About

I am an independent woman who works on the water and I love to travel the world whenever I can. I started out sailing on my fathers old schooner, got my own sea snark when I was a kid and worked around town on lots of friends fishing boats and the party boats down the street.

I got real lucky and was sent off (as punishment!) to school on a large traditional sailing ship. We sailed from Greece to Martinique and back to Europe. That did it! I decided to become a ship captain and sail the world and get paid to do it!Β The love of travel and the sea has not left me yet and I guess it never will.

Schooner Ariadne

Schooner Ariadne

 

I love to explore physically and mentally. I love the sense of adventure. I love to see whatever the world has to offer. I love to read and listen to music. I love to eat and drink and have a good time. I’m a friendly and down to earth person, I’m NOT politically correct! I take people as they come and love to meet new people.

I’d like to use this blog to get my thoughts and experiences out to the world. I will be posting about travel, photography, art and music, food and drink, books worth reading, sailing, working in the merchant marine, politics and political theory, religion and philosophy, what I think about current events and how it ties into history, etc…basically anything that I think is interesting and will interest others.

I’d like to see what others think about all this stuff so I really hope you’ll feel free to comment on whatever you want to.

153 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking the post with the connection to Ecclesiastes. I hope you’ll visit again soon. It looks like you’ve got quite an eclectic and interesting blog here! πŸ™‚

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  2. You’re such an inspiration.
    Beautiful words..coming from a beautiful person.
    I love your blog and most definitely love your life. It seems you have led such an interesting and adventurous fulfilling life.
    *put up glass* : “Here’s to the future. May it be filled with more beautiful adventure and life..”…….

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  4. Hi Capt Jill. I’m happy I stumbled upon your post on Photo101 before you travelled. Beautiful pic; your blog is definitely a must-follow. I’m going to travel with you; I’m following.
    PS. Have a safe trip tomorrow.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking the post Photography 101: Landmark – Athirampuzha Church. This is an ancient world renowned church. St. Sebastian’s feast in this church is very famous. Lakhs of people from diifferent religion attend and pray with strong faith and devotion. This also prove the religious harmony and integrity among people of India. Your about page prove that you a are a great person. WIll try to read posts later some time.

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    • Oh yes it was a hell of an adventure. I’ve been trying my best to have more like that ever since. Not having much luck at that.
      I hope you get the chance to do more sailing, it really is so much fun. πŸ™‚

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  6. Aye aye Captain. I am sorry I didn’t check your blog before we started talking. From your bucket list I felt that you are a sailor. And now I confirmed. And now I know that you are an Unlimited Master ! πŸ˜€ Its a pleasure to meet you. We need to talk!! πŸ˜€

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    • Well, thanks for stopping by when you did find out about it. πŸ˜‰ Kind of hard to do it before you ever knew about it. πŸ™‚
      Sure, you can contact me by email if you’d like.
      It’s CaptJillsJourneys@gmail.com, I always like to meet new friends. I try to get right back but sometimes it’s hard. So if you don’t hear back from me right away, it’s probably because I’m traveling or just can’t spend the time online for some reason.

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      • It was a pleasure to meet a mariner. When you said to sail to Antarctica and to be able to spend sometime on the shore, I understood you are a mariner! πŸ˜€ I will soon drop a line to that email. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  7. Thanks for making a port of call at my blog :p Glad you liked some of the posts. I’ve always been of the opinion that sailing is traditionally a male occupation and it gives me a kick that you’re a woman in a male-dominated world.

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    • oh yeah, my grandmother sure did regret telling me I could choose ANY school in the book! I was SO lucky to go to that school. I seriously think it saved my life. It sure did change me for the better.

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  9. Hello Capt Jill, what an amazing travelling life you’ve lead so far. I’m glad to have found you – blogging is great when you can read about other people’s experiences and seeing as I have never sailed a ship, even more so! πŸ™‚ ps. I have actually been on lots of boats but never taken the helm. Is that right?

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    • Hey, hey monkey,
      Nice to hear from you. I agree, it’s great to be able to meet so many interesting and fun people all over the world through blogging. πŸ™‚
      Helm- right. You should try it sometime, it can be fun. Especially when you’re going fast! πŸ˜‰

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  10. Post your article very useful and beneficial, many useful quotations that I can take from your website as well as with many people
    and how do you think about my website? πŸ™‚

    Thank you

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  11. Wow, love this blog from a real live Sailor woman (person) pardon me if I’m not politically correct!:) Thanks for liking my blog posts, Capt Jill. AND for sharing your travels and adventurous photos.

