Last August Amanda Socci, my friend and creative writing "drill sergeant" had profiled me and posed 9 questions to me for each of my five blogs (3 of which are retired), as part of her 10 month "I know I Can" training series for Nina Amir's Write Nonfiction Now and Write Nonfiction in November efforts.
I am now answering those questions at last (Series introduction).
(1) It is no easy feat finding your blog, Cycling Dude, unless people know the URL before searching for it. How come you don’t promote this blog? It has ended, but is still available.
That blog was, quite possibly, one of the very first cycling blogs on the internet and something I am extremely proud of all that came from writing it, but it never had more than a tiny (puny might be a better word) audience.
I once described it this way:
“Do You Bicycle? Dedicated to the proposition that bike riding is good for you & fun; Commentary, links, news, opinion, reviews, stories, travelogue, & occasional heads up about events. Kiril Kundurazieff spreads the word & the word is BICYCLE!”
A lack of know-how, plus my determination to develop my cat blogging, kept me from promoting it.
(2) You make fascinating observations about bicycles and bicycle-related news from all over the world. What is different between this blog and your other blogs is a lack of photos. Not nearly as many photos on this blog as your other blogs. How come?
It took a while for the notion to occur to me, I suppose, plus I didn’t have the walking stick and mini-tripods (one added to my handlebar and one carried in a bag) that I later purchased.
I actually began taking photos on bike rides and other trips, back in the 90’s (getting people to take shots if I wanted to be in one), when I began to do more than ride my bike to and from work 3 to 10 miles.
(3) What inspired you to blog about your bicycle adventures in the first place? Why did you stop?
I took up bike commuting in the late 80’s and longer distance bike rides in the 90’s, bringing a camera along on some of those early adventures, believe it or not. I even still have photos from those times.
My interest in cycling issues began with brief memberships in a cycling club (Los Angeles Wheelmen) and a Los Angeles activist group (Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition) that was born in 1998, plus a bad experience on a Critical Mass bike ride that led me to disavow the group and begin to educate myself about it once I began blogging.
This last led to a 2 year series of posts on this blog that made me friends among cyclists, and pissed off the Green Party and the founder of the CM movement. I even shared the correspondence with my readers.
All this involvement with groups, begun after I’d got online in 1998, and very different from the person I had once been, led me to begin a blog about cycling in 2003, discovering only one other such blog, begun almost the same time as mine, in Great Britain.
As I wrote in my last post on the blog: I ended it, in 2010, “because others, with bigger audiences, more knowledge, connections, time, and resources, than I (Including some who got their start by being inspired by my early work) serve that need very ably, however I will continue writing about, and share photos of, my bicycling adventures on my other blogs.”
(4 and 5) * Your trademark sense of humor is splashed in every single blog post. Despite the blog posts not being current, they are still funny. Would you consider retooling these blog posts into some sort of memoir or opinion book on bikes?
* It seems like your “Riding in … County” series would make excellent short books. Would you consider adding more details and photos and maybe turning these series into tourist-type books?
There you go again: opening my, inexperienced, eyes to new possibilities for a decade worth of blog posts. :-D
My poetry, journalism, research, humor and commentary gained many compliments including from unexpected places, and has potential to be more than just forgotten blog posts.
Rock and Roll Icon Alan Merrill says..."Funny! Clever and Inventive!"
This comment is the single greatest honor that I have ever received for my efforts with this site...and makes all of it worth the effort.......
Nov. 12, 2010:
Thank you for honoring the shop I have grown up in and love. We are still an old time shop but are trying to keep up with the times with the Kopp's Cycle Website
Charles Kuhn - Owner
The comment was left here: Kopp's Selling Bikes since 1891 - A story I posted in March 2005.
(6 and 7) * You seem to have garnered a lot of attention from this blog, but you still ended it. Even though you have not been active on this blog in several years, the blog is still available to all. Would you ever consider resurrecting it with a new slant based on your current location?
* Have you ever met fans of your blog?
A man with ties to a very unique bike for kids and adults reached out to me in 2006 and we helped spread the word about the others work over the years, and we have met twice, with me even inviting him to spend the night in my home the 2nd time. Randy Eady, the Foot Whisperer, has had some nice things to say about me on LinkedIN:
“Kiril is a talented, responsible, ethical professional writer. I've frequently relied on his technical writing skills (in numerous social media platforms) to represent a balanced and -- humorous -- perspective to expand/add tremendous value to the underlying message I'm delivering in health and sustainable lifestyle advocacy. Great work that can be easily sampled at various blog sites he maintains and supports.”
We were going to collaborate on something related to cats as therapy animals, but nothing came of it due to the complications of my life the last 3+ years.
I have been consulted for and quoted in, a popular book on living without a car, by Chris Balish (a man who has since gone on to greater things in Hollywood).
I have had the honor of being invited to attend the film premiere of Klunkerz, a documentary on the beginnings of Mountain Biking, where I met the director and some legendary cyclists who later plugged my blog in their circles.
I've even tested and reviewed a cheap beach cruiser bike and a pair of very, um, tight, cycling shorts.
I have begun to blog about cycling issues in Houston and my bike riding here, already, on Mad Macedonian, under the name of “The Cycling Dude”.
I even submitted an essay to the Houston Chronicle that is a Houston variation of one once published in the Daily Bulletin, in Pomona, Ca. a very long time ago. It’s been a month, I think, and they have yet to publish it; maybe because it isn’t cranky like recent cycling related letters to the editor they have been publishing. I think I’ll post it on my blog and give the heads-up to the Chronicle writers who have been covering the Houston cycling scene since I moved here in 2012.
(8) You seem to have a lot of bicycling friends who share the same values as you. Do you still keep in touch with those bicycling friends?
Aside from being friends on Facebook with a few, no.
(9) The “3 Feet Law” seems like a great proposition to promote the safety of cyclists. Do you still participate in this campaign? If not, do you have plans to spread awareness of it in your new location?
This law was passed in Houston, late last year, but has not been seriously enforced. I still have my yellow jerseys with the words in black on the back and wear them often on my rides. I have even begun to write about the law on my blog so, yes, I’m apparently ready to again express my 2 cents on a variety of cycling issues in my new home city and county.