Monday, 16 October 2017

We've cracked a QUARTER MILLION!

We've cracked a QUARTER MILLION! Yep, our scribblings about the cruising life we embarked on back in 2011 have now reached 250,000 page views . Obviously there are blogs out there that probably attract that much traffic a month but, for us, reaching the 250 thousand mark is a significant milestone, particularly as we now also reach 10,000 to 14,000 per month on a regular basis.


Our very first blog 'Stuff it. Let's go sailing anyway' told the story of how we came to the life changing decision to pack up and run away to sea then went about making it happen. That later also became the title of our first book.

In January 2013 we posted ‘A blog about sailing blogs’ which told the story of how the Dreamtime Sail blog was born. It told how for the first six months the blog gained all of 20 to 30 readers a month and we considered giving up and deleting it. Then we realised how good a record it was becoming of our sailing travels and adventures that we could refer back to. We were crewing and didn’t have our own boat at that time and the blog became virtually our own ship’s log which would be of great personal value in years to come.

Over time the readership began to grow, slowly at first, then a little more quickly. By the January of 2013 we marveled that it had exploded to ‘almost 2,500 per month’ as we sailed Alcheringa around the Mediterranean Sea.

Fast forward to May 2015 when we were preparing Our Dreamtime for our her first extended passage through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and our all time readership cracked 80,000 after a little over four years of blogging with about 4,000 views a month keeping the total ticking over.

Well today we reached another milestone by passing the 250,000 mark. Yes we also have a Dreamtime Sail Facebook page plus an Instagram account and are now starting to spend more time on videos for our You Tube Channel such as our latest about our summer Getting Paide to Sail the Greek Isles. However, the blog provides a far better chronicle of our sailing life than all those put together.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our readers from all over the world who continue to log in and ride along with us on board Our Dreamtime. It makes all the countless hours spent on the blog seem worthwhile.

Thank you. Thank you.

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Friday, 13 October 2017

We got paid to Sail the Greek Isles - the video

Life has been a little hectic since we returned to Australia a few short weeks ago from our summer in Greece. We've enjoyed time with family, got some work done on 'Our Dreamtime' and have even been away to Melbourne to celebrate with our daughter on the occasion of her 30th birthday.

In between Rob is still working on his full blog about what it was like to lead a charter flotilla around some of the world's best cruising grounds. Deciding what to include and what to leave out from the wealth of material is proving a task. Hopefully he will have it ready to post soon.

Karen meanwhile has also been busy putting together video and images for our YouTube record of our summer that flew buy so quickly. The good news is that we were able to finish off the voicing and final touches and got it uploaded today. Apart from a little bit of footage from our cheap GoPro clone, and a few pics and clips kindly provided by some of our charter clients, the whole thing was shot on our IPhone and stitched together in IMovie but we're confident the incredible natural beauty of Greece carries the day.

Please click on the image below to have a look. We hope you enjoy it. If you do be sure to give us a thumbs up on YouTube and subscribe to our channel. Much appreciated.

Click on the image to see the video

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Spending Winter in a Gibraltar Marina - Published in Cruising Helmsman - Australia

We have recently realised we have neglected to post a number of the articles Rob has had published so we will try and catch up on those over the next few days. Here's the first.

When we were cruising in the Mediterranean on Alcheringa we spent one winter in Gibraltar. Crusing Helmsman published Rob's article below after our return to Australia.






If you would like to read more details of our winter spent in Gibraltar you can catch up on these blogs from our time in Queensway Quay Marina.

Alcheringa finally leaves Spain and arrives in Gibraltar.
Provisioning Gibraltar Style
Settling into Gibraltarian life
Keeping ourselves amused on the Rock
Christmas onboard abroad
Winter's wild weather arrives in Gibraltar
Exploring the Rock
Preparing for the coming summer
There's plenty to do in Gibraltar
Waiting to leave Gibraltar
Crossing the Straits of Gibraltar

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If you have only recently discovered our blog and would like to read how it all started, or work through our previous adventures, click the link to go back to our first blog entry. Stuff it. Let's just go sailing anyway.