Friday, 13 July 2007

Many rivers to cross

I caught some of Radio 4's "Women's Hour" today. They talked about an author's book of her struggle to survive being put into "a category that is sometimes described as “inspirational memoirs” ". Is there a comparison here with blogs? The woman in question had had a horrific upbringing, and I wouldn't want anyone's hiking experience to be as traumatic.

I wondered if blogs fit into the category of inspirational memoirs. Do people want to read the mundane? Probably not, as it already happens in their life daily. They want the sensational. Rock slides, fighting against evil empires (or at least businesses that won't complete a contract), wild animal attacks (maybe something a bit bigger bigger), overcoming hardships, etc etc.

Strange - when I look at outdoors media, I look for the empathy. Not the extravagant.

So, while Andy starts a new ultra-lightweight mission, I see Mike "GoBlueHiker"'s pack and read that he's away for 15 days unsupported in Alaska (thanks, Sarah). His pack includes an inflatable raft and lifejacket. It reminds me that the word "river" is like the word "mountain". Recently I was asked about some mountains I had climbed - "none" said I. For me a "mountain" is something big, something dangerous, something that needs special equipment and skills. So, I ask myself today, "how many rivers have I crossed"? None.

Many rivers to cross
And it's only my will that keeps me alive
I've been licked, washed up for years
And I merely survive because of my pride
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