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Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

The online/offline dance


How do you manage a blog when you never know for sure when you’ll have internet service?


And in our case, with some trepidation. We’ve been operating on an aging HP laptop for the last year of blogging, and it’s been working ok, but the basic WordPress site (where our blog is hosted) is strictly an online service – if you don’t have Internet service, you can’t blog.

While we were living ashore that was no more than an inconvenience, but once we move aboard (tomorrow, we hope!) we’ll only have Internet when we choose to find it, and that presents the problem of publishing a blog that we’ve been advertising to friends, relatives and followers for the last year. We needed to upgrade.

Still, I’ve resisted.  Upgrading the hardware costs money, and money is a resource whose well is distinctly shallow these days. 

But the old HP made the decision for me the other day when the screen developed a crack and become largely unreadable.  Enter the IPad Air II, upon which this post is being composed. It’s small, light, sips electricity compared to the HP hog I’m used to, AND being an Apple product, it has apps available to d darn near anything. Including composing blog posts offline for later uploading.

Which is NOT to suggest that it’s been painless.  I hate Microsoft products with a passion – they’re cumbersome, cantankerous and crochety  – but I was used to them.  Now I have to learn a whole new way of working, the Apple way.  It’s a uphill fight.

But I have a cool new app that allows me to create blog posts offline, to save for later publishing, and it seems to be capable of doing all that I require in that regard.  Time will tell.  

With a little luck, I’ll be smiling when I click on “Publish” in a few minutes. 

And speaking of smiling: We’ve set a departure date (still subject to change) of Wednesday!  That’s only four days from when I’m writing this.  Between now and then Nicki and I have to finish moving aboard (including the food and gear that can’t stay in the RV over the winter), clean, decommission and cover the RV, store the cars AND remember all the folks we promised to say goodby to before we sailed off…

That last part may be the hardest.



Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, and rehabilitating an old house. we’re headed back on the boat, bringing Sionna back home to northern waters. Follow our blog here!

8 thoughts on “The online/offline dance

  1. Almost there! So very exciting. The good thing about living an adventurous, unpredictable lifestyle is that the blog readers understand sailors don’t always have internet availability. Although… That has slightly changed in recent years. That is the Internet availability, not the readers’ understanding. 🙂

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    • Well maybe both! At least on land, I’ve found in recent months the reply “I won’t have Internet for a bit” is often met with a blank stare – people don’t get the possibility. That’s how dependent we’ve become, I suppose.
      Of course Nicki and I haven’t had a television for 10 years – by choice. THAT sends a lot of people right off the deep end!


  2. I wish you both smooth sailing, ’tis a fine adventure you’re on.  I look forward to ‘travelling with you’ as our summer fades and the North wind picks up, bringing us another winter . . . H

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  3. Wishing the journey of a lifetime!!


  4. Happy sailing! I’m looking forward to reading your blog and following your adventures!!


  5. How exciting! Wow, it’s really happening for you guys! Glad to know about that bloggin ap. Due to our recent burglary, we had to replace our computers sooner than we thought. I opted to go Apple and look forard to looking at aps for working offline. Now that I’m navigating over from Windows I’ll be looking for an offline blog editor in order to keep writing posts. I’l be interested in knowing how yours works out.


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