When I go to someplace I’ve never been before, lets say a new national park, there are always conflicting thoughts about how to document my experience there. If I take a lot of pictures and video, I’ve captured the moment to share with the internet. But because I’m focusing on how best to share the location with others, I’m not experiencing it as fully myself.
Blogging works a little differently. If the best photos aren’t your primary concern, you get the good content for a blog post by being present and taking in what you see and feel about a location, and write it up after the fact. Which is maybe why I still insist on using a phone to take my photos instead of a real camera – it’s quicker, and I want to maximize the amount of time I’m actually experiencing a new location. I want to be fully immersed in it, it makes for a better blog post.
Which brings me to why I’m writing about this. I’m currently dry camping at the Santa Monica Civic Center, within walking distance of the beach and Santa Monica Pier. I was due to post a blog yesterday, but I was too busy fighting through LA traffic getting the Casita here. I could write that blog post up now. But I’m somewhere new with good friends, and I want to get out with them and experience Santa Monica – our time here is limited. So instead you’re getting this short missive now, but you’ll be getting a better post down the road.
I was recently asked by a reader who wants to document his travels how demanding blogging is if you don’t intend to make money from it. Does it take a lot of time? My answer was that it takes as much time as you want to put into it. If you want to update frequently and regularly with high-quality content then yes, it can be demanding. But there’s no rule on how often you need to update, no law saying you have to be consistent, and no official stance on how long your blog posts need to be.
Put as much time into it as you feel like, and keep it fun. Nothing will burn you out on blogging as quickly as trying to do too much and missing out on the locations you’re traveling through just to keep up with it.
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