Ten years ago on this day the 12th. of November 2005, I posted my first article online and “Dave’s Bike Blog” was born.
Some hate the word “Blog,” (Short for Weblog.) I’m not that fond of the word myself, but to change its title would be a huge mistake. No one would be able to find it, and it would be like starting all over again.
Speaking of starting over, I had to do just that when I quit for six months in August of 2008. I felt at the time I had run out of worth-while things to write about. I had covered just about every technical aspect of the bicycle, and moved on to writing opinion pieces, trying to generate food for thought.
Often I acted as the Devil’s Advocate, trying to get a discussion going. But when my opinions differed greatly from others, people got ugly and called me names. I was labeled a curmudgeon, a grumpy old man. This in itself is not a huge insult, but it does imply, “Your opinions are outdated and not worth considering.”
I often feel having a blog is like having an unpaid job. It takes up a lot of time, and when the result of the effort is so much abuse, it is discouraging. However, quitting was a huge mistake, and I realized this when six months later a group of twelve people, many who were strangers to me, contributed to the purchase of one of my custom bikes, and presented it to me as a “Tribute Bike.”
There were people out there who at least appreciated my past work. I remembered why I started this blog in the first place. I had accumulated a lot of knowledge about bicycles over the years. Much of it was not previously written in books, or written anywhere for that matter. Much of it was just stuff I had figured out over the years. When I was gone, this knowledge would be gone too.
Whether one is searching the Internet, or contributing to it, we are all swimming in a sea of mediocrity, drowning in miss-information. The Internet was also supposed to be a platform of free speech, where any individual could put forward their thoughts and ideas.
In reality the Internet is stifling free speech. Our views have to conform to those of “The Masses” or we will be vilified, even destroyed. An innocent comment can be misinterpreted, go viral, and someone’s life can be ruined in an instant.
In three months I will turn 80 years old. I am becoming tired. Not physically tired, but mentally. Arguing one’s point of view is an exercise in futility, I no longer have the energy, or even the desire. I cannot risk losing everything I have worked for all these years.
Blogs have become a joke in some quarters, comedians love to poke fun at blogs and bloggers, but statistics show that they still have merit. Few last as long as this one, 55% of the millions of blogs out there have not been updated in a year. This Blog gets updated at least once a week.
It is my child, I created it, and it is now ten years old. Like a child it makes me proud at times. It is a hungry little bastard, but I will keep feeding it as long as there are people out there who will read it.
Your kind comments and support are much appreciated. I get between 1,500 and 2.000 hits a day from all over the world. Links to articles on this blog pop up on bike forums in many foreign language countries, South America, Scandinavia, Russia, and even India and the Far East. Below are the stats for yesterday. Thank you, Dave
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