Geophile brings up a topic I have been puzzling about: how to lead the public to an understanding about rock piles. No offense, but they are not too likely to come to this blog and somehow get the basic introductory information.
The main flaw with the blog as a medium is that it is not good as a fixed reference. For example it worries me that the data is completely unstructured. If you want some information about -say- the Turtle at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle then you can find it easily by using the "SEARCH THIS BLOG" feature at the top. But where is a reader supposed to go to find out, in general, about the relation between rock piles and Native American spirituality? Between rock piles and Land Conservation? Unless that was the specific topic of a posting, there is nothing available. Or, suppose you want to see an organized Index of what material has been covered in the blog - where do you go? Suppose you want to see the information hierarchically? All of these are problematic for the blog as a medium.
So, may I suggest that a solution might lie in the direction of printed "Guide to Rockpiles" book? So why don't I just write it? Aside from being busy with the blog, with some talks I am planning in local towns, with some housework, and with my 9-5 job, I don't have much time. More critically, I tend to do a bad job with large scale expository writing. I tried writing a book and could only manage to express the key points - not appealing well to a general reader.
So let's think about this. I know several of us have tried writing more sustained expositions of the subject but possibly they will all suffer, as did my effort, from not being appealing to a general reader. One thought I had was that with a good editor organizing the effort [hint, hint] we could do it as a colaboration. So what do you think? Use the comments.
After all, why this blog? Not just as a place to publish site descriptions, I also hoped to use it as a platform for creating changes in current land use practises. But that won't happen if we just go on with the site descriptions.