Even more of a bum out is how most of those trips seem to turn out:
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Let's get real. It's awesome to have a trip planned. Even awesomer to have the trip funded (somehow). It's awesome to be excited about it. But unless it's to the Arctic Circle or the Amazon, your trip preparations and hyping the names and online ID's of your travel buddies are of basically no interest to anyone, ever.
Making it worse is what I referred to at the beginning of this post - a widely known but poorly understood mathematical correlation between the extent to which you hype an outdoor trip or expedition, and the extent to which the trip will not be productive. Based on the three semesters of calculus and two semester of graduate level statistics that I all somehow passed, I have decided to call this the "Hype Jinx." You know what I'm talking about; "EPIC TRIP TO THE CREEK THIS WEEKEND WITH @creekmaniac, @troutsniffer, @size36caddis, @nativebrown69 !!! CAN'T WAIT WILL BE SOOO EPIC!!!!!" The associated blog post will usually tell some tedious tale of hand-loading ammunition that will end up being not correctly weighed, tying 500 flies that will end up not matching the hatch, forgetting every pair of boots you own, getting into a car accident as you pull out of the driveway, or getting your luggage stolen on the way to the destination. Then....the skunk is on.
Unless you are a very talented writer and/or storyteller, your skunking doesn't make for great reading, either. I should know - after following my stats on this blog for over five years, do you know what kind of posts get the least readership? The ones where I wax philosophical about the river eternal, the tides of life, or whatever, but in which I also have to slyly admit that I went fishing or hunting and I didn't catch or shoot anything, often due to some dumb mistake(s) on my part. Anymore, I just don't blog about the skunkings - certainly not the local ones. You don't want to read about them, anyway. I've seen the stats! And I certainly don't blog about most of my trips before they happen. I wish I could say it was out of a lack of boastfulness or out of a studious Christian interest in subduing my Pride. But that wouldn't be true. I just don't want to jinx it. (Ironic, given the amount of time and thought I give to science and my personal religious beliefs...which do not include voodoo or jinxing).
My therapy tip for you:
The next time you are tempted to write a 2,500 word blog post and 40 twitter posts about your upcoming fishing trip, just don't. Instead, do the following:
1. Take a somewhat interesting picture of your gear preparation
2. Make that image full text width in your text pane
3. Write three sentences about your anticipation of the trip
4. After the trip, edit the pre-trip post to include a link to the post-trip wrapup.
It's been too long. Don't know what I'll find. Finger Lakes, here I come.
It's that simple! Give your readers something awesome to look forward to - not just how those 500 flies that you blogged about somehow got wet and then mold cemented them together in your fly box. Not "remember those five blog posts about my new Yeti cooler? Somebody stole it when we were at a gas station."
Good luck - you can do it! Most certainly, you can do it better than I can. So now you have no excuse.