"I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose."--S.I. Hayakawa

Saturday, February 1, 2020

To Change, or Not to Change? That is the question.

I've been thinking that my blog site needs a format updating, but I really like the birds flying in this format.

There are many formats from which to choose, but none of them rocks my boat.

So, let's try this one.   White on a dark background is hard to read, though.

On the other hand, this blog has been going on for a long, long time.   I feel it's grown stale.   People today take little time to read the kind of stories I write.   They like nice, short, to-the-point messages.

Few leave a comment to let me know they're out there.    

Maybe it's time for a sabbatical; maybe it's time to drop the whole thing.

What do you think?


  1. I am a 66 year old lady living in Minnesota. I don't remember how I found your blog but have been enjoying reading it for quite a few years. I love reading the kind of stories you write about.....your life in Alaska, your funny and heart-warming stories and your wonderful world-travel adventures. Besides that, the photos you take are fabulous. You are a talented writer and I hope you continue writing as well as sharing your amazing photos. Nancy Hillman

    1. Thank you so much. I am about to leave on a trip to Africa so I'll have lots of photos in the near future. Again, thanks for your interest.

  2. Oh, please, please, please do NOT stop your blog. Almost every time we sign on to the internet, we go to your blog FIRST! Your writing and your photographs are captivating and so thoroughly enjoyed. We have followed you on this blog from the very first post and would hope to continue. Smiles and hugs. Patti and Cap

  3. Hello :)
    I started following your blog several years ago. I haven't been in the blog world much in the past 4 years since we moved to South Dakota.
    I got on here today and your blog is one of the first I checked into. I made a couple of random comments on your blog over the years.
    As bloggers we don't always know if anyone is reading or even interested in what we have to share if people don't take time to let us know.
    I want you to know I love your blog and photography. It provides insight into a way of life that is so different than mine in a place I've always thought I would like to live. Your travel adventures are always amazing. I will have to get caught up over the last four years!
    Simply said....I'm glad to see you are still here and hope you stay :)

  4. You're near the top of my blogs-to-check-every-day list and always will be. But, IMHO and FWIW, I liked the old format better. This one is harder on the old eyes and I love chocolate, but not a whole screen's worth. :-)

  5. Man-O-Manischewitz Gullible. Do I ever know how you feel.

    First, there is absolutely NOTHING WRONG WITH THE FORMAT of your website. I don't think that anyone comes to a website because of the 'looks of the format'. Readers are interested in the content. NOT in the looks. Statistically it is a fact that very few people (no matter the venue) comment on anything. They are known as THE-SILENT-MAJORITY. Then those who DO comment usually comment in a negative manner. Each and every time I go to management (say at a Walmart Store) to register a happy and positive comment about an employee their reply is : "Why Thank You. We seldom hear good things."

    Do you have any idea of how many people I have touched with all of the speaking engagements I have participated in during just this past year let alone the many years I've been speaking. How many have come up to me to say "Thanks for your talk." Very VERY few. The deal is this : IF you and I touch just a precious few (and we DO touch a precious few) that one pebble in the water will create a ripple in the pond and we have to be satisfied with doing our deal and turning the results over to God as you may understand this entity.

    To Change, or Not to Change? THAT is your question. I am personally thankful you put it that way and NOT To Continue, or Not to Continue. Change as you like BUT HOLD STEADY ON YOUR COURSE OF ACTION.

    Smiles from Cap and Hugs from Patti.

  6. Please don't stop or feel you should change a thing. I may be selfish but I need your blog.

    Cap's comment says it all. You have touched many lives and enriched those lives with your thoughts, travels and live of nature and humanity.

    I think of you as a sister. I see your posts on FB but I'm drawn to your blog. It was following yours that motivated me to create my blog.

    (I see I'm not the only one who needs you). ❤

  7. Don't stop!!! I remember in high school you wanted to travel the world and write a book call Gullible's Travels. You are doing your dream! And you let your readers travel the world with you and see, through your wonderful photography, what you see. I read your blog all the time, rarely comment, but admire your talents, and treasure your long time friendship. Barb

  8. Don't Stop, Don't Change. Perfect does not need updating or revisions.

  9. Jeanne, don't change anything. About the only other blog that I look at is our cousin Gary DePollo's (www.oldmanforge.com). Gary does more videos and doesn't do a lot of writing. I think your blogs and photos are magazine quality and I can't see a thing wrong with your format. I'm looking forward to the new Africa Journals.

  10. As we get older some of us don't like change and I'm one of them....except you may have noticed that my Facebook timeline is always changing. Facebook lets me get wild and crazy but when I "shut the door" at night I'm surrounded by the old and the familiar. Do what pleases you....and have a great trip.

  11. Thank you for sharing your life and adventures through beautiful photographs and thoughtful narratives. I appreciate the storytelling style of your blog, and your photography skills are absolutely amazing. As someone who grew up on the Kenai Peninsula but now lives in the Lower 48 I especially look forward to your posts regarding the Tern Lake/Mile 36 area. Know that you are appreciated, and do what is right for you. Hope to continue reading, and safe travels to you! --Rebekah