Due to no good reason I seem to have hit a blog seam of writing that I’ve enjoyed.
Writing a new post every other day for the last couple of weeks, nothing to compare with the blog a day Sara of NB Chertsey managed to achieve for well into 2019. What this has/did impact was my position in the UK waterways rankings site. For a brief time I was up there with the Freespirits, Rockers, Ahabs and Seyellas, grand company indeed. When I self indulgently clicked the ranking tab to see who was around me in the great and the good list I realised there was a filter to show the rankings in just blogging sites.
Looking through the now dribble of blogs I was sad to reflect on how few there are now, all lost to that new fangled vlogging community. They serve a purpose, mainly to give us all some vicarious cruising, some better than others. Not sure why they do it, it must be time consuming, this blog is my record for my own future consumption and I welcome any one else to seek out its entertainment crumbs.
It did get me to think about my first engagement with blogging - Snecklifter a blog of several years living afloat penned by Mike and Liz Holloway. Mike was a silken ink writer detailing the life afloat to an envious work laden fella who was dreaming of his time afloat - thats me btw. So when pondering this blog post I eagerly sought out the Snecklifter web/blog site to find it not longer exists. Using the way back archive I did find some sporadic captures and when flicking through them found the last post after their boat was sold. Click me It's so sad that so much history and experience seems to be lost. Ok, its a personal record and maybe Mike and Liz have copies salted away they review every now and again.
It has rejuvenated my plans to get my blogs converted to paper - I did one (Waterlily) blog post here but then it got shelved - literally and no more were printed. That was in 2008 ! so that means I have 11 more books to get printed..... at a cost but worth it for the legacy and for my personal reading when I can't get out anymore - cheerful sod !
So the 2009 'book' is compiled and ordered and due in the New Year. I have been so energised to have got the 2010 book lined up and will get that one published later in the New Year. They are not cheap but memories to me are so important. It's not lost on me more and more people are living to meet their expiry date shrouded with dementia, simple in my mind (oops) that now medicine is keeping our bodies going ever longer its our brains failing before our hearts. So memories and easy access to them via my building library of blog books is essential.