March 1. This date holds a lot of significance for me. While I was in university, March 1 always marked the beginning and end of a commitment with an organization I was working with. It was always a bittersweet time of the year for me.
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Today, it means something completely different. It is my one year blogiversary – one year online at this blog. Yay! I’m constantly amazed that there are people who are interested in what I have to say and take the time to comment. So THANK YOU to all of you who are reading this right now.
It has definitely been an interesting year. Who starts a blog when the adventure is over? Me apparently. I’ve been writing and blogging long before this site, but didn’t take it too seriously. I started this blog as an outlet a year ago. I had recently just returned home from a 19 month adventure in Europe. Living and working abroad. I had all these fantastic stories and adventures all in my head that were screaming to be shared.
I started this blog as a way of self medicating. While I was going through reverse culture shock, all my pent up frustrations and unhappiness needed a place to go. This blog was my form of escape; of trying to be away from home, of a life of constant adventure while being stuck in one place. I don’t know if it was the right way to handle reverse culture shock, but it certainly helped.
As I got more settled at home, I found myself a job. I made peace with having returned home and for the most part, got over my reverse culture shock. So what then? What to do with the blog? I lacked the motivation to keep it going. So I didn’t. My writing was half-hearted. Posts and stories came out whenever I felt like it. More often they didn’t. I have so many half written stories and adventures from this time period still in drafts that hopefully one day I’ll return to them.
And then The Boy came to visit. We explored my hometown and went on a little trip and then later I went with my brother to NYC. I was re-inspired. I started writing regularly, momentum started building up and now I’ve developed somewhat of a rhythm. That isn’t to say that I didn’t still have my moments of unhappiness about being home, but I am somewhat content.
What about the future? I’m not so sure. I have no trips planned for the rest of the year, which hopefully will change as the year goes on. I don’t know what I am trying to achieve with this blog. Why am I writing? Why are you reading this? A part of this, on a big picture scale, is what is my niche? What makes my blog tick? It’s been something I’ve been struggling with for awhile. I haven’t set out any goals for myself for this venture and until I do, I feel lost.
In the one year, I published 70 blog posts. Considering I didn’t write much for the first half of the year, that is pretty good. For a year where I was suppose to rest, I did a remarkable amount of traveling: the Interior BC, NYC, Victoria, Portland and Budapest. Hopefully this upcoming next year will be just as unpredictable and interesting as the last. I’ll be trying to figure out the answers to my own questions in the months to come and there may be shifts in focus as I try and sort it out for myself. What would you like to see more of on the blog?
If you have any answers to my questions, please leave me a comment and let me know! Maybe you know more than I do.
Thanks again for reading and following along on my travel adventures. Here’s to another year. Happy Blogiversary to me!