Halloween doesn't particularly inspire costumes depicting the great explorers of history. For that matter, historical figures are generally excluded. Perhaps there is the occasional president like Abe Lincoln. And Richard Nixon probably still tops the list of most popular presidential mask. There are the American history generics like cowboys and indians. But great explorers are not typically thought of as dress-up fodder. Then again when has there been a great explorer movie that has been a huge hit. No licensing opportunities there so far.
Actually a Christopher Columbus costume might be kind of cool. And Hernando Cortez or any of the other conquistadors would make fine costuming with the metal helmets and all. Lewis and Clark would be a bit more rustic and less exciting I suppose, but it would be a good buddy or couples costume selection-- or add Sacajawea and you got a group. Then there's Marco Polo. Astronauts could probably fit with the explorers crowd, but I think that costume is fairly regularly represented each year. As for me, I think I might go for Cabeza de Vaca (Google him if you're curious), but maybe I'll go into that on some future post.
So why in the world am I pontificating on famous explorers? Well, I have spent a goodly portion of the past several days exploring the blogosphere. It could take more than a lifetime to adequately check them all out. There is really a lot out there-- so many people, topics, styles. What I want to do is figure out as much as I can about this whole realm of the internet. What works? Who reads? Why do people come to your site? How do you keep them coming back? It's really a lot to deal with. No wonder there are so many "courses" on how to do the various internet things. I find myself going in circles in my research at times. But I shall persist. Please if any readers have any suggestions, recommendations, or comments toss them out to me. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Oh, and by the way, don't forget: Halloween is coming!