Logging the finds has always been and probably always will be a very discussed issue. All of us (or most of us) want to receive nice thoughtful logs on our caches, especially on those caches that are special, at which we worked a lot. But it so happens that not always the finders take the time to write properly on the logbook or write a nice log online.

When it comes to the physical signing of the book, one thing I hate is when people are in such a rush to „be done” that they do not care WHERE they place their name. They have no problem signing at the end of the logbook or leaving many empty pages between the last log and their own… In my opinion that is just rude!

For the online part of the logging process, things are even worse. As a cache owner there are a few log types that I HATE:

The monosilabic or single word logs

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TFTC” or ”😀” or ”Found it” logs…. They are so common, so many people do it, especially newbies….

I know people who DO NOT log their finds, so I think a monosilabic log is better than no log. Therefore I „forgive” these logs especially if the cache is a simple Park&Grab or there is absolutely NOTHING special about it;

As a cache owner, when I get a log like this I’m almost neutral.. I see the mail, and I continue with my day. Like it never happened! When one of my special caches gets one of these, I get a bit upset, but that’s life 🙂

The Copy/Paste logs

Here we have more than one sub-type of logs some acceptable and others really annoying.

Some geocachers have this habit of always writing the same thing over and over again, no matter what cache they find or how. On some caches they might add something different but many times they just use the same text. No matter what day it is, no matter when they found the cache…  As a owner you have to always read the same boring text to see if maybe there is something related to your cache or not… at the end you realize you spend some time reading a lot of useless information. And this is just so annoying…

Type #2: one single general log for a whole trip. Oh, this is also very annoying… It’s when people go on a big or huge trip, but they do not take the time to log their caches properly. They just write a general log about the whole trip and publish that all over. Some might write at least a few words about some of the caches, while many others don’t even get mentioned. You can understand why that is annoying.

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Another type of copy/paste logs is the one I agree with, the one I also do sometimes. When I am on a trip I have the habit to write a general introduction of the trip, then some info about the cache I am currently logging and then some closing words, usually the number, date and time of the find. Or to be more clear, here is an example. This way, I have something to say about each individual cache, or if the cache is just a boring one, with no details to add, there is at least a small story about the rest of the trip. Plus, by having a „heading” the owner and other readers can jump fast to the part of the log that is related to the cache.

The picture above is taken from a cache in Germany, a cache I plan to find on my trip next summer. It says something like: Copy/Paste logs? No thanks! It’s respectful to the owner’s work, and as each cache is different, so should the log entries be different. Write an individual log entry even if it’s at a later time. Better late than never. Email notifications with same content entry is just spam and thus very annoying. 

And I do agree with that! I currently have a repetitive type of logging, advertising my future trip in a few words, at the end of the log. cache-log-4

The example above is for a single find in a day. If there is a bigger trip, I use the format with headings I showed you before and add the same ending.

Logging my finds during GBTE2017

Because I am going to make such a big trip next year, and I am going to find so many caches, some of you might be worried that I am going to do just one huge copy/paste log or make compromises in my logging. THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! I really want this trip to be a good experience for the cache owners also, not just for me, the finder. Also I do want to have a good geocaching reputation and make people happy about meeting me at events. A good log on a cache can totally change a person’s day. So I am writing this post to inform everyone that:

During GBTE2017

I will always take my time to properly sign a logbook without leaving empty pages and

I will write individual, thoughtful online logs for all my finds, following the given example above:

  1. First heading: a short general introduction of my trip (most likely including a link to this website);
  2. Second heading: a general log of the day;
  3. Third heading: particular info about the given cache I am logging;
  4. Closing words, as usual: the number, the date and the time of the find (maybe also the number of finds since the trip started).

I do hope this type of logging will please everyone. In case it is not clear, heading #2 will change daily and heading #3 is the one that is going to be different for every single find. It will be full of information and impressions about the given cache, if the find is a special one (fortunately I have many of those on my planned list). But I must also say, as I currently do, if a cache is basic,  park and grab or there is absolutely nothing special about it, the third header might be very short.

What about you? What kind of logs do you write? What kinds of logs do you like/hate?