Looking after four young children is never dull, especially if it includes a visit from CBC Radio’s Stu Mills. Stu contacted us yesterday to learn more about our upcoming liveaboard adventure. We were eating breakfast when he called, and within a couple of hours he was at our campsite, here in Ottawa.
The backstory is that Stu was alerted to our existence by someone who had forwarded him one of our online ads. We are selling our camping gear as a complete package. In the ad, my husband indicates that we are selling our gear because we are moving to a catamaran.
Stu saw this as a story idea. We were happy to have him visit. An online version of our interview appears in the article called, “Ottawa family donates belongings to sail Caribbean.” The audio version includes a clip from my daughter Betty and my son Paul. Stu didn’t include our four-year old son Henry who bit the end of the microphone.
The story segment aired this morning. Shortly after the story segment aired, I noticed a flurry of activity on my blog site. Watching my blog grow – in terms of the number of posts and visits – is like watching a well-loved plant develop. Patience grasshopper.
I worked as a technical writer for 10 years, where part of my job was to convince a handful of reviewers to look at my work on user guides. It can be a tough task to gather input for accuracy when people have competing priorities. A well-written user guide sings. A bad one reflects badly on the product itself. People sometimes forget that in the drive to meet deadlines of their own.
This blog provides a great creative outlet for me. I usually write twice as much as I actually end up publishing online. Practically speaking, this blog provides me with a record of our transition from land to sea.
Thanks so much for reading!