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Geocaching.com Weekly Newsletter – August 8, 2012

Write a Log to Remember

Some logs posted on Geocaching.com offer only a snapshot into the geocaching adventure, but great logs produce a panoramic view of the geocaching quest. Great logs inform other geocachers of what they might expect on their caching adventure. They also reward cache owners, who enjoy reading about the experiences of those seeking their caches.

Share your experience beyond a TFTC (Thanks for the Cache) or TNLN (Took Nothing Left Nothing) log by following these 5 tips:

1) See it and Say it – Describe what you saw and experienced on your way to the cache. Did you see a rare bird, a hidden waterfall, or George Clooney? Tell folks about it.
2) Be a Superhero – If there are new conditions in the area, like a fallen tree, warn other cachers.
3) Talk about Trades – Tell people what is in the cache container along with what you took and what you left.
4) Shout Out for the Cache Owner – Thank the cache owner for placing the cache.
5) Learn from Others – As part of the Lost and Found promotion in 2010, we asked people to nominate great geocaching logs. Read the nominations here.

Cache owners can reward those who write great logs by sending them a thank you email through their Geocaching.com profile.

Are you ready to go geocaching now? Visit Geocaching.com to find your next cache, and put your new log writing tips to use!

  • Rokman4

    Wow . . . I really like this . . . thank you for sharing and I am going to really look at these and begin the process of change.  Again . . . thank you!

  • PhantasmNZ

    How about introducing some kind of reward system for good logs (like “karma points” or similar) where a CO could hit a +1 button on a good log, increasing that cacher’s profile 

  • http://ifconfig.blogspot.com Fred Woodbridge

    I’m guessing this won’t work so well for a power trail.

  • Mdt

    TFTA…thanks for the article.  :)

  • Maxbilliards518

    Cache logs … really? With so many power trails who has time for writing a cache log.
    Why not just copy and paste from Cliff notes.

  • Gj289fia

    I’m “guessing” that with “power trails” no one really cares.  I think this discussion pertains to “real” caches.

  • http://ifconfig.blogspot.com Fred Woodbridge

    That was tongue-in-cheek, but “real” caches? Heh.

  • PipSafari

    I was told from the start to make my logs exotic and to describe how and what happened on the way to finding the cache ……and never let the Truth get in the way of a good story !  , that even goes for power trails take pictures and take notes as you go   as it is rewarding for the cache owner whom put the effort in in the first place

  • stagunner

    cut and paste logs are good, when on a  power trail, but even then you can add something unique pertaining to a particular cache,, I have a series of 35 caches and they seem to generate a few  different logs other than the  TFTC..
    I do agree that something like Karma  or Signal points would make it more interesting for the  cachers, negative points would work too,,,

  • TeamElliottFamily

    I always try to write decent logs – I have never ever left a ‘TFTC’ log in the 382 caches I’ve found! This can have some unexpected results though; when I tried to add to the sense of adventure for my first FTF I said that we ‘chased off a seal’ – in reality it shambled off when we were about 150m away (I’m not even sure it had seen us, probably smelled us though) and another cacher got so angry about it he had the cache shut down. I contacted him and told him how the events really unfolded, but he was unwilling to listen at that point. It was a real shame =( SO BE CAREFUL about what you write; not everyone has a sense of humour!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.storey2 Rachel Storey

    Great little article. My son and I are fairly new to Geocaching and I never really thought much about “log etiquette”. These are great tips, and leave me eager to be more involved in my logging.  Thanks for the article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.storey2 Rachel Storey

    I did have a question…how does everyone feel about pictures being posted in the logs? Do you like them or dislike them? When we first started, I was posting pics. But then I thought that maybe people would not appreciate them, too much of a spoiler? Thoughts?

  • Mbdns

    I like to see pics as long as the cache container or the actual hiding spot isn’t in it, pics can be taken in the area without giving up the hide..

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.storey2 Rachel Storey

    That’s a good idea, no actual cache’s.

  • Ed Babitzke

    Sometimes I like photos of the container. I am thinking one thing and it ends up being another. What we call blinkies some call micros. You should not post photos of were the hide is. General area with a view I think would be good.

  • IndyWallin

    the Truth- absolutely!  I try to “expand” the truth as much as possible whenever possible!  If a log can’t make you laugh or tell you something helpful, why read it?

  • IndyWallin

    I’ve often wanted a “like” button on the logs.  Some of them are awesome!

  • dragon flyer

    Yeah, I like the “real’ cache concept too…!  To which I respond with “real” logs… I mainly cache for the cool places it takes me I probably wouldn’t find otherwise, so power trails hold very minimal interest for me. Which means I don’t subject myself to the minimal/cut and paste logging that goes with them…

  • Nitronarc

    I love seeing pics in a log entry …not of the actual hiding spot, but the area around …can make the difference to decide to go or not …I like to post a lot of pics myself!

  • http://www.facebook.com/guenther.stadler Günther Stadler

    Most of the times I add a sentence about the status of the cache box or the logging notebook. Is it ok, broken, wet? It’s another way of telling the cache owner “look, there are other people out there who care”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.gray.1654 Robin Gray

    I have a test for a cache “The yotter test”.  If it is worth sitting down and spending five minutes at a cache site (Maybe to have your sarnies) then the cache was worth placing there.  Most power trails obviously fail this test.  Ingenious hides will always pass, caches with a view will almost always pass.  Caches in the middle of a housing estate will almost always fail.  Nano caches in places where a larger cache could have been put will probably fail.  If you have to ask “what of interest is there here?” then FAIL.

  • JPMZA

    When I add photo’s I always make sure that is not a spoiler.

  • Track Day Toys

    How about removing the ‘Write Note’ option as often inappropriate messages and vicious comments are left in these. They can appear in logs, too, but at least remove one  method of leaving unhelpful and hurtful comments.

  • Jipe78

    Does cache owner sometimes answer to your “great” or friendly logs, to your favorite point ? I think it’s so rare ! In France for my experience !!!


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