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Old 08-14-2017, 02:43 AM   #21
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:25 AM   #22
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I love travel stories whether entire books, short stories, or blog posts. A travel blog generates interest in me for visiting the new places also I like to read back over them to remind me of how I felt when I was there. Some folks here on TrawlerForum give you the excellent writing, photography, travel tips and entertaining insight.

Create long-form content, use images, add emotional words to trigger reactions, carry out keyword research, promote your blog via social media. The beauty of the Internet is that you don't have to leave home to make connections then put a linked contact form in a page.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:03 AM   #23
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I read blogs of areas where I've been or where I'm planning on going. I wouldn't really care about a blog from CA or Mexico, but if you're travelling up and down the USA east coast or the great loop I would find it interesting and probably read it.

The thing that bugs me and turns me off about most blogs is, they appear in reverse order so if you're not reading them in real time you gave to try to find the first day, read that, look for the next day, read that, and so forth. They are very difficult to follow.

Some folks have a good writing style, like telling a story. Some do not. That makes a difference as well.

Why do I write a blog? It's not a "blog" as such. I had a Facebook "group" of friends from our marina at the time. We would post boating stuff on it. The first day we set out on what was to be a several hundred mile, month long trip, that evening a good friend posted wondering where we were.

Rather than just saying where we were, I wrote a detailed account of our first day; where we went, what we saw, where we ended up, etc. with a little humor thrown in.

The reaction from group members was good enough that I started writing every day. Rather than writing in Facebook, I wrote in MS Word and copied and pasted each day's writing to Facebook so at the end of the trip I had a single document with 31 or so "chapters", one for each day. I also had several hundred digital photos and had posted many of these on Facebook as well.

Once we got home, I had the bright idea of making the document into two columns and double sided like a book. I inserted a couple photos on each page, added front and back covers and printed the whole thing to show friends and relatives who weren't on Facebook.

I've done this for every extended cruise since and I'm up to number 8 or 9 by now.

I've since added non-boating friends and relatives to the Facebook group and I've put the books on the Internet for friends and others to read.

I sometimes read them myself just to relive my adventures.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:24 AM   #24
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mattkab, on your first ever tow, was it the starter that caused the problem?
Definitely need to write a followup on this issue.

The starter was the problem in this particular case, but I had been fighting electrical issues on and off for over two years:
I replaced my alternator because it wasn't working
I had this issue with the starter
I had to replace my house bank (lead acid) as they were all dry
My bow thruster sometimes didn't have enough amps to run, or would throw the circuit protection

And then I had this issue:
http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s...ues-26966.html
Short Synopsis: After rebuilding the starter, we were working on the boat and my wife saw smoke coming from the are of the starter. I immediately shut down, but there was still an electrical motor running. I had to disconnect the battery to get it to stop -- battery terminals were too hot to touch.

Fast forward a few weeks of diagnosis, and it was discovered that the 3-bank Xantrax battery charger that we had was faulty, and would "randomly" combine circuits, running 24 (or even 36) volts through the system. We didn't diagnose the why -- but after replacing the unit, all my electrical problems have gone away.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:25 PM   #25
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A sample day's post from a recent trip:

