What a difference a day (and some shameless self-promotion) makes

I’ve been writing this blog for almost two months now.  For the first month at least, I was very reluctant to publicize this blog, for a few reasons.

  1. I am notoriously bad at self-promotion.  Something in my nature greatly resists running around and trumpeting my latest endeavor.  Why?  Who knows.
  2. I really wanted people to discover my blog “organically,” which means via internet searches and so on.  And for a while, that worked OK.  But the payoff was pretty low.
  3. Let’s face it; announcing to one’s friends and acquaintances that “hey, I’ve started a blog!” is kind of like being excited about joining MySpace.  It’s just a little dated.  But given my lack of interest in signing up for a Twitter account on top of this blog, here I am.

That said, welcome to my new readers.  To give you all an idea of what a brief mention of my blog in the comment section of a post I made on my facebook page meant, have a look at this graph.

Guess which I day I chose to publicize my blog.  Go on … take a minute.  Give up?

Whatever the case, I appreciate all my new readers.  I try to post about every 2-3 days, depending on what’s happened in my life as a bike commuter in Memphis.  I realize that there is only so much interest in posts titled “Today’s commute,” so I try to intersperse those posts with other posts concerning the larger picture of what it means to bike in Memphis.

And aside from my commute today, which was rather uneventful, except for some unwelcome rain showers this morning, that’s the point of this post.

I haven’t had a chance to write about a meeting I attended last week at the Snowden School.  The meeting was about the proposed bike lanes in Midtown, including routes on McLean and Madison.  But it was the lanes on Madison that provoked the most controversy.

You can ride about the meeting here.  I’ll add my own thoughts in a few days, as soon as I get a chance.  But what I really want to publicize is this event.

After all, what better way is there to show our support for bike lanes in Midtown than to support the very businesses that might be affected by the lanes?  While I believe the net affect will be positive, I understand that these businesses are concerned about their bottom lines.  So let’s show them that bike lanes need not mean a decline in revenues.

I hope you will join me in this effort. Thanks again for reading.

4 comments

  1. Bob

    Stumbled on the blog a few weeks ago. You’re doing a GREAT job of writing about bikes as transportation in Memphis and your comments at Snowden were spot-on. Consider joining the Walk-Bike Memphis meetings at Otherlands, 5:30 pm, 2nd Mon. of the month – You are not alone.

  2. Doug

    Thanks Bob. I really appreciate your comments on my blog. I have planned to go to the Bike Memphis meetings in the past but due to scheduling conflicts, haven’t been able to. But I will definitely go to the March meeting.

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