This is it. This is blog post #100, a century of posts. I read somewhere that the average blog fizzles out at around 100 posts and we're starting to see why. It's fun to share our adventures, thoughts, and dreams, but over time it gets harder and harder to come up with good content. We've always said we wouldn't do it unless we're providing interesting content, but there are only so many thoughts in this old head of mine and most of them are down in this blog already! I read somewhere else that most blogs fizzle out after about 3 years, and we're approaching 3 1/2 years.
At this writing, we've published over 180,000 words, the equivalent of two whole adventure novels! And it's paid off, we've had tens of thousands of readers in 117 countries and territories. There are readers in the obvious places like the U.S. and Canada, Puerto Rico of course, and all around the Caribbean. What has surprised us are the ones in the Middle East, South America, Africa, and Asia. We actually have readers in every part of the world except Antarctica! Oh well, we tried! We hope we've provided you all some entertainment and a little education along the way.
For now, we're planning to go on a sabbatical, or call it a hiatus; in simple words we're going to take a break. Our friend Pitbull says "Live life, don't let life live you." and we're going to do that. Right now, it's going to be about life, and some of that is going to be boring stuff, not worth blogging about. But rest assured that when we do something really interesting, we'll put up a post about it. That might be some beach house remodeling projects, or travel to a new (or even old) destination, or maybe even to gain a new skill. Heck we don't know, which is one reason to pause the blog. We'll see where this road leads and then we'll blog about it.
In the meantime, nothing has to change for you our faithful kneedeepers, except you might want to subscribe to our "Newsletter" if you haven't already done so. It's nothing more than an automated email that tells you we posted again. There will be no spam and no BS. I expect you will forget about it just about the time we send you a new one. Here's the link for that: https://kneedeepinit.com/contact-us/.
What are we planning next? The word "plan" is often a little too strong for us because we know how God laughs at our plans. Just look at what happened in the early days of this blog. In spite of our "plans", a big mean hurricane left us on an entirely different island in an entirely different country! Another hurricane made us hurry up and wait. We don't mind, God deserves a chuckle too. That said, once travel returns to something closer to normal, we have a trip planned back to Vieques, Puerto Rico. As well, we still have our eyes on St. Maarten, Grenada, Guadaloupe, and several other places. We expect to get there, God willing and the hurricane don't come.
A big thank you to everyone who has stuck with us all this time, it's been a joy to have you along on this ride, and in fact we wouldn't have done it without you. So take a break with us now while we stop for gas and snacks. We'll catch you next time. On the beach. At the Tiki Bar. We'll be the ones laughing and singing a little too loud. Blame it on the Jimmy Buffet song. We hope you'll come back around when we do but until then, have some fun today!
This whole blog has been an adventure yes, but it's more than that. This is really a big beautiful love story. I can't imagine another person in the world I'd want to live this life with other than my little pirate girl Deb. They say if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. We want to go far, and besides, life's just better together.
TODAY'S SPECIAL: "Pirate Girl", by Jesse Rice. "I'm in love with a pirate girl. Diamond eyes and a hundred pearls. I would wander all over the world, to find the love of a pirate girl." Yes, I would!
Wow. awesome and congrats! Nice set of images on the journey.
Norm – you guys are looking great!
I have a century of reading to catch up on it seems!
(Your hyperlinks crack me up by the way.)
Take care and stay safe this winter.
This cracked me up Don! I’ll try to stay safe this winter. I might even have to put on socks!
Lovely sentiments about going far, together! These blogs have been a joy to read.
Thanks Kevlar. There’s more to come, likely, but not soon. 🙂
I have so appreciated you sharing all your adventures both good and bad and they have had a lot of value to me! I am so excited that you guys are somewhat stable and settled and ready to dig in and love life for a minute! I will look forward to the newsletters and updates when you feel you have done something awesome! I am excited to see renovations on the house for sure! You guys are on what key?
Thank you so much Lisa! We appreciate you following along. We are on a surprisingly unnamed barrier island on the east coast of Florida. It’s surprising because it contains many beach communities, all with names, but the strip island has no name. It runs from Cape Canaveral down to Jensen Beach. That is, if you ignore the man-made cuts (inlets) they made through the island over the decades. We are in Indialantic, actually in the county just north of Indialantic.
Awesome adventure, writing, and pictures, Norm & Deb. What a long, strange trip it’s been! The transition from spreadsheet nerd to accomplished island hoppers.
Thanks for letting us know you’re on sabbatical.
Thank you Perry, love the reference! 🙂 Stay in touch!
Thank you both for sharing your adventures with all of us! It takes big balls to move – and huge balls to move to an island in a different country!! I’m not sure where Deb keeps her pair.
Mark & Maureen
Thanks Mark & Maureen! Deb keeps hers locked up in the closet for safekeeping. 🙂 Xoxo!
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Pretty sure I know who wrote this, LOL!
Thanks guys it’s been great reading, just like your friendship. Love you always and you deserve all of the good that’s been with you. Love you guys for ever.
Sandra y Ricardo
Ricardo y Sandra, your friendship has meant more to use than all the travels we’ve had. You guys are very special to us and always will be in our lives. Gracias por todo, tu amistad es la mejor!
Be well, stay safe. Plant some garlic.
Thanks Michael, sounds like a good plan. Thinking of following these recommendations: https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/edibles/vegetables/garlic.html