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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.