Daily Archives: January 1, 2013

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


Embarking on a New Journey, and the Feed

OK this is my NY resolution for WoaB, The Blog: More bike builds, with pictures, more home-made bike “stuff” with pictures of making it, more recipes for foods to carry while riding your bike (road food for cyclists) sometimes with pictures. I’ll still do the bike wreck links and telling what to do to avoid or prevent the wrecks, but I’ll start doing other things too, to make this blog live up to its motto “The place to go for bicycle news that isn’t racing related”. One of the first things I’m going to do this year is show how I turned a Halloween mask into a piece of cold-weather gear, with pictures. I got a camera that talks to Linux computers (or they changed this distro of Linux to read digital cameras better) after I got about a third of the way done with the build and took pictures as I did the rest of the build. Be looking for that post later this week.

The only live link I have today is a story of a cyclist that went down in front of a semi, then spent at least 20 minutes on the side of the road before someone came to his aid.
Injured cyclist tells how he lay by roadside for more than 20 minutes as cars sped by
He could not get up by himself because of injuries to both arms and being clipped in to his pedals, but nobody stopped, particularly the big rig that was approaching to pass when the cyclist hit the cut hole in the road shoulder. This wreck was caused by bad infrastructure, as well as the other wreck mentioned in passing in the link. Specifically the infrastructure deterioration caused by sharing infrastructure with other vehicles that grind pavement into gravel in just a few short years. Some infrastructure damage is inevitable as ground shifts, tree roots grow under roads and bike paths, and floods wash out understructures.

And that’s all I got today for links. I also got the 2012 year-end report from WP yesterday. This blog was busy, even with yr fthfl svnt being dragged across the country to care for and eventually bury sick relations. WordPress.com presents, Witch on a Bicycle, 2012 in blogging As you can read I put up 347 blog posts in 366 days (leap year), had 14000+ views for the year (a slow day for the Huffington Post, but my blog is a little more narrowly focused than Ariana Huffington’s), and my best articles were oldies but goodies. Next year will be better…

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