When I last wrote, our plans for a year in South America had gotten started and I was trying to decide what this meant for the blog.
After a few months of debating between keeping up our previous 3-4x weekly blog post schedule and giving up entirely, I’ve decided on a happy medium: social media.
When I started this blog in 2016, Instagram was well-established but not the force it is in 2018. Over that time, most of my favourite bloggers have transitioned into a mostly social media-driven presence with opportunities to point followers towards blog posts when relevant.
So that’s the plan– I know that most of our current readership came here through searches for information on Mongolia, Myanmar, or one of the other (super random) locations we’ve written on, and I do still want to post helpful itineraries, lists of what to bring, tips, etc. But it won’t happen on as much of a regular schedule and our main communication will come through Instagram posts and stories.
Stay tuned for a few posts on packing advice, and until then, follow us @unsettledlife on Instagram if you’d like real-time updates on our prep for 2019.
It’s not over yet. Or, I’m not sure if it’s over yet.
Let’s backtrack. I started this blog in 2016, when I was sure that 2017 would bring a year of adventuring. Then life intervened. I tried to keep this blog going, because we definitely never stop travelling, but my heart wasn’t in it in the same way in had been– or in the way it needed to be in order to run a blog on top of a full-time job. So I put it aside, and two years in a row I thought carefully about whether I should pay my yearly fee to WordPress to keep the blog going, albeit without any posts. Clearly, I decided to keep it.
So now, two years later, we’re ready to go. 2019 will finally be the year that M. and I spend travelling South America. We’ve got our leave approved from work and our one-way tickets to Buenos Aires booked, so it’s really real this time.
How does that translate to this blog? I’m not sure yet. I’d like to get back to posting, and I do think there’s a gap in this super-packed travel blog market for our tips and experiences. But will we have enough access to internet and free time to make this a viable project during our unsettled year? Will I want to be stopping along the way to share our lives, or should we just concentrate on living them? If I do start the blog up again, how will it be similar or different to what I started more than two years ago?
I have no answers to any of those questions. But I do have that one-way ticket to Buenos Aires, and that’s enough for me right now.
When we were in Mongolia, I finally got around to finishing the gorgeous book that M. gave me for my birthday (*cough* two years ago *cough*), Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller.
Why don’t English speakers read more books originally written in different languages? It’s something I didn’t considered before dating a European. Almost every other language reads Shakespeare (many countries read him more than Australian students do!), yet the only time I ever read authors that weren’t British, American, or Canadian was in my French classes, in their original French. We English-speakers miss a huge chunk of the world’s literature by ignoring translations.