Hi, Lin. I've enjoyed your books and DVDs and appreciate the approach you and Larry have to "simplified cruising", although it seems to be a lifestyle more admired than emulated!
To answer your queries:
1. Do you follow blogs written by people you have not met who are getting ready to cruise
Yes, I do, as we are getting ready to cruise
ourselves and I have written a blog on this process and the related activities (like learning
new skills, getting certifications and doing deliveries) in my blog The World Encompassed
2. do you follow blogs from folks who are out cruising.
Yes, I follow some personal friends who are out right now, as well as people doing the sort of cruising to the sort of places we want to get to ourselves.
3. How do you choose or find these blogs.
Mostly by following links or picking up on suggestions in forums
such as this. Even a guy refurbishing a 22 footer for inshore weekending frequently has something interesting to say or a technique for solving a problem I haven't thought of or heard of. As you are no doubt aware, boats are great for sparking ingenuity, and if someone is able to write well on the various topics I encounter with tools in hand, I find it's the process, not the outcome, that piques my interest. I don't just read "super-well-funded cruiser blogs".
4. What would you like to read in the blogs.
Much of the sort of things I write myself, which conforms to the notion that people like on the internet
what they already like in real life, I suppose. I like "how to" entries, off-the-beaten-track stories, tales of red tape
and how to avoid it, and the sort of meat and potatoes stuff like "how many amps are REALLY used per day?" (Not a problem you two have that often, I believe!). I also like to read about where received wisdom proved correct and when reality didn't remotely conform to expectation.
5. Are you signed up on the blogs emailing list?
No. In fact, I have a special gmail account through which I do all my boat or boat-related correspondence, because I specifically do not wish to give my own email
out when it does not concern my business or a select few lubberly relatives. So if you want to reach me, or we wish to correspond, which occasionally happens, it is confined to the "comments" section of the blog, or to the expendable, easily managed freebie email
6. Have you paid to log on to any cruising blogs?
No. While I do not claim expertise nor even notable sailing skills, I consider myself experienced enough now to save my dollars for things like airfare to and from deliveries...during which I expect to be fed and watered for my labour. In the same vein, I would pay to get SCUBA
lessons, because I've yet to dive, and I think I should learn, but to pay to read a sailing blog
? No, because I already get paid as a professional writer...just like yourself. I'm just a couple of decades behind, is all.