Have you got strong opinions about Toronto and what it has / has not done for cyclists? Are you passionate about cycling in Toronto? Interested in giving tips, showing videos, etc?
We're opening up the blogging at I Bike T.O. to a bunch of users who can test the blogging feature. I chose a bunch of regulars who free to try out their blogging skills.
As of now, if you were chosen and you're signed in you will see the option to create a "blog entry" below your name. Try it out! Your blog posts will show up in your own blog (for instance, this post shows up in ibiketo.ca/blog/herb.
The posts will also be reviewed by the editors to see if they're front-page worthy. If they are we'll post them to the front where you'll get a lot more eyes.
We're still working out bugs so please be patient.
Here are some things you can blog about:
- post a letter to the City
- tell people how they can change an inner tube
- test ride a bike, take photos
- give your philosophy on painted lines for cyclists
- tell people how to dress for the winter
- try out a new part of town
- explain why X is the best shop in town
And so on.
What's the difference between the blog and the Forum?
In the forum we do very little moderation - we just make sure it's not abusive. For the blogs we try to make it sound a bit better before promoting it to the front page. We encourage people to put in photos. A blog post can potentially make it to the front page when it grows up.
Why blog here?
You get to reach a wide audience. You can use it as self-promotion. Sometimes up to a thousand daily visitors during the bike season.
If you've got any questions of how it works, or if you want to be added as a blogger too, let us know!