It’s been seven years and two hundred posts since Terrapin Tales was born in 2012. We’ve debated the pros and cons of a owning a sailboat, explored the merits of Mexican pastries, ridden bikes in the desert, and of course posted dozens of stories about small boat sailing and rowing.
Subjects relating to boats are definitively the most viewed posts, but there doesn’t appear to be any specific rationale for why some posts (art) are heavily viewed and others (Portland culture) languish in relative obscurity. What is clear is that roughly every two weeks, your humble writer posts some diatribe, tale of adventure, or photo essay and anywhere from a couple of dozen to a few hundred of you tune in.
As 2018 came to a close, I considered shutting down Terrapin Tales. I’m still as interested in writing and creating as ever, but I’m less enamored with the limitations of the digital format. I’m also feeling the need to stretch out and expand to broader subject matter. Sadly, I know that the average person, is more and more connected to the internet via smart phones.
Writers need readers though, and that creates an interesting paradox. I love the interaction that the web creates, even if I don’t love the medium. I get a level of satisfaction from seeing the number of people who read an article, regardless of whether they make a comment or not. Those numbers make me feel that I’ve made some contribution to the entertainment or possibly the greater good of my readers.
With all that said, I’ve decided to take a new approach to Terrapin Tales in 2019:
* New formats, including art and hand-drawn articles.
* A broader set of subject matter, with a greater focus on marine life and the environment (though I’ll try not to preach).
* No ads. I paid to banish them from the website.
Here’s what I’m asking of you dear readers:
1. Pass links to my stories on to your friends, post a link to Terrapin Tales on your website, and egad, share my info on Facebook or whatever social media realm you inhabit.
2. Make a comment, let me know that I’ve entertained, educated, or inspired you.
Happy New Year!