Today’s post comes to us thanks to Bill, who posed this question to me yesterday:
What do you think about merging Cycle365 and CycleBlaze? It seems like there’s an awful lot of cross-over between the two. If Jeff is amenable to having day rides at what I think was intended to be a touring site, and if all the other stakeholders find it acceptable, a merger might bring some synergy.
A good question! I know that most if not all of you know of CycleBlaze and its history, so I won’t stop into that. Some of you may be also aware though that when we created Cycle365 over 3 years ago as a place to post day rides and carry on a community that began elsewhere, our first choice was to just use CycleBlaze for day rides too. I raised this question at that time with Jeff (the CB site administrator), but he wasn’t open to it then and preferred to keep CB dedicated to multi day tours.
Three years later though, CB has grown significantly and Bill’s question encouraged me to check back with Jeff to see if his thinking has evolved in the meantime. It has. Here’s his response:
Several people have requested an Articles section in the last few weeks, and I think there’s enough demand for that now. I also think a day rides section also makes sense, because it gives people a chance to keep writing, and perhaps it might attract some of those day-riders and convince them to come over to the long-hauling side. The emphasis for the CycleBlaze would still be bicycle travel, but if people are really into writing and photographing daily rides, I think it’s good to have a creative outlet and community for that. If the Cycle365 folks mostly all agree to come over, and bring at least some of their old entries with them, that’s probably a decent base to get us started.
Jeff goes on to add that nothing is likely to come of this any time soon because of his other time commitments, but he’s hopeful that by this summer he can turn back to CB enhancements.
So, there’s a question for us Cycle365ers (many of whom are already CBers as well): would we like to see support for day rides added as new functionality to CycleBlaze; and if it is added, would we be open to having our posts here migrated there and then shutting down Cycle365?
What are your thoughts?