A note from the blogger…
Since the launch of BackCountryJournal.net on January 13, it has been an amazing experience for me. Over the past few months, learning about WordPress.com and its robust capability, becoming more aware of the power of blogs and their followers, and sharing my backpacking adventures through WordPress have been humbling. As a newly licensed Amateur (Ham) Radio operator, I’m especially looking forward to spring weather and being able to begin incorporating more radio activity in my blog.
As a beginning blogger, I’ve been learning by doing or in some cases, not doing. I didn’t know that I needed to turn on the ‘Like’ button in WordPress until a few days ago… allowing readers to ‘Like’ a post. I also didn’t understand that to ‘Comment’ on a post or to ‘Like’ a post, readers first had to register with WordPress… a slight hassle, but not that bad. Then once you register and get your user name and password, you can ‘Comment/Like’ individual posts, or ‘follow’ any of the millions of WordPress blogs out there. Old news for most, but just more lessons learned for me. I reached out to friends and family via email to make them aware of these tidbits of blogging information. And, I assured them that there are many, many other blogs out there that they would also find interesting– guaranteed!
As a beginning blogger, I planned to post weekly, maybe 5 times a month — and from January through March, I’ve posted 15 times. My goals are to document and tell the stories of my back-country trail and radio-related adventures, while connecting with other interesting bloggers in the process. I’ve already met a number of interesting and helpful bloggers– a very friendly community!
Thanks to those who follow and subscribe to my blog. Thanks for the ‘Comments’ and ‘Likes.’ What’s coming up? Great trail adventures in many interesting places: backpacking, hiking and camping, maybe even some urban-hiking; low-power VHF-UHF radio operations– to start with; antennas, batteries, photo-voltaic charging systems, and more. Stay tuned! I’m just beginning to have fun with this.