I started with a website as soon as we bought the boat....which was the year prior to moving aboard and beginning full-time cruising. Updating that website required an internet
connection and that became a bit cumbersome. Arriving in a port after a long passage
or arriving in an anchorage where internet
was available turned out to be the times that I was least interested in dealing with the website. Those were the times to get off the boat and explore the new location. Too busy to want to deal with updating the website then.
In early 2009 while we were in a New Zealand
marina for months and had plenty of time to waste, I started using Blogspot and slowly set up our 'website.' Blogspot is free; whereas, the previous website cost about $50 per year. But the main reason for switching to Blogspot is that I can update it (text only) via SSB email
. It does not require internet access to post to the Blogspot website. Internet access is required to upload photos, but not to post text. So it is easy to update the blog during long passages or just about any time. Photos can be added later as time permits when in ports
with internet access.
Eventually I hope to move all the old website postings and photos to the Blogspot site so that our entire circumnavigation
can be recorded in one spot. For now, I have entered at least one posting
for each country we visited prior to moving the website to Blogspot in 2009. Hope to eventually add more stories and photos of our early cruising experiences.