Over the past ten years, I’ve come to love blogging. And it’s even more valuable to me as a full time cruising nomad. Is blogging for you?
What Is A Blog?
A blog, a shortened form of weblog, is simply an online journal.
The most recent post appears on the top. And the design can be as simple or complex as your skills, time, and budget allow.
You can choose whether your blog is public or one that readers can only access if you give them a password.
But keeping a digital record of your travels has additional benefits over a paper journal.
Benefits Of Blogging
Keeping a blog is not always easy. In fact, it can be a challenge to find time to do one more thing when you’re already busy.
But the benefits make it worth finding the time.
Record your travels
The U.S. Coast Guard requires boaters to maintain at least an informal log to record specific information (for example, boaters are required to track any MayDay call we hear or make).
But besides the legal requirement, we find our log book a helpful record of our travels.
We note challenges we face on the water, like shallow depths. I’ll note details to help us find a favorite anchorage when we return. And when we’re deciding whether to stop at a marina we’ve visited before, I have notes on the quality of their WiFi, whether they have a laundry room, and how clean the showers are.
Traveling so much it can be difficult to remember where we’ve been and when. Did we stop in Charleston in 2016 or 2017? What’s the name of that anchorage with the great beach and all the horseshoe crabs?
With a record of our travels, we don’t have to ask those questions. It even makes a good argument-ender when my husband and I recollect our trips differently.
Involve family and friends
How do you keep your relationships strong when you’re traveling many miles away from your family and friends? Why not involve them in your trip by letting them follow along?
Describing where you’re traveling and including pictures along the way is one way to keep the people you leave behind in touch with your journey.
Your grandmother who can’t imagine living in a camper traveling through the Everglades might be glad to be included in your journey. And it’s a great way to be the cool aunt or uncle to kids in your family who would love to see wild Mustangs or swim with dolphins.
Create something beautiful
I’ve certainly become a better writer since I started blogging. But I feel even more proud of the design and technology skills I’ve learned as a blogger.
I’m astounded at how beautiful a website I can build with my limited skills. It makes me feel proud every time I view one of my sites.
Having a blog is almost like publishing your own personal magazine.
Make new friends
Some free blogging platforms promote different sites at random. That, along with promoting your blog on social media, is a great way to make new friends.
We’ve enjoyed meeting other cruisers for meals who we “met” when they read and commented on my husband’s old blog, Bimini Dream.
And in ten years of blogging about life with my golden retriever, Honey, I’ve made dog-loving friends from around the world. I’m also part of a supportive circle of bloggers and former bloggers who have become some of my dearest friends.
And I’ve even experienced an extra benefit of the relationships I’ve formed through blogging.
Okay, I know I could assure my own fortune by guaranteeing you can make big money blogging. After all, it’s the most lucrative way to make money blogging.
But in reality, blogging is a challenging way to earn money. It takes many hours to build the traffic you need to make a living. And the most financially successful bloggers often have a background in marketing.
That said, I’ve been able to cover the costs of my blog Something Wagging This Way Comes from nearly the beginning. So even a modest income can cover some of your costs if you choose a self-hosted blogging platform.
I also work remotely as a virtual assistant for other websites. I developed the skills they need through blogging myself. And it was having a blog that helped me connect with some of my clients.
So even if I don’t make most of my income directly through my blogs, I consider blogging an indirect source of most of my income.
Is Blogging For You?
Writing about your travels, for whatever reason, will benefit you emotionally. Blogging is a satisfying hobby. It can help you connect with your best self. And with others.
I’ve found it one of the most satisfying activities I’ve ever taken up. Would you?
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