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Im not so good with conformity … can you tell?

As you are guessing, I am not so good with conformity.  Posting to a ‘set’ structure really isn’t me and frankly, a tad constraining.  Blogging structure like, on Tuesdays we post about travel.  Wednesday, well Wednesdays are wordless; but you can throwback your Thursday’s ARHHHHHHH.  Yes YES, I know I can set my blog up how ever I wish too – there are no true set in stone rules or guidelines.  But after some time of blogging, certain styles and structure form; especially with certain types of blogs.  Sadly, the longer you blog; these structure become very clear and very standardised – and very done.  Even the themes and hashtags that we all use – they are, in a way – restricting our creativity.

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But it seems the more I try to conform, the less I post.  And to be honest what is the point of towing the line when I am not enjoying it.  Especially when it seems that when I am free writing I seem to post frequently and most importantly – I feel I enjoy my blog as much as I hope the people that drop by do.  After a bit of time away and reflecting a few thoughts on exactly WHY I blog – I have decided to throw out all forms of conformity – and just get back to why I started in the first place.  From today I am going to blog whatever drops into my crazy uncomforted mind.  No longer will I constrict myself, my creatively nor my blog to travelling Tuesdays and wordless Wednesday’s.  HECK, I might throw caution into the wind and do a WEEK of wordlessness – why should Wednesday be so lucky and wordless? :O.

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Just think of the scandal – no words for a week!  Then totally confuse everyone and write poems or recipes for the following week.  What is better?  Blogging to a set structure – where posts are forced and infrequent.  Or blogging for pleasure, sharing my adventures and creative self.  Getting back to the grass roots of just what WordPress was all about – back when people blogged from the pleasure of sharing and not the dream of recognition from the masses – which it seems like some blogs are trying to achieve.

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So from today who knows where/what I will post.  Because, truthfully, its about the journey that we all take; and not the end destination.

Mabel

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Blogging, Travel Tuesday

How hard can it be to post while on the road

Really, how hard can it be?  You aren’t held back by work commitments or even household duties!  But if I  think back to how many awesome posts I think up while we are in transit – I could have enough posts to last a full calendar year.   I kid you not.  I have them pretty much all “written” out – well, in my head that is. But by the time we have reached our destination- poof. Gone, gone like a dream disappears when you wake up. Like for example, while driving back from Taupo this long weekend I had an awesome post all about my odd obsession with corn fields and how I can’t stop looking at them when I spot them while driving.


I had this awesome but oddball post all “written” out in the head by the time we had arrived home.  Then by the time we had unloaded the car and unpacked the cases – poof gone.  All that awesomeness gone and all that was really left was a small memory about about how I think my obsession became around from watching way too many horror movies during my teens, twenties, thirties and well now my fourtys.  And now I have a hunger to rewatch “The Children of the Corn… and the post is completely gone.


Now, I try to over come this issue by taking loads of notebooks that I can jot things down on – you know so to use as a reminder when we finally reach our end point for the day. But come on, really have you tried to write things down when your driving at high speed along open country (bumpy) roads!  Good god when I attempt to read over my notes – I can only read every second or third word.  If it was written in crayon it would look like some preschooler had gotten a hold of my notebook.   Seriously – even a doctor or Calvin’s handwriting would be easier to read than mine while in a moving car.
I am not going to let this situation get the better of me.  Next time we are on a road trip or even out somewhere and a post idea pops randomly into my head; I am going to attemp to type notes up on my iPad, heck even on my phone and see if that works out any better.  Because I have to say, I have “written” some pretty awesome, interesting and of course, super funny posts while we are on the road over the years…


It just a pity no one else was able to read what is inside my head – or is it LOL

Mabel

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One of Calvin’s fav sayings…

One of Calvin’s fav sayings to me is “arh to have first world problems”.  I hate this saying, and even more so when Calvin says it to me – generally around other people!  My current first world problem is picking another place to visit – not for 2017 but for 2018.

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Yes, I plan that far ahead.  But when you see the depth of the research that I go to when we have travel plans – the length of time actually seems about right.  By the time we are leaving, I know the place inside out and back to front.  Since we have decided that 2017 is the year we re-explore New Zealand I don’t have that much research to do and I can give more time to 2018’s trip.

Which is kinda a special one for Calvin and myself, as July 2018 will be our 25th wedding anniversary – the first of the big ones!

Even Calvin said we should go somewhere special or nice – and really that is saying something; as he’s not just agreeing to go wherever I suggest LOL.

I have been thinking about this next trip since the beginning of the year – dreaming about places while exercising my heart out of my chest at the gym.  AND I think that I have finally worked somewhere out, well the region at least …. Europe!  Calvin wants to see Germany and I want to see London and Paris.  So I have, what only 540ish days left to work things out LOL

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I am pretty sure that in that time I will be able to work something out.  And I have to say, Europe is a pretty tasty travel carrot to hang in front of me – Europe differently helps push me towards going to the gym each day :D.  Anyway I better get started and working things out to see.  If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment below – I do love to from you all :X

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Mabel

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