Fifteen Tips, Tricks and Thoughts this month.
This area of the website continues to evolve. I started off with very short Twitter-type posts, mainly tips, and although I’m still doing some of those, I have found it’s also a great place for blog-style posts about boats, gear and techniques that I can write in a few minutes and publish without doing all the research and analysis that a full article deserves.
An example this month is another thought about vane gears.
I find this freeing, since this format lends itself to writing briefly about an idea, without having to reach a conclusion and support that—a point to think on, rather than a specific learning.
Useful Bits and Pieces
The area has also become a great way to add information in pieces as it comes to my mind, rather than aggregating a bunch of stuff together for an article, which might never see the light of day because of our already full publishing schedule.
For example, in recent months I have been dashing off a quick tip most-every time I use a tool that I have not written about before.
That said, I do need to figure out an elegant way to curate and include relevant tips in the Online Book. The good news is that the software architecture of the site will make that relatively easy.
Inappropriate for Articles
And, finally, the Tips area is a good place for me to write about stuff I would not feel comfortable bugging you paying members about in the article area.
This piece about our old boat being for sale again is a good example.
If you have any thoughts on the above, or suggestions to make the Tips, Tricks and Thoughts area better, please leave a comment.