Friday, 11 April 2014

Blogging and Travel

I love blogging; it's a huge part of my life and has been a big comfort in helping me rebuild the little pieces of me that got a little lost over the past few years.

Now, when it comes to blogging while travelling, not just blogging ABOUT travel, it isn't as simple as it may seem. I have found it difficult to blog properly using only an iPad mini to compose my posts - yes, I have my keyboard and it's compact but I don't feel happy with my finished posts because of layout, inability to properly edit pictures and various other little quirks that using the Blogger app for iPad doesn't allow you to do.

Another issue - you don't always have time, pure and simple. The constant moving around, inaccessibility of reliable wifi (Aussie backpackers will know what I mean!) and plain old laziness distract a blogger very easily. When you've spent a day trekking around temples, you don't always get back to your dorm feeling enthused about composing a helpful, informative post. Just as when working a 40 hour week as a barista with early mornings and the commuting time on top of that, you kind of just want to get home, put your pyjamas on and watch repeats of Gossip Girl. I know this is lazy and you may be thinking 'but you blog, you enjoy it, why are you making it sound like a chore?' and all I can answer is 'sometimes you just lose your blogger mojo and need inspiration to write'. And it isn't that I'm lacking inspiration; everyday I am met with inspiration. I am currently driving the Great Ocean Road, staying in Apollo Bay overlooking the beautiful coastline but I want to fully appreciate this - not spend the whole time seeing it through a camera lens.

When I visited Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, I was adamant I wanted to see the sun rise over it. We arrived with hundreds of other tourists, all with their cameras glued to their hands. Of course, I took photographs, I'm a tourist - but I took a few, then put the camera down and took in what I was seeing. And as I did that, I looked around me and saw the beauty of where I was, the silence of everybody around me, watching something truly spectacular - and that's kind of how I feel about blogging while travelling, and blogging about travel for that matter.

I want to try and convey a true picture about the places I've visited but the experience and beauty cannot always be captured in a single post with a few pictures and simple recommendations - like with Angkor Wat, you needed to feel and witness that for yourself.

I cannot use technological difficulties as an excuse for not blogging as often or sharing my stories with you - but I can simply say, I am living my experiences rather than using them purely as blogging material. I will tell you about the beautiful things I see, the places I would recommend you stay and the hidden little gems that aren't always on the radar but I want you to see and feel these things for yourself.

The world is such a beautiful place and the strength of a picture or words being able to inspire a person, to help them to feel or envision a moment, a place or an experience astounds me. 

If I could put into words my experience I would; I have seen the most amazing things, met the greatest people and truly discovered things that have shaped the person I am becoming. There are no words, just memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.


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