Update on The Learning Curve
After two days of downloading updates, our new Dell Inspiron 11.6" laptop became operational. It does seem that it needs more internet connection than we can give it on a regular basis, so it doesn't work as well as our desktop computers or our smartphones. It's slow and crashes frequently. It's a shame, because I'm impressed with its size - small but comfortable - and I like the graphics and its "presentation". Since our plans to sail south this winter have changed, I don't envision using it much right now; however, I intend to give it the opportunity to prove itself on future travels.
Regarding our online presence - website, blog, and social media, we're feeling some "growing pains" trying to find our voice. Walden Rigging had the same website for more than 10 years. I liked that it was informative and attractive, and most importantly that it required little upkeep. But, the look was getting dated and we had at least a few complaints that it wasn't smartphone-friendly, so I made the move to Squarespace. Perhaps in a couple more months or a year, we'll be proficient with their site-builder, but right now it feels cumbersome. Like the laptop, we'll keep trying!
Having made several attempts at blogging, I have a much greater appreciation for the art that other folks create for our education and entertainment. It's real work to put together a polished presentation day after day. When we sailed south in 2015, I used my personal Facebook page to share daily log entries, photos and videos. Facebook's limited format made it easy to make postings, and I liked being able to share my experiences with others. The drawbacks were that my audience was limited, there wasn't a direct link to Walden Rigging, and my postings were being lost for lack of a good way to organize them. With "Sailing Gracefully", Dobbs and I have the opportunity to enrich what we share and how we share it, provided we can figure out a style that works for us.