The picture above is a shot of my desk where this blog originates.
This year I went to the luxury of twin monitors; a set up that is really nice. It allows me to be writing on one screen, while looking up and researching stuff on the other screen.
Or for eample, I can be editing pictures in Photoshop on one monitor while I update my blog on the other. I can also click and drag stuff from one screen to the other; it is a huge time saver
On the wall behind the monitors is a framed poster of a Fuso Max bike I built in the early 1990s. It is signed by Antonio Columbo, son of the founder of the Columbus Tubing Company in Italy. He wrote: “To the most accurate frame builder.”
It is also signed by Valentino Campagnolo, son of Tulio Campagnolo, the founder of the world famous bicycle component company that bears his name.
The articles I write here, and the comments some of you post, are in many ways like an ongoing two-way conversation. I thought it might be a good idea to post a photo of my desk to give you a visual image of where I sit writing to you and reading your return comments.
It was a year ago, August 25th, 2008 to be exact that I announced I was quitting writing on this blog. As those still reading know, I changed my mind and resumed posting regular updates last February after a six month break.
I know from my website statistics I have about a third less readers than this time last year. It seems that much of my previous audience may not be aware that I am back.
I also get the feeling that many of my present readers are relatively new and have come on board since my return. The number of hits I get from the UK has acually increased since I came back, which is encouraging.
Many of my daily hits now come from Twitter and I only started posting there this year.
Quitting writing here was a huge mistake; but it is always easier to be wise with hindsight. Maybe I needed a break; I was certainly getting burned out and disillusioned. I was running out of ideas, and the subject matter I chose to write about was tending to bring negative comment.
It is entirely possible that the readers I lost, were as burned out as I was and have chosen not to return.
Only time will tell; maybe I am building a completely new following.
My audience is growing slowly again and as long as it continues to do so I will keep writing.
I believe the readership here is nowhere near its full potential.
When I resumed writing I told myself, if I had nothing to say then I wouldn’t post anything.
It has to be fun for me, otherwise why do it? The strange thing is, since making that resolution I have managed to come up with at least two articles a week, sometimes three.
My articles tend to be shorter than before I quit, which is probably a good thing. I don’t know about you, I find there is so much information on the Internet now, if I start to read something and it is longer than a 1,000 words or so, unless the story is really gripping, I’ll quit reading before I’m half way through.
I would be interested to hear from you, whether you are an original reader from over a year ago, or someone who came on board this year.
Also, please help spread the word that the blog is “Live” again? As always, thanks for reading, and for your comments. Your input is valuable to me and always much appreciated.
Footnote: The final picture above left is another corner of my office, and reflects my other creative outlet, namely song writing. My guitar hangs on the wall, at the ready incase I get song ideas. The picture, I don't have a clue who it is; it is just a real cool picture.