I Heart Blogging
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I don't have much to blog about this week. It's kind of like the calm before the storm. I have so many travel plans coming up to blog about, I'll be blogging about them until Spring! My last post was about needing suggestions for some of the upcoming destinations we have scheduled and I received such amazing responses! Thank you! And it got me thinking about how much I have grown to love blogging.
Had it not been for our move to the UK, I would have never started blogging. I never really was a blog follower. Sure, I read blog posts. But only if they were the link from the Pin I was reading about! But once I knew we were moving, all I wanted was first hand advice about living in another country. I first started looking mainly because I needed to figure out how the heck I was going to get my 3 animals to the UK. And I wanted this information from a first hand account. What I found were blogs full of adventure with gorgeous photos and intriguing words recounting the experience. I began to dig deeper and realized that this was something I wanted to create too. I wanted to give more than just a Facebook post to our travels. I wanted to use my brain and make this a creative hobby for myself. I wanted to sufficiently document this huge blessing of being able to experience a world outside of everything we have ever known. So I did. And here is what I love about it.
The Community: As I mentioned before, I loved reading every one's suggestions for our upcoming destinations and I hope I do you proud! It's amazing just how helpful everyone is in the travel blogosphere. I feel like I have friends all over the world. I have many blogs that I read on a regular basis and "talk" to bloggers about their adventures. This may sound weird to someone who has never blogged before, but move 4,000 miles away from home and then try and call it weird! It's funny how my little "community" is there to talk about travel anytime. And luckily enough, I have gotten to meet some other bloggers in the London area and it's like we've been friends all along! I find new blogs to love and become engrossed in all the time. It's a community that never ceases to amaze me!
I Learn a Lot: Blogs are my main source of travel information. I love reading about what each person did when they went to different places around the world. Living in the US all my life, I would have never known that Croatia or the Czech Republic were really amazing places to visit and that I would be adding them to my bucket list! It was also nice to read about other's experiences in transitioning to life abroad and to learn that it wasn't a big bed of roses. We all have this dreamy idea of how living in another country will be. But it was not at all dreamy. It was difficult. I felt things that I didn't imagine I would feel. Just take a gander over some of my Expat Checkup posts and you will see through my 'trying to hard to be cheery' tone that I was having a bit of a hard time. Expat bloggers made me feel better about not feeling the 'dreamy' euphoria of moving to another country.
It's Fun: I'm not the best photographer. I'm really not a good writer. And I'm not the most creative person. But I love being able to work on my little site and call it mine. I like to edit my photos. I like to plan out blog posts. I like to fiddle around with my blog design and learn a little about coding along the way (is that even what you call it??) I never really talk about work, because I don't, work that is. It's taken me awhile to accept my new role as a childless housewife. I miss working. But I have now learned to enjoy this season. And blogging has filled a little bit of the work void. There would be no way I could keep this blog up if I worked full time, so kudos to all of you that do!!
Anyway, I just had to get it out there that I really appreciate everyone who reads my blog and 'talks' to me! I surely appreciate all of you travel bloggers out there and thank you for providing me with such amazing information and making my wanderlust continue to grow!
And if you are ever around this quaint little town of Ely, give me a shout :)