How long has this link been on the bottom of the magazine's home page ? I see the Coast Pilot is there ,a 5 book guide to our coasts .The Guide is further divided into chapters with numbered paragraphs .
I was thinking the Pilot could be the armature on which was built a Wooden Boat Guide to the Coast ,made up of entries from the readers .You might chose to share a favorite anchorage ,fishing or swim spot , a photo of your boat and where kept and used ,or where you launch if a daysailer ; dates of interesting events and get togethers , eating spots ,convenient grocery stores , local history -everything the Pilot lacks .The info would come from the perspective of our subgroup of the boating world ,and would be more up to date than most standard guides . Some of the content in "People and Places" would fit right in .
If you wanted to post you'd go first to the Coast Pilot and look up the correct book and chapter number, as well as the number of the paragraph to which your post most closely related .In my vision our host would have a link "WB Coast Guide".Click this and the 5 book titles would be displayed .Click on the correct book and it's chapter headings would be displayed .Click on the correct chapter and you'd post , including the date and the paragraph number.
Over time this could grow into a unique coastal guide.Ideally there would be no discussion within the guide, but posters could sign up to receive private messages if they chose . It would be great if an administrator would check in every 6 months and organize the new entries using the paragraph numbers ,but the chapters would be useable even if the posts weren't organized in this way . Any accumulated trash could be thrown out at the same time .
Would anyone post to or read such a blog ? I guess I could set it up myself ,but then no one would know it existed .
[ 09-23-2005, 05:06 PM: Message edited by: Bill Perkins ]