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Friday, August 22, 2014

Logging your find, a CO's only reward!


By: Bloodhounded
Notes from the author: They put them out for you, they maintain them for you, they are the reason you have an opportunity to get a smiley, they are the CO's and the log you leave is their only reward. Think about it.

As a geocacher, I love to find creative caches and well thought out hides. It really doesn’t take too much to be unique; a nice container, a theme, and devious hide, a perplexing puzzle, multi with a story, a history lesson and oh yes, that totally awesome destination. Yet, many cachers just go with the Tupperware variety, unmaintained, damp log and a ground zero (GZ) that makes you wonder, WTF???? Deflating to say the least. Maintaining a good - excellent cache is a lot of work but, cache owners do it without regret. What keeps them going? The logs.

Being the owner of some 26 caches, I use as much time maintaining as I do seeking. There are few weeks that go by where I don't communicate by email and text, clues, explanation, requested missing series information, a kind "great job!" and at times encouragement to finish. I'm happy to do it! All I ask in return is a great log.

What makes a great log? It really is a matter of personal style and expression of the experience. Some cachers feel uncomfortable with writing a longer log. All I can tell you is the more you read and do the more you'll add to yours. The log is the history of the cache. Every geocache that I am aware of has two logs that need to be considered.


Physical Log - This is the log that goes inside the geocache container. It could be as small as a tiny piece of paper or as large as a notebook. It's your seal that you have been to the cache and by signing the log and dating it, you are confirmed. Some that are large enough have room for some additional fun. Jot down a few words of thanks, something that you experienced along the way and add your own style to it. I will draw a small dog paw on the log sometimes to add some individuality to the log. Dodger uses a very cool stamp that he had custom tailored to leave a DLC seal in the log book, it's quite impressive. He uses it on his posts here at CacheCrazy.Com as his avatar. When I maintain my caches I always read through the log book. I DO SEE all of the cool sigs and stamps, doodles and the like and enjoy them. Sometimes, I DON'T SEE an entree from a few that claimed it as a find on the cache page, hmmmm. You know who you are, lol! Whatever, there will always be that small percentage who play the game differently. 

Cache Page Log - It seems that most folks enjoy writing about the cache on their computer and in the solitude of their domain and as time allows. The longer you wait to log it, the shorter the log will be. All cache owners are receiving the log as it's uploaded to the page. I love it when I'm having a lousy day and all of a sudden BING, a new find, an awesome log and all of a sudden, I feel better. It's a sense of reward to read about the seekers fun and skill on your cache as you knew it would be when you put it there. I often communicate with my finders as many will attest to. I especially look for new cachers and bid them a "welcome to geocaching", offer assistance if needed and thank them for doing one of my geocaches. 

photo complements of Cache Mania
It's all a matter of what the cache is like. If it's a roadside micro, it's just not going to get the type of response that a well placed multi will receive and rightfully so. However, in my opinion, just writing "TNLN TFTC" is a little bit like saying, "this cache sucked" in my mind. Even a small one liner is better than that. The CO still placed it, maintains it, posted it and is responsible for giving you that smiley, don't you think a little " fun cache and was easy to find if you are looking, TFTC!" Is that asking too much?

In the end, the log should reflect the experience and take your time with expression. Sometimes I have to gather my thoughts before I write the log. When doing five or more finds in one day it becomes a little cloudy. I can assure you that other people will be reading your logs. make them special and if not for anyone else, let the cache owner know that you appreciate their effort and continued support to geocacheing through the log. After all, it really is the CO's only reward.

10 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Agreed! As a cache owner it totally makes my day when I get a log from someone that tells me my cache was awesome. Better yet is when I get a "Favorite" vote.

BigAl said...

Great article. I know I really appreciate it when I read what people have written about my cache or what they found on the way to my cache. This makes it all worth while. Thanks for the reminder.

Ann said...

I try to write a bit about caches we find and thank the CO.
My hubby has made a couple of nice ones to blend in with the surrounding area. But the one we put out a few months ago has now had rubbish dumped next to it which sounds horrible and going by the description on the logs we decided to archive it. We had nice comments on the container, but to have it spoilt by members of the public dumping their rubbish right next to it now has spoilt it. Someone actually thought it looked like an animal rib cage!

Sumajman said...

I'm with the rest of you. Comments on the cache page are an encouragement. I have a number of caches still active and marginally maintained, in another country. I've tried to get someone to maintain them but no one is willing so far. I decided that it would be more beneficial for the hundreds of tourist who come through the city to find a cache so I have kept them active. It blesses me to no end when a tourist finds one of my caches in the Metropolitan Park overlooking Quito, Ecuador. In this way the cache and cache finders keep on giving back to me. Great post!

Lindsay said...

If I think a cache is lame this is my log: Found it. No TFTC from me it if was stupid.

If it was awesome I will write a great log, if it was mediocre I will write an okay log. My husband logs as he goes, I like to read the cache description and some other logs before logging mine, so I do it at home. I definitely appreciate when someone spends a little time and thought on their logs, as I try to put out caches that I would like to find, not just another film canister under a rock.

Jim Rinker said...

As tempted as I am to comment TFTB I just can't do it. :)

Great blog here, I wish there was a good way to get all this great info out to new cachers before they see too many logs with tftc and begin to believe it is the right thing to do. I have reached the point for now that I enjoy hiding the same amount that I enjoy seeking. I do my best logs now that I am hiding.

Thanks for the (as always) fantastic writing.

Jim Rinker said...

As tempted as I am to comment TFTB I just can't do it. :)

Great blog here, I wish there was a good way to get all this great info out to new cachers before they see too many logs with tftc and begin to believe it is the right thing to do. I have reached the point for now that I enjoy hiding the same amount that I enjoy seeking. I do my best logs now that I am hiding.

Thanks for the (as always) fantastic writing.

Gayle Labuz said...

Your post should be required reading for new cachers. I found that my logs got much better after we became CO's. When we received our very first log notification it was awesome! And that is when I truly "got it".
I also really like reading the logs on caches I've found - it's cool to get a little something from the experiences of others. Reading those logs helps me feel connected to the caching community when I will probably never meet many of those people in person.

CrazyCris said...

Good to know for my future logging efforts!

Question: I'm seeing quite a bit of acronyms mentioned here that people write on the logs... what do they stand for?
I got FTF ok, but the others? TFTC??? TNLN???

Kevin Bloodhounded said...

Great question Cris!
TFTC is - Thanks For The Cache
TNLN is - Took Nothing Left Nothing (it is frequently followed by a SL meaning Signed Log) Here is a link to the glossary of terms - http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx

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