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October 13, 2009

Loving Your Blog!

Filed under: Fan Mail by Bill @ 6:16 am

I received some excellent fan mail yesterday:

Hello, Loving Long Island!

Such a cool blog. What I really like is the LOVE you put into your posts. Nice photos, recommendations, recipes, videos how to… a rich, lovely site.

You and Soundbounder have the Island covered. You both make me want to explore more.

Thanks for the work you put in! It IS greatly appreciated!

If that weren’t flattering enough, it’s from Christina Sun, one of my favorite publishers. Her site, Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook, features beautiful, informative, and sometimes comical water color paintings of New York Harbor, and entertaining transcripts of radio communications between the boats working there.

(I still haven’t figured out why she always has that radio with her, but when I was working from home I had a marine VHF squawking on my desk all day long just for fun. So if that’s the case, I get it.)

The funny thing is, while Christina wants to explore Long Island, she and Will Van Dorp of Tugster (he has a way with words like Christina has a way with brushes) have me hooked on New York Harbor and the Hudson, places I never thought I would have any interest in whatsoever.

But that’s the whole point of publishing this stuff anyway, isn’t it; to share the excitement and inspire others to come see too?

As for Soundbounder… Well, that’s Mathew Housekeeper. I’m on his site all the time for his excellent photographic coverage of both shores of the Long Island Sound. I don’t know how he gets around so much, but he does.

So, three great sites that I highly recommend. If you love the water, work boats, cool places, great writing, and pretty pictures, then the rest of your day is shot 🙂

Oh, and thank you, Bowsprite for the fan mail. It’s nice to know that all this work is greatly appreciated.


  1. hi bill-
    just a quick note: thanks for the plug. i must admit i haven’t studied your site as thoroughly as christina obviously has. but i have looked at it. i echo her praises of your work. by the way, i lived on a boat in seaford for three years, during which time i got around to lots of the island . . though esp the south shore. cheers and .. . hope you get to one of our gatherings; matt came to the last one waaaay back in may.

    Comment by will — October 14, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  2. Hey, I’m a fan of your sites, so plugging is my pleasure. Let me know when the next meet-up is and I’ll be there.

    Comment by Bill — October 16, 2009 @ 6:40 am

  3. Bill,
    Thanks for the kind words. It is long overdue, but I added your site as a link on Soundbounder. I was updating some things this week and finally took care of it.

    As for getting around so much,….it is not as much as it appears. I get a lot of it sailing in the summer. Then once a month or so, I take a Sunday and visit an area.

    I always enjoy your site Bill.
    Recently I was just looking at your Boating With The Baymen post.

    Comment by soundbounder — October 22, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

  4. That sounds a lot like what I do. I used to have this goal of visiting a new place on Long Island every weekend and then writing about it during the week. Well, with family, work, and everything else, I’m lucky if I can get that done once every other month 🙂

    Boating with the Baymen was pretty interesting. I took a tour of Long Island’s bay houses with Long Island Traditions and that was even better than the baymen tour. My post on that is way overdue, but I’m working on it…

    Comment by Bill — October 23, 2009 @ 9:09 am

  5. I’m over here, too. On the South Shore! In Babylon! I love all those blogs, including this one…

    Comment by Redwing — February 19, 2010 @ 8:46 am

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