Here we are half-a-year into this crazy TCI experiment, a web site, a publication, a community weekly of sorts, and so we’ve been talking over what’s gone right so far, and what could be better.
I’ll get to that bit at the end.
So far, we’ve done a fraction of what we set out to do, but a good fraction. We have succeeded at bringing in contributing writers who represent different viewpoints. We have succeeded at continuing to publish our own work too, carving out the time and energy to put out some of the more unconventional content you’ll find in cycling journalism.
We’re happy with the brew so far.
We have more podcasts and even video to come your way in future. TCI is a bootstrap outfit. We make it all ourselves. We learn how to do things we didn’t know how to do. There is as little mediating technology between you and us as we can manage, which is to say this is all unfiltered.
And since that’s what we set out to do, cool.
TCIF, as a weekly feature, does a few things. First, it gives you, the reader, a chance to be part of the story. Weigh in. Say what you think. Second, it gives us a sanity check on what we’re thinking. How many times have I asked a question here, thinking I knew the answer, only to discover other ideas, other perspectives? Lots. That’s how many.
The one thing we haven’t done as well as we’d hoped is promotion. Many of you came over from Red Kite Prayer and/or Dirt Rag, since those are the places Padraig, Cush and I lived previously. But we haven’t added enough readers from the larger cycling world, and we need to do a better job of growing our community. That we’re not the best at self-promotion doesn’t seem like a sin, but if any of us wants to eat, we have to do better.
This week’s TCIF asks, what do you think we can improve? What sorts of content would you like to see here that you haven’t seen yet? If you’ve tried to subscribed and failed for technical reasons (one of the areas we’ve had to learn so much about), let us know that too. Give it to us straight. We are dedicated to developing this community of independently minded cyclists however we can.