Thursday, 7 September 2017

Relocate, Refresh, Rename - the blog that is

I've decided to revise my blog and website a bit, starting with the blog: first off I've re-hosted the blog here to Blogger. Hopefully among other things this may mean that I actually write on it more often!

For anyone who may be even slightly interested, I used Wix to create my website, and for that task I found it very straightforward. But me and the inbuilt blog format never really got along, to the extent that I would put off writing blog content because I knew I would end up getting frustrated with it, not ideal.

I've also given some thought to the sort of thing I blog about, I originally set up 'Wild Guy Photography' as a means to share pictures, snap shots if you will, of my 'wild' life. But the thing is, while I always realised I wouldn't be the first to do so, I've come to realise just how many people already do exactly that, many much better than I ever could, both in terms of the images they share and the lives they lead. So while I still love and enjoy photography and it will continue to form a significant part of what I share, this is certainly not going to be a photography blog - though if that's what you are after I can suggest a few.

But there is something I have which I can write about and share pictures of which I am confident is the best in the world: my Family, both immediate and extended (no offense to other families intended). Mine is a young family in the grand scheme of things but when better to start introducing children to learning, appreciating and enjoying the natural world? Introducing them to the concept of adventure? of wilderness and wildness?

Family is lasting, family endures, family matters more than the trivia of modern society - and of course you could say the same about the 'natural world' (for want of a better term). Family and nature really are the perfect combination, as, in the words of Sir David Attenborough...

"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the 
greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. 
It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living."
  
... so who better to share that sort of life with, than the people you can't live without?

Mid-hike on the Southern Upland Way in Scotland in April, with a couple of brothers, some cousins and an Uncle.
This was taken just after a torrential hail shower - sounds like an excellent day!

So here we are, I've copied a few of my more recent posts over (the ones which are more relevant) but left most behind as, well, they weren't really worth bringing. I've also renamed the blog: now we will refer to 'Tales of the Wild Guy's' because it's not all about me.

I'll keep adding to the little adventures we have as a family, which granted are pretty small at present. But on occasion I'll throw in some of my own, solo or with other family members, so of which we'll call recce's for the future! There may well be side shows too - 'tools of the trade', particularly interesting books, you know how it goes, they all build the big picture, and are a part of the enjoyment and learning process. And while I'm hoping to be able to teach my children quite a lot, there is still a lot I have to learn too.

Let the adventures continue!

Richard

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