Over the past several weeks, I have been thinking about this blog. I am guilty of being caught up in the blogging frenzy that has become so popular over the last several years. I have been travel blogging for nearly two years now and shared many experiences, tips, quotes, suggestions, and hacks. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing all of it. However, as 2019 winds down and I plan ahead for the future of this blog, I have been considering its focus.
I love writing, I have always loved writing. The real joy in writing for me is in human interest stories. I am fascinated by the evolution and journey of other human beings. Even when traveling, the real story is not how to survive a hostel (yes I wrote about that), but the fascinating story of the old gypsy playing the accordion in Old Town Chania. That’s the story I should have told.
Over the last two years, I have also had the pleasure of meeting and learning from some of the most remarkable people. It was a joy to chat with Frankie, listening to her share her passion for horses and helping people as I prepared for Horses Helping Humans. I learned the art of tool sharpening, (which turned out to be as fascinating as heck) to write The Art of the Edge. I sat down with an artist who has a knack for assembling whimsical bird art in order to write Avian Art Takes Flight. A young photographer/found object artist took me on a tour of her exhibition of dumpster diving art for Reimaging Refuse. I also had the pleasure of hanging out with some world-class steel sculptors as they let me into their gob-smacking blacksmith studio so I could interview them for Forging Friends. (The latter two stories come out in the Fall/Winter issue of Whidbey Life Magazine in October.)
I have decided that because human interest stories are where my real love for creative writing is nurtured, I want to steer this ship in that direction. And while the stories may not all be Pinterest worthy, they are worth sharing.
The truth is, my life is unusual…and weird. I have been encouraged by friends, family, and colleagues to write more about my own story and I am considering that as well.
Of course, I will pop in with some travel stuff from time to time. After all, I am still a passionate adventurer. (I am working on another Traveler’s Resource page right now). I will also continue to write about life with a child with Aspergers and our ongoing journey. Haiku Sundays will still come around. Heck, who doesn’t like a Haiku? Those are just for fun anyway. And last but not least, how could I leave out what it’s like to live in a tiny house on wheels (202 square feet)?
I know as I move to more human interest stories, I might lose some of you…I hope not. I really do. I hope you hang in there with me. To quote the Grateful Dead, “What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been.” ….and it’s not over yet!