It’s been an entire week since my last blog post. There was a time when that would have stressed me out. A time when I would have felt like I was falling behind, letting people down, or practicing bad blogging habits. Those days are long gone. My blogging ideology has evolved over the past three+ years from a one post every day habit (that lasted all of two months), to a self imposed rule of three posts a week leading to the creation of my This Week in an Instagram & Link Love Posts (also short lived), to a single long detailed post once a week, to an attempt to write shorter, more frequent posts (which failed because the words “write” & “short” do not go together in my world), to my current habit of writing what I want, when I want.
Blogging is a personal pursuit. The blogs I enjoy most are those that reflect the personality of the writer, and when you try to force yourself into a certain style or posting schedule it tends to come off as less than genuine. It also takes the fun out of it. We started this blog as way to keep our family and friends informed of our whereabouts, and while these days we have far more readers who are strangers than personal acquaintances, the core principle remains true — to share our journey of living full-time in an RV.
For me that means writing about our campground experiences, our outdoor adventures, our Airstream, and little bits about our life that don’t necessarily fit any category. That doesn’t mean we share everything about our lives here on the blog. In fact, there is a lot we choose not to share.
Not because we’re trying to deceive you into thinking that our life is all fun hikes and great views, but because those are the things I like to write about. If you want to watch a how-to video on unclogging your black tank, or read a 1,200 word post about a tire blow out, do a Google search and I guarantee that you’ll find more than enough to keep you entertained for a long time.
Despite these convictions and a clear idea of what I want this space to be, I sometimes get blogger anxiety. I start to feel like I don’t measure up in terms of research, story telling, photography, expertly crafted videos and the amount of feedback and comments that each post receives. That’s when I have to step back and remind myself what this whole blogging journey is about. What began as a means to keep family informed of our whereabouts has turned into a way to make new friends, share Airstream upgrades and travel tips, provide inspiration to others, and so much more.
More than anything though, this blog is for us. It’s how we record where we’ve been, what we’ve seen, and who we’ve met. Now that we’ve been at it awhile (1255 days to be exact) and have over 400 blog posts, I love nothing more than scrolling back through old posts and reminiscing about all the amazing places we’ve been. Remember when we used to print out photos and organize them into photo books? This blog is the ultimate photo book + journal all wrapped up in one.
I sometimes imagine us far in the future sitting in our loungers at the nursing home looking back through all these blog posts. It makes me happy that we have a record of this time in our lives. This is why I blog, and this is why I don’t need to follow a posting schedule or try to measure up to others. Because when it comes down to it, a travel blog is as much a personal journey as the journey itself.
By the way, all the photos in this post were taken last Saturday at Fall Creek Falls Lake. It was probably the coldest kayaking excursion we’ve been on, but so beautiful and totally worth a bit of chill.