Daunting, crazy, and just plain scary…for me this year it was the WordPress 2011 Post a Week Challenge. This challenge was organized by WordPress to encourage bloggers to blog more and on a regular basis. I was a purist and chose to blog once a week, not just an average of once a week throughout the year. This year I managed to post 92 blog entries. Success, but honestly I have to admit I am selfish. I found that by documenting and writing once a week I became more focused and motivated to move, make goals, and get out. But the biggest benefit I found by documenting travels and ideas on this blog was I now have an organized history of memories and facts from the last 2 years.
I will never forget a conversation I had with my kids a couple of years ago. We were looking at piles of unorganized and unlabeled photos in shoe boxes. Many of the photos were from my 20 years of backpacking and climbing trips. Yep, before digital. I distinctly remember my daughter looking straight at me saying “Mom all these photos of you at the top of mountains look the same, you could be anywhere. If something happens to you we will have one picture after another and will not know anything.” This sounds funny I realize, but so true. From my kids’ point of view they did look the same… smiling woman standing on top of a bunch of rocks with blue sky behind and there she is on another walk. 🙂
Thankfully this overwhelming project of photo labeling with descriptions of trips now has a good start. So I’d like to propose a new idea for this year, the Hike a Week 2012 with just 1 easy and simple rule.
Easy and Simple Rule:
-Hikes must be on a natural surface (dirt, snow, grass, rocks, water, sand, etc.) and once a week.
That’s it. Sounds easy, right? Maybe and maybe not. So who is up for it? Do it. Sign on. It will be fun.The benefits are huge: fresh air, exercise, vitamin D, and overall well-being. Sign-up here or clicking on the icon in the menu on the right. Just write on the page comments, “I’m in,” or “I’m committing,” or “I will do it,” or “it will be great.” We will be in this together. Simple, sign-up. Quit reading and sign-up. Get out and explore your neighborhood, climb a peak, hit the dirt, feel that grass, and breathe fresh air. I’m in. Are you? Everyone, sign-up. You CAN do it. NOW.
Need accountability? I’ve added the page “Hike a Week 2012” to record your hikes and also to get motivation, encouragement, and ideas from other readers.