Posted by John Cooke in Blogging, Cape May, Personal, St Thomas on October 11, 2017
Cape May Blog Shut Down ?
It feels like this Cape May blog shut down for the month of September. It wasn’t, and the content was always there. September sucked. My last written blog post related to Cape May was actually in mid-August. Yes, there were a few photo essays. A technique used to prevent the dreaded Cape May blog shut down in totality. Many reasons or excuses contributed to the blogging slow down of September.
- Why did September suck?
Harvey happened at the end of August. Then Irma happened, then Maria. None of these storms had any direct impact on Cape May or my family. Irma and Maria did have a significant impact on many people I know in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The thought of losing my vacation destination, selfishly, played with my head. Not my Virgin Islands! Not twice.
infatuatedobsessed with the weather and the Caribbean. At the height of the storms, Facebook pages like What’s going on St. Thomas, a loosely moderated version of the Cool Cape May Facebook group, kept me informed of conditions in the region. News of St. John also kept curious onlookers informed as well.
One of our strongest housekeepers quit, quite unexpectedly in September. That sucked. It was also frustrating and made me angry. It spiked everyone’s workload after Labor Day, a time when Cape May is still busy. A time when temporary J-1 Visa workers start getting distracted with visions of travelling the United States before returning to eastern Europe.
- Second photography exhibit.
The Wednesday after Labor Day I was invited to hang my second and most successful photography exhibit at the Mad Batter restaurant on Jackson Street. Getting ready for this show felt like a chore. No adrenalin rush like last year’s inaugural exhibit. I had all winter to get ready for that show. A couple of well-timed, quiet evenings allowed me to mat and frame pictures easing anxiety. Friends Ginny and Hugh provided moral support and helped hang the show.
“You have two empty hooks,” read the text message. September sucked a little less when after the first weekend of the show two pictures sold. Experience taught me to have images ready to restock.
Preventing Cape May Blog Shut Down
- Professional obligations.
The CookeCapeMay brand is visible on social media. Promoting other clients brands takes priority over my own. Last minute photojournalism assignments that included news articles also jump to the front of the list. Research has shown me almost every popular blog eventually writes a Why I haven’t blogged in a while post. Then there’s my day job, running the Victorian Motel which to use a bad cliché, trumps everything.
If you know me and have read this far, you already know I don’t sway with circumstances. Usually steadfast and typically patient, I did not mean this post to sound whiny. Look for future posts about proactive attempts to help the people of St. Thomas and St. John. Look for attention grabbing posts from Puerto Rico Hurricane News, run by my friend Justin. Almost a month later and things really do suck in Puerto Rico. Cape May not so much.