Captain’s Log, day four (April 23, 2017)
We don’t want this to turn into a boat repair blog but if we’re going to tell it like it is, we have to tell it like it is.
Our boat, being considerably smaller than Donald Trump’s yacht, has what is called a “wet head”. This means that the shower, toilet and sink are in the same compartment and the sink faucet lifts out and becomes the shower head. This saves space but means that to take a shower you have to remove everything that’s not in a cabinet, shower, wipe everything dry and move all the “stuff” back in. There’s also a hot and cold shower in the cockpit (the open back of the boat) so showering there, the water goes down the drain and the sun and wind dry everything. Whenever we’re out of sight of other people, this is where we shower.
When we woke up this morning, the current had turned HIGH COTTON to where the cockpit was facing the marsh, away from anyone so Captain Ron decided this would be a good time to take a shower. He got his soap and shampoo, washcloth and towel and went out to shower.
Problem – No hot water. Not that the water wasn’t hot, no water came out when the ‘hot” faucet was turned on. This can’t be, he thought so after a short study of the situation, he removed all the extra food and supplies from under the galley sink to reveal a valve that had been accidentally turned off. He turned it on, gathered his supplies and got his refreshing shower. OK, maybe that’s not a “repair” but something didn’t work, something was done and that solved the problem.
Our anchorage last night was fine once the local boats went to wherever they go. We did have one party boat go by with the stereo on about 1:00 AM but that’s not unusual. The downside of this anchorage is, being close to the city and with the docks having lights on them, it wasn’t as dark as we would have liked. It is secure and protected though.
We got underway relatively early, considering the shower incident. South of Thunderbolt there are many high end waterfront neighborhoods and as we have grown to expect, endless unnecessary no-wake zones. After ten miles or so, we were out of the suburbs and out of civilization.
When many folks hear the term “Intracoastal Waterway”, they think the government dug a canal from Virginia to Florida, sort of an “I 95” for boats. That’s not the case. Mostly, the ICW is made up of natural creeks, rivers and bays or sounds heading generally south with short canals or “cuts” connecting them together. This is especially true in Georgia where the creeks and rivers wind back and forth in endless “S” curves. A boat heading south on the ICW could be heading south, east or west at any given time. North even, for short distances.
We were underway for nearly eight hours today, winding back and forth. We didn’t see as many small boats today but we saw a lot of the “snowbirders” heading back to their summer homes. They must have thought we were lost!
Again, we came upon lots of dolphins or “big fishies” as the ship’s puppy knows them. One swam alongside us for a while and she was the first to notice. Patti saw a couple large turtles as well but they went back down before anyone else could see them. We also have entered the territory of the infamous Georgia green flies. Patti broke out the fly swatter and she is not afraid to use it.
We caught up with our “friends” with the tugs and dredging equipment again. They travel at about two knots but they run continuously so each time we stop for the night they get ahead of us again. This time they were in a relatively wide spot so after failing to raise them on the marine radio, we used the standard horn signal and went on by. Two other boats behind us eventually did the same as well.
We forgot to mention that a couple days ago, our Master Card company called to say there had been a fraudulent attempt to use our card in North Carolina so they put a hold on the card until they can send us a replacement. Well, that’s fine except for the moment, we have no fixed address. We have a good Discover Card but not all places take Discover Cards. We’ll have to figure out when we will stay at a marina for a couple days and call and have it sent there.
About 4:00 PM we pulled off the ICW to an anchorage on the Crescent River. We’re just a couple hundred yards west of the ICW. A large motor yacht went on past us and anchored a quarter mile or so away.
Dinner tonight will be tomatoes, cucumbers and mozzarella cheese with balsamic dressing. Reservations have been made for the Jekyll Harbor Marina for tomorrow night. Restaurant, pool showers, the works. Florida is a couple more days away.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:29 PM   #26
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:12 PM   #27
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Interesting thread, as I'm contemplating a blog for my upcoming boat. As my boat will be new, I don't plan on having a ton of equipment issues that I would write about.

As to CDreamer's comment about scampi, I get tons of good feedback on my facebook food pics. I think my main motivation would be allowing friends and family to see what we are up to, along with helping out fellow cruisers.

I did a daily photographic blog for five years (Dream Tomorrow, Live Today, Cherish Yesterday) and the people I met through blogging really did change my life.

My favorite blogs/posts are about cruising grounds, particularly in the PNW where I am. The discussions about anchorages, difficult passages, various kinds of tips are great. I recall one where the whole post was about catching some fish in Alaska, then grabbing some glacial ice for drinks. Great motivation for me to experience same.

Pretty much anything that will help me get experience, be safer, that kind of thing.
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:25 PM   #28
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Just a data point... not really sure what it means...

But my little personal blog gets well over 700 visitors a month, and over 1000 page views. And has for over 3 years, even as my rate of posting has fallen off dramatically.

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JustBob - I completely agree that Facebook is the right place for your family to view pix of your dinner.
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:21 PM   #30
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I like to see pictures and hear about interesting places. When problems occur I want to learn the best way to solve them. I tend to read east coast USA blogs. There is a lot left to explore here. Things have changed so much since I was travelling the seaboard it is mostly all new vistas.

Civilization sure has spread out.

As for me I am having the most fun aboard Seaweed. This is the best life. I love life, my Seaweed and Skipper too.

I started my website at the suggestion of an online friend. He had read some of my posts on various forums and said I should post on Facebook. Well, I am not a Facebook person and their TOS (Terms Of Service) state they own all content. No. Make that"Heck NO!"

