So I’m going through the GMG Blogroll (a list of links) in the right hand column of the blog (for those who subscribe and get the email version go to www.goodmorninggloucester.com and you can see what I’m talking about) and I start clicking through the list of links.
I hadn’t gone through the list for a while but what I found was that a huge number of the blogs that I link to in the GMG Blogroll either haven’t been updated in over a year or don’t even exist any more.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that it doesn’t matter how fantastic the content you create, there are a bazillion other websites out there that you are competing for eyeballs with. Many people think you can just create a website, register a domain and then magically a million people know about your blog and are anxious to find you. Well for probably 99.5% of people who start blogs my guess is that after pouring your heart and soul into it for a while and if it doesn’t pick up steam you look at your stats and it could be disheartening and you lose the drive to update it. Thud. End of story.
This isn’t to discourage anyone from starting a blog, but rather to celebrate the ones who have been doing it for a while and have kept at it.
This brings me to my buddy Bowsprite who I discovered back in the first months of creating GMG. How I found her and Marty’s son Brian and Bowsprite’s buddy Tugster was through a search for like minded bloggers who were blogging about industrial boats. They were all located in NY.
Our Marty Luster actually moved here after a two or three day visit to Gloucester with his blogging son Brian (Marty wasn’t a part of GMG yet) whose blog A Movable Bridge hasn’t been updated in far too long.
But Bowsprite has kept at it.
My dream is to have her up here and take over one of the months at the Goettemann residency on Rocky neck so she could illustrate Gloucester’s industrial ships and share her deep love for Industrial waterfronts with us. I’ve even written on her behalf to the selection committee but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe some day.
Anyway, Kudos To Bowsprite for keeping at it. You really ought to check out here site, her stories and her illustrations. She’s one of my favs and an incredibly kind soul.
Check out her waterbog here-
and this from here visit to the dock to take a dip in Gloucester Harbor-
Bowsprite is an artist and blogger from the sixth borough in NY. Check out her incredible nautical illustrations by clicking this text
Who drives up from New Yawk to jump in Gloucester’s inner harbor for a leisurely swim in mid-November? Bowsprite, that’s who.