Well hello there! It sure has been a while… You haven’t heard from me in something like 15 months. And for that, I owe you an explanation:
The last time I published on this site was in November 2015, where I told you about my time in Dubai. I even left you with a bit of a cliffhanger about going off to the Sultanate of Oman. And then I kind of just faded away…
I apologize for not finishing that story, but the truth is that I got burned out, something which was a long time coming. Blogging is much more work than it seems. Between writing, photos, and social media, it’s like having a job minus a salary. You may have noticed that before I faded away, I published less and less frequently. And after I stopped writing, it was nice to not feel the pressure of having to publish something. Consistency, they say, is the single most important part about blogging and that was always my greatest weakness.
Not only that, but I was jaded. I was jaded about what blogging had turned into. When I started in 2010, I felt like we were such a tight-knit community, something that had been declining as blogging became more popular. Suddenly, there were thousands of brand new bloggers who weren’t so interested in that community and just wanted to get free stuff. I was disenchanted.
All that said, ever since my break from blogging, I’ve realized that I kind of missed it. I missed having an outlet to share my stories. I missed connect ing with my readers. And I missed the community that my “class” of bloggers had become. Many stories I’d share amongst my friends ended with “that’d be a great story if I still had a blog.” “But you DO have a blog,” they would remind me! Indeed I do.
Even though I stopped writing, I haven’t stopped traveling. I spent New Years 2014-15 in Europe and I’ve actually just this weekend returned from my first trip to East Africa, where I spent a couple of weeks in Kenya and Zanzibar (off the coast of Tanzania). And next month I’ll head off to the Philippines for the first time, which I’m pretty stoked about (send me your tips if you’ve got them)!
Today, February 15, is the day that my little blog would turn 6. And I can’t think of a better day to announce that I’M BACK!
I’m ready to give this another shot and I hope that you’ll join me as I continue on my journey! Oh and about that time I left Dubai for Oman? You can read about that later this week!