bluelake publications

digital | content | creation

Yeah, bluelake writes for the internet. Well, GJ does.

Here's some examples.

Hot water cylinder

A replacement hot water cylinder had languished in my living room for many months, getting comments from visitors about my new sculpture, and then, much later, “Oh, that lump is still here”.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 12 June 2023

Living room transformation

The exposed beams and rafters in my living room were a vexation to my spirit. They had to go.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 10 November 2022

Rakiura, trip 11, I think

The Northwest Circuit has been my go to tramp for winter expeditions on many occasions.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 12 September 2022

South Marlborough, second time around

Mission accomplished, but after staggering over Blind Saddle six times in the past five years, up 1200 m from near sea level, perhaps I’ll avoid this area for a while.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 12 September 2022

Mid-winter 2022

Much better to do something positive, particularly as my body is starting to show wear and tear, and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to crack out these two week + expeditions.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 12 September 2022

Roaring Lion Hut, May 2022

A now or never moment. If I didn’t do it in these perfect conditions, I never would.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 12 June 2022

April blues

Ladder on the table. Not good.

Will I ever learn?

author | GJ Coop | posted | 27 April 2022

Printing out

Printing with Canon Pro 300 A3+ photo printer

What’s the point of having 250,000 images on my computer if no one gets to appreciate them.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 27 April 2022

Gone viral

My Top Six Quora answer stats

For some reason, my answer is resonated with the world, and has gone viral.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 27 April 2022

Hut bagger

As it turned out, I’ve visited plenty.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 27 April 2022

The joy of camping

The joy of camping

My third day had a high level of energy expenditure, and being blown away by a possible camping site, thought I might as well really experience, the, err, experience.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 27 April 2022

Out of town

Out of town. The North Huxley River basin

In the last year I’ve spent plenty of time in the New Zealand backcountry. Almost three months in total, on a number of different expeditions.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 27 April 2022

Lake Monowai route guide

My primary enthusiasm is to add content rather than modify the existing.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 24 October 2021

Lake Monowai

GJ Coop at Monowai Hut on Day 6

Lake Monowai was a clear winner.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 October 2021

More Rakiura

Rakiura house and car

Man, did I need respite from carrying a heavy pack?

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 October 2021

Rakiura for the tenth time

GJ Coop at Little Hellfire Beach, Rakiura

On the third day, I found that the country was plunged into the tight Level 4 lockdown, effective immediately.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 October 2021

South Coast Track | July/August 2021

GJ Coop at Slaughterburn Hut

You never think that it’s going to be as terrible as it is, but I was reminded of the horror of some parts that can’t be circumvented. Still, you forget quickly as well. It wasn’t so bad.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 October 2021

I'm outta here

8 am winter gloom in Nelson

After two months of sorting out my life, and some procrastination, I eventually departed Nelson for a serious break down in the deep south of the country.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 October 2021

Heading south, finally

I’m planning on a 2½ months escape, and only returning when I fail to cast a shadow.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 19 July 2021

Website servers and ensuing coding headaches

But I’m a content creator, not a coder.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 10 July 2021

Wellington, ie, civilisation

Living in a relatively isolated town where everything becomes exceedingly familiar, well, breaking out every now and again becomes important to mental well-being.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 10 July 2021

5000+ upvotes? Really!

I’m not intending this blog as a standard humblebrag. It’s more as astonishment as what spread of thoughts is possible with this Internet thing.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 10 July 2021

Mid-winter beachside camping

Yeah, it all worked out. No need for perfection after all.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 10 July 2021

Writing progress

It’s slow work editing a paperback, thinking it’s my legacy for posterity, so the text needs to be as good as I can get it.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 19 June 2021

Yeah, Quora again

This site, bluelake, shouldn’t be allowed to languish.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 19 June 2021

Vale, Douglas

author | GJ Coop | posted | 19 June 2021

Back again: time to resurrect this blog

After a three-year hiatus, this blog is cranking up again.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 19 June 2021

More—1000+ views x 53

Some of my recent answers on have been getting views. What I consider a lot of views.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 22 July 2018

Leslie-Karamea Track radio interview

Leslie-Karamea Track near Crow Hut

Here’s the thing: you can make all the excuses in the world, but when you are in the spotlight a true star performs.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 18 June 2018

Diverted off to

rakiura house and car

I have stories, and decent images to illustrate. Might as well share my knowledge.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 07 June 2018

Filling in some blank space

Kindle with Heading West

My main thought has been: Is this the most that can be made from this story?

author | GJ Coop | posted | 01 May 2018

A path for 2018

Beyond the Stafford River

There is something about Mid Goulter Hut that seems to unleash my creative juices, and helps find my inspiration.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 01 May 2018

My new ebook? Lots of research, not much writing.

