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more-riding-less-bloggingWhere’s Mac?

You’ve likely noticed fewer blog posts the last couple months?

I don’t presume anyone notices or further, cares, but if you’re curious, life has been busier than usual and “the man” is keeping me down.  Too much work travel and cube isolation has taken a toll and one of the things that has fallen by the wayside is blogging.

Blogging is a hobby for me and because someday I hope to ride a wave on shore and start sipping pina coladas on the way to retirement — occasionally I find the need to prioritize work above hobbies.

I don’t put much pressure on myself to churn out “content” and I’m certainly not looking to ratchet up revenue through social media outreach  — adverts.  Besides, I feel good about how many “friends” I’ve got.  However, I do wonder after a couple of weeks pass and I can’t seem to find the passion to write something clever whether I’ve soured on the whole blogging gig?

I’m sure you are just as busy in your life as I, or stressed or living a crazy schedule too so, the “I’m busier than you” conversation never leads anywhere and that’s not the point of my post today.

I’ll still plan to blog, but I really want to ride more and post about those rides.  I wanted to provide some insight on the lack of consistent posts.

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Northwest Harley Blog Health-o-Meter

Contrary to some of my previous posts, I’m just not a numbers guy.

I’m no mathematician, but I know the odds of winning the lottery are astronomical and for the most part I balance my checkbook, so when earlier in the month I received an email from the WordPress crew congratulating me on the Northwest Harley Blog stats for 2010 I was a bit skeptical.

The dichotomy doesn’t escape me.  It’s like the advertising industry promoting itself through ads or how Fox Business News promotes itself with on-air promos that declare it the best [pick your adjective here].  So it is with some speculation and a good deal of in trepidation that I offer up this (as some will see it) self-promo and recap for 2010:

Stats: This blog was viewed more than 207,000 times in 2010. I wrote 170 new posts, growing the total archive on the blog to 708 posts. I uploaded 307 pictures – about 6 pictures per week – with the busiest day of the year being September 10th.  Since starting the blog, the all time busiest day was March 9, 2009 (9,120 page views) from this blog post HERE.

Where did they come from?: The top referring sites in 2010 were hdforums.comen.wikipedia.orgmahalo.com, and en.wordpress.com.  A lot of visitors came to the site by searching, mostly for sons of anarchysusanne klatten, occ, vagos mcjay dobynsyakuza, and old motorcycles.

Main attractions in 2010: Below are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010:

1.    Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs Are New Media Darlings May 2008; 85 comments
2.    Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs Flying Colors in Oregon May 2008; 44 comments
3.    Vagos MC Meeting In Grants Pass August 2008; 63 comments
4.    OCC Family Feud Ends February 2010; 4 comments
5.    Vintage Motorcycles – Honda CB750 April 2008; 7 comments

It’s unfortunate that only one post in 2010 hit the top 5, but it’s gratifying that some of the more popular posts written before 2010 indicate that the content has staying power.

What about Facebook?: According to AllThingsNow.com the highest shared post on Facebook related to the Patriot Guard HERE.  If interested you can see all the details of shared articles via Facebook HERE.

My take away from all the stats?  I’m fairly objective when it comes to evangelization, but if I had to write a 10 second news headline it would be something like:  “Northwest Harley Blog: After three years a solid start, has a few rough spots.  Sometimes brings deep motorcycle news to the masses. It’s an informative site to surf and may well draw both avid motorcyclists and the non- riding public viewers in which Harley-Davidson seeks”.

Okay, back to quality writing and time to put away the self-promo soapbox!

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MBI-LogoIn this day where every other damned hobby and interest has a billion blogs on the web, why not another biker enthusiast site? And if you are going to run one then run it right otherwise take up biker poetry or some other intellectual rambling…

Well I for one don’t like to miss out on exclusive moments and today is about celebrating! NWHog is proud to announce that we’ve been accepted as members of Motorcycle Bloggers International (MBI). Yep, there it is listed at MEMBERS (scroll to bottom). Great things can only come from this distinguished honor or maybe a few more hits…that’s what I’m talking about! Blogger fame?

MBI is an informal association of (121 members/blogs to be exact, but who’s counting) people who ride motorcycles and write about it. Members come from all over the world and represent every culture, and have two things in common: they enjoy riding and writing about it.

I’m sure a Riders Choice award is in the mail and carries a spectrum of advantages and product offerings.

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