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Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Last Day of October

& thoughts on blogging

October has come and gone and before we know it, the days will be even shorter, the trees even sparser and our coats even thicker. This year, I find myself looking forward to the cold times of the year much more than I ever have before. University has been really stressful lately and so it is good to see nature slow down its rhythm and to remember that everyone also needs to times of rest in order to flourish.

I went to my parents’ house this weekend and sneaked out in the morning for a little countryside walk. As tempting as it may be to hide away from the cold inside, there is nothing quite like rambling over fields to clear your head and to broaden your perspective again and so I find it all the more important to get some fresh air every once in a while and to cherish the little moments in life.

I have felt pretty disconnected from blogging and social media in general lately. There are a lot of things I want to say, a lot of things I want to share, but I don’t find the time to write very often and in the few moments of free-time that I do have, I often find it hard to get my thoughts to focus properly. Writing used to come to me very easily, but it doesn’t anymore and sitting down to blog only to delete and re-write every paragraph five times kind of takes the joy out of it.

What happened to the times when my mind threatened to over-flow if I didn’t get my thoughts on paper?!

But I am not just struggling with finding the time to be creative (& do all the other things I should really do again… hello fitness!). I have also found it especially hard lately to find the right balance between real-time blogging and what I like to call “blogging about things that happened X months/years ago”.

I have a giant backlog of posts that I would still love to share with you, but at the same I also want to write about the things that happen in my life right now and, man, am I failing at finding a balance between travel and lifestyle blogging that feels right to me.

I have tried the whole editorial calendar thing that everyone insists is so necessary for blogging success (and to be fair, everyone is probably right), but I either get way too ambitious or feel like I don’t push myself enough. I have also contemplated to just not post about some of my travels (most notably, Bali and Thailand from summer last year), but I am too sentimental to let go of these old adventures.

I obviously know that this conundrum really isn’t a big deal at all in the grand scheme of things, but it does occupy my thoughts a lot more than it should and that’s why I should really find a solution soon.

I guess all that is left to say is that adjusting to the current phase of my life is still a work in progress. But since I know how important it is to have a creative counterbalance to academics, I am going to push myself to be more consistent again.

In the meantime, though, I have a question for you guys: Would you prefer if I didn’t write about my Asia trip or are you interested in posts about Bali and Thailand, even if they’re basically a year late? I would love to hear your thoughts!


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