Steve Ducharme’s “Motorcycle Picture of the Day” has been of my favorite bike blogs for a while — a definite daily check. Unfortunately, the powers that be at Blogger (where the site was hosted) determined through some inscrutable, automated Google algorithm that this above-average-quality blog was “spam” and unceremoniously locked the door, sending hundreds, perhaps thousands of great bike profiles into the Internet’s virtual wastebasket. Worse yet, the blog is simply gone, with no way to point readers anywhere or explain what happened. (Steve’s other two less-trafficked bike blogs, 2 Stoke Biker Blog and Project 2X, remain active at Blogger.)
Steve had built up a good-sized following (about half the pageview rate of Hooniverse’s current traffic), and the prospect of starting over from scratch must be discouraging. But he is rebuilding, this time as motorcyclephotooftheday.com, hosted over at WordPress.com. To avoid any future problems, he will be featuring content exclusively shot by him or by other photogs who explicitly provide him with their original images.
I’m posting this notice here on Hooniverse not only to build some traffic for Steve’s renewed effort, but also to clue in any of his existing readership that might be in the dark about his new home. Click over to Steve’s new site, and offer him some encouragement. If you’re a bike guy, you might end up with a habit of checking back every day.
|UPDATE: Steve bounced over here to post a comment you can read below. The gist of it is that the URL is still in flux. Be assured that I will edit this post to include the proper address for MPOTD, wherever it eventually lands permanently. – T.|