Why did I Build a Website?
About Mountain Bike Buzz
Why did I build a website about mountain biking?
I moved to Colorado from North Dakota in 2002. While I was out hiking one day, I came across a phenomenon that was quite foreign to me. As I was hiking on a beautiful wooded trail in the mountains, I saw people riding bikes on the trail. This was unusual to me because there were not mountains in North Dakota and I hadn't seen a lot of mountain bikes.
The bikes were cool too! They had shocks and seemed to "float" over the rocks and roots... It looked so easy and fun! Everyone riding had a big smile on their face, even when they were climbing uphill stretches. Best of all, going downhill looked like a blast!
I was so excited to try this new experience that I impulsively went out and bought a cheap mountain bike the next day without doing any research. As you can probably imagine, this did not work out too well. Mountain biking was not as easy as it looked, especially without the right types of preparation or gear. I did not look at all like those smiling riders I had previously seen. Let's just say that it's a good thing I was wearing a helmet on those first few rides!
I have learned a lot since then and have developed a very strong passion for mountain bike riding. There is nothing in the world I would rather be doing than feeling the buzz of flying down a twisty roller-coaster singletrack while being perfectly in the zone! In order to get to experience this thrill, I had to learn a lot about riding techniques and also learn about mountain bikes and riding gear. In fact, I am still learning!
I wanted to have a way to share all that I have learned and continue to learn about mountain bike riding with others who are passionate about it. I thought it would be cool to be able to build a website about mountain biking so I could pass along information to fellow mountain biking enthusiasts. I am not at all computer savvy, other than using email, so wanting to build a website seemed like a far-fetched idea. Even though I had a lot of information in my head, the technical parts involved in creating a website looked overwhelming to say the least.
I tried purchasing a couple of different programs to help figure out how to design and build a website, but they didn't have enough information to even get me started. I kept getting hung up on all the technical stuff, like "seo" and "html," and wasn't able to focus on writing about my passion...mountain biking. I also kept getting distracted by all the information that was out there about how to build a website and trying to sort through it to figure out what information was important. The learning curve just seemed too steep.
When I ran across this program called
all of that changed because I didn't have to focus on the technical stuff and was free to do the fun part...writing about what I love and passing along information to you.
A lot of my friends have asked me how I was able to create this site, partly because they like my site and partly because they know of my limited computer skills. When I show them some the features included in Site Build It, like how it tracks the number of visitors I get on each page per day or how the block-by-block page builder works, they have been impressed by the program and interested in building their own website.
I love Solo Build It because everything I need to build a website is right there and I don't have to find and pay for a bunch of different programs. The best part about this program is the way it has walked me through the process step by step.
I couldn't have built this site without Solo Build It and much like the information I pass along to you about mountain biking, I want to
pay this forward
to you as well.
As always, enjoy the ride!
Mary Blomquist, Mountain Bike Buzz
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