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How to Blog Rugged California - 52 Trails - 2022 Challenge?

How am I going to share our Rugged California 52 Trails 2022 Challenge?

Do I share very little like I did when I was working on Rugged Access for All? I only gave periodic updates and shared an occasional picture but saved all the text for the actual book. Do I blog the book? This is where the blog is basically the first or rough draft of the book along with pictures and all supporting information. There’s a third option that falls somewhere between sharing just a little and posting everything.

I don’t want to give the entire book away online, but I also don’t want to keep a year’s worth of adventure from family, friends, and other followers of Kellisa’s Path. After careful reflection, I’ve decided on the third option this time around.

Charles Dickens famously wrote, “Make them laugh. Make them cry. Make them wait.”

I intend to follow that advise in how I share our next project. Hopefully, if the story unfolds as hoped, there will be some giggles and tears shared along our path and just enough left unknown to leave readers wanting more.  

I’ve detailed our hiking goal for 2022 and now my approach to sharing our stories. I will go one step beyond by describing the blog style I’ve decided to use for this project. Each of the 52 trails will be shared on Kellisa’s Path in the order we complete the trails. Each post will go up within a week or two of completion, as time allows.

We will have three different posting formats.

The first will be the simplest, the best photograph from the trail and the basic who, what, when, where, why, and how of the trail.

The second will be posting the best picture or perhaps several, and a brief chapter summary along with the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the trail.

The last format will have a fully written chapter in addition to the pictures and who, what, when, where, why, and how of the trail. The chapter won’t be the final draft because it won’t be fine tuned and edited until after all the hikes have been completed. This will allow for making changes as our story arch develops over time. What might not seem important to mention at first, may become necessary to share as part of the story months later.

Kellisa and I completed our first trail of 2022 on January 2nd. You might be thinking, “Why didn’t we go out on the 1st?”

Well, Kellisa stayed up past 1am to welcome the new year and proceeded to sleep until 3:30pm. With the sun setting before 5pm, we didn’t have enough time to head out on the first day of January.

The Clock Strikes Midnight 2022

Over the next few days, maybe even a week, I’ll post three versions of our first hike to show the above defined formats for clarity.

We will share only one format for all subsequent hikes. I’m not sure if we will rotate evenly, let time dictate how we post, or decide which format is best for each trail so we can hopefully leave you laughing, crying, and wanting more!


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