bluelake publications

digital | content | creation

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

Here's some examples.

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 crazyguyonabike.com

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

nelsonbuildingreports.co.nz 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 nelsonbuildingreports.co.nz.

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

paperconservation.co.nz 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

detailarchitecture.com.au 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

tramping.net.nz 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 tramping.net.nz 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 Brainpickings.org

One of my favourite websites to scan on a daily basis is this long running curation of book reviews: brainpickings.org. 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 tramping.net.nz 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

Use .htaccess to block unwanted bots

deleting semalt.com

I have been having them bot my sites up to 100 times a day, each from various servers around the world, all from various sub domains.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 28 August 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 tramping.co.nz, 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.

How?

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 cycletrailsaustralia.com 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 tramping.net.nz 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

99u.com | insights on productivity, organization, and leadership to help creatives people push ideas forward

author | GJ Coop | posted | 07 February 2014

tramping.net.nz takes shape, but plenty to go

Been busy working on tramping.net.nz 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 tramping.net.nz website.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 02 November 2013

tramping.net.nz 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