Our Executive Director is too modest to announce his upcoming transcontinental Trail trip, so I have sent him this note:
Glad to see you are about to launch. Let's plan to get together at some point!
I have some personal prejudices probably not shared by others but I will state them for your consideration. I seldom look at anyone's blog, and have declined to produce one myself. But I do look at forums. Like I said, I am probably alone in this pattern, but I do have a reason.
Blogs to me are “Look at me!!!” and replies are focused on the blogger. If I comment on a blog, others don't respond, so there is no “community,” dialog. The forum offeres a better form of community, I believe. A second argument for posting your adventures on the forum is that folks visiting the forum will “stumble” into it and be interested, even if they don't reply.
I share with you the feeling that too few people respond to blogs and forums, but many visit. Your posts would be interesting to many, even if those who stop in, don't reply.
Sheila and I are in a very very tentative and early discussion of a double transcontinental trip this fall, east on the Yellowstone Trail and south to Florida, then back on a more southern route. I have been thinking about what we might do. I no longer get my jollies from just “consuming” (sightseeing, eating, shopping, yada yada). I want to “produce” something. I want a “purpose.” A blog, an e-book, significant posts on the forum.
Let me give an example. Headed east on the Yellowstone Trail, there are several hotels that served the Trail traveler which are still in operation. Three that come to mind are the Waterville Hotel, the Davenport Hotel (Spokane), and the Sacajawea (Three Forks). Others come to mind as well. I might post visits or stays at these places to the forum. Not a daily record, but something significant. Maybe county fairs along the way, or festivals and special events. Even old school houses. I look for cast iron front buildings.
I think this kind of thing helps focus a trip anong the Trail, gives a trip a larger purpose, and avoids being the 50,001th daily travel dialog. And one becomes an “expert” in the process!!
Bottom line...I encourage you to post to the forum....not necessarily daily, but maybe the best fishing spots....or any other topic the Trail introduces.