When I started blogging back in January I had almost no knowledge of the blogging phenomena. My limited technical knowledge meant that the initial learning curve was very steep. Fortunately, I stumbled across the outdoorbloggers community. By posting questions on the forums there I got not only the answers that I sought, but also lots of other really helpful advice.
I also found links to many interesting blogs, which was helpful because until then I hadn’t really read many blogs. Since then I’ve come across a number of other blogging communities. I’m finding that reading other peoples blogs is almost as addictive as writing my own.
I’ve also become slightly jealous of the diverse projects recorded in many of my favourite blogs. It might be a long walk: from Lands End to John O’ Groats, across Japan, along the M62, from Southport to Brighton or a pilgrimage along the way of St. James. The aim might be to climb every Wainwright in the Lake District, walk every street in Berkeley or to spot 200 species of birds in Manitoba. It might simply be to take a walk every day and to record what is seen in a blog or with a painting.
Now I want a project.
When I first moved to this area (about 15 years ago), I bought one of the old OS pathfinder 1:25000 maps. I spent evenings and weekends exploring the area, with the intention of eventually walking every yard of footpath shown on the map. It was a great way to get to know the area. These days this area is covered by OS7 – the map that covers the south-eastern corner of the Lake District. And although I have a handy waterproofed copy of the map, I never feel the need to take it with me.
The blog has become something of a project in its own right. I find that I’m anxious to visit places that I haven’t been to yet this year so that I can blog about them, or to find new things to photograph. How will I find time to get back to Far Arnside whilst the daffodils are at their best? When do I need to go to Lambert’s Meadow to photograph the bugle, or the ragged robin or the early purple orchids? I think that I’m generally even more keen to get out than I was before the blog.
One thing that I have decided to do is to add pages about the many places that because of their proximity to home we visit frequently. Obvious candidates are Leighton Moss, the Pepper Pot, Eaves Wood, Woodwell and the Cove. I’ve done the first two already (although it is my intention to update them when I have better photos or more information to add). You’ll see the links near the top of the column on the right.
I shall have to think about changing the layout here because
is inevitably leading people to think that my name is Leighton Moss.
Now…..about that project…..