Renovated Site

I’ve intended to do something different with Gone Floatabout for a long time. I’ve wanted to make it into a photography site, showcasing the beauty of the natural world, rather than a blog site relating personal sailing stories, so now I’ve finally done it. I’ll still write posts, but they’ll focus more on specific photographs – of places or animals – than on voyaging. Clearly, our images are influenced by where we sail, but Gone Floatabout will really be much more about nature photography than sailing going forward.

You’ll see that I’ve entirely renovated the site to be a collection of galleries, organized by location. So far I’ve completed the first three galleries: Alaskan Land- and Seascapes, Alaskan Wildlife, and images from the Pacific Northwest (coastal British Columbia and Washington). I’ve also made a good start on the Birds gallery, though it’s pretty heavy on Alaska at the moment and I’d like to add birds from elsewhere as I go through our old (and new!) photos. I hope you enjoy the new site.

16 thoughts on “Renovated Site

  1. Like the galleries, but would still enjoy reading your cruise stories. They were a reason for visiting your site. Will you still have a section on these or are they removed all together?

    1. Hi Chris, Thanks very much for your feedback, and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the sailing stories. I certainly won’t stop writing about sailing entirely, but what I have in mind is to write posts focusing on particular images and telling the story of those images (which will often have to do with sailing!). I’m going to have a Sailing category so I can keep the option open to write more if I want. At the moment, I’m leaning against writing many general cruise stories for a couple of reasons. One is that I write those stories for publication, so that by the time they’ve been printed and I feel comfortable writing something similar here, it seems too late for a blog. Another is that I’ve grown a lot less comfortable with blogging about my own life as blogging and influencer culture have exploded. I initially liked the idea of sharing with like-minded people, but I feel like blogging – sailing/adventure/”van life” blogging particularly – has become so much about self-promotion and attention-seeking that I don’t really want to be part of it. Obviously lots and lots of blogs aren’t like that – yours especially! – and there are many I really enjoy. But unfortunately I feel like enough are that way that I’m uncomfortable with the idea of being a “sailing blogger”. Finally, I was feeling kind of stressed about keeping my blog up-to-date, both in terms of stress over producing content in a timely fashion and in terms of privacy. Writing for publication is different in that I spend a lot of time on each article, I’m careful about what I choose to write about, and my stuff is often published several years after the fact. Anyway, I hope that by focusing on photography and looking outward at our gorgeous planet, rather than looking inward and telling stories about my own life, I will both retain more privacy and recapture the enthusiasm of sharing my joy in nature’s beauty. So I hope you’ll still read my posts occasionally! Hope you’re having fun sailing despite the recent rain and strong wind!

        1. Thank you! Thanks for understanding, too – I’ve really been on the fence about sailing blogging for a long time. I think I’m happier with this new focus to the site.

  2. Gorgeous renovation! Reorganizing-reconfiguring-revisitng content is no small undertaking!

    I’m rebooting my own website this month, with Sofie’s HTML help and her very capable eye/design sense (the brainwashing took!).

    Your photography transports me!

    Thank you.

    Love, Sue

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    1. Thank you so much, Sue! Yes, it’s been a huge project to re-do the whole site! But I’m really pleased with it – I like its focus better, and also the layout and organization. Thanks so much for the positive feedback – it’s great to hear! Best of luck with redoing your site – I’ll look forward to seeing it when you’re done! Fun to have Sofie working on it with you!
      Love,
      Ellen

  3. Looks awesome! Still get a thrill everytime I see our old dinghy in a shot! So cool that “Two Bits” (that is what I called her) has been able to travel with you to so many cool places!

  4. I am still following your posts with interest and look forward to eyeballing your galleries going forward. Fond memories of meeting you guys in the Caribbean and Bermuda. I hope 2021 will be good for you! 💖⛵️🐬

    1. It’s so good to hear from you! I had no idea you were still following our posts! We also have great memories of meeting you in Caribbean and Bermuda – are you still out sailing? We should catch up by email!

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