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Welcome to Doodlecat, where we enjoy the pleasures of life (with a slight bias towards the outdoors). This page is regularly updated with news and views plus information about any additions or changes to the various parts of the site. It acts as Doodlecat’s Blog too, so the odd rant considered opinion may pop up from time to time.

I would love to be able to say that Doodlecat is all my own work, but it isn’t. Much of the outdoors content is courtesy of the splendid people who participate in the annual TGO Challenge (there is a section entirely devoted to this unique event) and many others.

To help in tracking down that elusive morsel on Doodlecat, the search facility under the title bar above is tailored to help you find it, either on this home page (Doodlecat's Blog) all the rest of the site (Main Site) or – if all else fails - the internet!

So have a rummage around the old cat basket and enjoy your time with us!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A change of direction

It's quite a few years since Doodlecat struggled into life, initially as a vehicle for the publication of people's accounts of adventures on the TGO Challenge, and to increase interest in that superb event and its sponsors. There comes a time when you can have too much of a good thing, and unlike 2005, so many people now have blogs and social media that good stuff is published everywhere. With the refinement of search engines like Google, this information is dead easy to find. So I'm sorry to say that there will be no 2012 accounts or new links published on Doodlecat this year, nor any other year for the foreseeable future.

I had intended to discontinue publication of TGO stories three years ago, but was persuaded to continue. However, now it is obvious that there really is no need for it any more. The more popular stories will remain on the page of course (they are very popular from October to February ... for some reason). The early accounts especially give an insight into the history of the event, and it is interesting to compare "then" with "now" over some thirty years. I am very grateful to all the contributors.

Thanks are also due for the occasional guest contributions to the blog, especially from Michael Gray. Again the original concept has been overtaken by events. Originally not many people had blogs, or wanted one, so the idea was to have a pool of contributors with access to the Doodlecat blog giving a stream of differing opinion, trip reports and so-on. However, technology improves almost by the day, and before long, clunky blogging software became much more user friendly. Dedicated writers started their own blogs, and for the more sociable and laconic writer, Twitter and Facebook came on the scene.

So the original reasons for creating Doodlecat have finally become redundant.

And my level of interest in reading and writing about outdoor stuff has waned somewhat too. However well crafted, there is only so much travelogue that a body can read.

Doodlecat will no longer be an outdoors website (although some outdoorsy content will be included of course - watch out for the Picos de Europa in the autumn). In the main, though, another sort of rambling will be appearing here, and the site will have a bit of an overhaul over the coming months.


Blogger Alan Sloman said...

I shall watch this space with interest.
What with Ken & Maisie and now you leaving the outdoor blogosphere, it appears as though the world as we know it is about to implode.

So, come on man! Give us all a clue as to where Doodlecat is heading next.

June 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Andrew W said...

Better to blog on whatever comes into your head, the Good, The Bad and the darn right bloody annoying.

I do a lot of walky, ridy stuff on mine, but it is not really a walking blog, it is just STUFF, apart from after the TGO

June 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Mark Alvarez said...

Good for you, Phil. My own site has gotten me imagining the trailer of a new film starring a James Dean who did not have such bad luck on the road. A new masterpiece for a new time, a story that reflects the anger and angst, the indignities, and infirmities of today's aging population: Blogger Without a Cause.

I'll be watching this space with interest. And the Picos? Yeah! 20 miles from the old family homestead.

June 10, 2012 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

I rather like "Blogger Without a Cause" as a title. Anger, angst and infirmity will undoubtedly feature prominently ;-)

A few ideas are buzzing around my head - like angry wasps, or maybe malevolent blowflies.

But first I need to do a little housekeeping on the site.

June 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Gordon Green said...

When I stumbled across the Doodlecat TGO stuff in 2008, it was after I had sent in my route plan for 2009.

I found the various accounts fascinating - and inspiring - and many others will have felt the same. I was delighted that you later included my first TGO crossing.

Thank you, Phil.

Good luck with your future Blogosphere venture!

June 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Mary Allcock said...

It was your pal Sloman who gave me the tip off to look at Doodlecat to see that you are planning changes. Good luck - it's always interesting to keep up with what is happening. Did you do any more of the sterotypes? You have an excellent way with words. My main beef is that time just whizzes by when hooked onto the 'pooter .....

June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

The 'Outdoor Stereotypes' are being rested for a while, Mary. However, the Climber, Fell Runner and Paraglider are awaiting their turn on the stage ;-) As you say, time whizzes by on the 'pooter, but in a weeks time the nights will be drawing in again and I'll have the long nights to doodle about with Doodlecat.

June 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I was so looking forward to the state of the market super test of titanium Zimmer frames :)

Now I'll have to wait for Sloman's survey of lightweight spare part surgery for entertainment :(

Thanks for the entertainment. I looker forward to a more eclectic mixture of posts in the future, but you MUST continue your series on Outdoor Stereotypes!!

June 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger bob the hamster said...

Ah! So wither goes the muse of doodle cat? We are agog. Liked the pieces on the stereotypes. You should do more of that, what with the extra time on your hands...


June 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The good thing about your blog is precisely that...it's your blog, and you can reinvent it as radically and as often as you please.

June 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Alison Hobbs said...

I read the first part of this blogpost with alarm (he's not giving up blogging, is he?) and then the remainder with relief (no indeed, just a change of direction). Long may Doodlecat continue, Phil!

July 3, 2012 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Phreerunner said...

Good luck, Phil, in whatever direction you head. I'm sure your usual readers will appreciate whatever 'STUFF' you post. If not, we can just skim through it...

September 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM  

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