"Roar!" said the Blog Monster in response to my request to the team for help promoting what we are and what we do. Do a blog. Publish results. Talk about group rides. Picnic pics. Videos! Race schedules. The BSA bikes you donated. Pictures! Oh how about a video of my new compression socks!
Well...yeah, so just like 9 out of 10 moms choose Jif (or was it Skippy?), 9 out of 10 suggestions were pretty good. Thus, the Blog Monster was born. With every beginning blog, you need a blog post. A first one that says this is who we are, this is what we do, this is where we've been, where we're going.
Sorry you're not really going to get that. You know who we are and what we do. If you don't (and I can't imagine you'd be reading this if that's the case), you can check out what MTBNJ is here. If you want to know who the team is, you can check here. If you're on Facebook, add us here here. That should give you more than enough to run with.
I will answer one question though. What is the point of this?
I was writing up a proposal to Maxxis tires the other day and I said to the team...well, let me just post it here. This is what I said:
"Needed: Team Minister of Propaganda"
"So I'm writing up some letters for possible sponsors and it struck me today that I need someone to help manage our propaganda. As an example, we bought bikes for the BSA, but never followed through on taking pics, posting pics, thanking Jay, etc. Should we have a wiki page on this program? Something more official?
"I'm not asking for someone to *do* all this. I'm asking for someone to help me organize it, prod me a little, maybe help write a little here and there. It would help me point to the things we've done.
"Another example is us helping at CR TM. I mean I could send them a pic of me helping Chris learn to juggle rocks. But...you know.
"Anyway, is anyone interested in helping out with this?"
So a few good suggestions came out of this. The 2 main ones were a proposed 115 story building in Kyoto, Japan which will be the tallest building in the world and adorned with MTBNJ on all sides, and this blog. And videos of Fred in compression socks but to be honest that's still sort of on the table as a proposal.
Going forward this will be where we put race recaps, maybe some group ride recaps, picnic recaps with pics, some race stuff, random videos, and whatever else the team wants to post. It won't be limited to me posting. Anyone on the team can post, and will be encouraged to do so. Likewise, sometimes we might stray outside the blue & orange boundaries and post about friends of the team. I kinda tried something like this last year with the newsletter. But it ended up being more work than I could swing. Let's hope this one sticks a bit better.
Anyway, that's a first post. Hopefully the ones that come after this are a bit more packed with content because this was the equivalent of my saying "BOO!" Just with more words.
Since every post needs a picture, Here is a photo by Iggy from the second Bagels and Bacon Short Track Race this past weekend.