We have written previously that this blog contains but a fraction of our private writings. Since the late 90s we had been writing about each of our travel journeys. In those early days we actually printed them out and bound them into volumes. Don’t believe us?
Heheh… well here’s proof:
You see, first we have a large collection of books. Then we have our own ‘publications’. Not that you will see them on the shelves of the nearby bookstore anytime soon though. Heheh. The only thing is that as time went by the volumes got thicker and the number of years included in each became less.
Because each story got lengthier. The transition was made from film to digital (remember this post?) and we started to dig deeper into the destinations that we touched, such as the food we ate etc… you get the picture (no pun intended)… Today we have completed three volumes that exceed 1500 pages. Volume 4 is on the way and probably due by 2021. Only folks who physically visit our home get to read these volumes and the corresponding beautiful photo albums Suan produce.
Coincidentally the name of our private volumes are the same as the recently concluded newsletter. Recently we have started a new monthly circular aptly named “New Horizons”. But it is privately circulated and not published.
As social media continues to evolve, we are beginning to witness the rise of private groups and networks that are not public. Are you catching on to that too?
When you first started out blogging, what grandiose plans did you have? Or was it all spontaneous creativity that you believed you had that prompted you to make the leap into blogosphere? Did you have a plan at all?
A number of weeks back, we touched on the subject of writer’s block (here). Somewhere in that post, it was postulated there were a few reasons for the blockage and some ways to overcome them. We also shared how we seem to have an endless supply of posts which is published every 2 days (more often too if we wanted). And it does not include photos only posts… that’s for our instagram account. Even though we are actually very actively working folks. Very. We emphasize that.
So today we are continuing that conversation with the thought of having pre-prepared topics. Sort of like meals ready to eat. Simply heat. Wow, did you see that slogan coming? Would you consider any of the ideas Sabina wrote about here?
Of course one needs to be more creative than simply copying these topics. Remember we also said previously that the things you love to do the most can be an endless source of inspiration and creativity? Well, the trick is to make it so. Tweak these topics to suit your own interest and come up with your own list. Expand them as you go along. Be observant and write your thoughts down. Some of them can be topics too!
Before long, we are sure you will not only have your own reservoir of topics and ideas, but also some to share with others!
Do you love infographics? Because we do. You see, we find it all fascinating to read and know more about the countries we journey to touch. It’s not a feeling that can be easily explained. But it gives us a sense of satisfaction to know. Just like that.
So it was such a pleasure to leaf through the graphics that this article presented.
Now you need to take this all with a pinch of salt. And that is because all that is presented needs to be time-bound. Almost nothing stays static, so things do change – such as the “facts” shared in the graphics. Did not bother to click and read? Well, let us fill you in with some of our views.
Can you believe that the biggest import item of Israel is diamonds? Now you might know we’ve just been to Israel and back. In that seemingly parched country we’d thought water would have been imported. Perhaps it is, and is a lot cheaper than the shiny stones… imagine that. Can you even guess what is the top imported AND exported item of Switzerland? And if you had taken a look at the Europe graphic, you might understand some of the geopolitics at play there between the EU and Russia.
Students of economics should have field day dissecting this.
Our little red dot has virtually nothing save people. Some theorists contend that we (countries) all have comparative advantages. What do you think these are for your country?
Pricked you interest to read the link?
They say that sensational news sells. And in a world where beauty and perfection are relentless pursued, it is not surprising that only the ‘sexy’ travel blogs attract attention. Think about it. Would you rather not post a photo of yourself well manicured, poised and dressed in the finest possible in an exotic locale? Or would you be okay with the unshaven and worn look?
Anti-blogging appears to be a rising trend.
If you read Nikki’s essay, she will convince you that there is a better way of sharing. One that does not embellish nor focus solely on the individual in us at the expense of the wider environment we live in. In many ways she has pointed out something that seems to afflict all of us : we only present the good news when it comes to traveling. Or worse, we selectively share only the good bits and string it together as if the entirety of the journey was as wonderful as those posted moments.
It’s about responsible writing.
And we pledge at this blog to do this, ie share good and poor photos as is. Grainy old film scans as they were and not photoshopped. Tell it as it is and not overly intent on glorifying any particular moment.As we have remarked in the past, it is better to travel with a purpose.
What kind of writer do you prefer to be?