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Well if you don't want boob posts to be on the top then don't post boobs. I come to bikermetric for the bikes but often get distracted by boobs or a political rant. Thought I tend to agree with most (most not all) of your political thoughts and I like boobs I for one wouldn't mind if you could stay more focused on metric bikes. Just my .02 centavos.
thanks for the reply, ron.
i have a slick xs chop ready to go as soon as the builder/owner sends me a few new pix. cool bikes are harder to come by right now. i've been at this since november of 2009 and what was easy to find then gets sent to bikeexif or pipeburn. i've literally made little shops famous by being the first to profile their work and then they tell me bM isn't big enough and/or some other site (never named) wants an "exclusive." so much for loyalty or thanks.
only one shop, dariztdesign, sends me their completed bikes first, because they remember how i found them when bM was getting over 60k viewers a month and posted two of their bikes (3rd most popular post now and over 14 months old).
i also have a cool little interview and some pix coming up with a fresh shop few have heard of.
the garage builders i like to profile often have pix i simply cannot use (all in a messy garage that distracts from the bike or with backgrounds filled with cars and people and all too busy) and if the bike isn't original enough, i let it go. that happens a lot.
sometimes i write to people or builders and never hear back. i never intended for bM to be the same as the rest, or simply "a biker blog." i want readers who think because if they don't get some info from me, they don't get it at all. i also like to have fun, which means beer and poetry and sometimes crazy stuff as i sit back and laugh at my own audacity.
i've cut down on the political rants a lot, as well as fewer boobs, but bikers seem to dig the boobs (obviously) so i'd probably be dumb for cutting them out completely but i know you've been to sites where there are post after post after post of nothing but pix of boobs. i've never done that. regardless, 6 out of the top 10 are bikes and one is a post of my junkie style foot pegs.
i'm trying but right now i am not finding interesting bikes. it might be clean and cool but man, after doing this for so long, i am fighting boredom. i try to present unique bikes. i will also post a bike any reader sends in that they built.
and again, i am a bit busy with other endeavors which makes the time i have to discover stuff harder to do.
I hear ya man. Your preaching to the choir since I am running a site that I try to add 5 new bikes a day to even when I find a new source it soon goes dry of the standout bikes.
With the boobs it's all good. Every-time I make it to bM it's a good read and some cool pics. Like I say I don't always agree with your opinion but I think you see things for what they are and that is mostly just because you take the time to think about it which most people refuse to do. So I will keep checking out bM and others even as i realize the chance of seeing a stand out bike there might not be what it once was.
However if you consider yourself pitted against EXIF and Pipeburn in my estimation both of them are feeling the same squeeze and neither is coping well. Don't you remember when they both used to feature really killer new bikes on a regular basis and really judged each bike on it's own merit on if they would cover it? Now it seems like both of them are sitting back like Cyril Huze (Cyril is super cool but he covers the established not beaks the new) waiting for the industry leaders to submit press releases and tripping over each other to cover the latest thing to roll out of Deus or Wrenchmonkeys regardless of it's it something we've all seen 100 times and they are obviously only making to cash in on the current trend before their 15 minutes is up.
Yea digging for new guys doing new shit is arduous and very often you have to expect a lot of effort may end up yielding nothing at all but that is what you gotta do relentlessly if you wanna be the guy breaking the cool bikes.
exactly, ron. i don't visit exif or pipeburn much (maybe once a month and usually through another link) because it's become a circle jerk with them spreading for deus, wm, and their ilk exactly as you say. and some guys would rather get their art-directed bike photos on a site that gets 200k viewers a month instead of mine at under 36. but sheeple will be sheeple. it's why i really value the folks that read bM. i think they are smarter than the average schmo who has been branded into believing there are only a handful of metric builders who are worth a shit.
it was another reason i left facebook. some of the smaller builders don't even have a lame blogspot, just a fb page. i'd find a bike, click "like" and/or re-post it on my page and the guys from these sites who "followed" me, would write them shortly after i would and ask for an "exclusive" and the once unknown builder from canada is suddenly getting his 15 minutes, too, while telling me "um.... yeah. can you hold that post for a week?"
this is what i did the last time that happened:http://www.bikermetric.com/2011/11/honda-gold-wing-rat-bobber-from-canada.html. you even commented on it. hysterical stuff but i'm not a very good christian when it comes to turning the other cheek. now those fuckers who "followed" me can't stab me in the back after i do the work to find something unique.
peace out, mister. hope all is well for you in the tropical paradise. maybe one day i'll get to visit and we can have a few laughs.
because we mentioned exif, i thought i'd take a peek for a minute. how funny is this?
http://www.bikermetric.com/2012/06/interview-with-eric-meglasson-of-spin.html (june 22)
and: http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-virago-xv750 (six days later).
ouch. not coping well, indeed. straight up snagging my stories. i purposely didn't ask for pix of the bike profiled there because it was too much like a classified moto ride. i wanted an interview, not another "seen that before" post. seems those posts still get you hundreds of thousands of viewers, though. it's sad, really.
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