Send your urgent and much needed donations for those poor unfortunate endotheworlders who were not wiped out (they must be devastated) to schteve’sschwissbanking.ch
Please spare a thought and a dime for those not raptured up to heaven in the recent non- apocalypse; give generously, it’s nearly christmas after all…
I intend to set up a refuge high in the hills of La Gomera with a nice piece of (terraced) land and a look out tower; we’ll charge post 2012ers top- whack to come and contemplate… Me n’ Lizzie will be there most of the year looking after the goats and generally taking care of the place (and going for long walks and jaunts to El Hierro and stuff.) So once again Volcanocafers please dig deep for this very worthy cause…
But seriously, and since we are still here; a genuine appeal (and some of my highlights):
This rather special place was started by Carl and Ursula after a group Volcanoholics decided they wanted their own place with their own rules… Those that wanted to go multidisciniplary, collaborative and friendly came here and (boy!) the discussion was, and still is, far ranging… The Welcome page and blog rules are here:
The average post rate is ~ one every 3 days, (that includes before and after Carl statistics…) some volcanoblogs manage more, but usually these are brief updates. What we get here are crafted pieces, made by amateurs in their spare time…
The hit rate is around ~150 visits per hour; this doesn’t include dragon visits…
I won’t lie to you; a blogpost can be quite a bit of work, depending on your skills… Carl once mentioned that he could write a 1200 word opera review in 20 minutes, and Geolurking seems to be able to get something revolutionary on tectonics done in only slightly more time…
Birgit deserves her own paragraph; she can research, compile, edit, post and get an intelligent layman up to speed on a particular subject in less time than it takes a crocodile to swallow an unwary victim!!!
Me? I’m at the other end of the scale; maybe 20 hours work on Teneguia Technicalities and Context, but that did include editing with wordpress which was a first for me… Don’t let me scare you, I can be quite ambitious…
I am asking everyone to keep the posts coming; think of it as an extended comment and you will do fine…
Visits to volcanoes “a la Ukviggen” are always popular; (Mount Snowdon anyone? The narrow gauge, rack and pinion railway is the only one of it’s kind in the UK.) as are summaries of your favorites; (Karenz on Sakurajima is a very good example.) and memories of eruptions that were special to you; (Bobbi’s piece on Redoubt is a classic, and don’t forget Newby’s uncle on Erebus.)
For the more ambitious how about an original piece of research? (Irpsit wrote a fascinating series about a big hole!!!) Controversial stuff is great, got an alternate theory? (Peter Cobbold on El Hierro is excellent.) What about something inter- disciplinary? (Diana Barnes on Scheeps helping to revive volcanic badlands is wonderful!) Technicalities more your bag? (Wagabond on marine seimic sounding; great insights.) Plotters, hows about “beefing up” a special plot? (Plotting for Beginners 2 may get done one day, but feel free to jump in!!!)
If none of these inspire how about something outrageously off topic for the Scheeepy Dalek?
So please, go and do yr research, track down the info on yr chosen subject and write something up… Include the standard Volcanocafe disclaimer and a reasonable list of references; and you’re done…
Posts are best submitted as plain text word documents; attached to an email. Pictures should be separately/ individually attached; most formats are fine but please no psd, crw or nef (they are too big and probably not supported by WP either; they need to be converted first). Jpg, gif, png, tiff are commonly supported formats and will do well.
However; when I asked Sissel about this, she said: “Just send it, I will edit what is neccessary!” (another inspirational blogger; remember The Little Prince?)
Have you ever made a comment that you (later) wished you’d saved for a guestpost? Then we want to hear from you; (give us as much detail as possible: approx dates, subject, etc. and we will go digging) dragons can search all 70,000 comments and extract that moment of inspiration…
My top tip (I know it’s environmentally unfriendly) is to print out the papers that you are really interested in; the references for yr article; that kinda thing…
Posts and comments are the lifeblood of the blog, there are (almost) no stupid questions or statements.
So there you have it, no more excuses for not handing in your homework!!!
With Love and Respect,
Links to inspirational articles:
- El Hierro : a tectonic compression/relaxation mechanism? Author Peter Cobbold ,September 19th.
- A Volcanic ‘Grand Tour’ Part 1 Author UKViggen, October 26th.
- Sakura-jima: Why is She Nearly Always Erupting? Author KarenZ, October 31th.
- Redoubt Author Bobbi, October 16th.
- The (ash) history of Iceland, in my backyard – Part I Author: Irpsit July 25th.
- Edinburgh – Volcanic heart of Scotland Author: Alan C, February 28th.
- Welcome to Ukraine – You’re arrested! (Sheepy Dalek Russian Style) Author: Carl, December 9th.
- Some points on El Hierro seismic Author: WAGABOND, December 6th.
- Biology, Sheep, and Human Survival Author: Diana Barnes, November 21st.
- Images of El Hierros magmatic system Author: Geolurking, November 27th.
- The Little Prince Author: The Behemoth Dragon (aka Sissel), December 13th.
- Mount Erebus, Ross Island and the Age of Exploration Author: Newby, December 3rd.