Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Twelve months a blogging

1st May 2007

It’s been a year since I first stepped out into the blogosphere and a lot of water has gone under the proverbial bridge since then. At the start, I used Blogware enough to appreciate both its abilities and its limitations. Not having the option to customise it so that it looked a part of my website rather than being a mere add-on. To get the level of customisation that I needed, I downloaded WordPress and began to host the blog from my own webspace after a spot of fiddling, migration of pre-existing posts and adding a MySQL database to my hosting account. The result was that I now had a blog that at least looked as if it was part of the same website as the other sections, such as the photo gallery.

The content of the blog has evolved too, though the backbone is essence the same: descriptions of any walks, public transport commentary, consideration of new walking ideas, musings on outdoor gear, photo gallery updates and thoughts of hill walking books and magazines. However, my walking now has evolved from where it was this time last year. Then, it was a case of pick a part of Britain where the weather is due to be clement and head off there. That approach does lend itself to a variety of content but without having somewhere new to explore, motivation can run flat. That said, 2006 proved itself to be the year of going to places new; my boots trod Pembrokeshire, Northumberland and Southern Scotland, to name a few. In contrast, 2007 is being dominated by a single large objective: continuing north along the Pennine Way, perhaps its northern terminus Kirk Yetholm. Who knows where it all could go next.

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