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Old 08-13-2017, 12:48 PM   #1
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Blogs. What we'd like to see. Why we write them.

This is out of a thread Seavee started, so inspired by him. It's a thread not to criticize, but to simply answer the following.

Why do you read blogs?
What do you hope to learn or gain from them?
What do you wish there was more of?
What do you wish there was less of?
What would make them better in your mind?
What blog comes closest to your ideal blog?
If you don't blog yourself, why not?

Why do you write blogs?
What do you hope to share in them?
What do you want them to be?
What do you want them not to be?
Does writing a blog add to your pleasure or detract from your boating?
What is more work than it's worth?
If you could change something in your own blogging, what would it be?

For both blog readers and bloggers,

What do you consider essential to a good blog aimed at readers like those on TF.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:06 PM   #2
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I read blogs to get a sense of what cruising in the specific areas I'm interested in , and in the same "type" of boat I have are like.

For example the trials and tribulations of a cruiser along the west coast is interesting to me. How long did they wait in a port for weather? What was the harbor like, how hard it was to get a widget they needed, how was the resturauant... That kind of thing is interesting.

The dry ones where they in three sentences tell that they made ity to XXX port, or the two paragraphs that describe auant mildreds christmas party in ohio dont interest me.

Now describe the potluck at ABC harbor, or the neat place they saw in Santa Cruz, yes that is interesting.

I'm sorry, but since its beyond my ability to dream, the descriptions of Tahiti aboard your 3.6 million dollar expedition yacht are not interesting to me. Not because its not interesting, but because I cannot picture myself doing that.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:09 PM   #3
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Why I read boating blogs
  1. Entertainment. I enjoy stories and pictures of boats and boating.
  2. Dreaming. I enjoy reading about places that I plan to boat to, or that I'd love to do but probably never will.
  3. Education. I'll sometimes find a blog by googling a project or problem

Why I write a blog
  1. Captain's Log. Basically this, fundamentally.
  2. Convenience. I can type faster than I can write and in our boating we almost always have some device with a keyboard available.
  3. Sharing. To let friends and family share in our adventures. If someone else cares, great.
  4. Posterity. I probably read more of my old posts than anyone.

Now, recently I've been remiss in keeping my blog current, but we also haven't done as much boating as we'd like.

And if you'd permit me, I'll share my blog here and feel free to give feedback on what works, and what doesn't. Seriously, I'm interested.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:12 PM   #4
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Read blogs to learn from other people experiences (and mistakes). Started one since I got my boat, but always something else to do than updating it so not a good sign. Goal was to share what I found that may benefit someone else in the same situation.

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For us, we do the blog thing mainly as a record keeping devise. It does require a lot of work by the Admiral and when we are actively cruising updating is difficult because of Wi-Fi access.

If we were to start again, we would probably get our own domain name. This would allow us to work on the posts as a document, then cut and paste directly to the site. Then, once you have wifi, you could upload in just a few minutes.

By using a blog server you limit yourself to the extent of the service. A very time consuming process when we are in port with wifi, especially when your reprovisioning, cleaning and boat repairs at the same time.

That's our story, and were sticking to it.

If by chance, your sitting in the "Tech Library" with time on your side, please visit ours.

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Just a suggestion from a non-blogger. Maybe the TF bloggers that want to share can put a link to their blog in their signature? That way forgetful folks like me can easily find them as I am reminded.
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Much of our boating adventures end up on our website(s) and some on YouTube. We originally began with esmeralde.net to document the building of our Sabre 386 sailboat. It morphed into a kind of online record of our adventures. Then we began recording videos that were uploaded to YouTube. Most of this was for our family and friends benefit as many of them are not boaters.
With the new boat we began a new site utilizing a domain we owned from our now retired business. New web technology led us to our current place.
Again, it is mostly for the benefit of friends and family.
I have no idea who else reads Dorsey's posts but I know that I certainly do. For me personally, reading about our adventures is like reliving them.
I love having them.
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Just a suggestion from a non-blogger. Maybe the TF bloggers that want to share can put a link to their blog in their signature? That way forgetful folks like me can easily find them as I am reminded.
Thanks Dave, Modified ours
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Much of our boating adventures end up on our website(s) and some on YouTube. We originally began with esmeralde.net to document the building of our Sabre 386 sailboat. It morphed into a kind of online record of our adventures. Then we began recording videos that were uploaded to YouTube. Most of this was for our family and friends benefit as many of them are not boaters.
With the new boat we began a new site utilizing a domain we owned from our now retired business. New web technology led us to our current place.
Again, it is mostly for the benefit of friends and family.
I have no idea who else reads Dorsey's posts but I know that I certainly do. For me personally, reading about our adventures is like reliving them.
I love having them.
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Wifey B: We read all of Dorsey's writings from Lobstermen to dumb hubby's who don't wear proper footwear to the woods.
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To answer BandB, I'd like to see more photos illustrating what's in the blogger's text. But the text needs to useful to me. A picture of your Shrimp Scampi isn't really useful.
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Wifey B: We read all of Dorsey's writings from Lobstermen to dumb hubby's who don't wear proper footwear to the woods.
No idea what you are talking about!!!
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Wifey B: Then you better re-read.
Hey, I was there! I know what happened!!!
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Just a suggestion from a non-blogger. Maybe the TF bloggers that want to share can put a link to their blog in their signature? That way forgetful folks like me can easily find them as I am reminded.
Or this?
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Wifey B: We read all of Dorsey's writings from Lobstermen to dumb hubby's who don't wear proper footwear to the woods.
Ha! Someone besides my Mother reads my blog posts!
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Wifey B: They are entertaining. The current ones are an area we haven't been to as well, so something we can look forward to.
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Just a suggestion from a non-blogger. Maybe the TF bloggers that want to share can put a link to their blog in their signature? That way forgetful folks like me can easily find them as I am reminded.


BTW, the signatures don't show up if viewing TF on an IOS app. Likely not an Android app as well. You can see them if you click on the post and select "web view".
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BTW, the signatures don't show up if viewing TF on an IOS app. Likely not an Android app as well. You can see them if you click on the post and select "web view".
Interesting to know. So, neither does your link in your signature.
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Looked at all of the above blogs, and all were interesting.....
Like pix and info on the boats.
Also, a map would be a great reference.

mattkab, on your first ever tow, was it the starter that caused the problem?
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