December 1, 2010
Work in Progress
This has been a work in progress for a long time. When I started Shawnee Hills Outdoors it was with a blog-style format. As readership grew it become apparent that searching and finding articles on particular areas required some digging. After several themes and redos, the site has ended looking like it does today. The layout is orderly, but in my opinion lacks a personal touch.
That is where the new blog page will come in. Instead of just doing descriptions of trails and places to see it opens up the constricting forces of “formal” writing and allows for more general off-topic writing. For instance if I am writing a trail description for Little Grand Canyon (which is coming soon) and read or see something of interest on Heron Pond in the old way of doing things I was stuck on LGC and had to wait on Heron Pond, which by next week may not be as interesting.
As some of you may know, I am also an avid hiker and explorer elsewhere in the United States. Over the past eight years my vacations have taken me to the deserts of Utah and Arizona to the jagged Rockies of Colorado and Wyoming. I, also, love the feel and sight of rolling water in the southeast around the Smokies and North Carolina. Our next door neighbor the Missouri Ozarks is, also, a favorite and a close place to do some weekend exploring. It is my hope to spread my interest in those areas to a spin-off site that will probably occur next year.
Shawnee Hills Going Away?
Shawnee Hills Outdoors will not be going away. It is my backyard and I find myself going back again and again to places to see it from a different perspective. This for me has been one of the most productive years in the Shawnee Hills. This website has allowed me to see things from a totally different viewpoint, because I have had to come back and relay what I have seen and felt to you the reader.
Next year I hope to take this website to the next level. I have several things planned and with the help of this new blog it will allow for more time on these other projects.
I would personally like to thank all the people who took the time to leave me a comment on the website. I would also like to thank the people who have stuck around and put up with my misspellings and sometimes awkward use of grammar. I have experimented a lot on the posts and how I write and feel I am still trying to find my voice, but with your continued support and patience I feel it will blossom over the coming months and years.