Thursday, December 26, 2019

winding it down

I started writing in blog format some time in maybe 2003 or so?  It's been a long time. I've met some great people and had great experiences.

    These days I'm not updating the blog very much. The value in writing here has declined for me. Life happened along the way.
       When I started writing I hadn't even gotten rated as Able Seaman aboard the ship I was working on. I was an Ordinary Seaman, the very lowest rating aboard. My original plan, to receive an unlimited license, made sense to me- I just had to put in time and effort, and learn the job.

      Along the way, that employment market died. The maritime academies still crank out kids with 3rd mates licenses for jobs that no longer exist. I settled on a smaller license and work on smaller boats, which is where I started anyhow.
    Thing is, I have a life too now. Family, other obligations and priorities. My job no longer has to be the central core of my sense of self. If you had asked me 20 years ago about who I was, the first sentence would refer to making a living off the ocean. Now? Husband and parent. That's who I am and that's enough for me.

    I'm sure I'll still write here from time to time, but I no longer have the compulsion to race to the internet whenever I read something. I've got other things to do now.


STxAR said...

I can't remember how I found your blog, but I've enjoyed it. It's been pretty cool to see your modeling skill. Your know your stuff.
I get a kick out of your use of "inappropriately hot wife". I use that for my wife on occasion.

Good luck, and I'll be stopping by anyway. Fair winds.

Rob said...

Blogging should be fun or a job. I'll be here as an audience.

I hope your Christmas day was a good one and the rest of this year works out well for you!

Borepatch said...

We all go through blog burnout. If it's no fun, it's no fun. Post when you want, if you want.

Tam said...

It's good to have the perspective you have!

hjggg said...

You're an excellent story teller that lets we, you're readers, picture standing right there with you.

Buying a house and moving are two of the top 5 stress events in life and with your schedule, thinking about a new job and not being home to manage the day to day, it's understandable but, you're gonna have some "I'M ON TOP OF THE WORLD, MA" moments that you might like to share and we wanna know about em.

As a writer, sometimes ya just gotta put the pencil down for a while and get your mind right.

Build your boats, fix your house and write if you feel like it, or not.

It has been enlightening and fun.

Jeff in Idaho

Don F said...

Don't stay away too long...I have enjoyed reading your posts.

Don F

Captain Jill said...

I'll miss your entertaining and informative posts about life onboard, but I certainly understand how it is to want to spend more time on other things than work.
I'm pretty much looking at being forced into retirement myself and not dealing very well with it. I guess it helps to have a family around you.

Heath J said...

We'll be here when you decide to post, don't force it.

Thanks for all the entertaining reading over the years.

OldAFSarge said...

We'll be here when you're in the mood to write. Take whatever time you need. And if this be the end? Well it was a good craic.