I’m behind in my blog and I don’t seem to be able to catch-up to the current time. This bothers me. It’s an albatross around my neck which I don’t like. Currently I am three and one-half months behind and I don’t seem to be able to close this gap.
I am at my parent’s place as I write this, so I am not traveling. One of my goals during this “down time” was to catch up with my blog, but I am failing. I anticipated being able to catch-up with my blog posts in no time, but I have been here 7 weeks and have utterly failed at this. In theory, I should be leaving before the year is over (though, like many things in life, this plan is fluid) and need to be caught up. For my sanity. Seriously.
There are many
reasons excuses why this is. Traveling alone doesn’t mean that you are alone, something that I learned my first month on the road. I have more friends now than I ever have had in my life. Real friends. People I enjoy spending time with. And many of them are either currently in the area or have passed through.
Then there is family that I enjoy spending time with. My parents. My cousin who snowbirds in the area. And a relationship that I am cultivating, which is extremely important to me.
And there are the holidays. Enough said about this.
Let’s not forget life. You know, work, and everything else that one does during the normal course of living. All of which takes time and means I am not blogging.
A couple of fellow full-timers have recently blogged about the trials of blogging. These are people I have met, spent time with, and respect. I also happen to agree with what they have to say about blogging. Amanda of Watsons Wander wrote about blogging late last month, and Nina of Wheelingit fame posted about the same subject two days later. See, I am not the only person who ponders blogging. And believe me, I ponder it!
So here I sit with about 20 blog posts I need to write in order to get caught up to today. Never mind what will come up during the time I am playing catch-up. So I am making a decision about how I will cover things moving forward.
I started this blog so I would have a record of places I have travelled, things I have experienced, and sights I have seen. For purely personal reasons. As a memory aid. Turns out my parents enjoy reading about my adventures, as do a few non-family members, which is pretty cool. But ultimately I blog for myself. This may sound selfish, but it is the truth.
I also tend to write very long blog posts. I spend an inordinate amount of time researching places I have been and things I have seen as to add “value” to my blog posts. Not really sure why I do this, as it isn’t something I need. After all, if I want to learn something more about a place I have been, I can just Google it.
So from here on out I am going to make a valiant attempt to write shorter blog posts. To catch-up. To not write 1,000 words when 500 is more than enough. Let pictures speak for themselves and let my audience do a bit of Googling if they want to know more about a place or thing. And I am writing this in a post as that’s what you are supposed to do, right? Put it out there so you can be held accountable. Or something like that.
Looking at my list of blog posts that need to be composed, I see a couple that are gonna be long, but for the most part, I should be able to stick to writing fewer words. I have to. For my sanity. Of course I took 697 words to tell you this when I am sure a quarter of the amount would have gotten the message across. Off to a great start! 🙂