My new ebook. Lots of research, not much writing.

Perhaps my new ebook could be a narrative about aging, or be dealing with making difficult decisions.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 29 March 2018

I have been writing. Just not here. stats for GJ Coop

I discovered

author | GJ Coop | posted | 20 March 2018

Spare time? What I'm up to

editing Munda Biddi ebook

I’m now in the process of converting my two other 100,000 word e-books to paperbacks.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 01 March 2018

Top writer 2018!!

named Top Writer on Quora

I’m not surprised the answers have been appreciated. But I am surprised my answers have been seen.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 24 February 2018

I've gone viral!!

an answer gone viral

One of mine started strongly, and didn’t stop on its trajectory for a week.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 10 June 2017

Exercise in frustration—Summer 2017

Flooding Whitcombe River

My summer of 2017 was a number of lessons in frustration.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 01 May 2017 is another question and answer site

257 answers on Quora

The thing is no one will ever be persuaded to alter their opinion through argumentation. Might as well head to less controversial subjects.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 29 April 2017

100 Days | Walking Te Araroa paperback version arrives!!

100 Days paperback books arrive

Eight days after ordering some copies there was a courier turning up at the door with a box requiring a signature.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 24 November 2016

formatting the paperback edition

formatting the paperback version

Formatting the text and illustrations neatly on a page? That’s another task.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 24 August 2016

New 100 days cover

original cover on left, later version on right

There is little point in subtlety if you want sales. The image has to ring like a bell.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 05 June 2016

Converting an ebook into a paperback | 100 Days of Tramping

cover for the paperback version of 100 Days of Tramping by GJ Coop

Converting an e-book into a self-published paperback version isn’t so difficult, after all, you already have the text sorted. Well, almost.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 05 May 2016

Gathering 500gb+ of photo images into one library!!

one of 500gb of images, the road out of Menzies, Western Australia, 11 2009

Merging and transferring the first two libraries has been easy enough, the issue is filling in some gaps.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 01 May 2016

My first 5 star review

First Amazon 5 star review, for zzOz

If I summed up the message it’s probably this: words for thoughtful people about how I attempted to create a meaningful life.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 03 April 2016

My long bluelake blog hiatus ends

Been some bigger numbers over the summer.

I’m now back settled once again so I’m hoping I’ll get back into the swing of more regular posts, perhaps catching up all a few gaps.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 10 March 2016

2 women on a parallel path

The tall and short of it: Henry and Mirjam are moving in a parallel existence.

Two people entirely relaxed in their solitude, and each following a path that is somewhat parallel to my own.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 03 March 2016

1,250,000+ hits!!

500,000+ hits at

Having been working in a serious way on this website stuff about six years, I thought I’d do a reconciliation of how effective it has been. After all, I’ve put a fair effort into documenting my Little Adventures.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 05 September 2015

What! Another revision

a random 100 Days of Walking image

Still working on my new book 100 Days of Tramping.

There’s so much to write about. The passage of time, how you change, and don’t, over the course of adulthood. The discussion isn’t limited to tramping, it’s the possibilities about thinking about Life in general, decisions made, etc.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 24 August 2015

The Otira Pub | just another day on the Te Araroa Trail

The Otira pub interior

An extract from the book I am currently working on called, err,

100 Days of Tramping Te Araroa

I recount my thoughts and experiences when I walked the South Island section of Te Araroa, from Bluff to Ships Cove in the Summer of 2015. Oh, and there were 16 days getting as far south as is sensible to walk in New Zealand, down on Stewart Island/Rakiura, as a pre-amble.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 30 July 2015

1200 hit day

My documentation of the Hanging Valley Shelter is the best in town and it has received a pummelling from Canada today. My hits have been usually around the 300 mark, dropping somewhat lower in mid week in the winter. Surprisingly consistent actually.

Today the website received the biggest number of hits for a single day, 1200.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 27 July 2015 released to the wild

Nelson Building Reports website

I’ve been somewhat quiet in the last six weeks, head down working on my latest website, the very static

It’s been designed to suit viewing on a phone primarily, although it looks OK on a desktop.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 23 July 2015

100 Days of Tramping +Te Araroa+

GJ heading up to Stag Saddle and looking over to Mt Cook/Aoraki

“Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord. Walking allows us to be in our bodies and in the world without being made busy by them. It leaves us free to think without being wholly lost in our thoughts.”

