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Blogging is a gateway drug

This post is written as part of the travel blog link up. Are you addicted to blogging too? Then head over to Kelly or Emma’s blog to find out how you can join in too!


 

I’ve been addicted to blogging for many years now. My first attempt was a foray in to the political world; the second a daily account of what I loved. None of them quite stuck however, until I moved to Australia and tried my hand at writing about my life Down Under and travels around the country.

Soon I found myself pouring hundreds of words into my little corner of the internet, finding it much easier to write a 1,000 word essay on hot air ballon flights than I ever did when I needed to chat about Kant at University. Presumably because I’m actually slightly more interested in having epic adventures and making jokes than I ever was about fallible logic.

But after starting to blog ‘properly’ last year – shelling out cash for a domain name and actually trying to promote myself a bit – I realised that the actual writing bit was the tip of a very large iceberg. Now I was trying to entertain a way bigger audience then before, and with that came an extra set of addictions. Blogging? It’s just a gateway drug, and it leads towards some far more serious habits.

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WiFi

Right now I’m on a tiny tropical island in Indonesia. Surprisingly enough for a place that only just got cash machines installed, the internet here is not particularly reliable. Which is just fantastic when you’re someone who works online. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had moments of tearing my hair out as pictures fail to load and my emails can’t refresh. Yesterday the power went out across the entire island and I couldn’t charge my laptop let alone access WiFi. The fear.

Social Media

I guess this links up with the above, but not being able to post a photo on instagram or schedule some twitter posts makes me squirm. Ditto if I’ve not posted something to Facebook for a day. My other half is so fed up for being told off for checking his phone at dinner when I’ve got snapseed open to edit a photo to post. “It’s for the blog, not for fun!”.

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Photography

The days when I used to be able to enjoy myself without first needing to get ‘the perfect shot’ sit fondly in my memory. Now I’m unable to simply watch a sunset without snapping away or go on a scuba dive and not see half the fish through the back screen of my Go Pro. Of course it means that my skills are improving, and I’ve now had a few times where I’ve taken pictures that I’m really proud of. But I do need to remind myself to enjoy the moment sometimes without feeling an urgent need to record it!

Other Blogs

As I delve further and further into this crazy world of travel blogging I find more and more amazing, funny and inspiring writers who’s journeys are a joy to follow. This means that I’m more likely to be demolishing a few new blog posts about other peoples adventures than a novel, and I’m reading actual books less than I ever have done in my life. The justification? I’m basically reading the books as they’re being written and following stories in real time.

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What do you think? Do you agree, or is there a way to be a blogger while maintaining some balance? let me know in the comments!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I agree with every word – it is such a creatively enriching hobby/job/calling!

    October 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      I know, there is so much that goes with it! I just wish my other half didn’t sigh quite so much when he has to wait for me to snap dinner before we eat… 😉

      October 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Nomad'erHowFar

    Haha! great post 🙂 We are currently on a farm in the middle of nowhere and are having the same 1st world problems 😛
    The only difference is its me telling Hannah not to use the internet for fun!

    October 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      But the internet is totally for fun 😛 Also, Australian wifi is probably worse than island wifi!!!

      October 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm
      • Reply Nomad'erHowFar

        Your right it is for fun 😛 But its so expensive to recharge it that Hannah will get a earful when i catch her sneaking a youtube video on it hahaha!

        October 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply anna parker

    Totally agree – enjoy the place first then take the photos, all too easy to forget!

    October 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      I take all the photos and then enjoy it, otherwise I’d get too distracted and forget haha!

      October 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

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