DIY “Wow Power” for Your Next Log

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5 Steps to Craft Award-Winning “Found it!” Logs

There are plenty of log types out there, but none more fun than earning a smiley by logging a “Found it!” Check out 5 quick tips to inspire your fellow geocachers with your next log entry.

  • Tell Your Story – The geocache log you write is like the preview to a movie. You’re telling geocachers about an adventure they could experience. Maybe your journey involved seeing the first leaves of spring, looking out from a mountain top or meeting other geocachers on the trail. Your logs help other geocachers decide if the geocache looks fun and exciting enough for them to find.
  • Add a Picture – A picture of a geocacher’s crooked smile after a find says a lot about a geocache. It’s easy to upload pictures on the fly with a Geocaching mobile app. If you’re wondering about the power of a picture in a log check out the 1000 most recent log images. It’s an ever-changing visual gallery of geocaching pictures from around the globe.
  • Name Some Names – Geocaching is all about community. Share the geocaching usernames for those who joined you out in the field. It’s a quick way to help build the local geocaching community and it makes meeting people at Geocaching Mega-Events or Event Caches easier.
  • Add a Favorite Point – Geocaching Favorite Points let you compliment the geocache hider and nudge other geocachers to check out this geocache. While only Premium Members can earn and reward Favorite Points, every can see them.
  • Say Thanks – It’s easy. Watch this, “Thank you for reading this Geocaching Weekly Newsletter.” It feels good. When you log a geocache and say “thank you” it means so much to the geocacher who hid and maintains the geocache. And don’t forget if the geocache needs maintenance leave a “Needs Maintenance” log.

Tell us your tip for great logs in comments!

  • c2icGeocaching

    Oh si tous les géocacheurs pouvaient lire et comprendre ces 5 petits conseils ! C’est tellement dur de recevoir des MPLC à la suite sur une série que l’on a préparé avec beaucoup d’attention !

    Oh if all geocachers could read and understand these 5 quick tips! It’s so hard to receive MPLC following a series that has been prepared with great care! (google translate … sorry)

  • zargfinders

    Yes, TFTC is rather annoying after you spend hours upon hours making, planning, hiding and maintaining your caches. At least it makes the people who have put the work into their logs appreciated.

  • JDubSr

    Great “little” article… I always take pictures, post them with my log and I add either sincerity or humor or BOTH. I appreciate the “MAKERS & PLACERS” for without them there would be nothing to FIND!
    If a cache is maintained well, room left on the log for 20-100 signatures, if the container has special effects, if the hide is out of the ordinary (Geo-Interesting), and eventhough it’s my log, and future cachers will possibly read it, I speak directly to the Cache Owner as if I’m sending the CO an eMail, because that’s what the CO is getting, and I have always been a comedian so if I log your cache you will see what looks like Auto-text added to the bottom of eMails BUT I try to make each one as different as their cache.

    For instance:
    AutoLogging created by my Geocaching UV Light Multi-Processor Tool from the comforts of the A/C inside my Chevy Silverado without a WiFi HotSpot, which is monitored by the GroundSpeak Community & future Geocachers looking for clues. 

  • undertheside

    I would leave much longer messages if it was not so difficult to type with my finger, one letter at a time.
    What is the proper response for a cache that is in a horrible location? for example: a parking lot full of broken glass, overgrown, weeds and garbage.

  • JDubSr

    Google translated:
    Merci pour la traduction vers l’anglais.
    Je suis entièrement d’accord! Plus de géocacheurs doivent lire ces messages, comprendre ce qu’on leur dit, et l’utiliser tous les jours. Ma femme m’accuse d’écriture d’un livre, mais maintenant, elle comprend aussi pourquoi.
    Cache Sur et amusez-vous!

  • Alaskan Bev

    For a DNF log that the CO enjoyed and appreciated, please see my log in verse on 5-13-14 for Roundabound 7, GC4WEJ8.

    Alaskan Bev

  • Blackie

    I’ve been critized by cache owners for posting pictures, writing about the cache, difficulty of reaching it, etc. so I don’t say a whole lot.

  • CacheWhisperer

    I always do my best to write a good log. I look at it as part of the fun! I even wrote a sort of Dr. Seuss type log once for a Dr. Seuss type hide. And I am not good at those sort of things… but that just popped into my head. I, as a cache owner, would much rather see a good log, than one of those TFTC things any day!!!

  • chrysophylax.de

    “The geocache log you write is like the preview to a movie. You’re
    telling geocachers about an adventure they could experience. Maybe your
    journey involved seeing the first leaves of spring, looking out from a
    mountain top or meeting other geocachers on the trail. Your logs help
    other geocachers decide if the geocache looks fun and exciting enough
    for them to find.”

    Well, I really like to tell people the stories i adventure during my searches for geocaches, but why am i allowed to only write 4000 characters? I regularly need two or three “write comments” and one “found” to tell the story about my search. Please don´t say “for memory reasons” – i am allowed to upload hundreds of kilobytes of pictures with the same log…

  • chrysophylax.de

    By the way – what award is there to win? I could think about applying for it 😉

  • Grant Wilson

    I’d say those cache owners were wrong to criticize. If, for example, the cache is difficult to reach, then other cachers should know that before attempting it. Some cachers key on those comments and go find the cache **because** it could be somewhat difficult; they try to find a better, alternate way to find it and then share with future finders. Others will judge whether their willing and able to meet the challenges, and at least they’re able to do that before going for the cache and not sometime during an attempt.

  • Julyanwi

    I have a geocache site on the sidewalk outside my house. It is part of out Little Free Library that my husband built. My sister, who geocaches, suggested adding a cache with the library. I haven’t started geocaching but I love reading the comments that people leave online. We put alot of work into the hide and like to watch people search for it, as well as check out the books that are available. Everyone has been so detailed in their messages and generous with their “favorites”. (We opened 8 weeks ago, have 27 finds and 92% favorites!). So, thank you to all of you who write online! It’s a joy in our day!

  • Guest

    Blackie: As an owner of quite a few caches (600+), I can’t understand why one would criticize a cacher for logs….except if the cache is specially constructed or hidden so as to make the find part of the challenge. A CO would not want a log that exposes the “secret” (i.e. a fake brick in a wall of bricks). Another possibility is if it is a mystery cache or multi and the log or photo gives away the final, a CO would probably not appreciate that. Even then…I wouldn’t criticize but politely request that one modify the log/remove the image. Other than something like that, as a CO who finds “Found It!” or “TFTC” very disappointing, I would welcome your logs and photos anytime on any of my caches. As many CO’s here have posted, we often build our caches because we love reading about the cachers’ experiences. There is even a FB group for Geocaching and the Lost Art of Logging where great logs are shared. Keep on caching! caching name: caccbag

  • Guest

    I would politely mention that in the log – other cachers may want to know and the CO may actually be unaware of the GZ condition. I appreciate receiving logs that mention a change (even adverse) in condition of the GZ….such as recent growth of poison oak that wasn’t there when I hid the cache (so I can warn cachers in the description and add an appropriate attribute), or that the cacher saw hypodermic needles on the ground, etc. (so I can move or even archive the cache as I wouldn’t expose cachers to that).