In 2004, when I started kayaking in earnest, I discovered that one of the biggest challenges was finding places to put-in. Wiki-type webpages were getting popular at the time, so I gathered all the information that I had about the local put-ins in the San Francisco Bay Area, and coded a PHP website that would allow others to build on the knowledge that I had already gathered. This website has been a wonderful success, with thousands of monthly visits. The majority of the web traffic goes to the San Francisco Bay Put-In Page.
I use Strava a lot to record my activities as well as obtain ideas from others for new adventures. I also enjoy reading Strava’s engineering blog, and have come to discover some shortcomings in their website. In response to some messages posted on the Strava Forums, I have developed some free PHP tools that assist users to join their GPS tracks, splice in Heart Rate data to a turbo file, continue uploading activities via email (via the Strava API), and Add Timestamps to existing tracks. I provide these tools free of charge, but many munificent donors have helped to maintain my interest in continuing to improve the tools. If you have any feature requests, please use the contact form on the Strava Tools website.
This is my for-profit website, and its revenue is what enables me to code other free tools and freely assist other people with various issues that they have. Most recently, I’ve been helping out a lot of people who’ve asked for help with Strava related problems. This was my first website, and for many years, it housed all of my online content. The above websites, and even much of the content currently on brianlucido.com were hosted as subdomains of gotoes.org. The problem was that for the software purchasing customers, it could be confusing to see these other non-related items on the same page. Eventually, Gotoes needed a more professional look, so I purchased domain names for the other content and split everything up into separated domains.