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      • I moved it from the free http://www.captjillsjourneys.wordpress.com site to a paid site, it’s now hosted by hostgator and the blog is http://www.captainjillsjourneys.com even tho I still post on wordpress. Now I am trying to remember to post on BOTH sites until I can somehow figure out how to fix the issues with the new site! I moved it in order to monetize my blog, that was my original purpose, to make money off it selling photos. I had close to 1500 followers before I moved, now wordpress tells me I have around 70 on the new site. I had to start from scratch. My followers are still here, on my old site, but I can’t monetize this site so I’ve been trying to get them to move over to the new one (but that isn’t working very well, they’re all still mostly on this one). It gets me confused!

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  12. Hi I have spotted you visiting my blog and your avatar took my interest! Sounds like you love your life I always think it is great if you can do what you love and get paid to do so!
    I am going to have a look around here if that is okay…. Please don’t head for deepwater just yet as I am a nervous sailor! I wish you a Happy and Healthy 2016.

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    • thanks! Yes, I love sailing, I love traveling, I love being at sea. I am hoping I can go back to getting paid soon!!
      Please, look around here all you want. πŸ™‚
      My avatar photo was taken a few years ago on a trip to Argentina. We went out on a boat to look for those dolphins, they call them “toninos” or pandas of the sea. They’re VERY fast and hard as heck to get a good picture of! Plus the boats are really crowded, I was not happy with that situation. But the weather was nice and we did see the dolphins, so it worked out OK.
      Happy 2016 to you too. πŸ™‚

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      • that was recommended to me by the woman who helped me get started blogging. If its just a problem with hostgator, maybe I can move my blog again to some other host?
        I’m hoping to get some help from a local guy here, but he’s having some personal things right now and I don’t want to bother him.
        I’m leaving for Mexico Monday early, so I don’t think I’ll be able to do anything to solve my problem til I get back (if then).
        I need to find somebody who really knows what they’re doing to look at my blog.
        I hope your transfer goes a lot better than mine did!!!

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      • You can definitely move it to another host since you own the registar for the domain. There are better options now! I wouldn’t use bluehost though… from what I hear. I am going to build my site I think through gandi. I saw a blogger who can still reach the reader with posts from his gandi, self-hosted site!!!

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      • that’s good to know. I could not get the reader once I moved it. I have to go to my old blog to see the reader, I also couldn’t get my connections to show up on the new one. All my old readers disappeared from the new one, but they were still on my old one. It took me about 3 months to figure out that’s what happened to them. I was SO upset!
        I am keeping an eye on how you do it, I am also trying to monetize and VERY frustrated. I’ve pretty much had to start over from scratch since I moved and I didn’t have all that many followers to lose (about 1450), but it HURT to lose them even so!

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      • I wonder if perhaps the issue was not using jetpack to bring your subscribers over. Did you use that? Also it sounds like your old site wasn’t changed to “point” to your new one! That can be done on any free wordpress.com site, but has to be manually configured. I would have helped you with this, BUT I am learning all this myself now! It is scary and thrilling at the same time. If I were to lose all my subscribers though… I’d probably just quit.

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      • I don’t really know. I had someone do all that for me. They were supposed to be very good at doing that kind of thing. I was at the blogging workshop in Costa Rica and figured I should go ahead and move it while I was there and had help.

        I don’t know anybody around here who blogs or knows anything about it. None of my friends here even HAVE computers!

        I do have jetpack, it looks like it works,but i don’t really know if it is or isn’t doing what it’s supposed to.

        My old blog is supposed to be forwarding people to my new one, but I’m pretty sure it’s not really doing it. OR, it is TRYING to do it and the Wordfence is telling me they’re all malicious attempts to logon. I’ve been suspecting that is what’s happening but I don’t have any idea how to check that out. That’s why I was wanting this computer guy to meet me and we can look at my blog with both computers. His and mine and try to figure out what happens on mine while he tries to sign up.