So I started uploading to my website. It's been nearly four years so far. I believe my writing has improved. For certain the photographs have gotten much larger, layout is better, etc. I am still polishing my craft. As long as it is fun, I will continue to do so.

You are invited to visit.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:11 PM   #31
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JustBob - I completely agree that Facebook is the right place for your family to view pix of your dinner.
I shall give this due consideration.
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In response to the OP.

Bruce pretty much summed up why we do our blog. First, the new build, kind of a no brainer.

Second, now that we are cruising, it's mainly to keep our friends and family posted on where we are and what we are doing, plus our own record of our activities (so we don't argue later on about what we actually did).

I do think about audience from time to time. It gets complicated when I try to hard to write for a specific audience. You start to think about 'what does the audience(s) want/need to know', and it drags you down paths that you don't really want to travel. For instance, ours is not meant to be a "cruising guide", as we don't try to catalog every bit of information about a trip or a port that any/every cruiser might want or need to know. Instead, it is more about our experiences, and offering a sense of how we roll.

I don't expect anyone to follow the blog religiously (or at all). I do think that it might be an interesting reference for someone who is, for instance, thinking of buying a trawler or an American Tug, or someone thinking about maybe doing a Maine cruise. It might come up in Google searches for topics such as these, and thus specific posts might be of passing interest.

One of my big problems with the whole concept of having people (strangers) 'follow' the blog is that I hop around to completely different topics. Cruising Maine one day, Airstreaming on another day, and Scottish Terriers (or FOOD!) on a third day. Someone interested in trawlers is going to get totally confused, and possibly annoyed, when they start reading about Scottish Terriers.

So in the end, I write about things that matter to us. I hope someone, somewhere, might find some benefit, but in the end I do it for us.
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In response to the OP.

Bruce pretty much summed up why we do our blog. First, the new build, kind of a no brainer.

Second, now that we are cruising, it's mainly to keep our friends and family posted on where we are and what we are doing, plus our own record of our activities (so we don't argue later on about what we actually did).

I do think about audience from time to time. It gets complicated when I try to hard to write for a specific audience. You start to think about 'what does the audience(s) want/need to know', and it drags you down paths that you don't really want to travel. For instance, ours is not meant to be a "cruising guide", as we don't try to catalog every bit of information about a trip or a port that any/every cruiser might want or need to know. Instead, it is more about our experiences, and offering a sense of how we roll.

I don't expect anyone to follow the blog religiously (or at all). I do think that it might be an interesting reference for someone who is, for instance, thinking of buying a trawler or an American Tug, or someone thinking about maybe doing a Maine cruise. It might come up in Google searches for topics such as these, and thus specific posts might be of passing interest.

One of my big problems with the whole concept of having people (strangers) 'follow' the blog is that I hop around to completely different topics. Cruising Maine one day, Airstreaming on another day, and Scottish Terriers (or FOOD!) on a third day. Someone interested in trawlers is going to get totally confused, and possibly annoyed, when they start reading about Scottish Terriers.

So in the end, I write about things that matter to us. I hope someone, somewhere, might find some benefit, but in the end I do it for us.
We do find it interesting. Among the more interesting to us as our knowledge of your current cruising area is very limited. As to meeting the audience needs, until they start paying I wouldn't worry much about that. Write what you like. If others want to read it, fine. If not, fine. We also like reading about the two of you and the Scottish Terriers. It's all what you choose to write about. If people like it, great. If they don't, they can get a complete refund of their subscription they purchased.
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My blog is for my personal pleasure. I like messing around with it. From time to time, I might post something others find interesting. Mostly, I focus on the work we are doing to the boat. It is a good way to keep track of it. At some point in the future we will sell the boat. I'd like prospective buyers to see that we have kept up with maintenance, fixed things properly, and generally made the boat more pleasant to be on. I post some travels, but not that much. We use the boat more than it appears from reading the blog.

I try to post photos of projects but usually forget to take the photos until I am well in to it. Since I am not much of a wordsmith, I usually post lots of photos.

If someone finds something useful on the site, that's great, but I am not writing for anyone else but me. That should be obvious by the quality of the writing.

The desire to blog ebbs and flows like the tide. I have five or six posts in the pipeline now. Just need to find the time to work on them.
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