By Guest author Jean of Cycle Write Blog
I am certain those who hate writing full articles and hate bicycling, don’t get it. How can there be a symbiotic relationship between blogging and cycling where one feeds the other like an IV tube? Well, I never knew either, until I returned to cycling and then later to writing, in the form of blogging.
Fear of Learning, Time Investment
At first it was hard. On my first bike ride at 32 years after not riding for 12 years, it was painful. I was stupid enough to wear tight jeans for the ignaural 8-km. ride on a new bike one of Toronto’s bike paths down in a ravine park. But I persevered –I had to keep up with Jack ahead on bike, so I wouldn’t be stranded.
Thankfully, blogging was less arduous. Nevertheless, nearly 2 years ago I was trying to ramp up my mastery of WordPress.com. I wanted to blog about the once-in-a-lifetime experience of living and cycling in an Olympic city (Vancouver BC). My first blog, Third Wave Cycling Blog was birthed around Christmas, just 2 months before the 2010 Winter Olympic athletes, visitors and media paparazzi rolled into town.
I had lots of time. I was unemployed but still wanted to add on the new skill of blogging. Not hard and to me, a very simple way of creating and managing content compared to designing and feeding complex corporate, enterprise-wide databases in my jobs.
Self Inducing Euphoria of Two Passions
A few months later, I discovered some of my other personal interests needed another outlet, beyond a blog for a small cycling consulting company. So Cycle Write Blog was created. I could spin on about cycling, travel with bits of history, culture and food. The blog name does truly illustrate the self-inducing circle of euphoria in cycling and blogging.
For me, not learning to blog for a long time, was actually resistance to learning another tool, i.e. the blogware. Fear of learning. Similar to not wanting to bike: not knowing proper bike fit, use of gears and not knowing good local bike routes. Both not cycling and blogging, was not understanding the tools and also knowing full well, there had to be initial investment of time, energy, some mistakes and wrong turns along the way.
But once, I got rolling on the bike, I wanted to go farther. Explore more, test myself in a fun way to see how far I could go on each bike ride. I was car-free (and still am) so the bike gave me more independence and I could see a lot more. The natural euphoria from lots of exercise, from cycling gave me a drug that got me cycling 50 km. on some summer evenings after work, during the first 2 years of rediscovered cycling. I was nuts. I kept a cycling journal. I tracked my cumulative mileage.
Addiction of Cycling and Blogging
Once you start cycling regularly, the body craves for it each time. The body demands the cycling-drug at least, several times per week. Besides, I had to get to work, do shopping and later, do cheap vacation trips, by bike. So necessity of daily living and spending time well, fed the cycling-drug into my body.
I can’t say that the love of blogging has propelled me to write, photo-shoot and compose blog posts several times per week. Now with a full-time job, blogging has taken a back seat. Or has it? I still write for 3 blogs that I created and now manage, plus I write for a 4th blog as a team writer for a tourism blog. At minimum, I write at least 4-5 different blog posts each month across 4 blogs. All blog posts also have personal photos which probably gives me another incentive to shoot and select good photos to captivate a reader.
My blogs are different in their primary audience targets –even though every blog does touch upon cycling. Each blog uses a different wordpress design template. The latest one, Velo-city Global 2012 Conference Blog, is more of a marketing and news tool for an international cycling conference. We needed it because the conference registration site was launched 6 months later. We had to find a way of cultivating global interest and readership earlier.
I have cycled far, seen places I never expected to see and come back, eager to share it through blogging.
Certainly blogging is a fantastic way for me to plumb into our bloated digital personal photo collections, both mine and his. A reader commented she thought it was romantic that one of my blogs, was clearly a joint effort in blogging between myself and my partner. He and I write blog posts with each other’s photos embedded in all 3 blogs. But Third Wave Cycling Blog illustrates best, this joint blogging partnership.
Cycling and Blogging for Health
I have come a long way in cycling and more recently, in blogging. From both activities, I have made friends and learned much along the way. Above all, I am grateful to have stumbled across two passions that naturally feed me physically and intellectually. I consider these twin drug-passions keep me healthy, hopefully for life.
- What are your primary motivators for blogging?
- Do you have more than 1 blog or have you considered it?
- Do you have other passions, interests that naturally feed your blogging habit?