(Separating the wheat from the chaff.)
Losing the Luster
Those of you who've been with me a while now understand that Bedrock Dreams is NOT your typical or generic gold prospecting and mining site. (Yes, I know I've said this before but it doesn't hurt to reaffirm this point periodically.) I don't call myself "Uncle Bill" or "Prospector Sam" nor does my homepage open with twangy fiddle or banjo music meant to establish how authentic I am. Nor do I openly claim to be an expert on each and every aspect of gold prospecting and mining...I'm good, but not all things to everyone.
When I first started publishing this blog nearly seven years ago, there wasn't much to differentiate Bedrock Dreams from the host of other websites out there except decent grammar and pretty good writing. Back then I tended to lay out the same sorts of basic information and tips that 99.9% of the other gold prospecting blogs and sites continue (even now) to regurgitate day after day.
Now hold on a minute before you blow your cork pard...learning about gold pans, sluices, highbankers, dry washers, gold locations, gold claims, and gold deposition is pretty much mandatory on the front end of this thing of ours and is practical, necessary information. However, beyond the front end this sort of basic "how to" info eventually loses its luster and becomes much less useful in the long run.
("How to's" are great...up to a point.)
Don't get me wrong...Bedrock Dreams contains plenty of this sort of introductory information but at some point I made a conscious decision to go against the grain and try to "elevate" things by throwing in bits of my personal mining experiences and philosophy, as well as trying to get you to see that there's much more to all this than just gold pans or banjos and fiddles. There's a unique and colorful history to gold mining that should be examined, personalities and characters who deserve recognition, and veteran-level techniques and practices that should be incorporated...whether mine or yours. You see, most of you who were novices or "newbies" when you first started reading Bedrock Dreams are now journeymen (or women) if not out-and-out veterans now.
I Could Be Wrong
One thing I try to do here is to get you to think outside the box a bit. There's plenty of status quo prospecting and mining advice out there these days but very little in the way of contrarian or what I'd term "imaginative" advice. It's all, "Look for this, do that, buy this, and then do that again." Solid info to be sure...at least when you're starting out as a prospective gold miner. Me? I'm interested in taking it all to another level with you.
Whether you're a consistent reader or simply a new visitor to Bedrock Dreams who finds that your need for basic, "how to" gold prospecting and mining information is not being met here then let me suggest that you'd probably be better off on an "Uncle Bill" or "Prospector Sam" website. You see, I'm not marching backward for anyone. At the same time I want to present a unique, personalized viewpoint on all things gold mining that will hopefully lift your knowledge and expertise levels above the the mundane and the usual.
I could be wrong, but I think I can make you a better miner and hopefully a better person. In the long run, can they do the same?
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2014
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