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BikePortland turns two!

Posted by on April 9th, 2007 at 10:35 am

Yesterday was the second birthday of BikePortland.org.

When I started this thing (it began as the “Bike Fun Blog” on OregonLive.com) I didn’t think it would end up like this.

This site has taken its toll ;-).
Photo by Dat, 4/8/07

As you can see by that photo (taken yesterday by Dat Nguyen), the site has made me a bit crazy. I wouldn’t recommend this as a career path for anyone, but for me, there’s no turning back.

It takes a lot of time and 100% commitment to keep this thing running, but I would not trade the experience for anything.

There’s no way I can recap everything that’s happened in the last two years (trust me, it’s a long story), but I can tell you that there have been a total of 2,562 posts and 16,803 comments and traffic has gone up over 300% in the last year.

Yet despite all the success (96,585 visits in March!), I am still not making it financially. I don’t make enough from ads to pay all the bills (nor do I want to sell every inch of the site) and I don’t receive much in the way of regular, monthly donations from you, my esteemed readers.

If you read this site everyday and feel that you (and/or our community at large) gain something valuable by the existence of BikePortland, please consider a small donation (there’s a PayPal button in the sidebar).

Soon, I hope to launch a new program that will (hopefully) encourage some of you to become monthly subscribers, but I’m still working out the details.

Thanks for being such great readers and for taking time out of your day to visit and join in the conversation. I can’t wait to see what this year holds for us…

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NOTE: At BikePortland, we love your comments. We love them so much that we devote many hours every week to read them and make sure they are productive, inclusive, and supportive (heck, sometimes we even fix your typos!). That doesn't mean you can't disagree with someone. It means you must do it with tact and respect. This is our business and we do not tolerate mean commenters who add nothing of value to the discussion.

Unfortunately, we are not robots and we don't always catch everything. You can help by notifying us if you see inappropriate comments. Thanks! — Jonathan and Michael

Comments
  • Jim F April 9, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Congrats and happy anniversary!

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  • bArbaroo April 9, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I’d be happy to sign up as a monthly subscriber – I think that’s a great idea!

    Happy 2 and many more to BikePortland.

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  • Matt P. April 9, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Congrats, Jonathan!

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  • Alison Hill April 9, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Jonathan,

    I appreciate the way you offer such a breadth of issues, events, programs and characters that make Portland such a great cycling city.

    Thanks for offering your uniquely balanced voice to illuminate and clarify some of the polarizing issues we face. You boldly tread in territory, hold us accountable and try to push past the differences that become so intensely (and sometimes harshly) clear on these pages.

    You also celebrate the range of creative, meaningful and powerful aspects of cycling.

    Thanks for helping us see so much of it!

    Alison

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  • Donald April 9, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Congrats. Jonathan. You’re certainly providing a service to the PDX cycling community and it seems your reach is quickly growing beyond that.

    As for the dollars issue, of all the sites that I have seen struggle with this, I think Salon.com has come up with the best mix of advertiser and premium subscription support.

    Here’s to two more years and more!

    _DA

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  • Attornatus_Oregonensis April 9, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Congrats! What’s past is prologue.

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  • N.I.K. April 9, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    If this blog’s only been around a mere two years, it sure is going to be interesting to see what happens in the next two. Congratulations and thanks!

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  • peejay April 9, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Jonathan:

    I’ll add my congrats and a few bucks in your tip jar. Keep it coming!

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  • JeremyS April 9, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Congrats, Jonathan! I second the other positive comments, and I hope you realize how much many of us value the work you do and the discussion and idea-exchange that you enable. It’s really incredible how valuable this site has become. Thank you and keep it up!

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  • Evil April 9, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    JM,

    Hearty congrats and many thanks to you and those that help you provide this wonderful service to all of us two wheeled folk.

    You are invaluable to the cycling community here in Portland, and in just two short years!

    Kudos.

    -Evil

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  • beth h April 9, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Jonathan — thanks and birthy hapday.
    Long live bikeportland!

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  • Klaus H. April 10, 2007 at 6:47 am

    Congratulations from Berlin, Germany too. I learned a lot in the last two years and like this blog even more than your old blog “Just Riding Along”.

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  • Severt April 10, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Hey Jonathan! I’m a sucker for raffles and am always willing to toss my $5 in the pot. It wouldn’t have to be anything expensive like the bikes you raffled off. I’d do the same thing for the chance at winning a BikePortland t-shirt or something! :)

    As I mentioned at the Bunny ride the other day, your site has become my daily morning newspaper and I hope you keep up the great work and also hope you find a way to make it profitable!

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  • Meeky April 10, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Jonathan — In just two short years, BikePortland has become one of the best examples of Portland’s ever-growing bicycle culture. Keep up the good work – and let me know when that monthly subscription opportunity is ready to go. I’ll be there!

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  • Andrew April 10, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Congrats, Jonathan! Hard to believe it’s been only two years. You’ve become an essential communication resource for the cycling community.

    I just made a PayPal donation… but it’s nothing compared to the personal contribution you’ve made.

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  • Jonathan Maus April 10, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks everyone for your generosity and kind words.

    I look forward to coming up with a subscription/membership system.

    And don’t worry, I have no plans to charge for existing content. The membership program will be strictly based on the honor system….more to come…

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  • Lulu April 11, 2007 at 7:16 am

    Jonathon, I too am a daily reader and I was wondering if you might consider a bikeportland.org t-shirt? While I am definitely willing to be a subscriber, I would be proud to wear something showing support for my “newspaper”. Keep up the good work!

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  • Tankagnolo Bob April 11, 2007 at 7:58 am

    Jonathon – I will put it in my palm pilot (Mr Bob’s Brain) to send you a good donation every quarter, starting June 1st. Therefore I will be a subscriber before you get the software up. Will send payments snail mail as always. The site is the pulse of PDX. I wish that the bike clubs would get more invoved on the site.

    Above all your site changed my mind on fixies. I saw someone riding a horse the other day and asked them if they could skid to a stop. Then I ran a quick fifty yards and tried to skid. It only works with baseball players sliding home.

    Thanks Again, Tankagnolo Bob

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