Despite my wishy-washy feelings about blogging, there is a part of me that is glad that I have this particular form of documentation of the last 5+ years of my life. I’ve tried to maintain a balanced approach to my on-line presence. I don’t really do social media (my 10 instagram followers don’t count!) And really, I only post part of what’s going on in my life at any given time. As I’ve said before, this is just some sort of a creative outlet and thus a record of how I have stretched my “digital art” skills. Some of the early stuff I really want to take down in shame but I leave it all there as a reminder of how I’ve changed and to hear my voice throughout the process.
Despite my journeying from a DIY-holly-hobbie-crafter to a wanna-be-design-snob, one consistency is prevalent throughout: adventures — great and small. And I figured it was time I dusted off the archives of this digital time capsule and actually organize my travel photos. What I found to be most interesting of all is two-fold really: 1.) In my earlier travels I didn’t post a lot of photos after the trip — despite having snapped literally hundreds. And 2.) I don’t always document trips with photos. I can think of at least 2 major cross-country roadtrips that didn’t even end up archived here in any way. My sister even commented whilst in Spain that I didn’t take very many photos even though I lugged my DSLR with me all around the country. It’s weird — I know. But I want to have pure motivation while snapping… and thinking about what would be good on the blog before I snap always makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to capture something just to put it here — I want to capture it because I want to remember something authentic.
So… all of that qualifier to say that 1.) I’m glad I finally organized my adventures and 2.) they are what they are. Sometimes I post about the details, sometimes it’s just been the mood. I would love nothing more than to be a travel writer: documenting customer service, secret back-alley shops, and the best local food. But… I’m not. I often like to pretend that I don’t actually have an audience in this space. (This is all just for me, right?!) So, I’ve captured what I’ve captured and it means something to me. But if someone else connected with it visually or verbally, then that’s just the cherry on top. But, I must admit that it’s been pretty fun to share details of my adventures and the more I share, the more it motivates me to do it again.
If you click on the little tab up there that says Adventures, you’ll see all the places I’ve been (since 2008)…that I’ve actually posted about.