Well, TDW, I am glad you enjoyed the photography of our site but I am sure that you, and most others who read the log of our journey around the world, knows and understands that our blog hasn't become worlds most read sailing/yachting/cruising blog solely because of the pictures of yours truly. I think and I know through our Facebook fan-page and through comments and e-mails we daily receive, that it is the mixture of things which people continue to get back to us for. Our colorful photography, a story of a life which many dream of (and in fact many also get encourage to plan for themselves after reading our stories), informative write ups about some of the most beautiful places on Mother Earth, detailed descriptions of a life aboard, inspiring stories and also some technical advice regarding boating and sailing in general. I believe in great mixtures between high and low and that is what I think people read us for.
And back to the original subject if I may add my own thoughts regarding feeding the cruising kitty: We have never wanted to ask for donations on our blog as we have worked hard to earn the money we today are spending on our dream life and we intend to keep it that way. We believe in hard work and determination, not charities for people who are able to work for themselves. I know that many bloggers do use "Donations" as a part of their blog-project, and if that works good for them, that's great, but for us is has never been an option.
Advertising and sponsoring on the other hand, are something we most definitely had in mind already before we set out on this journey of ours. As of the early interest and high traffic on the blog already before we set out on this tour, we knew that we would be able to make good partnerships with certain sailing/yachting/lifestyle brands. We could create a profitable win-win situation for us and the brands involved and that has shown to be very successful for both us and the brands we work with. We do not feel too much of pressure from any of our partners/sponsors as we were the ones setting up our own guidelines when we approached most sponsors and as we simply are not depending on any of them to make our dream come true.
We are very happy and proud for the great brands that has shown interest in joining our tour in one way or another and most probably we will continue to take on partnerships with the brands that we find suitable for a tour and blog like ours.