Well, having been an advocate of a more proactive approach to connecting with tandem enthusiasts using “current” methods for many years, I helped put together the survey that gave current leadership the impetus to make that very move.
As for what shape and type of presence the TCA would have going forward, I quickly noted that I lacked the skills needed to create the type of web-based site that TCA would need with the interactive and security features needed for multiple editors, administrators, blog contributors, classified ads, etc. Fortunately, TCA had amassed a sizable war chest and a couple of tandem enthusiasts who also make a living building and maintaining Web sites stepped forward with a modest proposal to create the new TCA website. More goodness.
Last week I was asked if I’d be interested in assuming the role of Technical Editor. Hmmm. My natural inclination was to say no; there’s got to be someone far more qualified than I am to do that. Really, I’m a hobbyist and amateur blogger not an engineer or someone who’s spent a lifetime making a career in the bicycle industry. I have some strong opinions about certain things — rightly or wrongly — but also accept that everyone else does to. So, at the end of the day I tend to rely on a few things to guide my advice:
- Facts: I love facts. I’ll take a fact over an opinion any day of the week
- Experience: I love experience. Experience can even trump facts when reality doesn’t match the design intent or execution / application of technology or equipment
- Happiness: You know, if someone is happy with what they have and how it works, that’s awesome. Who am I to tell them they’re wrong if they’re happy and not having any problems… unless they ask for suggestions on how they might even be happier.
After giving it about 24 hours to mull-over in my head, I agreed to take it on… at least for now. Again, I think the TCA will eventually want to have someone in that role who has ready access to industry information and a day-in / day-out livelihood that’s tied to the bicycle industry. Hey, that’s who I’d like to have fact-checking me.
So, please bear with me as I step into new and unfamiliar territory. I will do my best to quickly move submittals that hit my editing queue to the blog with minimal “mucking around” and editorial comments.