Monday, May 07, 2007

Group Writing Project

It's time to try something new. I feel the need to do something different with this blog, and in the process build stronger connections in the community of boating bloggers that occasionally stop by here. So I'm proposing we have a group writing project. Here's how it will work...

1. Write a post on your blog about the worst mistake or most embarrassing moment you had while sailing. It could be while racing or cruising or day-sailing. It might be funny or disastrous. If you have pictures or video we'd love to see them. The idea is for us to create a collection of our sailing screw-ups that will serve as terrible warnings to fellow sailors, especially beginners. After all, the best way to learn is from other people's mistakes.

2. Once you've posted your story, let me know about it by sending an email to including a link to your post. Please let me know about your post before Saturday 12 May.

3. I will post here two links to your story. Every day or so this week I will write a post listing any new stories. Then at the end of the week I will provide a summary post with links to all of your embarrassing moments and mistakes.

4. Then it's your turn: surf, surf, surf. Check out all of the stories and leave comments here letting us know which ones you like best. If you wish you can also link to some or all of the stories on your own blog. The writer of the most popular story will receive a highly valuable prize such as instructions on how to make a duct-tape cupholder -- or even a duct-tape rose for your Mum on (American) Mother's Day.

Please participate in this project. Do it for fun. Do it to so that new readers will find your blog. Do it as a public service. Do it to show you have the courage to admit to your own mistakes. Do it to find out how to make a rose from duct tape. Hey, I don't care why you do it. Just do it.


EVK4 said...

Is the internet big enough to handle all my foibles? I think I'll take you up on it but be warned, I will find a way to blame someone else (crew, mother nature, that bag of pretzels in the cockpit). Don't expect some sort of confession from me.

Tillerman said...

Edward if your ego so huge that you cannot admit that you ever mistakes then please feel free to blame your wife, your daughter, your son, your father-in-law, the previous owner of the boat, the weather, the sailmaker, Larry Ellison or Bill Gates for any and all of your sailing mishaps.

Zen said...

Hmmm , I'll have to think of something worthwhile...

duct tape cup holders , yea right...lies

Tillerman said...

Zen - what do you mean "lies"? Don't you understand that the duct-tape cupholders are virtual cupholders? Surely you of all people understand that "form is emptiness, and emptiness is form".

Zen said...


T-man, is not life itself a lie, an illusion. All is virtual.

"The usefullness of the cup, is in it's emptiness"

Emptiness is formless, form is an illusion.

yup, got it, I'm right with Ya :-)

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