Change and Alternative – Scooter within the Sticks

Using Panacea

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

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

Any deep investigation of this development has been prevented, handed off to the realm of using 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 using my scooters and bikes. Perception, understanding, and readability revealed throughout a trip haven’t been unusual. However to suppose using is a panacea that may exchange pondering and exhausting work is just not true. A minimum of for me.

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

2005 Vespa ET4 at a gas station.
Out working errands on the all the time fulfilling 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 lifeless. Judging by the dramatic decline in site visitors I can see how that could be the case. However there are nonetheless tens of millions of blogs with tens of millions 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 possible gas these emotions. So closing the e book on Scooter within the Sticks at this time limit gained’t occur.

I’ve been using constantly 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 number of errands and train the fluids and the drive practice of the machine to maintain it limber by means of instances of much less than-normal using.

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

Apply Pressure

Simply do it idiot. Pressure 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 over time. And the posts have served as a sort of non-public historical past by means of which I can peer into my previous in a manner 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 rather a lot, however sufficient to cowl gas each month.

Wandering down the video manufacturing path was undertaken as an alternative choice to 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 using. Getting cash was by no means a spotlight however has been a nice 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 pondering that if I ever end certainly one of my books, the weblog can be a great place to promote it. A BIG if, that concept of me ending a e book. However there it’s.

The Eclectic Method

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 usually that may be? I don’t know. All I do know is I’m releasing myself from my very own arbitrary objectives concerning posting frequency.

So till subsequent time, I hope you might be effectively and using safely.