I sat looking at my website pages on my PC's local testbed server. The more I looked, the less I liked it. Not so much the design, but the fact that I had to maintain it and all the scripts plus mini-programs I had available to download.
"Wouldn't it be nice to dump the whole thing and do something different." More a statement than question. This was in June 2011. At first I ran across a few travel blogs and thought, that's not what I want to do. They appeared more geared to making money than just, well, sort of - being. Most did the same sort of thing.
Since then I've discovered quite a few travel blogs of people who have taken off on a round the world thingy and enjoying themselves (most of the time). There are guys who have walked out of their jobs and gone vagabonding, girls off looking for something that is not the normal hometown stuff, an older lady who teaches English in various countries around the world, a military couple hopping around the globe with the Army - the list keeps growing. I peruse their entries learning about them and their situations. Many are an inspiration to me and I continue to be struck with the thought, "How on earth did you find that place?"
People have done this for generations, but today we have the Internet and blogs to share our experiences on. Each person has a different style of writing. Some have guest entries, others don't. A few have multiple sites, blogs and sometimes a forum, covering various aspects of their specific type of travel or region. There's even a large site which will host your travel blog and has all kinds of ancillary stuff.
When I read their blogs I feel quite minuscule in comparison. There are those moments when my limitations get to me. The hair is getting grayer, my bones are letting me know that they are not happy with me doing strange movements on rough trails anymore, I find I've become a bit set in my ways and am constantly wondering how on earth will I be able to afford the next trip.
I could recount some of the journeys I made decades ago. No photographs though as taking pictures was not on the agenda. Maybe some notes of what I've learned in the past year about blogging. Who knows at this stage. The one evident thing though is I am amazed at just how many are writing about their travels and they are not on vacation.
As my fingers dance lightly over the keyboard writing this I realized that there is no actual goal for the entry. Maybe that's what it is all about. From one place to another. Always looking for the next horizon.
Initially this is about what it is, not where it is. That will come later. Perhaps having a reason to go somewhere helps me get out and do it, rather that just think about or exist in the vague hope of 'Maybe one day...'. What I don't want to do is end up in the Travel Blog trap. I hate big cities (even though I live in one), dislike tourists (so don't want to be like them - though some places they go I might too) and am not a party animal (do like the occasional beer though).
Changed the name of the blog from Torn Dot to Simian Circles after a reassessment.
Oct 27, 2011