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Old 04-16-12, 03:49 PM   #1
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Any advice for me...?

I've started a bike/photo blog. People have told me that they like my photos, and other people have said they like my writing, so, it seemed like a good idea. Also, having a blog imposes some sort of deadline on me, which isn't strong motivation, but, still, it's good to take what you can get.

But I don't really know how to write about my bike adventures. I feel sort of myopic when I try; who would want to read about how I spent my Saturday? The pictures speak for themselves, hell, they sing. So I don't struggle with them. But I'm just not sure what to write about.

Any other tip(s) or advice will be welcome, too.

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Old 04-16-12, 04:04 PM   #2
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It is a beautiful site.

Some people, like me, aren't much moved by pretty pictures. Don't let me give you a heart attack, but; seen one pretty snow covered hill, pretty much seen them all.

People, stories, events related to the ride are more attractive to me. I did the Africa safari many years ago; the best part was meeting the people in the villages and cities, mis-adventures, girls, food, girls, shopping, etc. I don't have one animal or terrain picture for the 10 days, who cares, no one has ever asked to see them...no one ever will.

So, this is one man's view. If there is nothing to say, it may be because the rides are simply boring.

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Old 04-16-12, 04:05 PM   #3
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Wow, great photos!
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Old 04-18-12, 10:35 AM   #4
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Some people, like me, aren't much moved by pretty pictures. Don't let me give you a heart attack, but; seen one pretty snow covered hill, pretty much seen them all.


I'm glad I was sitting down for this.

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People, stories, events related to the ride are more attractive to me.
Thanks for the advice. This is something I'm going to have to think about for a while. It's a very different perspective from mine.
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Great photos and hot bike!
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SF, I always enjoy your photography!
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I started my blog due to a nasty broken collarbone. I just love the sport so much and had read so much about it and formed my own opinions. I found a lot of friends would come to me for advice from riding tips to equipment and even to help them understand the tour de france so they can feel part of it aswell.
You may think no one wants to hear about your riding experience, but I personally find that its nice to see an everyday riders perspective. Not what the cycling journos or pros say. What the pro's think of bikes doesn't necessarily reflect what I want to know about them. I'm usually looking for someone in the same boat as me, give an opinion on how they liked / hated said product or experience.
So maybe start writing about YOUR experiences and YOUR opinions. If people want magazine style articles they'll buy a magazine. If they want a real life perspective, they'll come to your blog.
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Wow, I'd like to say "your fotos are great" too. They are realistic and high quality. You can select interesting subjects. Winter contrasts of snow and green forests give speacial beauty.

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So maybe start writing about YOUR experiences and YOUR opinions. If people want magazine style articles they'll buy a magazine. If they want a real life perspective, they'll come to your blog.
I fully agree it. You can do it too. Your writing style is quite reach. Especially interesting the things like your phisical sences and temper. The tiredness or hardness of uphill you can grace by a bit of humor. But if your travel by civilized area and visit many historical places the historical reference will always be interesting to reader.

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Thanks, everybody, for the advice and also for the comments. Asphalt Hero, I actually did ride through an old historic town from the days when my state was first being settled ... I'll take your advice, do some homework on it, and see if I can use that to bring some interest. And I get what you're saying, WC.

I've been putting a lot of thought into this. I got bored with riding in Seattle, after doing it for years. And, as you can see, I've been traveling with my bike. Mostly I've been riding in places I've never been to before, and sometimes in ones I haven't visited in years. You wouldn't believe how much time and energy goes into researching the routes I ride. I want to find good rides, within my ability and time limits, that are scenic, reasonably bike friendly, and have things like water to drink. I've been using the tag feature to make a list of rides that other people should do. When people in the local/PNW forum ask where to ride, I point them to a ride report, pics, and directions, all wrapped up in a blog post.

So far I have three guide books for road cycling, and a few more for mountain biking. I think I've been working on a rough draft of my own cycling guide book...
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