say, I need all of the help I can get.
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mine is more of a journal for myself. currently i am posting once or twice a week. it will likely pick up whenever spring hits and the riding picks ups for me. later.
I also use mine as a journal for my training. My goal is to record all the training I do on my blog. Easy way to keep track of progress, not much of a paper person. It works really well for me because I hate to type in- I did nothing today. I was a lazy couch potato like everyone else.

If it's around 9:30 and I haven't done anything it motivates me to go for a short jog or take a quick 5-10 mile ride. Anything is better than typing "I was a couch potato today".
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I mainly do the blog thing to help motivate me. I hate the thought of doing nothing worth writing about for more than a few days in a row.

Honestly, I do it more for me than for anyone else. It provides me a type of motivation. What can I say, I need all of the help I can get.
Same here! It turns out that more than a few people keep on coming back to read mine and I'd hate to disappoint them so I just have to keep going with different projects and such.

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It depends on what's going on in my life at the time...for example, being in the middle of a divorce, for some reason it's hard for me to write at the moment.
I'm sorry to hear that. I hope it doesn't get ugly. I'm surprised that you even have such a good disposition at this time.
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Well I guess after asking this question the least I could do is blog in my own blog space. Or whatever it's called. So I finally did my second blog.
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I'm sorry to hear that. I hope it doesn't get ugly. I'm surprised that you even have such a good disposition at this time.
Thanks...it's a rough time, but there are good things too. He's moved on and I have as well, so we both have distractions in our life that are keeping us thinking positively! I just feel like at some point I need to blog about it, but haven't found the words yet. My blog has taken a turn from having family stories on it, to mainly being a place that I talk about my cycling events, which is fine for me right now.
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