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.

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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”

Blogfodder

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”

Is it Rude or Not?

A few days ago one of my wife’s best friends from college put a post on Facebook.  She was told by a mutual friend of her’s that she should stop talking about her workouts in front of another weight challenged friend of their’s.

Now a little background on our friend.  She herself had weight issues.  Last year she started weight watchers and working out regularly.  She has done a helluva job, looks amazing, and has toned up and lost weight.  She looks amazing.

Her post was asking for the proper etiquette when it comes to talking about working out, about weight loss, and posting these on Facebook.  She felt terrible that she may be offending or hurting someone with her comments.  People were thinking that she was bragging and rubbing it in.  I can guarantee this is not the case.  She is excited about her success and happy to talk about it anytime anyone asks.  I am happy to report all her friends supported her completely!

I mention this because its something I do as well.  If someone asks me what I did last weekend, I am excited to tell them I rode a Century ride.  Even though I have done many of these, I still consider each one I complete an accomplishment.  I am not bragging, not saying “I can do it and you can’t, you suck!”  I’m simply excited, and I want to share my excitement with others.  I have never had anyone seem unhappy or offended when I’ve shared my accomplishments.  Some think I am nuts, (ok many think I am nuts) but I hope I’ve never hurt anyones feelings

Conversely, I love hearing about other people’s accomplishments.  A buddy of mine rode 15 miles with his family to raise money for diabetes.  The man never rides a bike!  I think he’s a stud for doing so!  His 15 is my century!  The lady who sits next to me at work is an artist.  She has a big show coming up.  Hell I know nothing about art, but I am damn excited for her!  She wasn’t bragging, she was sharing.

Two friends of mine have published books.  One has 2 children’s books she has written and illustrated herself, with another on the way.  The other has a young adult novel published and is working on the sequel while blogging regularly.  Both are impressive as hell, and I want them to keep me posted on what they do.  I could only wish to so much.

Why am I writing this?  Well her Facebook post got me thinking about me and what I do.  I post on Facebook before, during and after every ride.  Why?  One reason is because my mom worries every time I ride, so I want her to know I am safe!   The main reason though, is friends like to know what friends are doing.  I also dearly LOVE getting the encouraging texts and responses to my posts!  When I was starting to wonder if I was going to make it in my one day STP quest, the texts from My wife, mom, Belinda, Teri and many many others kicked my butt in gear and helped me make it!

At work we have Yammer (picture a work based Facebook).  To encourage work/life balance, work wants us to share our accomplishments.  It helps build a team!  So every big ride I post what I did.

Finally, my Blog.  The title tells people I have pedaled 10000 miles!  Why did I choose that name?  Well, I wanted those who read my posts to know that I am not new at this game.  It takes a lot of rides to get to that many miles, hence the rest of the title, Experiences, Adventures and Thoughts, I’ve had lots of those.  I am constantly posting about rides, workouts and accomplishments I’ve had.  Each post is shared on Facebook.  Is this being rude or insensitive?

I guess the reason I wanted to write this post was to clear the air.  Why do I Blog, Yammer, Facebook and tell people in person about my rides?  I am seriously hoping that I can inspire at least a few people to start riding.  If I can get people who don’t normally ride out on a bike, and they start to enjoy it, they will become healthier.  If I can get some one who does ride, but only locally, to ride the Oregon Coast they will see things they have never seen before.

Mighty Manda and Auburn Liz are riding the STP this summer.  When they cross the finish line, I will feel like a proud papa!  I have watched, and encouraged them all year.  I am VERY proud of them!

This is why I share what I share.  And why I will continue to do so.  It is not to brag.  Not to be mean.  Sure as heck not to be rude.  Its to try to inspire others to get outside, enjoy life, and share some of the experiences I have had!

Ride like the wind people, and I thank you for reading my posts!  Yall make blogging fun!

I’m a Blogger?

OK, so here it is, almost 2 months after my lovely wife Michelle set up this blog for me and I am still posting daily entries. More importantly, I am not doing them because I have to, I do it because I want to!

In fact, I start feeling antsy if I don’t get a chance to do one! This truly amazes me! I have tried many times over the years to keep a journal. That never lasts more than a day or two. This will be something like my 56th post overall! What’s the saying: Do something for 30 days and it becomes a habit. Looks like I hit that mark!

Then there is the fact I have never felt like the creative type! I can’t draw worth a lick (someday I will post my attempts at sketching) and my one attempt at writing a book was when I first got my portable manual (blue) typewriter as a kid. I started Star Trek novel (on notebook paper since I didn’t get typing paper with the typewriter that Christmas (Santa forgot the paper and stores were closed back then on Christmas!) I got one chapter into it and decided it sucked. When drinking beer with Scott, Dave and Jim I can help with making up lyrics to drinking songs (Never forget “Ode to a Giggilo “!), and my wife says I do decent haiku! Otherwise, creativity is NOT my strong point!

I guess the most surprising part for me, is I have developed almost 40 followers in the last month, many of whom comment on my posts. I know it will sound like a geek, but its great to see the notification of a LIKE on the screen, and I look for a “High Five” when there is a comment or a new follower! Looking at the stats I have regular visitors from the UK (and it’s NOT just my kid sis who lives there), Belgium, Australia and Canada. Not too shabby for a quiet and shy (well maybe not) bike rider from the Seattle area!

Add to this some of my Facebook friends also pay attention and comment (even if its just to tell me about typos) I was worried I would find Blogging a waste of time, but honestly do not feel that way at all. My kid sis has even informed me she has been able to steal things from here for her family tree project. (DAMN, I was trying to hide in the leaves!)

The Blog has also morphed a bit. The initial plan was to just help new cyclists, and I want to do more posts like those soon. It turns out instead I like to tell stories (my wife will be shocked to hear that!) and share my opinions (ok no one who knows me will be surprised by that at all. I also hope I have helped someone with a question, maybe encouraged or inspired someone to get on a bike, and hopefully made someone laugh (or at least smile) from time to time.

I will keep this going as long as I have stories to tell or subjects to share. Thanks to all that have visited and those who may come in the future! Most importantly, thank you to the love of my life Michelle for getting this set up, and encouraging me to just post the first one. She never fails to have complete faith in me, and without her I probably would not have been able to accomplish half the rides I have done. Love you babe!

I now return to my cold and callous self!