Time is an amazing thing. On one hand the last 6 months have gone so fast, on the other it seems like it’s been forever.

In September of 2016 I decided I wanted to try my hand at making (sailing) travel videos. Nothing too amazing, really, but videos to show what it was really like living on a sailboat and traveling. (Ok, I would love to have them be amazing, but though I’m an avid tv and movie watcher, I’m not all that practiced with making videos.)

I’ve been wresting with the format, content, finding music, editing and pretty much everything else there is to making videos. There has been a huge learning curve and I’m still working on it, (right now I’m working to figure out how to really make my videos a story, not just clips put to music, or with music and some voice over).

Things I’ve learned (the hard way)

1.) Finding the right music is hard… and important!
Music sets the whole tone for a video (if there is music in it). It tells the viewer how to feel. And to make videos look even better, you should edit “to the music”. (Basically, make your cuts on the beats, slower scenes with slower parts of the song etc.)
Even more important is making sure that you can use the music. If you’re violating copyright laws. If you’re violating them, youtube will get upset.

2.) If you build it, someone will complain!
I’ve had people attack my boat, attack my family, my parenting… I’ve had my videos attacked, what I say attacked… Basically, if people are watching, someone will complain at some point!

The good news is that if no one ever complains, it most likly means very few are watching, OR you’re not doing something that people will LOVE (because if some love it, others WILL hate it).

3.)Just Do IT
I spend a long time wishing I would/could do something like this… now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t start sooner. I had every excuse in the world not to do it, and used them frequently… but push come to shove, I was scared.

The problem is, the only way to get over it is to listen to Nike and “Just do it”.

4.) Starting small isn’t a problem.
When I worry about the vlog/blog being small, I remind myself that it’s prefect because then it gives me room to practice and get better without TOO many people seeing how bad some of it is.

5.) It’s ok to make bad art
This is one that’s held me back for years. I what it all to be perfect and wonderful. But to even get close to that, I have to remember that I need to make a lot of bad art first.

6.) A travel vlog/blog needs more then one income source
I am working out how I can generate at least a few different income sources from doing my vlog/blog. The first is google ads. This isn’t a whole lot of money (in the 6 months my best month I made $30), but it’s a start

 

 

Another income source for me is Patreon, an on-going crowdfunding site. I have a few loyal patrons that love my work enough to give me a bit of money whenever I create a new video episode. I need to figure out how to make this more appealing to people. Right now I’m making about $90 a month

There is a lot that I still need to figure out. (Like what I actually what my vlogs to be like.) And some that I have like my vlog/blog goal (I want to be able to use the vlog/blog to both make money and gain exposure so that at the end of this trip, I’ll be able to make enough money to support us continuing to travel.)

I still have at least a few years to really get it all figured out, so I’m not too worried

April 26, 2017 0 comment
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After a long wait, (we missed sailing season last year), we finally make it to Panama, home of the mega-ships, and we prepare for heading into the Pacific.

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Kraken Kissed Adventures is the ongoing documentary series of a family sailing around the world, (and trying to cross even more off their bucket lists). We have videos out every Saturday at a minimum, and love daily vlogging when we have enough internet!

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April 20, 2017 0 comment
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If we were low-budget cruising Panama, what do we think it would cost?

Come (virtually) sail around the world with us

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⛵————-About Kraken Kissed Adventures————–⛵

Kraken Kissed Adventures is the ongoing documentary series of a family sailing around the world, (and trying to cross even more off their bucket lists). We have videos out every Saturday at a minimum, and love daily vlogging when we have enough internet!

We make travel videos, travel vlogs, q&a videos, adventure vlogs, life vlogs, lifestyle videos, give sailing tips and advice, and general life advice and tips for a happier more adventurous life.

SUBSCRIBE for sailing, exotic locations, amazing adventures and inspirational videos!!! http://bit.ly/KKAYoutube

⚓Check out our website/blog for more info about us http://bit.ly/KKAWebsite ⚓

Want to get Regina a present?
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*And let’s get social!*
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April 10, 2017 0 comment
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After trying to leave Providencia, Columbia, and running into foul weather, we head back into port and get a few extra days to enjoy and explore in this tropical paradise

⛵————-About Kraken Kissed Adventures————–⛵

Kraken Kissed Adventures is the ongoing documentary series of a family sailing around the world, (and trying to cross even more off their bucket lists). We have videos out every Saturday at a minimum, and love daily vlogging when we have enough internet!

We make travel videos, travel vlogs, q&a videos, adventure vlogs, life vlogs, lifestyle videos, give sailing tips and advice, and general life advice and tips for a happier more adventurous life.

SUBSCRIBE for sailing, exotic locations, amazing adventures and inspirational videos!!! http://bit.ly/KKAYoutube

⚓Check out our website/blog for more info about us http://bit.ly/KKAWebsite ⚓

Want to get Regina a present?
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*And let’s get social!*
Twitter! http://bit.ly/KKAtwitter
Instagram! http://bit.ly/KKAInstagram
Facebook! http://bit.ly/KKAFacebook

⛵~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~⛵
*GEAR*

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March 25, 2017 0 comment
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We went through the Panama Canal February 2017, from East Coast to West Coast. Then after one night anchored out on the west coast, we went into a marina, (Bill, the owner likes marinas).

