It has been nearly 11 years since the site launched in September of 2007. During that time, there has been over 42,000 posts on BMX Union between the daily videos, the latest news, a look at products from BMX brands all over the world, interviews with hundreds of riders from well known Pros to up and comers, some of the people who work behind the scenes at brands, people doing rad things behind camera lenses and more.
Over that time span, the site has had countless contributors that helped produce amazing content from all over the world, we have had some great partnerships with other websites and have had the chance to work with pretty much every freestyle BMX brand. There has also been a handful of redesigns for the site, and the way the internet, and the way people consume its endless flow of content, has changed dramatically in that time span.
It’s pretty wild to think about, but BMX Union has reached millions of people around the world in that time, we’ve amassed over 520,000 fans on Facebook alone and had weeks where we were reaching over 5 million peoples Facebook feeds A WEEK from shares, likes, comments and more spreading it far beyond our small BMX community. We’ve had amazing months with hundreds of thousands of visitors to the site, checking out the latest videos, news and products, taking a look at our original interviews and features, to getting creative with the BMX Color App and more. To say this website that started out as a semester long college project in a Mass Communications class has done a lot more than I ever expected is an understatement.
During the past 10 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and meet amazing people from all around the world, do a lot of things on my own terms, travel to a lot of places and experience a lot of things that I ever expected because of BMX and this site. Some of you might also recall that I also spent time helping out with TCU, followed by a few years with DIG in that time and I’ve changed up what BMX Union had to offer during that time. There’s been a lot of ups and a few downs in that time, but everything has been a learning experience.
There’s been a lot of looking into what the future holds for BMX Union the past year or so, and it’s time for me to take on a new opportunity to see where things go. As of today, I’ll be making the switch and joining the guys at Ride BMX to do a lot of what I’ve been doing here with BMX Union the past few years on their website. I’ll be taking care of the daily content and doing some original features here and there over on the Ride site, a lot like what I have been doing here.
It wasn’t an easy decision and it has been something on the back burner for a few years now. Change isn’t always easy and it’s definitely good to change things up and see where things go from time to time.
Now, some of you are probably wondering what’s going to happen to BMX Union. Well, it’s not going anywhere. I’m going to keep the site and all of the content from the past nearly 11 years here on the site, it just won’t be getting updated every day like it has been. In the next week or two I’ll be making a few tweaks to the site. The plan is to put all the content into an “Archive” category on the menu so people can still find old interviews, videos they want to go back and watch, info on products and more, then move the BMX Color App to the front page and get the BMX Spoke Calculator updated with few more hubs and rims that I’ve been slacking on getting added to the calculator, so everything will still work and be current. The webstore is the only thing that will be going away, so if you want to get one of our shirts, get on that now before it’s gone.
I’d like to thank every single person who has ever checked out the site, everyone who has ever taken time to do an interview or produce photos, videos or words for the site, all the people who have sent through links to their videos to be shared and all of the brands that helped keep things going with advertising and content over the years. This has been a ton of fun and far exceeded anything that it was supposed to become when it first started out. Who knows what the future might hold, but it’s been a fun ride so far.
– Kurt Hohberger