I am a cyclist. No, not someone who sometimes rides a bike. I use a bicycle as my main source of transportation. I have never had a license as I have never really needed one in the city. Although I have wished for one on several occasions to get out of the city.
I love cycling, I hate traffic and I hate how the alleged “law” does nothing to instil any kind of respect for cyclists.
For the sake of sanity I beg you on behalf of all cyclists, please use your signal lights. (And yes, to that end, I do use my hand signals as well as much as possible.) And try not to suddenly dart out in front of me so I have to slam on the brakes so hard I either flip over my handle bars or careen under your car. It’s a really little thing, it doesn’t even involve much activity, just some consideration.
I can’t for the life of me understand why the province hasn’t introduced a R.I.D.E. type program to do with cyclists awareness, pulling drivers over for such infractions as noted above AND pulling cyclists over for:
1. Texting. Are you fucking kidding me?! You are riding your bike where you need all your wits about you and you are texting – an accident might do you good.
2. Wearing all black at night with no lights, so basically invisible. No wonder drivers hate us. How would you like to have this looming blur in the distance suddenly manifest into some knob on a bicycle two feet from your car?
I really don’t understand this focus on helmets. If I want to smash my head in, that’s my prerogative. (Having been hit by a car, losing three front teeth and finding out that I probably would have died had I been wearing a helmet – a one in a million chance – I’m still on the fence. I wear them … sometimes.)
I think the focus should be on visibility and common courtesy. Barring that a good screaming match can’t be beat … I kid, I kid … sort of.
The above gives 27 different interpretations of what is a blog.
However, I disagree vehemently that a blog is a journal, there are specific sites for that. If you just want to wax poetic about life there’s livejournal or Penzu or dailydiary or whatever. To me the idea of a blog is to create and maintain a readership, a flow of traffic and with any luck, an income! In order to do that you have to be dispelling a certain amount of information that people might be looking for, say how to create a blog, or where to go to buy the best suitcase, etc. I hardly expect anyone to read my daily ramblings about how my knee is out, my boyfriend and I are fighting and my cat puked again. (Okay, I tricked you there, but I swear it’s the last time. 🙂 (And I might be a bit hypocritical in that capacity as my rants are slightly in the same vein, however …)
Having said that, there’s nothing stopping you from journal blogging, but I suspect if you want feedback about stuff you’re writing about you want to seek out a community of like-minded individuals that actually give a shit about what you’re writing about in order to get said feedback. It’s really important to remember that there’s so much information out there people are going to focus on what interests them. [If you’re curious, peruse the WordPress site and see how many “journal” like blogs you can find. I’ve already looked and the answer’s not many. This is not the medium for it. If I had the time and the inclination I would probably do both, but for now, my focus is on blogging and the disseminating of (what I hope is) interesting information. But listen, if you guys keep reading and make me popular maybe I can give up the ol’ 9-5 ball and chain and keep a journal blog too … and write that screenplay … and that book. Yeah, yeah whatever GG *snickers*.