It's weird to write these knowing that the website for this isn't even live yet. Hopefully these will get looked at in the future.
Right now though, I've been thinking that this blog is a good way to document what we're thinking and feeling before we get this thing going. Ya know, documenting the prep for the actual documenting. Even thought we could call it our b-Log Book. Clever or stupid? I dunno. Huh, maybe I am losing it - positing questions to a blog with no readers on a non-existent site.
Anyway, it's like 49 days until launch and we have a LOT of work to do...
To be honest, we don't even have a name yet! Our working title right now is From Surfers to Sailors, but Home to Helm and Without a Clew are popular runner-ups. I'd love to say I can't wait to see what we come up with by podcast launch, but we don't have time. We need to start making accounts and profiles, and buy domains and emails, all of which we need a name for, and we needed to make, like, yesterday.
We've agreed to try to stay as ignorant as possible about what we are undertaking until the podcast is underway. I feel like it would make for better content to learn as we go (and probably to sound completely stupid at the onset too), rather than "pre-game" with a lot of research. We are trying to document the experience of learning to sail and moving our lives aboard a boat, not look like we know what we are doing. And I assure you, we totally don't.
I did buy a couple of books however, and subscribe to a few podcasts, which I haven't been able to leave totally alone. I'm sure I'll still be plenty ignorant when the launch comes around, though. One book sounds like it will be very helpful - The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat by Mark Nicholas. I've read the introduction so far and it sounds like it is quite insightful to the hardships and struggles of living aboard, yet encouraging at the same time.
Another book that was recommended by Andy Schell on How I Think About Sailing podcast was The Annapolis Book of Seamanship by John Rousmaniere. Andy's description made it sound like a worthy reference book for beginners and experienced sailors alike, which lord knows we will need, so I ordered immediately upon hearing of it.
Other than that, I've been working a lot on the website for the last few days, and pushing everyone to brainstorm names, since that is the main thing holding us back right now.
So much to do and so little time to do it in...there's definitely no calm before this storm.