The Last Chronicle
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Six Years Ago on DogMan's Chronicles
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The Last Chronicle
I started writing and photographing DogMan's Chronicles for
September 2001, almost 14 years ago. At that time the word "blog" had not been
invented, nor were there commonly available blogging tools such as WordPress and
BlogSpot. I wrote (and continue to write) the Chronicles in html, using a word
editor (not processor). I do use DreamWeaver, Photoshop and Illustrator as well.
Over the years, I've chronicled the stoke of surfing and I've traveled the world for
waves. I've surfed the coast of California from the Lost Coast in the north to San
Diego's Ocean Beach in the south. I've surfed the coast of Baja from Rosaritos to
Cabo. I've surfed mainland Mexico's Pacific coast many many times.
I've been to all the major islands of Hawaii more times that I can count. I've
traveled to Indo three times, surfing Bali, Lombok, Lembongin, Sumatra and the
Mentawies. I've been to Fiji (hello Namotyu Left) and surfed Oz from Sydney to Nusa.
I've surfed Costa Rica by boat and by land. But mostly I surf DogLand; breaks and
spots between Steamer Lane and Añyo Nuevo.
When I started, DogMan's Chronicles was unique. I got a lot of cool response from
readers. I made new friends through my writing, and I honed my surf photo skills.
I've been published in surf mags, and sold pictures to those I shot. But these days
are gone. I no longer get any email from readers, and the hits on the site are down
from past years.
It's no mystery as to why this change occured. These days everyone has a smart
phone, a GoPro camera, a Facebook feed, a Twitter handle, an Instagram account, and
so on. I routinely see surfers pull into a parking lot, shoot the waves from shore
while they are pulling on the wetsuit. They "insta-blog" the pictures with a few
words before and then after paddling out.
In this barrage and chaos of surf blogging on the web, DogMan's Chronicles is a
small signal lost in an overwhelming amount of noise. What I do is no longer unique,
indeed it's cliche' and passe. So I'm giving it up. This is my last Chronicle, the
last post on
, and the last update on DogManSurf. Soon I'll kill
DogManSurf, as the renewal fees for the domain name and server come due this
It's been a long strange trip, and I've had a great time. I'll go back underground,
from whence I came. I'll still be prowling DogLand and experiencing the stoke of the
ocean and the waves. I'll look for another outlet for my creativity, something
unique that others are not (yet) doing. Maybe I can find a way to send a strong
signal in an environment with little noise.
So thanks for reading and checking DogManSurf.
me, so click there for up to date surf forecasts, conditions, and more.
CU Out There,