I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I don’t blog “just because” anymore. With the demands of parenting, work, freelancing, sometimes grad school, and a hyperactive social calendar I just don’t have the time (or desire) to digest my adventures into words anymore. That is, unless they’re being published by someone other than myself. I used to feel guilty about it, but I realized that I just switched mediums.
I go in cycles with my personal preference of social media. In 2007 I was a Twitter fiend (early adopter). Prior to that it was photo blogging on Buzznet. Somewhere in between I did the social shopping/sharing thing for ThisNext. And of course there was Facebook. Well now that FB has infiltrated pretty much every single facet of modern life, it’s my current drug of choice. I’ve recently gotten into Instagram (which reminds me a lot of my Buzznet days except with cool photo filters) and Pinterest (a sleeker, more modern ThisNext). I still Tweet occasionally, but anyone following @querismatic usually knows my “twittascope”, sees my 4sq check ins and sees the feed from my Tumblr (which is fed by what? Instagram).
I think I was more interested in blogging about my life when it was boring. I blogged religiously in the early 2000s when I was still in college, juggling parenting, classwork, and discovering new friends. But then FB came along and my online world and offline life were no longer separate. *EPIPHANY* I think that’s when the switch happened. There was too much overlap between the analog and digital world that I lost interest in blogging my misadventures. Chances are, the people who’d read it were already there…. or saw the photos on Facebook.
So here I am, writing a blog post about why I don’t blog anymore. That’s not to say that I can’t (for the right price) or I won’t (like when I wrote my famous “packing ninja” post on Tumblr). I think now I’d just rather share my experiences in pictures and 140 characters.
In other news, my travel game has increased tenfold and I think there are only two months in 2012 where I have no plans to go out of town. I personally think it’s pretty stinking awesome and if I have my druthers you’ll read about them in a third party media outlet. My first travel story in a long time was published by BlackAmericaWeb.com last week. Destination Dubai: Playground of the rich is the streamlined version (yes, streamlined at 1,400 words) of my five days in the U.A.E. The bulk of my travel for the rest of the year is continental U.S. but I’m discovering that a heck of a lot of travel pieces are laser-focused, and really granular when it comes to subject matter. Honestly, I didn’t have to write about the whole trip to Dubai. I could have written a piece on the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and that would have been a story. There’s definitely plenty to say about it. The remaining 2012 agenda consists of:
- April: Houston
- May: Austin, D.C., Boston
- June: Atlanta
- July: San Diego
- August: New York
- September: Denver, Austin (again!), Santa Barbara
- October: Miami, Paris/Nice/Monaco
- November: TBD… I’m considering St. Louis to visit friends
- December: I rested… maybe.
I’m looking forward to building out my newest niche since I’ve done entertainment, fashion, and shopping for so long.