I believe in competition; it gives people an opportunity to benchmark what they do and try and make improvements. It sometimes gets bad press when it encroaches on things like health care or education, but I am generally very supportive to the whole concept of the chase. It’s just a great pity that I am not one of life’s born competitors.
In this light, it is good to welcome what looks like a quality Eurovelo 5 blog; George Jemmott has moved over to WordPress and has created a potential rival to Puglia 2010. This is a good thing!
If this were the real world of course, George’s attitude to business would no doubt attract the ire of the Competition Commission in the UK as he has emailed me with details of his new venture (neither of us charge for our services to the Eurovelo 5 community but this kind of activity can only lead to price fixing in the future). He writes;
“…I wanted to let you know about my recent progress. I finally started putting stuff up on the net. Check out eurovelo5.georgejemmott.com ….I’m working on the section of road between Switzerland and Milano. I’m calling it “The Ticino-Milano problem,” and have a page dedicated to it on my site. Hopefully I’ll get it resolved fairly soon.”
As you might guess from George’s style, he takes a more scientific view to the route than me. He is a GPS enthusiast and is undertaking some extremely valuable work mapping the route of the Eurovelo 5 from Milan to Calais. As he says, “The Ticino-Milano problem” is currently on his mind and I will be following carefully his findings; he lives in Milan and is thus in a perfect position to investigate whether it is better to take a westerly route from the Swiss border to Milan along the shores of Lake Maggiore or a more direct route via Como.
Interesting that he has chosen to use WordPress as well for his blog. It is certainly Rolls-Royce blogging software compared to the clunky Blogger system.
Competition? Bring it on 🙂
Indeed, I was trying to get a site up and going using Drupal, but the learning curve is just a bit too steep at the moment. Drupal has some amazing advantages, for example the generation of custom content types (a “project” content type, for example, with default attributes you can choose, like “due date,” etc.). Between your site and friends’ recommendations, though, WordPress clearly wins for ease of creating a visually appealing, user-friendly informative website!
I agree about WordPress – much more like a proper website than a blog. The Blogger blogs look very amateur in comparison. You don’t mention where the picture comes from…. Speak soon.