Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
Over the past 18 months or so I’ve figured out all sorts of little random things about this whole ‘blogging’ thing. Aside from finding out that it takes a fair bit of time, I’ve also picked up on a number of little tidbits along the way. These are sorta random – but may be helpful to anyone who has a blog or is considering blogging. Of course, these are just from my own little world, I’m sure everyone has really good tips as well.
If you post photos ensure that when someone clicks on your photo in your post, it actually gets bigger, either in a second window or the same window. Oh, and if you don’t have the photos clickable – it’d be really cool if ya did. People like photos! For a long while I didn’t realize mine weren’t functionally clickable. Now I have WLV (see later item) do it all magically for me.
Change your blogger commenting e-mail address to something useful (this goes for really anyone leaving a comment). By default whenever you comment the person on the receiving end receives an e-mail from “NAME [firstname.lastname@example.org]”, which…roughly speaking – isn’t too useful if you’re asking me a question that you want a reply on. 😉 You can change it to any e-mail address you want. I created an e-mail address in 3 seconds on GMail just for commenting/my blog. Super easy! To change your commenting address, go to the Dashboard, then click Edit Profile. Check the box that says “Show my e-mail address”, but then change the e-mail address listed a few lines lower to whatever you want.
This ties into #2 above, but place a contact e-mail address somewhere on your blog. This allows folks to e-mail you with questions or other random things. Again, it doesn’t have to be your normal/real e-mail address, just some e-mail account you actually check.
Remember, what you post is there…forever. Within a few minutes of your posting, numerous caching services pick it up. Like Google Reader for example. Even if you revoke your post – it’s still there…forever.
Use Microsoft Windows Live Writer (WLV) to write your posts. This is the coolest application on earth – and it’s FREE! I draft all my posts days, weeks…ok, even months in advance. Here’s a screenshot of some posts I drafted this summer (and have yet to post). It works with all major blogging services, and also does stuff like resizing of photos, etc… Just drag and drop – no tedious uploading. Again, free and no ads. Saved up draft posts are great for times when you may not be in a writing mood.
If you want to be truly anonymous – a sports blog is not the way to go. This may be obvious, but if you post such things as a race report – it’s usually pretty easy to figure out who you are in real life.
Show who you are as a person – it makes reading blogs soooo much more enjoyable. All my favorite bloggers write both about their primary interest, as well as their life.
Ok, that’s it. 🙂 I know return you to your regularly scheduled something or other. Oh, and have a good weekend!
I swim, bike and run. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. Most of the time. If you’re new around these parts, here’s the long version of my story.
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You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.