As you’ve no doubt noticed, I haven’t posted in a while. I got to a point at the beginning of the summer where I was burned out with all this web and blog stuff. I was trying to post too much too quickly about too many things. It wasn’t fun any more, so I walked away. I really wasn’t sure if I’d be back.
We did a lot of cool stuff this summer. In addition to welcoming our new grand daughter, we cruised the back roads of my native Pennsylvania and just got back from exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (where the yoopers live). And of course, we criss-crossed Minnesota and Wisconsin in our never ending quest for geocaches, out-of-the-way places and non-chain restaurants. I took lots of pictures with my new Nikon D3100 and constantly thought “This would be a great blog entry” but I never got around to it.
I got the bug again a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve been busy getting my web house in order. The main improvement here is a better sidebar. After experimenting with widgets for a while, I came up with a combination I like. It puts a lot more information at the reader’s fingertips and has clear, self-explanatory titles and buttons. You can mouse over a link to get even more information about the content.
Be sure to checkout the new Geocaching Storefront widget, where you can find most of the stuff we talk about in our instructional posts. BTW, I don’t get paid for anything. If you see something listed anywhere in this blog, it’s because we use it and like it.
You’ll also find a new keyword search widget based on the tag cloud. It’s got a little introduction above it. It resolves the dilemma I had about new material rapidly getting buried and good stuff essentially disappearing. I think I’ve fixed that. I’ve tested it and it works like a charm.
The blog content will be shorter, less involved stuff – instructions, reviews, pictures, etc. No more long rambling posts . I’ve got some catching up to do. There are a couple of series I started like Top 10 Geocaches and Intro to Geocaching that I never completed. They go to the head of the list. I’ve also got a lot of new stuff from our summer travels. Among our best finds – abandoned Civil War trenches in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania, a NASA rocket launch base at the very tip of Michigan’s Keweenaw (Upper) Peninsula and a great tavern in Prescott, WI called The Brickyard. We’ll let you in on all of it.
Our companion website has a new URL – exploreoffthebeatenpath.com. It will have the longer, more involved stuff. My current project is the 1862 Dakota War here in Minnesota. What? You thought Minnesota was settled by Micheal Landon and Melissa Gilbert during Little House on the Prairie? You didn’t know the largest Indian war in U.S. history was fought here? That’s alright. Nobody else does either. I’ll let you know when it’s published.
I’ll be moving up previous posts from the series I started and cross linking them so they don’t get lost. The four or five instructional posts on Introduction to Geocaching will be permanent pages linked at the top of the home screen. That way, they’re always available and easy to find. This housekeeping may take a few days, so bear with me.
Thanks to all who have commented, followed and liked. There’s lots more to come.
Best ….. Dan