As many of you have noted in the comments, Washcycle has been a little quiet lately. This is because the blog has gone to it's new - and as near as I can tell, permanent - "lite" format. I had originally planned to do this at the end of the year out of an obligation to the Green Lane Project blog, but when that changed it's format the same day I started my new job, it freed me up to do this sooner and seemed like a natural time to make the change.
So, here's what the new format means. Primarily, there will be much much less blogging here (by me at least). About 1/20th as much. There are a lot of reasons for this, which I'll go into below, but primarily I just want to spend my time doing other things - like getting a full night's sleep or hanging out with my family. I wouldn't say I'm burned out, but I'm a little bored and I have a project that I want to finish that has been lingering for some time. As one of my friend's said, "You don't find time, you make time" and so I'm cutting back on the blog to make time for other things.
Since I won't be blogging very much, what I do write will almost always be local and almost always original. Ironically, this will free me up to go to more public meetings - most of which are unreported by the MSM. One of the reasons I started this blog was that so much bike-related news was going unreported. Richard Layman covered some of it at his blog, and the Bike Washington website was good, but often out of date, so there just wasn't any place to know what was happening or why things weren't happening. That's no longer the case. WABA has it's own blog run by a real journalist. ARlNow and DCist cover a lot of this material. There are blogs for VaBike, Montgomery County biking, FABB, the DC BAC, Silver Spring Trails, the Capital Crescent Trail etc...I feel like the Post and the Gazette cover biking more now than they used to, plus there are all the versions of the Patch and of course there's GreaterGreaterWashington. I'm not sure this subject is under-reported anymore, but to whatever extent it is I'll try to hit those subjects from now on rather than just doing intelligent search and link dumping.
I'm also going to follow some of my own advice. Periodically other bike advocates in the area have wanted to start their own blogs and I've tried to encourage them to write here instead. I argue that due to the network effect, one DC-area bike advocacy blog is better than 12. No one ever listens. Not to flatter myself, but for a while there I think this was - as I liked to joke - the Premier DC-area bike advocacy blog - mostly due to a lack of contenders for the title. But I don't say that anymore. Let's face it, that title now belongs to GreaterGreaterWashington. And so I plan to write there more than I do now. Writing here is easier, because there's no editor and I can call people an asshole in the comment section (I've found that some people just need it), but I've made a pretty strong argument about the value of pooling efforts and I've finally convinced myself.
And I'm going to try to write more at my other blog Nothing More Powerful, where I propose ideas that (I think) have a very high "good idea to possible" ratio, quantify politics and engage in other quixotic endeavors. That blog doesn't have much readership, but it makes me happy.
If you miss the morning and afternoon link dumps, I will be tweeting that same kind of content on my twitter feed (and if you follow that you've probably noticed an uptick in my tweets as a result). That feed is @Wash_cycle. It will have the same content, but likely less comment discussion.
That having been said, if there is someone out there who has been chomping at the bit to step in as the main writiner of an existing Washington, DC-area focused bike advocacy blog, well then, this is your chance. Contact me at [email protected] and I can help you get started here. There might even be a trivial amount of money in it for you. Though, if you wanted my advice, I'd say you should probably just write for GGW.