It’s almost the four-year anniversary of this blog, which is crazy to think about. Four years ago, in the midst of working full-time and thinking about what’s next in my career, I decided to go back to something I had loved before: blogging.
In college, I started a blog during my semester studying abroad in Ghana so that I could update the masses all at once on my crazy West African adventures (and I mean crazy, like broken-down-buses-and-sleeping-next-to-pigs-en-route-to-Timbuktu crazy). I then stopped blogging after leaving Ghana but picked it up again a few years later, this time with a food blog for a few years (shout out to The Hungry Girl Chronicles). Alas, I got tired of taking pictures of food all the time and retired that as well. A few years after that came The Globe Getter, and now here we are.
To my knowledge, I’ve written in my blog every single week since I started this thing. I believe I started off publishing on Wednesdays, then that shifted to Thursdays then to Sundays based on the demands of my personal life, but regardless of the day, I published a blog post every single week for four years.
I wrote regularly partly because I wanted to maintain a consistent schedule and partly because I’m stubborn and felt if I deliberately missed a week then I was failing at maintaining my blog. Which, when I think about it, that’s kind of a lot of pressure for something that is my hobby and not my full-time job.
I think I’m going to experiment with quality over quantity and being more intentional in my posts.
That pressure meant that I sometimes posted content that wasn’t that substantive simply to have something up, and even I didn’t really want to read what I wrote when that happened. But this year, I want to take a new approach. Instead of feeling pressured to always post something new every single week, I think I’m going to experiment with quality over quantity and being more intentional in my posts.
It doesn’t mean every post will be some introspective or rambling collection of words but more so that when I’m not feeling inspired to write something, I’m not going to force it. Or if I’m traveling for business, I’m not going to stay up an extra two hours at night trying to get something up because I haven’t yet posted anything that week (because that’s happened more than once).
Fortunately, I feel like I am often inspired by so many things around me, like conversations, articles or books I’ve read, places I visit and so much more, so I don’t think I’ll be going completely silent for long periods of time, just not as regularly as I’ve been the last four years. Plus, I like writing. So there’s that.
And of course I’ll still be covering my travels. I have my first trip of the year coming up very soon and am in the midst of planning other travels over the next few months (I am addicted, after all).
All this to say, look out for more quality (I hope) and perhaps less quantity. And pictures. There will always be pictures.
Thanks for following along.