A change of direction
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.