The Long Journey: Documenting Your Biking Journey

11
Oct
2019

It’s been one heck of a ride into the wild, hasn’t it? And if it was a hobby you picked up on a whim, and now it’s taken over your entire life, perhaps you want to share your journey with others? How can you do this? Documenting your journey through all things biking up until now is quite a challenge to undertake, but let’s provide you with a few significant resources to help you on your way.

Start A Bike Blog

Probably one of the best ways to make it all about your journey, creating a bike blog is a simple way to put your personality across. While there’s a lot of technical components of setting up a blog format such as the web hosting, the domain name, and so on if you want to start thinking about what to put on your blog, remember, people love pictures! As troublesome as it is, if you are looking for old pictures of you to put on the website, but they are buried deep in some other computer if you really want people to get an overall appreciation of your journey, it’s worth digging all of these digital relics out. Even if you have old pictures in a different format, such as RAR, you can still learn how to open RAR files on Mac computers and upload them.

A bike blog is a great way to document your adventures. One little piece of advice: and a Google Map! If you are undertaking a long journey, and you want your followers to know where you are, or even have them join you, you can use Google Maps to track your route and insert photos along the way. It’s certainly a great way to see your progress, and then, if you want to (and have the time) to create a little blog entry to keep your followers up-to-date. 

Make A Bicycle Touring Video

Expanding on the idea of a blog, making a bicycle touring video is something that may take a while to get used to, especially if you aren’t a natural in front of the camera. But even from a technical perspective, if you can attach a GoPro to the front of your bike, and let it capture everything that’s going on, especially if you go on a proper long haul trip, it’s the perfect way to engage others in what you are doing. It’s a great way to relive the journey from your perspective as well.

Making little videos or video blog entries is a perfect opportunity to entice others into the biking way of life. A lot of people are now keen on running, and it becomes a part of their life, and they start to mix it with other passions, such as this blog relating to running and music, and perhaps you can do the same with the modest bicycle?

Join Cycling Communities

There is a great community of bikers out there, and you just need to know where to look! If you look at a forum like CycleBlaze, it’s a community that gives people the opportunity to experience everything from the seat of a bike. Going on a bicycle and exploring or exercising isn’t just a way to idly spend some time in the great wide open, but this forum has plenty of resources to inspire and inform people. There are plenty of articles offering sage advice as well as journals from the perspective of bikers like yourself.

The great thing is that any sort of documentation of your biking journey is about finding the right audience for your content. And in one respect, we can all just set up a modest Instagram page, and throw out our thoughts into the ether. But if you really want to get other people into your way of thinking or you’re looking for some inspiration in terms of documenting your journey, there are plenty of forums to take advantage of, not just so you get inspired, but you inspire others as well.

Documenting your biking journey up to now isn’t just for the benefit of your followers or people you acquire along the way, but it’s a way for you to see how far you really came. It’s a perfect opportunity to consolidate everything in one place. You could set up a blog or join a forum, and it’s something you can look back on in 20 or 30 years’ time and see how it became a big part of your life. Start documenting your journey, because it may inspire others, or it could start you on a whole new journey.

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2 Responses to “ The Long Journey: Documenting Your Biking Journey ”

  1. Emily Smith on October 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Darryl! Long time no “see”. I enjoyed this post, and you may have just inspired me to start a new blog, or to re-focus our existing blog (now on hiatus). We have been living in the Yucatan Gulf Coast of Mexico for the last year and will be here over the winter, returning to the US (my home state of North Carolina) in the springtime. I think at that point I may revive our blog and focus on cycling. For the past several years, until coming here, we’d been traveling full-time all over the US, first in a Honda CR-V, and later in a motorhome, and our blog served to document our travels, including biking, but also hitting all sorts of other topics. I admit that I kind of burned out on blogging, as it became more of a “job” and less fun than it should have been after a number of years. Since we plan to have more of a fixed home base and concentrate on cycling (with the occasional travels, hikes, etc., of course) going forward, I may just revive the blog to focus more narrowly on cycling, routes we ride, what we see along the way, bikes we buy (and sell), and so forth. Maybe even reviews of some cycling gear and clothing. Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you are doing well! Still in Canada?

    • Darryl on October 12, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Hi Emily, it’s great to hear from you. I hope you get your blog going again. Yes, here in Canada. Good luck with your continued adventures, and thanks for checking in.

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