My husband, David and I left the U.S. for Croatia on April 28 and we are here until June 16. During our trip, I had planned to post stories about our experiences here on this blog while also sharing photos, stories, and daily happenings via my travel Instagram.
While I’ve been semi-on track with sharing our Croatia road trip experiences through Instagram, I have failed to publish anything new on this blog.
Don’t worry though–there will be new content here in the future and it will be all about our trip and the wonderful places we’ve visited.
But, I’ve decided, you won’t be seeing these posts just yet.
Because I’m/we’re on vacation.
Let me explain.
Failing Over and Over Again
I didn’t start this blog to make money (although that would be cool one day). And I didn’t start this blog to “grow” my audience or practice some SEO magic and get #1 hits on Google (although, again, both could be cool, future side-effects).
However, as we kicked off our trip in late April, I began to see the error of my ambitious plans.
In order to regularly maintain this blog and my travel Instagram, I would need to dedicate at least 3 to 5 hours each day to behind-the-scenes work, such as researching, writing, uploading and editing photos, transferring files, and formatting posts, etc.
This level of work quickly became an impossible dream as we were immediately busy once we landed in Croatia. We had little time to relax and chill as our early trip days were filled with errands, cleaning the family home, visits with family and friends, and some sight-seeing here and there.
I really didn’t expect us to be SO busy our first couple weeks in Croatia. As a result, I had very little time to even think about writing or to reflect on our experiences. Each day was go, go, go.
As I watched our days and evenings fill to the brim with activity, I tried to carve out some work time between the hours of midnight and 3:00 AM.
Yet, each time I attempted this, I worked slower and slower until I couldn’t work at all as I was dying from exhaustion and could no longer think efficiently, creatively, or effectively.
What’s more, everything I produced during these late night sessions went straight to my computer’s recycle bin as it wasn’t what I wanted to write–it was all I could write and it was complete shit.
This attempt to keep every channel updated soon failed too as I would wake up the next morning searching for coffee (which I rarely drink) to keep myself afloat as I faked smiles and small talk until I woke up into a semi-decent person that didn’t want to crawl into a hole and hide from the world.
As our trip continued on, it seemed more and more unlikely that I would ever get back to blogging. I didn’t plan this neglect–it just happened.
Sure, I could have woken up at 5:00 AM to write and edit photos or I could have powered through my midnight sessions with coffee, but the fact of the matter is that I didn’t want to do either of these things.
Writing this blog isn’t a job right now; it’s simply for fun. Also, I’m on vacation.
My Decision Not to Write Right Now
A vacation, by backwards American standards, is no longer a sacred space of renewal; online noise, phone addiction, and work frequently prevail over quality time with family and friends, and pure enjoyment.
However, a vacation is still a vacation in Croatia.
In Croatia, a vacation means taking things easy (or, pomalo, as the Croats say) and relaxing whenever and wherever you want, sleeping in, sitting outdoors for hours with a coffee and friends, reading on the beach and watching the waves ebb in and out, and even chucking your phone into some corner of your rental apartment because who the F cares about notifications when there is beauty like this around you:
After my failed attempts to keep this blog up-to-date, I decided to just go with the flow, letting this vacation take its natural course toward relaxation and away from work.
The blog will be back online though–I promise you that.
I can also promise to provide you with quality content because I want to put out writing I’m 100% proud of–writing that transports you to the places we’ve explored and writing with power and pizazz, which is increasingly rare to find on the net where click-bait articles drown out the good stuff.
So that’s what I can promise you–the good stuff, if you stick around.
Writing in this fashion takes more time than I am willing to give it right now since I need my vacation–I need the time to totally decompress so that I can reflect on all the beautiful places we’ve been and fully experience all the beautiful places we are still going.
Plus, I want to make the writing worth your while (and mine) so I would prefer to wait and provide you with quality posts rather than quick, random diary-style stuff I would throw together at 3:00 AM.
So, you might see a blog post or two over our last 3 weeks here, or you might not.
I’ve appreciated your support, interest, and patience so far, and I hope to have the privilege of continuing to have you on this storytelling journey.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me anytime! And check out my travel Instagram for recent trip updates.
Ciao for now,