Archive for September 12th, 2008

NWHog Mobile Version  

NWHog Mobile Version

If I build it, you should come.

The mobile phone is not only the most important status symbol among teens, behind clothing, we’re starting to see millions of adults show up to become consumers of digital content via their mobile device.  People are playing mobile games or browsing the mobile web and many are social networking. 

This all begs the question about wireless behaviors and as blogger’s how we build connected communities or design our blogs to be “mobile friendly” if we want to capture those highly mobile readers?

As mobile phones drop in price and offer more location based (LBS) services along with improved features such as higher megapixel cameras, video capture and playback and have an integrated media player that supports streaming music and video…users will adopt the new higher-speed phones, and take advantage of data plans to enhance their media consumption beyond just a voice package.

To respond to these clear and obvious trends I’ve taken an initial step and mobilized the Northwest Harley blog.

So for those folks who believe their social life would end without mobile communications I have something for you.  I can’t provide you a mobile phone with water proofing or endless battery power, but I have made the content on this blog flexible and it will now fold into different shapes and sizes to meet whatever “on-the-go” screen you use.

Go mobile and enjoy.

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A quick shout out to the readers of this blog.  You pushed the total number of views over 100,000 today and I thank you!

Putting up a blog takes commitment, organization, time and to a certain degree some passion about the topic matter.  Of course, a one-of-a-kind product like Harley-Davidson and the motorcycle industry helps me accomplish all of this and more.  I guess that “more” is the riding experiences and friendships made on the road.

But it’s you the readers and especially the folks who have taken time to comment that make the site real.

Again Thank You!

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Summer is slipping away.  I can feel it in the air even though we’ve had an incredible run of some great weather here in the Northwest.

The end of summer is always a bit of a sad time for me since it means we’re approaching the end of another riding season and those spontaneous rides after work in a t-shirt without thinking about the end of the day temperatures or if rain gear is in the saddle bags are nearly over.

The calendar tells me that the seasons change in mid-September, but we all know that the unofficial end to summer is Labor Day. So before the routines of autumn set in it’s time to enjoy one last ride to say farewell to the lazy days of summer.

For me I plan to savor the last of summer by heading to Reno’s Street Vibrations.  It’s a traditional “end-of-summer” ride for many in the Northwest and it’s a ride I’ve done a number of times in the past.  Last year’s trip is documented HERE.  The “street V” rally is one that never seems to disappoint.  The major events planned at Harley Dealerships in Carson City and Reno along with the ride into historic Virginia City is always a good time.  I’m planning to do a ride around Tahoe and may even get some “Lady Luck” time in the poker hall or craps table.

This is the 14th year for this event.  See you there at the celebration of music, metal and motorcycles…

Street Vibrations photo courtsey of web site.

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