So… it’s been a while.
I think at this point, I can safely admit that I’m terrible at this travel blog thing. It’s not that I don’t want to blog, or that blog-worthy things don’t happen, it’s that a) I’m lazy and unmotivated and b) once the experience is over, it’s over and often having lived it, for myself, is enough – which of course defeats the entire purpose of social media.
And then there’s the shame spiral.
It begins with your last post. You start off feeling good, accomplished even, thinking “Look what I put out into the world! I’m did a thing! Look everyone! Look at this thing I did!” Two days later, you start thinking that maybe you should do another thing. But you’re complacent. The thing you just did took time, energy. You tell yourself you deserve a break (and maybe a drink).
So a week goes by.
After two weeks, you start thinking, “Hey, I should really do the thing again.” But you don’t. Even though you just had a hilarious interaction with the bus driver. You tell yourself, you have time.
After a month, you’re thinking, “I need to post something, anything.” People are asking how you are. You’ve deactivated your Facebook account because you hate everyone and their stupid lives. This blog is the only thing you’ve got going. “I need to post something,” you think. But you don’t.
After 6 weeks, the shame sets in and even opening your dashboard fills you with feelings of
… and you stop thinking things like, “This will be great to blog about” and start thinking, “Hey, maybe I should just save all these experiences in my private vault of things that happen to me and never share them with anyone.”
And that’s how 5 months go by.
So instead of writing long rambling paragraphs about nothing, here’s a neat list of the
note-worthy things that have happened to/around me in that last 5 months:
- Started a new school schedule which allows me more free time
- Bought a sofa bed (it’s soft)
- Discovered that internet shopping is the cure to all sadness (YOLO!)
- Discovered internet shopping will devour all your money and leave you sadder than you were before
- Adopted a creature (who often takes the form of a cat)
- Turned 26
- Bought a plane ticket for the
minions of doomsisters to visit
- Roamed around Thailand for two weeks
- Petted baby tigers
- Learned two new Korean recipes
- Got a new neighbour
- Read GRRM’s ASOIAF
- Decided to renew my contract for another year
These are the things I remember off the top of my head. I’m desperately trying to think of more things that make me sound cool, but like, buying that sofa bead was a highlight for me.
If all goes well, it’ll take less that 5 months to be crippled by shame and I’ll update sooner. We can only hope.