There are times when I continue to do things or keep things, because I have grown attached or become sentimental about what it represents, and for me, that is my website. It was my first and only website, and I created it from a blank sheet of paper, I wrote every line of HTML code, something I was very proud of. I named the site, Riding The Edge,(ridingtheedge.net) a name that was chosen to represent the content I shared on the website from all the wonderful motorcycle travels I went on with buddies Eddie Patton, Steve Lundeberg, and Rick Matson. We toured all over the west of the United States, riding through a lot of interesting places, met a lot of interesting people along the way, share hardships and the thrill of all-out adventure.
I kept the website up for many years in memory of those wonderful travels. Eventually, the content started evolving to represent my professional life as a photographer, pushing my motorcycle travel focus to the background. The site worked fine as a personal website but as an internet location to represent my professional life, it needed too much work to maintain.
I struggled for a long time to make it work, I didn't want to give up the website that had grown to represent my identity and how I looked at the world, so much so that I even made my first and only tattoo to date, my Riding The Edge logo.
A couple weeks ago I went to my ridingtheedge.net website and it didn't come up. After some investigation, I realized I hadn't hit the renew button, so it was temporarily suspended while the host company waited for payment. I was just about ready to hit the renew button when the thought occurred to me that maybe it was time to let it go. That's what I did, I found a new web host and created a more streamlined, simpler site that meets my needs better as a photographer. I'm still Riding The Edge but the photography aspect has been brought forward and now it's now www.ridingtheedgephotography.com and I no longer have to write another line of HTML. It was hard to say goodbye to my old website but I've come to realize that I didn't say goodbye to Riding The Edge, I just took it to a new place.
My new website, www.ridingtheedgephotography.com is now up if you would like to have a look.
Here is a slide show to remember some of the great times we had Riding The Edge... Cheers!
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