Blogging About Blogging (meta-blogging!)

Blogging while traveling is easy (if you have the means) and serves many purposes. I have two primary reasons for doing it.

1. To record my travels. I find typing easier than writing. On my first trip overseas I kept a written diary that I treasure but using a blog means a more attractive and neater format with the ability to add photos and links.

2. To communicate with friends and family back home but also with new friends along the way (*waves* to Andrew from NZ!) and anyone who stumbles across this blog. On my first two trips overseas 10 years ago I felt very isolated at times and loneliness would often set in, particularly in countries where people did not speak English. Using the blog and Facebook I feel as though I can tell people what is happening in my life, get responses (if people comment) and keep abreast of what is happening back home. I’m an inveterate socialiser and without daily communication of some sort I pretty much wilt.

Not everyone wants to blog or understands why we do it. I’ve been told ‘don’t let it take over your trip’. But it’s quite the opposite. In fact Luke and I have, several times, pushed ourselves to go and do something new despite the fact that we felt tired/cranky because we wanted to put something interesting in the blog – win/win, really. We also interact more with locals through the video aspect, such as with the owner of the Wild Weasel Bar in Hoi An, whom we briefly interviewed.

It’s been a great balance, with Luke’s skills in video and my desire to write reams and take lots of photos. I’m imagining that if we can keep up this level of output we’ll have an amazing collection of memories when we return home and if anyone wants to know about our trip we can point them in this direction. I remember getting kind of sick of telling the same stories over and over when I got back last time.

We both hope you’re enjoying our work 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Blogging About Blogging (meta-blogging!)

  1. I think the blog has been a great read so far, the combination of photos, videos and written stories is engaging and it gives me somethign new to read nearly every day.

  2. I’m loving it too! I only remember to check it every few days and am always surprised by how much new content there is. I reckon there’s more on this one blog than on my entire LJ friends feed! 😀 The combination of text, photos and videos is great. I rarely bother with youtube video blog thingies, but I’ve watched every HCTP video 😉

    There’s an added bonus for me in that you’re going to a few places I’m heading to next month so I’m able to steal ideas for places to visit and things to see, although it is setting an extraordinarily high bar for travel blogging standards. I was expecting to only post maybe once or twice a week.

    ps. WordPress is telling me this is a duplicate comment, but I dont see the duplicate; do you have it set to hide comments until moderated or something?

    • Yeah, we have to approve comments before they show, I’ll just leave the other comment off:) Thanks for the great feedback! It’s nice to know who is reading/viewing and what people think. And you know me – to blog is to breathe;). I’d be happy if anyone else updated once a week. The fact that there’s two of us working on one blog makes the content easier to get out as well:). You’ll be featuring on HCTP soon enough!

    • I think WE were surprised by how much new content we churned out right at the start! 😀 It’s been really fun to produce, and a great way to not only keep a diary of the trip, but stay in touch with people back home. Feels like we’re still in the loop, at least to some extent! Glad you’re enjoying it. 🙂

  3. I’ve been working my through your posts with Annabel asleep on my chest into the night – I’m really enjoying reading about your adventures! I’m having vague thoughts about how it would be good to start writing more things down about my life…though I suspect that I’m still several inspirations away (and you’re setting the bar pretty damn high!) 🙂 Keep it up – loving it. 🙂

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