I began writing She Rides a Bike at the urging of my husband. My professional identity bruised and battered by a move to a tougher job market, the Planner Guy declared, "You need a creative outlet!" He directed me to my brand new laptop and urged me to consider blogging. He had been a blogger for years and said that blogging would be great way to connect with other people over shared ideas and interests. Hmmm. . . . blogging meant that I'd be putting myself out there for others to judge and evaluate but since we are all subject to that anyway closer to home, why not?
But blog about what? Well, asked Bob, what do interests you? What do you feel passionate about? I was growing increasingly enthusiastic about bike commuting, which we took up due to the spike in gas prices. It had been a hard sell for me but I found that I really enjoyed it. What about a bike commuting blog?
For inspiration, I had been reading a number of bike commuting blogs, mostly by fashionable, young women living in exciting cities like San Francisco and Chicago. I was a little older than most of them and living in a small town in the middle of a southwestern National Forest. I was more likely to have to navigate my bicycle around a large elk than a taxi cab. Nobody would be impressed to see me pedaling in Manolo Blahnik's; Keens are de rigueur in Flagstaff!
Yes, yes, yes! I'll do it . . . . and months passed. "Are you going to do it or are you going to just talk about it?", asked my husband. Well, what could I do given a challenge like that?
Now, three years later I gushing with excitement to report that She Rides a Bike just landed on the Extanz.com's 50 Most Influential Bloggers of 2011! A friend and SRAB reader just surprised me with the news this evening. I had actually glanced at the list but since I didn't expect to see my blog included in the same list at Copenhagen Cycle Chic, Let's Go Ride a Bike, Lovely Bicycle, and Bike Snob NYC, I didn't even notice that SRAB had made the list. Just as thrilling is that Commute by Bike, the go-to bike commuting blog that I occasionally contribute to and run by Flagstaff e-retailer Bike Shop Hub came in at 23.
If you've read a recent whiny post on this blog, you know that being included on this list, among so many entertaining and informative blogs is a huge honor and shot in the arm for me. I am so grateful to all the people who visit SRAB and leave comments, many of whom are fellow bike bloggers who warmly welcomed me into a creative, unique and adventurous community. So many of people doubt that we have anything relevant to say or assume that our private thoughts only have meaning to them. I'm definitely one of those self-doubters so thank you to all SRAB readers and fellow bloggers for reminding me that I'm not that alone. And also thank you, thank you, to my husband the Planner Guy for pushing me to exercise my responsibility to make good things happen in my own life.