I started this blog in March of 2010 as a tool to force me to write. I had been working on a book for some time, and 3 or 4 times I had gotten through the bulk of the writing and decided that I didn't like what I had. The fourth time it was followed by a hard drive crash - thereby losing everything.
After replacing my computer I decided to start over using a blog, which would force me to write - I had a self imposed schedule of three posts a week - and also be a built-in back up, as everything would be saved on the web. I finished writing around a year later, but then the really hard part started. I had no idea how much work was involved after the writing was done. So two years and a few months later it is truly completed. Enlightened Kayaking: A clear path for new paddlers is now available on the iTunes store for iPad ($8.99). The reason it is only available for iPad is the 28 HD videos included. The final form is very different than the form on the blog - including a section on paddling like a zen monk, which I think should be T shirts and water bottles! - There are also videos in the book that aren't on the website. I think it is a great resource for new paddlers, and a new way for experienced paddlers.
I have to say thank you to Mark From Geckopaddler for writing a portion of introduction. Also thanks to Karl from Pinin for the fjords for some great insight. A massive thank you to Catherine from the Confessions of a pugophile for doing an amazing job editing for me - I owe her big! And I couldn't have done any of this without the assistance of my wife who writes at Dirt and Rocks
Check out the book, maybe pass it along to a friend who is interested in paddling. I am very excited to have it done, but now daunted by the work ahead. The next project, and expedition.