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Blog Aversion


Dear Blog,

I have been avoiding you. I know you have been staring at me from the corner, but I keep looking the other way.
So Here’s the deal:

About 10 years ago, I began my first blog to keep in contact with friends and family during an exchange year. There was no pressure and I had no clue if anyone besides my family actually read it. It was simple. I sat down, wrote about my experiences, did a bit of refinement, pulled out some pictures and posted it. They weren’t absolute masterpieces, but people seemed to like them and I enjoyed writing them. Now it is different – I have spent hours and days selecting layouts, re-learning some CSS, editing photos and sorting through writing, editing, refining, editing again.

looking forward

I admit it: I am scared. Writing each time is like standing at the edge of a cliff attached to a hang glider, getting ready to take that first step. I know the best move is to look forward with confidence and jump, but I stand frozen. The distance between here and below growing ever further away, a cool wind blowing upward, sweaty slippery palms grasping the bars of the glider, heart pounding.

One more week goes by. I’m still metaphorically sitting a safe distance from the edge of that cliff, knees tucked under my chin, hang glider staring me in the face.

Fine I get it. Time to move. Shake it off. The palms of my hands rest atop the cool, metallic keyboard, illuminated from the anticipating letters below. I will begin by being honest.

roadThis blog is an explorative journey to discover new writing trails and building a life abroad. And maybe that’s just the part I’ve been missing – trails have rocks, potholes and unexpected turns. And perhaps that’s the blog journey too – not all paved, polished roads, but bumpy at times as well. So, hold on to your hats, grab your gliders and here we go!

 

 

*thanks pixabay.com for the awesome featured image!

7 Responses

  • Ruby on April 22, 2016, 17:47:49

    I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.
    If you haven’t felt like quitting. Your dreams aren’t big enough

    Reply to Ruby
    • Brittany on April 28, 2016, 22:25:06

      Well, then they are definitely getting there! 🙂

      Reply to Brittany
    • Coralie on January 19, 2017, 17:32:50

      .It was completely dark and the crew had no time to evaluate which was the best direction to turn. If it matters so much which direction they chose, you should have no problem explaining why.Also, it was not clear exactly who realized when that sinking was inevitable. It took time to assess the damage, and Ismay later said he thought the ship was "virtually unluekabsn.&qiot; They would have done a damage assessment and it would have been obvious very quickly.

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  • Keith Anderson on April 19, 2016, 05:47:30

    Switch off the perfection button and the internal editor. I know it is much easier said than done! Just get it out. From what I have seen, you are having some incredible adventures and I very much enjoy reading your thoughts about them.

    Keep them coming!

    Reply to Keith
    • Brittany on April 28, 2016, 22:26:03

      Thanks for the input! Yes, that internal editor doesn’t seem to enjoy vacations as much as I do!

      Reply to Brittany
  • Kelly on April 19, 2016, 05:28:00

    Hey, bunk mate!!

    Hope your life is going well!

    Just wanted ti check in and say hi. Miss you!

    Kelly

    Reply to Kelly
    • Brittany on April 28, 2016, 22:26:33

      Hello! Yes it is! Thanks for stopping by. I hope all is well with you too!

      Reply to Brittany

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