Change and Alternative – Scooter within the Sticks

Driving Panacea

2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle on a mountain road in the forest.
Discovering that peaceable, simple feeling.

Wanting over the weblog posts of the previous 12 months reveals a gradual decline within the manufacturing of tales, essays, and messages together with the attendant pictures which have been a secure of Scooter within the Sticks for 15 years.

Any deep investigation of this pattern has been prevented, handed off to the realm of driving the place an imagined revelation would happen and supply a stable, succinct roadmap for the way forward for Scooter within the Sticks.

I’ve been generously rewarded by driving my scooters and bikes. Perception, understanding, and readability revealed throughout a trip haven’t been unusual. However to suppose driving is a panacea that may exchange considering and arduous work is solely not true. Not less than for me.

So I’ve been scuffling with what to do with this weblog.

2005 Vespa ET4 at a gas station.
Out working errands on the all the time pleasant Vespa ET4.

Simply Shut the E book

Greater than as soon as I’ve thought Scooter within the Sticks has reached a pure conclusion and I ought to create one final put up to say goodbye to these readers who’ve subscribed and adopted alongside as I posted my ideas and experiences.

I’ve learn that blogs are useless. Judging by the dramatic decline in visitors I can see how which may be the case. However there are nonetheless thousands and thousands of blogs with thousands and thousands extra being created yearly. So there may be that.

Closing doorways, burning bridges and saying goodbyes has by no means felt good. A lingering unease of error and remorse doubtless gas these emotions. So closing the guide on Scooter within the Sticks at this time limit received’t occur.

I’ve been driving repeatedly because the final put up and thru the chilly of winter right here in Central Pennsylvania. Some rides, like the newest on the Vespa ET4, have been to run a couple of errands and train the fluids and the drive prepare of the machine to maintain it limber by means of instances of much less than-normal driving.

Vespa GTS scooter riding through a snow covered landscape
Don’t let the winter magnificence cloud the chance administration wants of driving in winter.

Apply Drive

Simply do it idiot. Drive your self to create extra weblog posts and shut up. Or pressure your self to not care and simply do what you need. Relating to creating extra posts I’ve to ask myself, “Why?”

There have been constructive outcomes from Scooter within the Sticks. I’ve met different riders and bloggers. I’ve gained data and perception from the various who’ve shared and commented through the years. And the posts have served as a sort of private historical past by means of which I can peer into my previous in a means that’s extra correct than reminiscence.

I’m proof against pressure. One thing else motivates me to motion.

YouTube thumbnail for Scooter in the Sticks
A YouTube thumbnail for “Are You and Trustworthy Rider?”

Enter YouTube

A 12 months in the past I made a decision to start producing video content material on YouTube. The plan was to not remove weblog posts, however the work required to script and produce movies consumed extra time than deliberate, and writing weblog posts obtained misplaced within the shuffle.

And surprisingly, YouTube generates income. Not quite a bit, however sufficient to cowl gas each month.

Wandering down the video manufacturing path was undertaken as a substitute for writing essays for the weblog. I had grown weary of writing. Creating movies was a difficult puzzle that altered my curiosity and vitality in creating one thing centered on driving. Being profitable was by no means a spotlight however has been a pleasing shock.

Portrait of Steve Williams, scooter and motorcycle rider.
Made it by means of one other winter.

Writing a E book

If there’s a mercenary facet to any of this it’s within the considering that if I ever end considered one of my books, the weblog could be a great place to promote it. A BIG if, that concept of me ending a guide. However there it’s.

The Eclectic Strategy

The trail transferring ahead that holds probably the most promise is an eclectic one, paved with no matter content material I create, discover attention-grabbing or in any other case deem worthy of setting within the digital stone of Scooter within the Sticks. And the way typically that is likely to be? I don’t know. All I do know is I’m releasing myself from my very own arbitrary targets relating to posting frequency.

So till subsequent time, I hope you might be properly and driving safely.