Prior to creating EcoVelo I owned a site called The Recumbent Blog. We had a good 3-year run and managed to build up a solid readership over that time. At some point along the way, my focus changed from recreational to transportational cycling, which led to my decision to close down The Recumbent Blog and create EcoVelo in 2008:
You may have noticed that an increasing number of my posts fall outside the realm of what would be considered appropriate for a “recumbent blog”. As my focus has moved away from recreational cycling toward transportational and utility cycling, my interests have also grown to include bikes other than recumbents. This is a good thing, but I sometimes feel as if I’m doing my readers a disservice by veering off the advertised topic too often. So, at some point in the not too distant future, I’ll be starting a new blog with a broader focus that encompasses any and all topics related to using bicycles for transportation. The new blog will continue to celebrate the beauty and elegance of bicycles, as well as the joys of bike riding, while simultaneously focusing on bicycles as instruments of change; in my view, these are not mutually exclusive concepts.
My last post on The Recumbent Blog was May 4th, 2008, at which time the site went dormant, though I kept it live on the web as a resource for the recumbent community. In early 2009, with the costs associated with maintaining the site’s presence on the web continuing to rise, I made a decision to take it off of the web indefinitely. When I turned off the lights, much to my surprise, a number of people contacted me to discuss what they might do to keep the site on the web. Among them was an enthusiastic recumbent rider from Canada named Rob Mackenzie.
I very quickly figured out Rob was the right person to pick up where I left off; his warmth, positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the subject was obvious and came through loud-and-clear in our conversations. After some mutual brainstorming, we came up with a plan to transfer the site to Rob’s care, and on April 5th, 2009, he took the reigns and published his first post. Since then, Rob has published 250 posts and established himself as an entertaining and prolific blogger with a real knack for searching out obscure and interesting tidbits on the subject of recumbent bicycles.
I was pleased to see Rob passed a major milestone today by publishing post #1,000 — congratulations, Rob! If you’re not already a regular reader, take a minute to drop by The Recumbent Blog to check out one of the best resources on the web for all things related to recumbent bicycles.