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A Quiet Long Weekend at YouMotorcycle HQ


Happy Thanksgiving to all of our visitors from Canada! For those who’ve noticed YouMotorcycle has been a little quiet lately, here’s why:


First and foremost, I was involved in a motorcycle accident and fractured a bone. It was the all-too-common car driver turning left into oncoming traffic followed by the typical “I didn’t see you.”

I was wearing a bright blue jacket, on a plasma blue motorcycle, with a red and white helmet. I’m not exactly disguised with traffic. If you didn’t see me coming, you were rushing into the intersection much too quickly.

The preface to the story is that I was actually online shopping for a bicycle the very night before the accident. I was reminiscing on days of running track and field days and spending 16 hours a week in the water as a swimming coach. That feels like a lifetime ago. My cardio is still above average, but it’s far from where I would like it to be. I thought the bicycle would be a great way of improving my cardio.

Needless to say I’m happy I was on a 600 lbs motorcycle and not a 16 speed bicycle. The motorcycle took the brunt of the impact, which broke the steering stopper, which in turn jammed the keys into the ignition switch needing it to be replaced. Thanks for trying, steering stopper. On the plus side I refused to drop the bike. I held it up even with a hand that I would later discover suffered a fractured bone.

Them’s the brakes kids.

Just because I haven’t been posting too much doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping busy.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

1) We’re trying to build a better blog
I exchanged a few emails and tweets with the world famous blogtrepreneur Yaro Starak. I’m not one for following celebrities, but Yaro is a bit a blogger genius who’s made ridiculous sums of cashola from his blogs. It was cool to first hear from someone working for him, and then correspond a couple times with Yaro himself.

My interactions with Yaro led me to digging around a little more and I came across another blogging expert, Darren Rowse, and his book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.

Day 1 of the Challenge was to write an elevator pitch about your blog, so here it is:

YouMotorcycle is a motorcycle lifestyle blog written by riders who work in the motorcycle industry. Motorcyclists benefit from reading  reviews, how-tos, interviews, information, stories and news by experienced motorcyclists with inside knowledge of the business. This allows us to share much more with our readers than the average enthusiast blogs. We leverage our reputation to interview industry Directors and small business owners in our Woman of the Month series and other exciting posts. Our goal is to inspire more people to get on two wheels, and to encourage existing motorcyclists to ride more often.

2) Since my hand is a bust, I’m exercising my geek muscles
I’m taking part in the Digital Analytics Fundamentals on Analytics Academy program. This will allow me to dig a little deeper into the website info and see what it is you can like and how it is we can make the site better for you.

3) Building a better handling site for you
I’ve already applied some of what I’ve learned. We made the site’s content area wider to better fit more of your screens, allowing you to read more and scroll 13% less. The website auto adjusts so if you visit it on your cell phone or tablet you won’t have to scroll left or right. If you have any other suggestions please let us know!

4) We’re tweeting harder
We made it to 1,200+ followers strong. Please ride with us on Twitter!

5) Fall colors / Collingwood Scenic Caves Hike
I have to admit, I didn’t ride to Collingwood, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the hike once we arrived.

Collingwood Scenic Caves

Now I’m going to go have dinner and watch The Good Wife on TV with my mother because Daddy’s gone and I’m all she has left. Once again I wish all of our Canadian readers a Happy Thanksgiving, and I wish all motorcyclists safe and happy travels.

If you stuff your face on turkey this weekend and head out to the scenic caves in Collingwood, be sure not to travel through Fatman’s Misery. You won’t make it.

About YouMotorcycle

YouMotorcycle is a lifestyle motorcycle blog to be appreciated by those who see motorcycling as a lifestyle and not simply a hobby, sport, or method of transportation. Most of the posts on the site are written by past and present motorcycle industry staff. We remain fiercely independent, innovative, and unconventional. Our goal is to encourage more people to enjoy the world's greatest outdoor sport by helping new riders get started and inspiring current riders to get out more. We motorcycle, do You?

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