There are so many aspects of cycling, all of them interesting to some degree and all with their legions of followers. I must admit that racing leaves me cold and I cannot raise much enthusiasm for mountain biking either but there is nothing wrong with either activity. They are just not for me and that is all there is to it.
So I am going to be well pleased to see ordinary, everyday cycling take a greater share of the blogosphere so that my WordPress Tag Surfer is rather less dominated by the racing fraternity.
Where can we “everyday cyclists” go from here with our blogs? Surely cycling is cycling and it is going to get boring and repetitive? Not at all. While cycling might (some would say should) remain the common theme, the uses to which cycling can be put – and thus the scope for topics on which to write posts – are numerous.
We use our bicycles for commuting, shopping, running errands, visiting friends, excursions into the countryside or into town, longer tours, holidays and camping trips, the list goes on. The scope for vivid, descriptive writing is great indeed and to give you one current example click Highway Cycling Group to see what I mean.
Then there are the bikes themselves. What is it? How old is it? How much of it is original and what accessories have you fitted?
Then we get to the ways in which cycling can be used in conjunction with other interests. For example, my interests include photography, nature and wildlife and farming, not forgetting occasional painting and sketching – so you should be seeing posts describing my adventures in pursuit of these activities and of course the photographs (even mine) do add a bit more interest to the posts.
By the way, when I am having a bit of trouble marshalling the facts for a post I find it helpful to use the old advice to trainee journalists trying to write a news story. Simply ask yourself Who? What? When? Where? Why?