Taking the plunge into the blogosphere has been very rewarding as it has allowed us to interact with people of similar interests all over the world. When anyone asks ‘why do you do it?’, we can think of 3 main reasons:
– It showcases our adventures, photos and writing in one convenient place
– It keeps us in touch with people who share our passion for sailing and nature
– It gives Chris the discipline and motivation to regularly write and take photographs
The highlights of one year of blogging
A year down the track, we have published 124 posts, recorded 32,000 views from 4760 visitors originating from 80 different countries! The map here is an example of where some of our visitors come from. We are not big users of social media. In fact we would have to be the ones with the least amount of ‘friends’ on Facebook, since we hardly use it. But WordPress is different. It is a great forum to connect with people who share our hobbies and passions. So slowly but surely, we are building our community. It grows a little every month and a year after we started, we are very pleased to have 190 followers, with a faithful group of commenters. We love likes and comments 🙂 It is so nice to get the interaction. For us, the highlights of running sv-takeiteasy are firstly that we have added to our original small group of friends and family. We now have connections with sailors and lovers of nature from all corners of the globe. We have developed some new friendships. And secondly, Chris learns and improves her photography, through her participation in various group challenges – less happy snaps, better technique, more satisfying images. In fact that was one of the surprises with WordPress, the networks you form and the invaluable feedback you receive.
We couldn’t let a year pass without tweaking our website. Just like our much loved catamaran, sv-takeiteasy is easily recognisable with its colours: the deep blue background and bright orange trim. But for a while now we have been a bit frustrated with the lack of space in our posts for our text and images. It was all scrunched in the middle in between two sidebars we did not really need. So Chris went on a search for a different template, that would allow us to maintain our brand colours, but give us a better format to showcase photos and spread our text across the page. And the result of her search is now on display. We have a new ‘theme’, an updated look with new header photos, and we hope you will like the refreshed site.
Many thanks to all our friends, family and followers for your support and feedback. We particularly want to acknowledge the wonderful encouragement we have received from:
- Cybele at the Dune Mouse – a storyteller and photographer based in Canada, with a distinctive haunting style
- Robyn at Captivate Me – an art photographer based in Australia and host of the One Four Challenge
- Leanne at Leanne Cole Photography – fine art photographer and mentor, based in Melbourne, Australia.
- Ellen & Seth at Gone Floatabout– intrepid adventurers who are sailing the Arctic on board their yacht Celeste
- Sue Marlin – our dear friend and occasional crew member
Thank you guys. It means a lot to us.