Today marks the 5th anniversary for Forty Years On Two Wheels and as with each past anniversary I'm slightly amazed that the blog is still here and still active. I think I write that every year. That I did not let 40on2 go orphan years ago must be testimony to my near mystical ability to find things about which to blather on, to occasionally say something useful, and to fill in the gaps with pictures or cartoons.
Over at Copyblogger.com Jonathan Morrow wrote "Now great is no longer good enough. The Web is full of so much remarkable content that bloggers don't have enough time to read it all, much less link to it."
At the NY Times website they note "According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled." [my bold]. Guess I've beat the odds here.
There are many, many excellent motorcycle blogs out there and a goodly number of them are better than this one. By excellent I don't mean necessarily blogs with the fanciest graphics or the snazziest pictures or the most links or with famous names attached to them but excellent in that the people writing those blogs are putting together something that is an honest expression of themselves and what is important to them about motorcycles (or scooters). Those are my favorites.
I sometimes I go through 40on2 reading old posts, looking things over, fixing the odd typo on a three year old post, seeing how 40on2 has changed or how little it's changed and I think "Darn, in total this is all amazingly good. I'm proud of myself." Yes, 'tis true, humility is my greatest virtue.
Other times though I wonder what kind of fool I am to spend the time, the effort, and take the emotional risk to plunk stuff out here for the world to see and with little to no chance of reward beyond self-satisfaction and the kind comments from the regular readers. I thank you all for your time spent reading 40on2, your comments, and encouragement. They do make a difference.