Why take the time to blog

In my last post, I did a book review on A tale for the Time Being. While reading the book, the 15-year-old, Nao, told us she had a blog going for a while. But then one day she took a look at her stats and realized she had only had a handful of people visit, no one ever commented and, when she stopped, not a soul noticed.

She essentially said that bloggers are quite full of self-importance thinking people care about what they say, and for the most part, they are wasting their time writing posts, as no one cares what they think.

I read that section a couple of times, and knew someday I would revisit it for a post of my own, little did I know it would be so soon… Continue reading “Why take the time to blog”

A new Milestone and a new name!

Long, LONG ago when Michelle convinced me (and correctly so) that I wanted to be a blogger, the Mountainstroh blog was called 10,000 miles of Experiences, Adventures and Thoughts! Somewhere along the line I made the rule that I would change the name every 5000 miles. Now at the time, I thought it would be a LONG assed time between name changes!

Little did I know what would really happen… Continue reading “A new Milestone and a new name!”

Bloggers Block?

I have quite a few friends that are real writers.  They have published books, articles and poetry.  I’ve never asked them, but I am sure at least one, if not all of them, have from time to time suffered from writers block.  Which, as we know, is a length of time when no words move from your brain to your fingers.

I am NOT at the same level as my published friends, but I will say, after the longest dry spell I’ve had in the 2 years of 15,000 miles, I think I know how they feel when this happens.  For the last two weeks, I’ve been stuck in the middle of a bad case of Bloggers Block Continue reading “Bloggers Block?”

One Year In! Back to basics!

I logged into WordPress today, and saw a new trophy.  It’s the one year anniversary of the day Michelle set up my 10000 miles.  The original plan was to post mostly about tips for new bike riders, and about my adventures on the bike.  Soon, though, I learned that I liked to talk and write about many things that had nothing to do with cycling at all.

The good news was, since its my blog, I could do whatever I wanted.  So I did.  It seems to work though, my audience has grown to almost 240.  With the new rules, it meant I had a lot to talk about.  So much so, that I have become a daily blogger.  In fact, since I started, counting the occasional reblog, I have had 405 posts, 10765 views, and almost 900 comments.  Nuthin to write home about, but makes me happy!  I want to thank all of you visit regularly.

But for the 1 year anniversary post, I am going back to the roots.  Cycling! Continue reading “One Year In! Back to basics!”

Racking Up the Miles: December 2013

Here it is, the 12th post out of 12, chronicling the number of miles these legs and this butt have pedaled in a month.  You may be thinking (or maybe not) “Hey, this is a day early!!  There is still time to ride more!”  Nope, tomorrow (or today when this posts) is New Years Eve.  Michelle and I will be spending it together, maybe going to Woodinville after work, and then home for some wine together before the drunks and nuts get on the road!

That means today is it!  And it has been a very strange December for us!  First off we’ve had almost NO rain at all!  Its unheard of around here not to have serous and multi day rain sessions in December.  And sure enough this weekend, I heard the use of the D word (drought).  This will bear some watching…

But that’s not all that made this month eventful Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: December 2013”

The Dilemma

So I have a curiosity question to pose to y’all today.  Did I do the right thing?  “The right thing about what?”, you may ask.  Well I’ll tell you.  The title of this blog is 10,000 Miles of Experiences, Adventures and Thoughts.  I named it that as it represented the number of miles I had traveled on my bike since since the day I bought it.


However, at the end of July that bike was stolen.  Gone. Poof!  (I still hope he got hit by a truck, but I’m not bitter!) So, I replaced the bike.   Continue reading “The Dilemma”


My buddy Jim is a published author.  He has one #1 book on Amazon, he is in the process of writing the sequel, and he is writing a 3rd book on the side.  All while being a husband and a Dad to 2 little ones.  Helluva guy!

Today on Facebook he posted something that started me thinking.  I’ll paraphrase here.  In essence it said “to a writer, anything, a conversation, an interaction or a daily event can ultimately end up as a subject to write about.”

This started me thinking about me and my inspirations.  First off, I want to be perfectly clear.  I am NOT a real writer.  I do not have the patience, talent or skill to sit and write a book.  I have a better chance of running back a kickoff for a touchdown in the NFL. Continue reading “Blogfodder”