Rebecca Solnit from Wanderlust: A History of Walking

author | GJ Coop | posted | 13 June 2015

North Island images | May 2015

Lots of yellow in Wellington

It always seems easy to crack out photos in Wellington for some reason, Tauranga not so much.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 07 June 2015 arrives

Diana Coop Conservation website image

Obviously there has been a major design shift needed with 50% of web page views now on them small screens — you don’t have much territory to play with.

So: simplify, and you can’t have major bandwidth requirements, ie, no big slow loading slideshows.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 03 June 2015

wayback nostalgia webpage from the distant past

I loved the use of substantial, dynamic imagery and the otherwise minimalist design with an expanse of whitespace, something that was rare at the time, kinda echoing my architectural design sense.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 06 May 2015 hits 616 pages!

616 page sitemap submitted to be indexed by Google.

With some simple search engine optimisation, ie, following Google’s guidelines, many search inquiries show on the first page, often just immediately under DOC’s listing.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 06 May 2015

Awesome! This page is mobile friendly

Awsome! This page is mobile friendly

April 21 has been the day that Google started to penalise a website’s rankings if they didn’t get mobile friendly. If it doesn’t work well on a mobile phone, well, your ranking is going to be severely downgraded.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 21 April 2015

TA SI NOBO, Te Araroa South Island north bound

As it turned out TA SI was a fantastic experience, meeting around 120 of the approximate 300 people who had similarly occupied their time this way, getting to cross country I not experienced before, love that tussock. Overall it was more remorseless than I had anticipated, plenty of 500m climbs up to passes between the valleys, more than one 1700m climbing day and it turns out that 1400km is actually a long way.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 04 April 2015

Camping in the Tin Range, Stewart Island

Can't believe I'm really here, Port Pegasus not so far now. | Tin Range, Stewart Island

If you are heading south to Invercargill with a tent it kinda makes sense to pop over to Stewart Island and make use of the tracks while the days are long.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 04 April 2015

Mt Richmond excursion

Mt Richmond isn’t apparent from Nelson, you need some distance, like over near Abel Tasman, to see the distinctive, if not memorable, shape. After more than half a lifetime it’s now proved time to climb the peak.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 13 December 2014

Why Richard Flanagan is donating his $40,000 prize to an Indigenous literacy charity

The lesson that my father took from the prisoner of war camps and imparted to me was that the measure of any civilised society was its willingness to look after its weakest.

Money is like shit, my father used to say. Pile it up and it stinks. Spread it around and you can grow things.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 December 2014

Roger's birthday celebrations at Totaranui

How come everyone is just so damn happy? Maggie, Gerald and Roger.

Instead there was the full realisation that this moment, in this place, was what was important. This is where people wanted to be, nothing else was more important in their lives in this instance. What’s right in front of my face, personal communication between a group of people who don’t know everybody in attendance, just an agglomeration of the closest friends of the birthday boy, Roger.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 25 November 2014

Brainpickings picks at Leonardo's Brain

Leonardo's brain, from

One of my favourite websites to scan on a daily basis is this long running curation of book reviews: It’s all about interestingness.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 18 November 2014

45 nights in DOC huts, maybe just a few too many in one go

I’m back in Nelson after my two month squelch around Fiordland, all part of filling in gaps for my website.

I call it primary research.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 November 2014

15 days walking in Arthurs Pass National Park

Better not forget about my 15 days in Arthurs Pass National Park prior to the major Fiordland expedition.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 November 2014

Christchurch. Whose city is this now?

There’s such a vacancy, a vacuum to the centre, so much lost by the earthquakes, so few people, such an expanse of gone-ness.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 19 September 2014

Phew ... the first eight ebooks finally cranked out

bluelake book titles image

So eight e-books more or less down, another two stories ready to go.

But rather than crack those out I’m itching to get out there, despite the supposedly wintery nature down at 41ºS currently. I kinda need some additional “research” for, fill in some gaps in the coverage, ready for the summer season which is not so far away.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 23 August 2014

E-books | All you really need to know about formatting for the Amazon Book Store

zzOz | zig zag across Australia ebook image

I’ve finally sorted this e-book formatting for once and all, as they say. And my problem with ebook formatting turned out to be not anything much to do with my allegations of font stripping.


I did nothing.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 16 August 2014

Kindle Digital Publishing and custom font embedding

I’ve spent an inordinate effort in attempting embedment of custom fonts in various e-books at KDP in recent weeks.

