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Old 16-07-2015, 16:48   #1
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Opinions on my blog...

I started a blog when I headed out to sea this last year and would love to get some honest (and helpful) opinions about what you think could make it better and more informational for my family, friends and/or other readers. I welcome constructive criticism but would beg you to consider that the key word in that sentence is constructive. haha. I had limited availability to internet connections that would support photo and/or video uploads so that is something I have to improve on. Also, the videos that I did upload are of very poor quality and that will improve as well.

Anyway, my blog can be found at On Deck With SV Liahona or SVLiahona.blogspot.com. Let me know what you think and don't hesitate to follow by email if that interests you. You can find a tool for that in the upper right hand corner of my blog page. Thanks in advance for your opinions and help.

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Re: Opinions on my blog...

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I started a blog when I headed out to sea this last year and would love to get some honest (and helpful) opinions about what you think could make it better and more informational for my family, friends and/or other readers. I welcome constructive criticism but would beg you to consider that the key word in that sentence is constructive. haha. I had limited availability to internet connections that would support photo and/or video uploads so that is something I have to improve on. Also, the videos that I did upload are of very poor quality and that will improve as well.

Anyway, my blog can be found at On Deck With SV Liahona or SVLiahona.blogspot.com. Let me know what you think and don't hesitate to follow by email if that interests you. You can find a tool for that in the upper right hand corner of my blog page. Thanks in advance for your opinions and help.

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I love a good read. I'll be checking your blog out on my commute. I snuck a quick read. Good work. +1 from me.

The Island Earth site I like. It has the blogs of two Liberty 458s circumnavigating. The one called Solstice is singlehanding. The author writes a great blog. Very personal.

The other vessel, hokulea?, has a cursive font blue on blue which is totally unreadable. WTF.



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Old 16-07-2015, 17:28   #3
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Re: Opinions on my blog...

Cool, thanks for the positive feedback and let me know what you think when you get in further.
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Re: Opinions on my blog...

So over 160 people have seen this post and only ONE has an opinion. Really? That must be a CF record. My past experience on here tells me that EVERYONE has and opinion AND expresses them. What's up?
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Terrific blog. Living the dream - long may you! Perhaps the lack of response is that it is beyond critcism?
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Bret...your blog is a good read (didn't go back and read all your entries, but likely will over the next few weeks). Your prose is descriptive. Good font. A bit more paragraphing would help...

Good luck.
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Thank you Isabella Jane and Fryewe for your responses. I appreciate that and Fryewe, I will look at paragraphing a bit more. I know pics are huge and I know that I am lacking there but it is very difficult in Mexico unless you spend a lot of time in bigger towns (which I prefer not to do) or you spend a chunk of money on a Sat phone (also not that attractive to me). However, I am going to make a concerted effort to have more pics up this next season and also more on boat maintenance and breakdowns. Thanks again for your responses!
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Re: Opinions on my blog...

Yes, you write well, there are some great photos and I read almost everything but finally gave up after one-too-many 'Haha's' and 'LOL's'. You don't need them; your stories are descriptive enough. Sounds great, what you are doing...best wishes for more and keep on writing. You are doing fine.
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Re: Opinions on my blog...

...thinking a little more seriously about your request, I might suggest (if you didn't already do so in full, in the earlier posts that I missed) that reading some reflections on your earlier experience of sailing as you pass through previous anchorages would be interesting...what changes, what feelings, how YOU have changed and what elements then that influenced you so seriously would add a bit more depth. Has it changed much, and might it still have an effect for other youngsters following in your wake, or has the world changed too much since then...or does the kind of world within a family make more of an impact than an external does, at that age?

I apologize in advance if, in reading a bit too fast, I missed some of this. I may have gotten hung up on the surfeit of lobsters...living on a boat is more than that, and the obvious joy you radiate says you are experiencing something less superficial, much more special...if you can define it, share it?
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Most everything is in the first person, try to add thoughts comments from some of your crew/family. Share some experiences from fellow cruisers you have met. Your writing skills are good. Cheers, R
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Re: Opinions on my blog...

Brett

I skimmed through this. Ok you can write,, but your blog is like most sailing blogs - all about the places you visit or see. Very little about the actual sailing.

I guess it is a personal thing - I like to read about what is happening on the water also.

you can take a gander at our blog: svcapri.wordpress.com

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THANK YOU GafferMate, RobertSailor and carstenb! These comments and suggestions are exactly what I was hoping for. Things that I don't easily see because I'm too close to the screen. I agree with all three of you and will genuinely attempt to incorporate your suggestions. Thanks again.
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Any other thoughts or comments? The ones already posted are excellent and I welcome more!
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Re: Opinions on my blog...

You are a good writer so all good. Putting in non-cruising life on land stuff with pictures pushes your "sailing" blog toward the "look at my great life" tone if this blog is directed toward cruisers. If it is directed toward family and close friends then no big deal.
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