How to “fix” the blog, and the Feed

I’m sure many of you are asking “The blog is broken? It just loaded fine for me.” but I’m not talking that kind of “fix”, I’m talking the kind of “fix” that brings in eyeballs to advertisers. I did notice a slight uptick when I did that product review on the tires, and another when I reviewed my helmet, and a big uptick when I mentioned zombies yesterday. But these are correlations without specific causation. as none of the search results noted in my stats mentioned product reviews or zombies and I certainly didn’t tag the post with “zombies” (although maybe I should tag this one, since I have used the word several times now). I know I could get more eyeballs if I was a better writer, but I don’t think F. Scott Fitzgerald could do much better with this subject matter, and I’m not “plugged in” to the national bike scene enough to get the kinds of Life Style articles that bring in the eyeballs. The only national bike event I’m close to is the Hotter ‘n’ Hell Hundred that I’m going to miss this year because of lack of $$ even though it is a hard day’s ride away. And before you ask yes I have ridden a bike from the DFW area to Wichita Falls, ridden the HHH the next day, and then rode the bike home (actually I rode the bike 6 miles toward home when the tire valve separated from the tube on the only 451 tube in a 90 mile range and loaded the bike on the sag wagon for the rest of the trip, but that is another story). So, loyal readers, as an adjunct to yesterdays request for making the blog pay out, what should I do to get more readers? Contests? Better writing? P0rn (not really)?

Before I get into the wrecks I have to note that there were a larger than usual number of them from Canada today, more than half of the links I got were from the Great White North or Canuckistan. But up first is a hit-and-run from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 6 7 8 years running (the stats from 2010 and 2011 were released within days of each other). Police: Mom jailed after killing man on bike in hit-and-run crash Nothing on the mode of wreck but from other facts laid out we can deduce it was a hit-from-behind, so use those protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure tight to prevent. Also since the driver sold car insurance she should know the laws about driving without a license and all that other stuff since it determines how much you pay (and how big a commission she gets). So no excuse for the driver to leave the scene of the wreck or wait until her car stunk of rotting flesh to admit she hit somebody.

From the other side of the country the driver of a Cadillac Escalade that was speeding and went over a fire hydrant and onto a sidewalk killing adult and child cyclists and injuring a second child will not be tried as an adult. Juvenile charges in Concord auto deaths I reported on this wreck ages ago, and they’re just now getting around to filing charges. This waste of human skin needs to be curbstomped repeatedly, not tried as a juvenile and his record expunged when he turns 21.

Still in CA a cyclist is right-hooked. Cyclist hit, killed by big rig in Ukiah The way the report reads now the big-rig was making a right turn while passing the cyclist and just flat ran him over. Intersection wreck, but from the report the cyclist never had the opportunity to use intersection protocols to avoid this wreck, getting the infrastructure right would prevent big rigs from being close enough to cyclists to injure them.

A wrecked cyclist in MA. Cyclist killed in Wellesley hit and run Apparently a hit from behind, the picture that came with the article showed only a pair of wheels and part of a rear triangle (I think). this is the kind of wreck that could only be avoided or prevented by fixing the infrastructure to keep idiots in cars (and pickup trucks) away from people on bicycles.

Multiple links from the Great White North about an ICE-assist bike rider getting killed. Police seek public’s help in identifying cyclist killed in crash and Cyclist dies after being hit by car also Cyclist dies after collision in Toronto’s west end Well there were multiple links when I filtered them but they turned into just the three. The two links from the broadcast media were overwritten by the later stories so five links turned into three. Anyway intersection wreck that LEO are as of yet unwilling to blame on the cyclist (so far), so intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. With the front suspension and fenders on the bike this looks like it was built as a serious commuting machine, I hope they can find out who the cyclist was.

Another wreck in the GWN. Cyclist injured by hit-and-run driver Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid. Get the infrastructure right to prevent including making hit-and-run a major felony with serious penalties that are equal to what you would get if the wreck was DUI or without a license.

From Oz a cyclist waiting out winter weather before continuing his round the world trip is killed in a hit and run. Chinese tourist killed in hit and run Hit-from-behind and knocked so far off the road that his body wasn’t discovered until 10 AM, maybe hit-from-behind protocols would have helped, but getting the infrastructure fixed so this could not happen would definitely have “helped”. I really found the bit about the cyclist’s helmet being damaged in the wreck ironic.

A bit of Infrastructure! news from Canuckistan. Police point speed gun at cyclists From one point of view this is a good thing. They don’t know what is a safe speed to ride on a MUP so instead of pulling a number out of a convenient bodily orifice they are taking measurements of what cyclists not running into pedestrians are actually doing. From another point of view this is terrible. Nobody has been seriously hurt or killed on the MUP so instead of spending precious resources getting dangerous drivers off the roads they spent all day clocking bicycles on what is essentially a big sidewalk without a road that is as safe as most living rooms.

And while there were more links that gave me fits than this I have tired of trying to post to this blog when the browser keeps crashing every half hour or less…

Billed @$0.02, Opus


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