Wednesday, 08 June 2016

I was just browsing our old blog posts and was amazed to discover that I’ve worked for Boatshed for nearly five years now! I stumbled across the very first article I wrote: New Administrator For Boatshed Grand Union in which I described myself in the third person.

I wrote, “Peggy Melmoth will be handling some of the administration and email enquiries, welcoming new clients, liaising with vendors, and updating the Boatshed Grand Union blog.”

250 blog posts later and I’m still writing about narrowboats and canals. The first thing I did was write a series of articles about living aboard, which I later turned into a free e-book: Living on a Boat: The Ultimate Guide. It covers costs, moorings, continuous cruising, finance, insurance, pets on board, children on board and more. Live-aboard boaters include middle-aged divorcees, retired couples, young professionals, people on low incomes, and canal heritage enthusiasts. It can include people seeking an alternative lifestyle, or people seeking a cheaper lifestyle. If you have any questions about living aboard Phil and I would be happy to help.

Later on I compiled another free e-book Selling a Boat: The Ultimate Guide.

I also quickly got stuck into managing the Facebook page and Twitter account. I was once one of those people that asked, “What is the point of Twitter?” because I had already wasted hours on Facebook and I didn’t need a whole other social network to suck away my time and energy. I wrote about Why I Tweet now, here, and about the many interesting boaters I have “met”and followed on Twitter. I got following a hashtag that is still popular today, #BoatsThatTweet and even started my own hashtag #SaucyBoats for joking banter about anything to do with boats that sounds saucy.

In fact, through blogging, Facebook and Twitter I have ended up meeting many different boaters in real life; including Amy-Alys (who blogs about life afloat on the 1935 ex-Severn and Canal Carrying Co. motor, Willow,) Mary (who lives aboard and runs sewing workshops in Hertfordshire) and Corinne (who used to run hotel boats, and is now a virtual assistant and social media manager, Your UK-VA.) Corinne now manages the Twitter and Facebook accounts for us here at Boatshed Grand Union.

So, blogging and social media is a great way to network and meet others. If you’re a boat that blogs we’d be happy to host a guest post here on Boatshed Grand Union in exchange for a guest post of ours on your blog. Guest blogging is a great way to promote your own blog and find more readers, and it means that our readers get to hear a different perspective on boating life. Contact me if you’d like to write something here on Boatshed Grand Union. Blogging is a great way to meet more boaters without even leaving your boat!

Peggy

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