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November 26, 2005

A Humble Hello to Instapundit Readers

I am in awe, and not a bit overwhelmed, by what is happening here today.

I wish to 1st welcome the readers of the premiere Blog on the Internet, Instapundit, cyclists, and non-cyclists alike, to The Cycling Dude, and the fun, interesting, informative, and educational, world of the BikeBlog.

You are probably wondering what this place is all about, and whether there is anything you can get from it that would be of interest, and of use, so let me introduce the place, now almost 3 years old:

Do U Bicycle?

Dedicated to the proposition that bike riding is good for you and fun.

Commentary, events, links, news, opinion, reviews, stories, travelogue.

An ordinary road cyclist spreads the word and the word is... BICYCLE!

To understand my purpose, and what I have to offer means exploring my extensive, and unique, collection of links, but 1st I'd like to suggest you read the Cliff Notes Version as described in this post.

If, after that, you decide to explore my archives, today, or in the future as a regular visitor, then I welcome you aboard the wonderful world of recreational bicycling, and commuting, and activism for their cause.

And ask you to consider contributing in some small way as well. ;-D

If not, then I sincerely thank you for being curious enough to give me a look, and hope you will spread the word, to anyone you think might be interested, about this site.

Now to my regular readers ( I have something more to say to newcommers at the end of this piece ):

Most of you are probably wondering what all the ruckus is about, I'm sure.

After all BikeBlogging IS a relatively new, and growing, niche of a much wider Bloggerverse, but just as varied, I'm discovering.

Many of you have little, or no, clue who this "Instawhatzit" is. ;-D

This morning Instapundit linked to a story on Slate.com.

I awoke, checked out my Yahoo Homepage, saw a mention of this, and mosied on over for a look.

I wrote this piece in response.

I then wrote Instapundit, thanking him for sharing the Slate piece with his readers, and showing an interest in cycling that showed me, more than any of the few other times he'd mentioned cycling, that he felt his readers had a similar interest as well.

I then went about my day.

Over the years I've written to many Bloggers, newspaper columnists, activists, and politicians, and take a simple pleasure from knowing they may have at least read what I have written.

The few times I've been rewarded with links, or e-mail correspondences ( mostly related to work on my OTHER Blog ), and the one time I was profiled in a local newspaper, have given me a sense of accomplishment, and a small feeling of belonging to a Big "Pajama Pundit" Fraternity.

Today would be different, though and, after a day of Bikeblogging, I just discovered how different.

INSTALANCHE!!

Samizdata defines it this way: "Holy shit, look at the hit counter! We must have been Instapundited!"

Blogossary defines it this way: A sudden influx of thousands of hits that threatens to crush your server, brought on by a link from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.com.

Kevin Aylward, of Wizbang fame, has written the definitive essay on the subject of How to get an Instalanche,  or any link from other well known Bloggers, but for me the most important thing he says, and it applies to all linking, and e-mailing, or snail-mailing, you do as part of your blogging, is the following:

"Keep your expectations low and you can't be disappointed, but you can be pleasantly surprised."

MY "Pleasant Surprise" is in full swing. ;-D

Over 550 visitors, and counting, absolutely shatters the single day record for this pitstop along the Bike Trail of the Blogosphere.

I am honored to appear, today, on Instapundit, in an update to his original post:

The honor Glenn Reynolds does me by this inclusion is humbling.

It is an honor I do not take lightly.

To all you welcome new visitors:

I am just an ordinary cyclist.

If you are expecting to find an expert in all things cycling, like many I link to, correspond with, or even take issue with from time to time, then you will be disappointed.

I am just doing my best to educate, and inform myself, and my fellow cyclists, about the issues, the places to ride, and the resources available online to make their bike riding a more enjoyable experience.

I hope that people continue to find my efforts worthy, and useful.

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I am really new to this whole blogger's culture, but I have been overwhelmed by the bikeblogging subculture. Thanks for introducing me to a new sideroad.

Posted by: Jill | Nov 27, 2005 2:30:52 AM

You are welcome!

The world of Blogging is huge and varied.

The growing list of BikeBlogs since Velorution opened shop in Dec. 2002, and I came on in Jan. 2003, has been growing, and a few have told me they were influenced, and encouraged, by my example.

THAT really makes me proud!

Posted by: Kiril Kundurazieff | Nov 27, 2005 10:31:18 AM

Wow, 20 inbounds from that Instapundit post. I'm impressed!

Posted by: Fritz | Nov 27, 2005 4:08:31 PM

I had a Drunk Cycleanche the other day when drunkcyclist.com threw my site into his link dump for the day. I had more than 1500 visits from his site in two days. I wonder how many turned into long term readers?

Posted by: Graham | Nov 27, 2005 4:42:40 PM

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