Come (virtually) sail around the world with us

⛵ CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE: join the adventure! : http://bit.ly/KKAYoutube⛵

⛵————-About Kraken Kissed Adventures————–⛵

Kraken Kissed Adventures is the ongoing documentary series of a family sailing around the world, (and trying to cross even more off their bucket lists). We have videos out every Saturday at a minimum, and love daily vlogging when we have enough internet!

We make travel videos, travel vlogs, q&a videos, adventure vlogs, life vlogs, lifestyle videos, give sailing tips and advice, and general life advice and tips for a happier more adventurous life.

SUBSCRIBE for sailing, exotic locations, amazing adventures and inspirational videos!!! http://bit.ly/KKAYoutube

⚓Check out our website/blog for more info about us http://bit.ly/KKAWebsite ⚓

Want to get Regina a present?
https://amzn.com/w/24W8TQIYKX90R

*And let’s get social!*
Twitter! http://bit.ly/KKAtwitter
Instagram! http://bit.ly/KKAInstagram
Facebook! http://bit.ly/KKAFacebook

⛵~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~⛵
*GEAR*

Canon 7D http://amzn.to/2dQivbn
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March 19, 2017 0 comment
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When our new crew member, Jason showed up, he got to play the role of Santa this year for me! Ok, it’s not REALLY like Christmas if you have to buy it yourself… but at least this way, I got just want I wanted and needed!

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⛵————-About Kraken Kissed Adventures————–⛵

Kraken Kissed Adventures is the ongoing documentary series of a family sailing around the world, (and trying to cross even more off their bucket lists). We have videos out every Saturday at a minimum, and love daily vlogging when we have enough internet!

We make travel videos, travel vlogs, q&a videos, adventure vlogs, life vlogs, lifestyle videos, give sailing tips and advice, and general life advice and tips for a happier more adventurous life.

SUBSCRIBE for sailing, exotic locations, amazing adventures and inspirational videos!!! http://bit.ly/KKAYoutube

⚓Check out our website/blog for more info about us http://bit.ly/KKAWebsite ⚓

Want to get Regina a present?
https://amzn.com/w/24W8TQIYKX90R

*And let’s get social!*
Twitter! http://bit.ly/KKAtwitter
Instagram! http://bit.ly/KKAInstagram
Facebook! http://bit.ly/KKAFacebook

⛵~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~⛵
*GEAR*

Canon 7D http://amzn.to/2dQivbn
Canon 24mm lens http://amzn.to/2edmvyl
GeekPro http://amzn.to/2dQivbn

March 10, 2017 0 comment
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Finally moving ou to a new country, Regina and the crew set off to explore the beautiful island of Providencia. A Colombian territory, (even though it’s off the coast of Honduras), Providencia was the stomping ground of the famous pirate, Captain (Henry) Morgan.

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⛵————-About Kraken Kissed Adventures————–⛵

Kraken Kissed Adventures is the ongoing documentary series of a family sailing around the world, (and trying to cross even more off their bucket lists). We have videos out every Saturday at a minimum, and love daily vlogging when we have enough internet!

We make travel videos, travel vlogs, q&a videos, adventure vlogs, life vlogs, lifestyle videos, give sailing tips and advice, and general life advice and tips for a happier more adventurous life.

SUBSCRIBE for sailing, exotic locations, amazing adventures and inspirational videos!!! http://bit.ly/KKAYoutube

⚓Check out our website/blog for more info about us http://bit.ly/KKAWebsite ⚓

Want to get Regina a present?
https://amzn.com/w/24W8TQIYKX90R

*And let’s get social!*
Twitter! http://bit.ly/KKAtwitter
Instagram! http://bit.ly/KKAInstagram
Facebook! http://bit.ly/KKAFacebook

⛵~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~⛵
*GEAR*

Canon 7D http://amzn.to/2dQivbn
Canon 24mm lens http://amzn.to/2edmvyl
GeekPro http://amzn.to/2dQivbn

March 10, 2017 0 comment
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I know I’ve not been posting the way I wanted to.
… Anxiety and depression have been ruling the day.

The good news is, slowly I’m starting to feel better, and one of the things I’ve been thinking of is new videos!

Obviously, I need to get back to working on episodes, but in addition to that, I want to make some more resources for people traveling (or daydreaming about traveling)! And looking at our videos and what’s done the best, everyone is interested in knowing just how much some of this cruising stuff costs!

SO…… I’ve been hounding Alan. (Ok, less hounding, more mentioning… but it feels like hounding some days.) Over the next few days he’s going to be going over some info we have about the cost of some things. And also working to remember how much things cost, and we’re going to be making some videos about how much different places we’ve been cost for cruisers!!

(See, my cost of living places OCD will pay off…)

So I think Alan will be going over what some things cost for Second Summit (a 56′ LOD sailboat), but also how much we think we could get by on, (bearing in mind that we live pretty frugally when left to our own devices).

March 4, 2017 0 comment
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