Blogging Tips & Tricks

You can find links to posts about blogging from ourselves and others on this page. Hopefully, you can find some good food for thought whether you're thinking about starting your own blog, you're an experienced blogger or you just like to read blogs.

If you're interested in reading sailing and cruising blogs and want to see some of the great variety out there in terms of approach, content and style, you can find a list of blogs on this page.


It isn't all about travel adventures, daily life and random nonsense on our blog. Occasionally, I also write posts on the art of blogging itself, such as the blogging mistakes I've made, blogging tips & tricks and reflections on why some posts are more popular than others.

You can find links to our blogging posts below. If there are other blogging questions or topics you think we should cover, leave a comment or send us an email. We would love to hear your ideas!

6 Mistakes I Made Starting a Sailing Blog
When I first started this blog, I knew pretty much nothing about blogging. I dived in without doing much research and, with the benefit of that pesky hindsight, there are some things I wish I had done differently (such as having my own domain and thinking more carefully about what I named our blog). In this post, I share some of the mistakes I made when I first started out.

Monetizing Your Blog
Do you want to try to make money from blogging? This post has some ideas for how to monetize your blog and the reasons why we don't.

Getting Social with Other Bloggers | List of Blog Hops
One of the ways to get involved with the blogging community and promote your own blog posts is to join a blog hop. Check out this post for details of how blog hops work and a list of some you might want to check out.

What Makes a Blog or Facebook Post Popular?
Did you ever wonder why some posts are more popular than others? What types of things do people like to read about and what inspires them to engage with you and leave comments? Check out this post for some of my thoughts on these questions.

Commas Confuse Me | Confessions of a Grammatically Challenged Blogger
Sometimes blogging can expose your insecurities. After all, you're putting yourself out there for everyone to see. One of the things I worry about is making grammatical mistakes.

Fun with Blog Spam
Once you start blogging, it won't be long before you experience the joy of spammers. In this post, I share some of the funny spam comments that the spambots have left on our blog.

14 Reasons Why the Amish Were Right about Blogging
Stuck on what to blog about? Check this post out for some links to blog topic generator sites which can help you come up with ideas and blog post titles.

Happy Birthday Mr. Blog & Random Blogging Tips
On the occasion of our blog's first birthday, I had a look at how The Cynical Sailor stacked up against the criteria for a great blog and shared some reflections and tips on blogging from my perspective.

Happy Birthday Mr. Blog & Random Thoughts on Blogging
On the occasion of our blog's second birthday (they grow up so fast, don't they?), I shared some of my thoughts on blogging.

Happy Birthday Mr. Blog & Thoughts on Adsense, Amazon and Alexa
On Mr. Blog's third birthday (can you believe it's been three years already?!), I share some thoughts on monetizing your blog with Google AdSense and Amazon, as well as using Alexa to see how popular your blog is.


You can find links to other great posts and articles on blogging below. If you've written about the art of blogging or have a suggestion about other links we should add to the list, leave a comment or send us an email. We'd love to check your links out!

10 Blogging Tips for Beginners | Blogher
Some great tips and tricks when it comes to blogging basics. 

How to Write a Cruising Blog | Bumfuzzle
With their trademark humor, Bumfuzzle has tips on what makes a cruising blog something people actually want to follow, as well as a list of blogging pet peeves.
Tips for the Cruising Blogger | Windtraveler
Windtraveler is one of the biggest cruising blogs out there, so you know that Brittany is the lady to ask when it comes to tips for the cruising blogger. 

How to Set Up a Blog Before You Go Sailing | Astrolabe Sailing
Viki has some great advice on how to set up a cruising blog including tips on what platform to use, leveraging social media and how to monetize your blog.

How Become a Better Writer When Writing Makes You Want to Die | Spunky Misfit Girl
If you've ever felt insecure about writing (and haven't we all at one time or another), then the Spunky Misfit Girl has some great tips on how to fight your inner fears and become a better writer.

How to Start a Successful Blog Today | The Minimalists
The Minimalists share five steps to starting a blog, reasons why you should and shouldn't blog and 20 recommendations for your blog. Good food for thought for wannabe bloggers, as well as those who have been at it for a while.

The Darker Side of Blogging? | Wheeling It
Blogging is meant to be fun, isn't it? Except, sometimes, it isn't. Nina explores the darker side of blogging in this post.

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