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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Fork In The Road

Today is the fourth anniversary of "Forty Years on Two Wheels" and I have found myself pondering what to do next with the blog, if anything.

For me work presses in during the summer months, it's the nature of my line work, and most other things take a back seat to the demands of the 40 hour week. No matter, during the summer it's too hot to ride much and really enjoy it much (11:00 PM and 90°F right now). Too, health issues make long rides problematic these days and I have assorted other distractions rolling around inside my head.

I am slated to retire from my job in February 2009 and that brings a whole host of issues to be dealt with not the least of which is "Can I actually retire or do I just leave one place and go find a job but doing something I actually enjoy doing? Should I keep the Aprilia and the Gold Wing or is it wiser to sell one and go back to being a one bike guy? Should I sell both bikes and spend the money on a custom made shuffle board stick, cardigan sweater, and a bulk buy of Viagra? Can I really do anything terribly interesting with the blog at this point? When I started Forty Years On Two Wheels there were about six or eight motorcycle blogs total. Now there are hundreds. Do I have anything meaningful to contribute to the motorcycle blog scene or are other people doing it much better? "Yes" to that latter part at least.

For now I believe I shall take my own advice, frequently given to others, and go for a ride (heat or not) to think about stuff and see what comes of it.


Anonymous said...

Happy Blog Birthday..!!! Keep it going, we old timers shouldn't let go just because there are so many new blogs...

And 40 hour work week.. what's the matter, you're working half time?

Lucky said...

Ken - I hope your ride was good and gave you time to think things over a bit. Personally, I hope you keep blogging. Although there are hundreds (thousands?) of MC blogs out there, yours is still one of my favourite reads.

Happy ridin'

Ann said...

We were out riding at 11:00 p.m. last night, and it was really great! Sadly, that's the only time it's really great right now.

Happy 4th anniversary to your blog!

"Joker" said...

I'd like to think no matter how much you've said or done that there's always much more that's still not said, and still not done.

I can't possibly advise you on your bikes. You're not a Harley guy and I am. I can't see me saying, "Sell those two bikes and go get you a nice new Softail Cross Bones with some ape hangers and a bad ass retro spring solo seat," because I don't figure you'd do it. What I will say is that if you're bored, then find some way to make it fun again.

Whatever you decide, I hope it involves more riding, and more writing.

Crusty said...

I can understand your feelings Doug. I think we all started blogging for one reason or another. Most of us just had thoughts and ideas in our heads and needed an outlet to express them. These days some folks look at Blogging as a way of making money. This fact troubles me. I too am at a cross roads and not exactly sure which road i should take. I do envy your retirement. Well done my friend! What ever you decide thank you for the inspiration you have given me over the last few years. Ride On! -Crusty

Steve Williams said...

I took a break from Scooter in the Sticks but missed it for some reason that I still can't quite figure.

You can always let it sit like a fallow field. It will be there when you decide to plant corn...

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

Unknown said...

Your site was one of the first ones I ran across when looking for motorcycle blogs. I really appreciated your kind words and encouragement. I believe all of us battle with some of the issues you mentioned in your post, but whatever you decide is right for you, Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your blog birthday. I can't begin to give you advice on what direction to turn, you have to do what works for you. Just remember not to take life too seriously, no one comes out of it alive! You only get old when you stop living your life, so keep rolling on two wheels as long as it makes you happy. Good luck with everything.

Ronman said...

Hopefully you will find the answers you are looking for. Personally I hope you continue your blog. Your's was one of the first I read before deciding to give blogging another shot. Funny how we just figure some things or blogs will always be there for us to enjoy and draw inspiration from.

Thank you for all the great reading,


Drifter said...

Hi Doug, I am one of those hundreds of riders who also blog. I believe that your blog is a class apart. I know you will continue riding. Hoping you would continue writing too.

Brother K said...

Doug, you're a hell of a good writer--funny and sharp and just downright entertaining--and I hope you don't stop blogging. I ran into you by accident--googling a Tolkien quote--but I keep coming back because of who you are. (And, I'm sorry to say, I've never even ridden a motorcycle in my life!) There are plenty of other voices out there, of course . . . but not everyone travels the same roads.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your post and enjoy your blog. Keep on writing and riding!

FLHX_Dave said...

Brother, you have one of the few "serious" rider blogs that I read. Your cranky, honest and a smart-ass. I can appreciate that. I always get a good laugh and enjoy your cynical views. I am still trying to catch up on your older posts. You gotta do what you gotta do...but it would be a shame to lose one of the pioneers and I would miss the wisdom and "un-repentive" attitude.

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