My First Blog

Writing that title feels like another in a series of firsts that generally happen in childhood…

First Day at School (Netherlee Primary 1980). I'm on the left.

my first tooth’, ‘my first day at school’, ‘my first boyfriend’ (Colin Scott, in case you are           interested!)

Like all those firsts, I’m not quite sure what to expect, but the difference this time is that I’m in control (of the blog, if not the boat).

I’ve had moments of excitement and energy about writing this and then other moments of feeling concern in case it’s no good.  I have imagined people reading it – smiling and being excited about what might happen next – and in the next thought wondered ‘why would anyone want to read this?’  Anyhoo I thought I’d give it a go.  At the end of the day if the only person who reads this is my Dad then that’s ok, my Dad is one of the main reasons for writing it.  He’s 80 and lives in Glasgow.  Sadly my Mum died in 2007 and I’m an only child, so leaving my Dad to sail round the world is harder than it might have been.  It’s unlikely that Dad will meet me at any of the stops en route and I’ll certainly not be able to talk to him or write to him whilst at sea, so this blog is one way he can keep track of what I’m up to and how the race is progressing.  It’s the best way I can think of to keep him involved and hopefully keep me close to him.  I know that whilst I’m busy sailing Dad will be keeping the kind people at his local library busy as they help him log on and navigate the internet.  My Dad is brilliant at many things but the internet is not one of them.  On more than one occasion he has asked me to look something up on my ‘TV screen’.  So Dad, I hope if you are reading this that you enjoy it and that the people at the library are helping you check it regularly.

Daddykins 80th, Loch Lomond Sept 2010

The next consideration is what style to write my blog in.  I’ve put myself in a few people’s shoes, using my friends as reference points.  There’s Andrew, who would just like ‘the executive summary, thanks very much’.  Mike, who’d just like the facts and a bit about wildlife and stars.  Carry, would love all the gossip and would want to know about the crew’s different personalities and characters.  Then finally, there’s Ali, Bep, Emer, Nic and Gillian, to name a few, who would like to know how I’m feeling and how it’s all affecting me.  I was discussing the writing style with someone I met recently and their advice was just ‘write like you’.  So, thank you Glen, I’m going to do just that and what you get, is what you get!

I’m not sure of the technicalities of uploading to this blog from port or if it will be possible to upload from the boat.  I’m hoping to have some time to write it on the boat in some format (soggy paper?) but I have no idea how likely that is, so you may get nothing for a while then a big influx when I get to port.

So here goes…

My first sail round the world and My first blog.

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2 Responses to My First Blog

  1. Staff says:

    Lesley. So jealous. Have an ace time and enjoy every minute. See ya when your back Staff & his 3 girls xx

  2. simon says:

    thanks Lesley for putting me on to this I look forward to following your trip & I bet your dad is very proud of his daughter. Simon

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