In the BVI

We’re in the BVI learning to sail a catamaran and getting the kids broken in to boat life. We’re with great friends and are coming back with lots of insight into catamaran and BVI sailing. The BVI is definitely bruised but not knocked down!


Who to take on a charter with you?

Why even write a blog post about who to bring on a bareboat charter with you,,,,,ALL of YOUR friends are awesome,,,,,right?  Continue reading

Where to charter? My dummy advice

Where to charter??? read the rest!  Hi,,,,I’m so happy you’ve spent enough time to get to this sentence in this post,,,,cause you might actually be interested in bareboat chartering.  So here’s my dummy advice on where to charter: wherever you want; but make sure you know what you’re getting into and you can navigate well enough to get around.  Why you might ask?  Well, winter bareboat chartering in the British Virgin Islands with line of sight navigation is very different from winter chartering in Greece and 1000 % different from winter chartering in Alaska! It’s that simple,,,,know where you want to go, how to navigate and what you’re getting into and then GO!

Personally, I wanted to bareboat charter in Croatia this season but the airline tickets were too expensive and we couldn’t have gone with a group of friends, because of the ticket prices.  Then I looked into chartering in the Sea of Cortez in the Baja, but we already know we’re going there ourselves on our own boat,,,,so we wanted to go somewhere we don’t often get to go to.  Finally, we settled on the British Virgin Islands and actually talked four other friends into going with us,,,,defraying the cost of the boat and the food.  And,,,,the best part is they know what to expect from us and our kids,,,,they have some time with the kids and can stand to be around them.

So find places you want to go with things you want to do,,,,that you can afford and GO!

My Blog’s better than your Blog?

If you write a blog or run a website you probably look at other sites and ask yourself fundamental questions about why you do what you do and what makes your site unique from others?  The genesis of this post is another post I read earlier this week or last by a writer who discussed how few posts she was getting compared to “professional bloggers”.  I was sympathetic and still should be; as blogging is all about putting personal motives in perspective in order to understand yourself and your writing and writing motivations.  Toward the end of the post I mentioned above, this young women mentioned how bummed she was by her recent bad day in terms of overall views,,,,”a mere 70″.   Wow, I was a bit taken aback by this one because 70 views of one post in one day would be like,,,,the best day ever for a tiny micro-blogger like me or some others that I know,,,,but to someone like her or Jason at the Harsh Reality site, this might be a devastating day.   To me though, few views isn’t really something that has a great effect on me, because at the same time I get very few views, I’m having more and more follows,,,,which keeps the blog (and blogger) trucking along.  Looking at other blogs like my friend at jdraymaine, the author had another blog with significantly more followers, but decided he needed a change of pace.  After starting this new blog, only a few of his other followers came with him (although he told them about his new site) and now he’s blogging confidently along on his new site, not worried about views or followers, but putting out the message and content of his choice.  Still other bloggers seem to put out lots of content, but I have to struggle sometimes to find their own voice in the content.  So,,,is my blog better than your bog?  Probably NOT.  But what fundamental question are you trying to answer with your writing,,,,,or are you trying to answer anything at all.  Think through whether you really care about views, stats, followers, comments, meta-data and other metrics of success as a blogger-  MOST of us probably do at some level, but perhaps there really is that blogger out there who cares nothing for this and simply writes.  I hope so, I bet their blog is better than mine.  Also read the post last week from the blogger who writes about the crap she’s taken for a few spelling and grammar errors in some of her posts and the fact she’s been called a “whore and a slut” in the comments section of her blog.  Probably not words I’ll ever use for another blogger,  but I know she cares about those words,,,,but keeps writing whatever content she wants to,,,,,,,cause it’s HER blog.  That’s the point of blogs and posts,,,,,I think.  It’s your content and writing,,,,OWN IT.

For my own blog, I have nothing to prove.  I want it to grow but am less worried about views and stats ect.  I make spelling errors, don’t always have great taglines or web hooks, sometimes curse and write few polished posts.  I love followers who come into conversations and provide solid feedback or are just there.  I have not in this for the monetary gain, political statement or agenda of much of any kind.  I like to write and will try to continue to write solid informational (and occasional fluff) posts about adventure travel, sailing, boats and other like content.  If you’ve just started following like “Unspoken Spree, thecourgettessshortage, MZ, notxjustamum and dray0308”,,,,welcome, thanks for staying with us.

Skinny and Single Share-

This story struck enough of a cord I had to share it- if you like it, take a look at the Skinny and Single Website and Blog,,,,she’s got more poignant insights!

Simply put: there are actual professional bloggers. Since they make so much money, their blog is polished, affiliate link ridden, perfection. Their grammar is exceptional, their posts are worthy of every boring writer award you can find. Those bloggers have to be perfect, all the time, every time. I don’t. I’m a blogger who makes […]

via Why Grammar Fanatics Make Blogging A Drag — Skinny and Single

Occasional Blog Silence

In case you’re wondering why this blog is occasionally silent then a flurry of posts come out sometimes during the week,,,,,there’s a simple explanation or two:  Either I’m so damn tired I fall asleep during the week before I can eat or post anything,,,,,or  we’re out actually doing the things we write about and can’t get to the computer to post anything on the blog.

This is the case with this weekend.  We’ve been out adventuring and haven’t had a lot of time to post or reply to all of YOUR creative writing.  But I’m back,,,,,,so this coming week we’re have a lot more to write about-