As must be apparent by now, the Hofmeyr clan is quite fond of the occasional long stroll…if by stroll you mean expedition far and wide in as much wilderness as we can find, preferably carrying our necessities on our backs. Franelise and I both grew up hiking and camping, albeit in very different environments, and have been able to enjoy some great wildernesses together, culminating in our off-season circuits in the Falklands and Patagonia. My brother Stephen was well on his way through the 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in the USA when he had to return to SA unexpectedly, and plans to return with his new wife Kristen to complete it. Now my dad David and step-mom Jane are about to depart to walk the Camino Frances (Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James) across Spain to Santiago de Compostella over the course of the next 6 weeks. They have started a blog, “Midlife Meanders,” to allow us all to track their progress and read about the experience. Check it out!
If you’re a regualr reader (or an observant occasional one) you’ll have noted that I have been adding some changes and upgrades to this blog in the last few weeks. This is partly because I am a card-carrying gadgetologist (*grin*), but mostly because I am trying to keep riding the wave of ease of online media. People want to have everything fed directly to their cortex in a continous stream, and be able to tweet, FaceBook (when did that become a verb?) and share effortlessly. However, the essence – of simplicity and something interesting to read – is something I’m at pains to retain. To balance this equation, I need some empiric data: your comments!
I’ve integrated the following recently:
- Search function – top right and easy to spot from any page
- Easier link to the galleries – mindless viewing pleasure
- Email subscription function – new posts direct to your inbox!
- Streamlined sharing, direct-to-email and direct-print links at the bottom of each post
- Twitterfeed for those spontaneous thoughts and images
Behind the scenes, I’ve upgraded the blog’s engine and post archiving system, which should make it quick and easy to use. There is also now a mobile interface, so you an read the blogin a pared-down form on your smartphone. It is difficult for me to assess these changes and especialy compatibility across platforms , however, so I really do need your comments and insights. Try the links, subscribe via mail, rant, enthuse or complain – I welcome it all!