A chance to give a Pardey
insights? How the tables have turned!
1. What makes you choose to read and follow a particular blog
I look for sailing blogs that are both relatable and at the same time filled with a bit of fantasy. I've only found two that I like - the one by the Slapdash (sadly no longer updated) and sailpanache.com - both young people, like myself, a little constrained financially, cruising on boats available to most people.
I generally find it very hard to get into a blog, and like browsing a book at the bookstore, if I read a few lines and don't like it, I don't come back. The way the above two blogs are constructed is that each post tells the story of a passage
, in generally well-written English
, with a humorous side - usually not in great detail, but diving
into particular highlights in great depth
(with pictures!) and describing both the sailing, the repairs
, and often the adventures had along the way. I'm not reading for how-to's, like, how to change a fuel
injector, that's what CF is for! Rather, I'm living the highs and lows (but definitely not the mediums, that would be boring!) vicariously through them. If you've ever read any mid-1900s English
travelogues, that's really what I'm after.
2. How often do you want to see a posting
I read the slapdash blog in its entirety in about a couple of weeks, as I started reading it after their circumnavigation
was complete. SailPanache updates about once a month to once every two months. I'd love to read more often, but I'm not sure if the pace of that cruise
merits more frequent postings. It's so hard to find a blog I can get into, that, if I've found a gem, I'd like to read it once a week.
3. Are you interested in the comments others post to the blog?
I have perused these, but never commented on one. Generally, they're pretty uninteresting to me, mostly for their content. Uniformly, the comments appear to be: 'Keep on trucking'. I suppose if someone related their own, similar, adventure briefly I would read it, but largely the comments do nothing for me.
4. Would you continue to read a blog if it did not have a comments button?
Certainly, but I don't find the comments very additive in general.
5. What would make you stop following a blog?
I can think of nothing that would make me stop once I'm invested in it. However, I'll list one turn-off that seems particularly prevalent among sailing blogs written by young people like myself: they're super self-centered/focused. Without naming names, often it's sort of like: "Look at me, I'm beautiful" and here's 300 photos of myself - without really any description of the adventure they're on.
Thanks for all you do!