More than once, I’ve looked for signs of people writing about minerals, collecting, and mineralogy. There are a few out there on the web, but not as many as I might have expected. Although there are geologists represented in many fora – as well there should be – there are not that many people talking about the mineral sciences.
People continue to be fascinated by rocks and minerals, from small children to adults. Sometimes, they’re interested for the right reasons, sometimes not. I’ll clarify what I mean by that shortly. But it is apparent that local gem and mineral shows still draws thousands of people out on their week-ends to come and look at the wares on offer, be they jewels, minerals, or fossils, that there is an appetite for this sort of knowledge, this sort of fun.
And it is fun. When I was at school, I was the only kid I knew who collected rocks and minerals. For that matter, I was the only kid that I knew who was spending his lawn mowing money on back numbers of the Mineralogical Record, rather than on proto-attempts at wooing. As Stephen Fry once said, “this was in the seventies, and girls hadn’t been invented yet.” I vividly remember a cartoon drawn by a school friend at the time – a crude image of someone (presumably me) wearing a knapsack and carrying a gun, with the legend “have fun rock hunting”. So the amusing misconceptions were perpetuated, but I was still having a good time. Minerals, with their mysterious chemistry and sometimes sublime appearance under magnification, could be a topic of endless interest… For me, the always were.
So I’ve been giving this idea some thought, and the notion hasn’t gone away. I’ve also been looking at my collection again, for the first time in years, and realising that (a) I have some surprisingly good things, (b) that there are some stories to be told around that collection, and (c), that my interest has revived in a surprisingly pronounced manner. For those reasons, at least, I should, I think, maintain a blog about mineralogy. And other things, of course, but mainly mineralogy. And we’ll see how that goes.
I’ve maintained a blog before, so this isn’t new territory, but it is something slightly different, in that I will attempt to stay – for the most part – on one topic. And I’ll also be shooting for regular entries – but we’ll see how well that works out too…
Onward, then, valiant reader!