Lately I´ve been struggling with whether or not to continue with this blog. Maybe other people out there can relate. I must admit it´s become yet another source of social media where I end up constantly checking for “views” and “likes”. So annoying! For awhile there, I started changing how I wrote to include more “practical information” about where I was, how I found the information to get me there, and advice. This was in hopes of helping others along, but I was going to measure this through my amount of followers. Which–spoiler alert–didn´t increase.
The thing is, when I´m traveling and exploring a new place, I love to take photos and I love to post my photos here. What I don´t love is finding a really cool bar or nice restaurant and then trying to make mental notes to remember what I ordered, the overall ambience, as well as jotting down the address to post it here.
I don´t have all the answers. I´m finding out how to live abroad and how to travel to new places as I go along. I screw up on the daily… most recently when I was in Paris warning my visiting mom and aunt about pick-pockets and ended up getting my wallet stolen by the end of the trip! Story on that coming soon, but the list of my SMH moments goes on and on.
When I´m trying to make this blog for other people–you know, the non-existent ones who hang on every word I say and model their adventures after mine–it becomes a chore. I worry about the quality of my writing or if I´m sounding like a know-it-all. I feel self-centered. So, where I´m getting here, is that this blog is for me.
I´ve tried putting all of this in a personal journal, but it seems more likely that I´ll keep up with it here. I want to have a place to look back on my photos (rather than them ending up jumbled in the Facebook abyss) and a place to spill out my stories. I also couldn´t give up this blog because it´s just one more tie that I have to my friends and family back home.
I gave the site a little facelift featuring all my adventurous, round-the-world photos, and now I´ll try to enjoy adding content just a little bit more. I just found out that my three-day work week has been shortened to a day and a half this week (suerte!) so I´m looking forward to posting about my travels from when my mom and aunt came to visit me!