my2fish blog 1st birthday

today (july 17th) is the 1-year birthday of the blog “my2fish”!

sometime during last spring/early summer, I had been trying to figure out a way to keep track of the days that I went sailing, as well as to keep track of the repairs that I had planned, and the repairs that I figured would be coming as I spent more time investigating my 40+ year old sailboats – the Sunfish and the Super Porpoise.  as I toyed with the best way to keep a “log” of those kind of things, I decided to try my hand at writing a blog.  a few family members and friends had already been blogging before me (Hooray & Wrinkled Page – check them out), and I had been reading blogs for some time, but this would be my 1st attempt at it myself.

so 1 year ago it was a late Friday night, I had put my 3 boys to bed for the night, and my wife was at a Kid Rock concert with some friends from work!  I briefly looked at Blogger and WordPress, decided to give WordPress a try – and then just jumped right into it, and blogged my 1st post.

t2 & me sailing in towards shore

after 1 year, my2fish is closing in on 20,000 page views (should be there in 2 or 3 days).  the first few months were slower, averaging about 1,000 page views a month, but this spring and now summer have brought a big upswing in blog traffic, with each month breaking the previous month’s record – with June posting about 4,500 page views for the month. (note: WordPress stats are based on page views… I later on set up Sitemeter, which I think tells me I average just about 1.5 page views per visitor.)  I find it is getting easier to find things to write about as well – I’m a bit behind as it is right now, as I currently have a to-do list of 20 posts that need to be written (some boat repairs, some sailing and camping trips, and some reviews of Sunfish parts suppliers).

I’ve spent a lot of time reading forums, blogs and books – trying to find tips about learning to sail.  my goal was to absorb as much information as I could, to do my best to get the means and methods down pat in my mind, as well as pass along good information when I find it.  I think my post “learn to sail in 3 days” has probably been my busiest post ever with about 1,500 page views.

last fall, I went and watched my first ever Sunfish race – it was a fantastic time, and I was able to get some great pictures.

I’ve followed with great interest the Sunfish Worlds events, both in 2009 and 2010.

I just recently joined the Sunfish Class – and have my own sail number now (it’s #80872).

I haven’t sailed quite as frequently as I’d like, but I have had a couple really great sailing trips, including the sail with my son, T2, on Lake Michigan (see the picture above). and I know that as my 3 young boys get older, I’ll get to spend more time sailing with each of them.

I’ve met some great friends with sailing or water-related blogs – stop by some of the blogs in my blogroll over at the right side, as most of them are much more interesting than mine! overall, it’s been a great 1st year, and I’m looking forward to many more to come!

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6 Responses to “my2fish blog 1st birthday”


  1. 1 RL July 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Congrats,Thad.
    While I’ve sailed and raced off and on since I was a kid, I bought my first sunfish only last year.bi am new to doing repairs and your blog has been a constant resource for me…
    I want to thank you for taking the time to do it…your how to’s on repairs are very helpful & you’ve unearthed a handful of really valuable online resources I’d never have found on my own.
    I know how much work blogging is, but I also know how rewarding it can be.
    I hope your blog continues to grow its audience as you become an increasingly advanced sunfish sailor. When you have to take time off to race in the sunfish worlds, i’d be happy to do some guest posting for you to report your standings in the race.
    🙂
    But then, with 3 boys learning to sail at a young age, living vicariously is equally appealing…

    Thanks again. Look fwd to year #2 with your2fish.

    -RL

  2. 3 alli July 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

    congrats on 1 year, yay! great photo of you + little thad, too. looking forward to seeing your blog continue to grow!

  3. 4 my2fish July 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    RL – thanks for the kind words. you’ve become a great friend to consult with on all things Sunfish and blog-ish.

    Q & A – thanks for stopping by!

  4. 5 Peter July 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! I’m not a sunfish sailor but I do still find inspiration in your posts. Keep up the good work!

  5. 6 David Harns July 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Took me a year to read your blog. Sounds cool. You read my political stuff so I should read your stuff in return 🙂


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