For throwing caution to the wind
02/17/2014 - 02/25/2014 10 °F
So! My first blog post - how exciting! I’ve had this account for a couple weeks now but could never get it started. I became inspired a few nights ago after going to a UW mini course for Travel Blogging. The class itself didn’t contain too much, but it got me thinking about the blog and how to get going on it… and I realized I’ve just got to start writing. Not wait until I start traveling and assume it’ll just start and be easy. Besides, this is an exciting time here in the US- I’m drawing into the final stretch and I’m gettin real on preparations. (Going away party - CHECK; Giving away possessions not worth storing - CHECK; Actually packing the rest into my storage/car - ways to go)
It is a big goal of mine to maintain an entertaining (or inspiring?) account of my travels. I guess just something that people would want to read. Small problem is that I’ve virtually never written for fun or anything. No journals, no short stories, no love sonnets to unnamed crushes. So I have no idea what my “voice” is, or what the “theme” or “motif” of my blog is going to be. (Note to self: Too many “quotes”). "Creative Writing" has never been a passion of mine, but traveling is, so maybe this will work
There are so many travel blogs out there, how can I distinguish mine? One popular angle is to come up with a gimic or topic to focus on. One guy in the class had a blog in which he was 283 days into 365 things I’ve never done before, in 365 days. Very cool idea! I’m probably going to check out his blog before I turn in. But I don’t (currently) have a gimic or tag line like that.
But then I thought about, ‘Who am I writing this for?’ Am I trying to become a popular, well-known travel blogger? Even if I did want that (who the fuck wouldn’t), I’m pretty sure it is not going to immediately happen with my first attempt. So I think my answer is that I’m doing it for myself and those people back in the States (or wherever) that I know and love, and we’ll see if it spreads beyond that. For now, I’ll try to keep in simple, insightful, and fun to read until I actually figure out what I’m doing.
HOPE YOU ENJOY (don’t you just hate all caps?)