We all know the story about TV shows that run for several years. At some point (frequently the 7th year) the writers run out of fresh original story plots. I can sympathize with them because I'm feeling the same pressure. I too feel the quite natural pressure to not repeat previous themes, deliberately. I must do it accidentally because I have no systematic way to check an idea for tomorrow's post against the archive of this blog. Most of all, I want to avoid the pitfall of "jumping the shark". If you don't know what that means, click here.
The obvious topic, what did we do today and what are we planning tomorrow, is a natural for travelers. That could be called a journal, or a diary. Our cited reason for starting this blog was to prevent family and friends from calling the Coast Guard if we were overdue. We have a duty to inform them and all our readers about our journey and our status.
But cruising journal blogs quickly become boring if that is the only topic. It is too much of "I'm here having fun and you're not." I limit journal type posts to about 20% of the total number of posts on this blog.
Below is a table of statistics for this blog
Year #Posts #posts per week
2005 202 5 (partial year)
2006 260 5
2007 288 6
2008 309 6
2009 311 6
2010 300 6
2011 283 5
2012 264 5
2013 213 4
2014 181 4 (partial year)
Readers can help by suggesting topics. What is it that you haven't seen here that you would like to read about. I made the same request a few years back and I got some good suggestions. Thanks for that. I tried to follow up on most of them.
More than once, I've vowed to start interviewing interesting characters we meet and to turn those interviews into multi-post articles. I'm not sure why I haven't done that.