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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Blog Status, 3 Feb 2013

Well, I ain't dead yet,   ;)   but 2012 was a tumultuous year for me. I got let go from a job I had held for 21 years and was left to flail about in the "new economy." I spent a total of 6 months unemployed. My repeated searches for employment and getting my skills a bit more polished led me to all but abandon Adventures In Stoving, much to my chagrin. I did do a bit of blogging on my personal hiking blog (Hikin' Jim's Blog), but I just didn't have the time or energy to do any organized stove testing or blogging.

Henry Coe State Park
I just got back from the annual GGG last week at Henry Coe State Park (The GGG is a group backpacking event organized through Backpacking Light), and I got pretty fired up (if you'll pardon the pun) about exploring the technology and variety of backpacking stoves once more.  My "jobs" these days are all contracts -- with end dates, not traditional jobs, so I have to "make hay while the sun shines" and put in a lot of hours when the opportunity to work arises.  I never know how much time I'll spend between periods of employment.  Despite my very real constraints, I hope to have something to offer to the general and ultralight backpacking community in 2013. 
The Kovea Spider (KB-1109), the outstanding (in my opinion) remote canister stove of 2012
Stick around; I've got lots more to show you,

HJ

Notes on Advertising on My Blog.
I do allow advertising on my blog.  My blog is mainly a hobby, but I do derive some limited financial remuneration from the blog, an average of $1.70 per day in 2012.  I view the blog as "self supporting" in that it pays for itself in terms of fuel for my stoves and perhaps allowing me to occasionally purchase a stove that I have a particular interest in.  Basically, your presence here helps to pay for the content that you view (and helps me to continue my hobby), so I thank you for joining me on my Adventures in Stoving.

Ancient limber pine, just off the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

4 comments:

  1. I hope that you get the opportunity to do some hiking and Stove testing this year. It's tough to try to balance "want-to's" with "need-to's".

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    1. Hi, Bill,

      Yes, it is a tough balancing act. I'm keenly aware that every minute spent on my blog is a minute I take away from improving my technical skills for my real job. I'm going to try to publish one or two articles a month instead of my old output of one or two articles per week. We'll see how it goes.

      HJ

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  2. Welcome back. Looking forward to more stove reports.

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    1. Thanks. It feels really good to be writing and (hopefully) communicating again. I hope I can sustain it -- I've got some interesting stuff I want to talk about.

      HJ

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