It’s not exactly a simple process but once you understand the principles it’s kind of 1-2-3.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 09 August 2014

a brief extract from zzOz

alice sex image

Day 159 | Midway through my time in Alice

A flurry of love interest here, beyond my tendency to be an outrageous flirt, I emerged from under a rock, but the female of the species can be fickle, everything was perfect so there must be a problem. For a while I wasn’t sure if we were paused at a semi-colon, with a long list of fun about to blossom, a colon, slight pause followed by more, only slightly different, or the complete full stop.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 10 July 2014

zzOz is up, I'm an author

GJ is an author

Yup, zzOz is up, I’m an author, even if no one has actually paid for my work yet.

Nothing like publishing two, yes, exactly two, full length books on the same day.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 06 July 2014

INFJ, hunh?

Myers Briggs test

100 years ago, my partner of the time, who couldn’t make sense of me, decided a Myers Briggs Personality Type Test was essential, as in, right this minute. On a website with a comprehensive test, like, 16 Personalities, you answer 60 questions and you get categorised in the continuum between a few opposing poles.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 01 July 2014

Constructing an ebook, or two | Heading West

heading west book

When I arrived in Perth, after 464 days out on the road, I had decided to construct my own Textpattern website and the task of copying the text and uploading the photos from CG was undertaken. (Txp is a lightweight but entirely powerful interface that allows direct fiddling with the basic HTML. Once you come to grips with HTML and CSS there’s not much you can’t do, although it still hasn’t resolved how to cope with image sizing, then again the whole internet hasn’t got that sorted yet.)

author | GJ Coop | posted | 17 June 2014

the cruise to Rabbit Island

The 15 image slideshow gives an indication why Nelson ain’t such a bad place to live, even nearing the shortest day.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 15 June 2014

Cycling through crocland in 1914

Ryko bike 1914
author | GJ Coop | posted | 13 June 2014

Hummingbird, Google's new indexing system

hummingbird blog extract
author | GJ Coop | posted | 13 June 2014

Reid Cycles blog

5 epic Australian touring rides that will inspire you
author | GJ Coop | posted | 06 June 2014

cranking up a 99 image popup slide show

author | GJ Coop | posted | 01 June 2014

oozled | curated creative design and development resources

author | GJ Coop | posted | 25 May 2014

five principles: a guide to Joshua Porter's UX design philosophy

author | GJ Coop | posted | 25 May 2014

tweeking that jquery slideshow

Coding your website design can be a complex operation to nut out. Translating your concept into screen simplicity.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 04 May 2014

four Design Principles, plus another one for free

With my first hack at a website back in January 2009, a blog made with iWeb that eventually evolved into my site, I had four Design Principles that were at variance with what was then current practice.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 02 May 2014

Nelson to, umm, the Lewis Pass, or, 20 days of sunshine, (2 days of rain)

author | GJ Coop | posted | 23 April 2014

the Nelson Trolley Derby 2014

author | GJ Coop | posted | 16 March 2014

Cyclone Lusi remnant, Nelson takes a battering

author | GJ Coop | posted | 16 March 2014

Abel Tasman Inland Track | short and sweet

abel tasman inland track

I finally loaded up the latest, and shortest, track route information page on the site, the Abel Tasman Inland Track.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 16 March 2014

Abel Tasman Inland Track blog

I’ve just added some notes on my latest sojourn in the hills last weekend, over to the close by Abel Tasman National Park to walk the little traversed Inland Track . . .

author | GJ Coop | posted | 13 March 2014

Sunrise 4 March 2014

author | GJ Coop | posted | 04 March 2014

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author | GJ Coop | posted | 25 February 2014

the sad case of Andy Wyatt

author | GJ Coop | posted | 22 February 2014

a new ritual | the Nelson Saturday market

author | GJ Coop | posted | 22 February 2014 | insights on productivity, organization, and leadership to help creatives people push ideas forward

author | GJ Coop | posted | 07 February 2014 takes shape, but plenty to go

Been busy working on in the last month and have added another 99 pages, it’s now up to 256.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 17 January 2014

The Great Discontent | Alistair Humpheys

author | GJ Coop | posted | 16 January 2014

Early Summer Southern Tour | heading south once again

It’s the start of my, umm, Early Summer Southern Tour, gathering additional raw material for my website.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 02 November 2013 is starting to acquire pages

author | GJ Coop | posted | 25 October 2013

Christchurch revisited

author | GJ Coop | posted | 15 August 2013

how Google works

author | GJ Coop | posted | 14 March 2013