Jan 05 2012

This is not a New Year’s Resolution

Published by at 10:27 pm under Random Musings

I miss writing. I was an English major, after all, and over the course of my education I became so adept at cranking out ten page papers that I didn’t realize that the ability to communicate on paper (or screen) is a cultivated skill. Something to be appreciated and nurtured. And when I graduated, all that time for writing fell victim to the demands of real life.

And then we started this blog. It took me a while to get going. Eight months of traveling meant eight months that I could practice my writing. And I think I got better. Maybe? I tried. And then I stopped again. And now it’s three years later.

The point is: I want to write more. I need an outlet. I was originally convinced that I’d need to start a brand-spanking-new blog because this was our travel blog for people who want travel stories and information, but hey, I still remember the admin password and it’s my blog so I’ll write what I want.

This is not a new year’s resolution. I’m not one of those people that’s all “I hate new year’s resolutions” because I don’t and I make them. Last year, I resolved to be able to do the splits by the year’s end. Still can’t do the splits. This is more of a I-think-this-will-make-me-happy-and-a-better-person-so-let’s-try-to-make-this-a-part-of-my-life thing. I’ve been trying to keep a bedside journal, but came to the quick realization that writing by hand is slow and makes my hand hurt. #firstworldproblems

I’m not going to set any tangible goals like “I’ll do this once a week!” because this is not a resolution and I know that will end in failure. BUT I am putting this out there, in a public forum, for people to read or not read, which might make me feel a certain amount of accountability.

I guess we do need to blog about our adventures this summer through Argentina and Bolivia, so maybe that’s a good place to start. We’ll see.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “This is not a New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Brookeon 06 Jan 2012 at 9:11 am

    I was so excited to see this post in my inbox! I really enjoyed reading about your adventures and although I don’t remember doing it – I am so glad I signed up for the e-mail updates!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Amyon 06 Jan 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I was so happy to see a new post from you guys pop up in my Google reader after all this time! Your blog was one of the first ones that I read back when my RTW trip was still just a daydream (I’ve since turned the daydream into a 13 1/2 month reality and have been back for almost 8 months). I always thought your blog was one of the best written and entertaining blogs out there, so I’m happy to see that you’ve decided to write again. I know what you mean about wanting to write but not actually doing it. I miss writing too, yet it is so much harder at home to get the ideas down and put online. I’ll be looking forward to reading whatever you write, how ever often you decide to do it.

  3. Laurenon 21 Jan 2012 at 2:20 am

    YAYYYYY! i am SO GLAD you are posting again :) i am planning a trip to SE Asia with my husband in March (we’re currently living in New Zealand) and knew I had to reference your blog for our trip… SO GLAD i checked back… looking forward to more posts! Cheers :)

  4. Jodieon 27 Jan 2012 at 8:27 pm

    You clearly were born to be a travel writer. I can just picture your own series of books – something like Lonely Planet meets Bill Bryson. Have you read “A Walk in the Woods” by the way? You would appreciate his sense of humor.

    Would love to see an account of your recent trip – with pictures of course! Subscribing now . . .

    You, your mom and I need to meet for coffee one of these days!

  5. Travis Ehrenstromon 04 Sep 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I am really glad that you’ve decided to post again. Your success is a clear indicator of how great your writing is. My girlfriend and I have been planning this great trip to Argentina forever and lo and behold, here is the perfect vacation resource for us.

    I appreciate your take on travel writing because it is truly by the person and for the person.

    Keep it up and thanks for doing what you’re doing!

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