        I have a lot more time now to mess with this stuff, but I’ve still been busy with trying to find a job, etc. You wouldn’t believe how long it takes to fill out all the BS paperwork they want now before they’ll even tell you if they’re hiring! So far, nobody is hiring. It still takes up a lot of time. Plus, I don’t want to screw things up here any more than they already are. I try some small tweaks every now and then to see what happens, I’ve managed to fix a couple of things. But scared to do too much.

        I think you have enough background knowledge of computers, etc to be able to figure it all out. Once you do, you can make a good chunk of change helping others do it.

        I paid the guy who moved me a couple hundred bucks. Happy to do it. I just WISH he was local and so we could have ALL the bugs worked out.
        It seems like you’re a fast learner. You’re already way ahead of me and you’ve only been doing it for a couple of days! Good luck, I hope your move allows you to monetize and finally earn a living from your blogging.
        I think that’s what a lot of us are hoping to do. πŸ™‚

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  13. You “liked” one of my post which lead me your blog and I find it fascinating! I am growing weary of telling bloggers, especially a blogger of your caliber that I’m new, a green tenderfoot and compared to “your story” mine should be in a morgue. How long have you been blogging? If I may ask? What role does blogging play in your life? Where is it positioned and why do you do it?
    I am asking because I dream of a blog like this one day. A blog that will fascinate and bring value to lives as yours has the potential of doing that to my life. The Baseball Card blog I started several years ago was to sell my Baseball Card collection, blogging for bucks! But Cancer treatment, surgery and recovery has changed my blogging philosophy. In sum, tell this blogger wanna be how to be. Where to start, what steps you took or steps I should take to start a journey and meet you where you are today. Make sense? I am using Blogging U 101, 201 etc. But I am betting you have some pearls of wisdom

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    • Hi TR,
      Thank you for your very nice comments on my blog. I’m grateful that you think so much of my blog. I am still just learning too. I really don’t know much about blogging. I think if you knew how much of a hard time I have to figure out how to do anything here, you might not think so much of me.
      Anyway, to answer your questions. I started blogging August of 2013. I started blogging (like you) for bucks! I have to tell you, I still have not figured out how to make even one cent off my blog. That is very frustrating to me.
      I had thought it would be a good way for me to improve my writing and photography and get my work out to the general public without having to sell it to an editor first. So far, no one has asked me about buying any of my photographs. I have had a couple of online magazines ask about my writing and I was thrilled about that (still am)! So there is that.
      So I started blogging to find a way to earn money. I am still blogging trying to figure out how to make money. In the meantime, I blog to express myself, to challenge myself, to meet other interesting people, to see what other people are doing around the world, etc.
      I spend WAY too much time online, since I have a lot of other things I like to do (work, travel, garden, cook, etc), but I don’t spend enough time online either. I’d like to spend more time visiting other bloggers and really getting into the community.
      Some people are really great with that, they’re all over the blogosphere and they keep up with all their comments, sharing posts, all day long. I wish I did but I just don’t have the time or energy for that. So, I blog when I can get to it.
      I’m sorry about your cancer, but glad you recovered. I hope you continue to get better. I think you just have to blog the way you want to. I don’t think there is any magic bullet. Only thing I can say is that you’ve made a good start. Keep up the blogging U and joining in the blog challenges that interest you. Follow people you like and maybe find some hangouts with similar interests. Also, be sure to link your blog to all your social media (facebook, twitter, etc). I still don’t really understand about twitter and how to use hashtags myself, but I think they’re probably pretty important. You should find somebody that knows about those to ask (and let me know what you find out).
      I wish I did have some pearls of wisdom for you TR, but I’m still just a small time blogger myself. I don’t have many followers to show for a couple of years worth of blogging away here. I also screwed up and moved my blog back in August. I pretty much had to start over again and I still haven’t figured out what went wrong or how to fix it. So, there’s another suggestion for you. If you’re ever going to go self-hosted (not the free wordpress blog), then do it before you really build up a following. You might screw it up like I did and lose everybody.
      Good luck!

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      • No magic bullet. Do what you love, find some hangouts and link Social Media all appreciated and I thank you too. We both love to write and I never thought much of photography till my Galaxy Android phone because it’s amazing what such a small device in the palm of my hand can do. I take photos of everything now. If I find the “end of the blogging for bucks rainbow” were both looking for you will be the first I’ll let know! Thanks again

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