I thought about not posting this.. but since I'm pretty sure this dude won't be back to my blog (which I'm OKAY with) I decided to post it.
I really want to know your opinion on the matter. Am I in the wrong? I would like to open the topic for discussion!
The following was in my inbox:
Hello. I am the CO (Cache Owner) of XXXXxxXXXX, which you recently found. I noticed on your profile that you have a link to another website on which you show pictures of caches and give detailed directions to where the cache is located. This is not cool, and is really going against the spirit and protocol of caching. It is one thing for someone who may have searched several times and can't find the cache to contact the CO for hints, but it is quite another for someone else to publish the information such as you have done. I know you are fairly new to caching, but wanted you to know.
Given that one of the caches that you had detailed is mine, XXXXXxxxXXXX, please remove the picture of cache and the instructions of it's location. Thanks.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
So I wrote back...
Sorry that you are bummed out by personal blog. But in all fairness I posted a warning that there may be spoilers:
"You can check out my blog here: www.erikajean.com but I must first warn you of spoilers. I post a lot of stuff there... including caches I find and caches I hide. I flat out show pictures of the caches and what not.... so visitor beware!"
I even avoided making it a click-able link.
I did not post your cache XXXxxXXX on my blog!!!! I posted a picture of a micro container that looks similar (I've found MANY of these). I blog about my life and as of right now, caching is it. I have found many other blogs that do this - and they go a step further by naming the cache and giving the GC# - which I don't do... unless I own the cache. I'm sorry that you feel this way, I will take it down if I receive more complaints.
The purpose of me posting is not to tell people where the caches are. I am simply sharing my hobby with the world. Given the information on my blog you still couldn't find these caches with out being on www.geocaching.com and loading the coordinates into a GPS.
So I've been thinking about it more... I don't think he should have sent me that e-mail! I mean I have see some logs that people write decrypted that flat out tell you WHERE it is. Also, how is it any different than people posting pictures in a log of them standing at the location holding up the cache? I try to avoid that on www.geocaching.com too!
I'm not trying to be mean or nasty by posting this. I really just want some opinions on the matter.... I will stop blogging about geocaching if it bothers everyone. You can see all of my geocaching posts HERE
UPDATE: Grumpy Cacher had the WRONG blog. Seriously if you want to send an e-mail like that... checking FACTS might be a good thing to do! DUH!
...but I still want your opinion on the matter ;-)