retiring from Vespaway
Dear readers of Vespaway and Vespaquest,
First, thank you for the great experience I've had as a Vespa blogger overall! You're why I've stayed on here for as long as I have.
But in case you haven't noticed, I'm the only one who posts over here these days, and even then, it's a bit sporadic. My sincere apologies for that. I signed up as a volunteer blogger for Vespa almost two years ago, but over time, the enthusiasm and communication from the marketing folks at Vespa for the blog has dwindled considerably. It's been difficult for me to maintain a cheerleader attitude, as much as I love Vespas. I wrote why I blog for Vespa a year ago, and the reasons haven't changed. It's an experiment I'm glad to have been a part of, and for me, at least, the experiment is over. My queries to VespaUSA folks about the destiny of the blog have gone unanswered, so I don't know what the plans are for this blog, if any.
So, even though I feel a bit guilty about it, I'm going to take the initiative and retire myself from Vespaway. The reason I've stayed is because of you. But behind the scenes, it's pretty lonely over here. I've got so much to do with scooterseatcovers.com and girlbike.com, as well as writing and editing for clients, that trying to carry Vespaway on my own simply doesn't make sense, and sporadic posts aren't fair to you. girlbike readership is growing all the time, and it is so freekin' cool to have so many readers who absolutely love scooters, both Vespas and others. If you've enjoyed my posts here, I hope you'll come visit me there regularly.
Before I sign off, I'd like to give some recommendations for online resources about Vespas, besides the VespaUSA site and this blog.
Sign on to Google's Alert and use the keyword "Vespa" or "scooter"
You choose your search terms, and Google Alert sends you the relevant stories found online as often as you choose from its menu. Google Alert also sends new blog entries (from Blogger blogs only, I assume, since mine are never up there).
The Scooter Scoop
Steve does a great job of gathering up comprehensive scooter news from around the planet. I'm pretty sure he knows Vespa stuff before Vespa does.
Vespa Club of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to the scooters we know and love. Historically it has concentrated on members with vintage Vespas, but now anyone is encouraged to join. The club publishes American Scooterist magazine, and hosts the AmeriVespa rally.
Hold on to your helmet, because this is one busy forum. But if you're into modern Vespas (versus vintage Vespas - although you won't be shunned if you happen to have one), this is the place to hang out, ask questions and so on.
This forum has some ups and downs as far as traffic, but it seems to have picked up speed again. You can find some good stuff there for upgrades and tech help.
Started out as a Honda Metropolitan site, but has turned into a great resource for all things scooter, and there are a lot of Vespa owners there. I'm one of the moderators.
This site has nearly 8000 active members and covers every scooter topic imaginable.
Vespa Events & Resources
This is the resource for a universal scooter event calendar, scooter classifieds, and the Stolen Scooter Registry. Plus there's a huge gallery from previous scooter events that every enthusiast should take a few days to wander through.
There are tons more great references, personal blogs and various things Vespa. I wish you the best in your travels.
- Crystal Waters