Feb 162014
 

Another Sunday, another pile of crap shoveled our way by the marina lord and master.  This time?  The son of a…..WAIT A MINUTE!

HOL’ ON THERE!

HOKEY SMOKERS!!!

IT’S THE 3RD BIRTHDAY OF THE MANATEE FRITTER!!!!

Well shiver me timbers and swash my buckles.  The Fritter has made for another year.  Wow!  Three years and you all are still here.  That’s amazing.  This whole blog, which started out as a simple exercise in website design and fun, has blossomed into a full fledged, um…er….blog.

Well, ok, I’ll allow this one time to pat myself on the back.  Here we are three years down the road.  Hundreds of posts, even more hundreds of comments, nearly 300 visitors a day, a few hundred fritterisms, and it just keeps growing.  I have to say first of all:

Thanks to each and every one of you who follows the Fritter.  I mean that, from the regular stalkers commenters, to the ones who sneak a peek while at work.  Even you russian porn sites who are vainly trying to hack and find content.  Really, I appreciate all the support and feedback.

The Fritter has been one of the most satisfying things I have done in a long time.  It has provided me with a sounding board to talk about my minimalist life, living here in Key West, living off the grid on a sailboat, and lots of other side issues.  I never thought for a minute that writing would be something I would enjoy but this little site has been a great and fulfilling adventure since the start.  It’s been fun to watch the traffic grow month after month.  Reading the comments, both good and not so good.  And I’ve been able to monetize it a bit with the apps, the other websites, the ebook of course, and now the new Manatee Fritters store on Cafepress.

Not everything has gone completely smooth.  Some posts, some sites, and a few other projects fell on their asses.  But that goes with the territory.  When it all gets down to the minimal, the Fritter is still just a simple blog about a simple life.  Judging from the comments, It appears I’ve struck a nerve and appealed to a few of you out there.

There is Dodd and Alanda who were able to achieve their dream of moving down here.

Julia over at Journey To Minimalism is well on her way to bettering her life.

And of course, you know who, our own Tammy J, who found out that she actually does have talents that she was unaware of.

I still find it amazing that these folks and others blame give me some credit for inspiring them to make changes in their lives.  When you get an email, or sit down face to face with one of your readers, and they tell you thanks to your face for helping them make some important decision, it can be a very satisfying, as well as scary concept.  But, you are all adults out there, at least in body if not in mind.  So don’t sell yourselves short. You made the decisions that put you where you are today. The Manatee Fritter played a very very minor part, if any.

So off we go into year 4.  I’m gonna keep doing what I have been doing.  Rattling cages, breaking rules, thumbing my nose at the established way of life.  And I am gonna keep spreading the message of minimal living.  Keep the possessions to what you need and use.  Don’t fall into the traps of consumerism and debt.  Absolutely, positively, don’t never join the hive and become a worker bee.  There is way too much life out there to be stuck in a cubicle, behind a counter, or punching a time clock.  Get off yer ass and go do stuff.  See other places.  Learn until you ain’t breathing no more.  Refuse to follow the herd.  Live on an island for a year.  Live on a sailboat for a year.  Just to say you did.  Start up one of these bloggy thingies and write about your experiences.  Spread the word and change a small part of the world for the more better.

I’m gonna keep doing this Fritter thing.  So come along for the ride.  It will be different, I guarantee that.

Capt. Fritter

Seriously, thank you one and all.

  7 Responses to “Living Aboard: More Crap To Deal With…”

  1. C.F.,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. I readily relate to your unique/twisted perspectives. Keep up the good work!

    J.G.

  2. Congrats Captain!

    It’s been a fun ride! Will be working down that way today so maybe I will stick my bow in the marina and see how things are going!

    Dodd

  3. congrats dear pirate. ♥

  4. Congrats Capt! So glad that I stumbled across your blog a couple of years ago in search of information on the live aboard lifestyle, finding not only that but also discovering that the life I was in search for had a name…the minimalist lifestyle.

    Thanks for your insight – looking forward to another year of following Manatee Fritters!

  5. Is there cake? Beer? Something with which to celebrate this achievement of yours? Because you know we readers are celebrating. Since I rarely eat cake and never drink beer I’ll just applaud. Can you hear me?