Why This Blog Exists

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Peonies on a spring day in Ohio – just because they’re pretty. 

It was a shock to realize the one year anniversary of this blog is just a few weeks away. After all, most new blogs don’t make it past the first year. I started writing here for a couple of reasons. The first is that pictures and stories posted on Facebook prompted friends to request a blog with more in-depth stories.

The other reason Make the Journey Fun was born is that I needed a project at the time. It’s not a secret that 2018 was a transformative year and a period of self exploration. Having this outlet was a healthy part of that process.

Since then, I’ve written about things that interest me and that I hope interest you as well. If you’ve been around for a while you probably know how random the subject matter can be. That’s because I write the kind of stories that I like to read – the bloggers who invite their reader into their home and life and thoughts.

Photographer Jim Grey comes to mind as he mingles stories of his personal life with camera reviews and pictures from his travels on Down the Road. I look forward to his posts every day and have learned a lot about photography as well as the National Road which frequently appears in his storytelling.

The Frugal Girl is another great example of personal storytelling as she shares about her family and their efforts to live responsibly.

Neither of them present themselves as experts in any topic but simply share their thoughts in a pleasant way. In a world of self proclaimed experts and glorified internet trolls, these blogs are like a breath of fresh air.

So I tell the stories that friends sometimes request and stories that I would want to read. And it has been a wonderful experience to do so. Near strangers sometimes strike up a conversation in the grocery store and friends often message with their thoughts. Not to mention the people I’ve met online who have provided insight and even a kind of friendship that wouldn’t have existed had it not been for this space of written word and photos.

It’s been a fun ride and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it.

In the world of bloggers, the experts measure your success by statistics. I’m honored each time someone subscribes or says they like reading here. However, I measure my success by the great conversations that occur online and in-person rather than by my statistics.

But as the year is winding down, I can’t help but assess the future and whether writing here is the right thing to do. I’m better now than I was a year ago and no longer need this outlet.  Yet, it’s still fun to share here so I’m planning to keep going until it’s not fun anymore or until folks aren’t reading anymore.

Please accept my thanks for bringing me into your world each day and for coming into mine. It’s lovely hearing from so many of you – both in the cyber world and the real world. I appreciate you all! I’m also happy to share observations from my corner of the universe and hope that you sometimes find yourself enlightened, inspired or even encouraged.

Enjoy your day, my friends. Spend it doing something that makes you happy.

 

 

 

 

 

The Method To My (blogging) Madness

 

 

I started blogging earlier this year for a few reasons. At the time, I was recovering from a painful life change and was making a point to go out and experience the world. Consequently, pictures and brief descriptions of my adventures on Facebook inspired friends to begin asking for more.

Some suggested that I write a blog with more in-depth details on what I was doing. Others began to private message for inspiration – where to go, where to eat, etc.  Furthermore, I used to write for a living and simply enjoy documenting my life in this way. It’s like an electronic scrapbook for all the world to see.

So I came here and began telling some of my stories. I will be the first to acknowledge that what I write here doesn’t have a lot of focus. I write about what interests me and since nearly everything interests me, you dear reader, get to benefit (or suffer through) all sorts of oddities.

If you enjoy that kind of roller coaster ride – you’re welcome. And if you don’t – my apologies.

If you haven’t noticed already, my tastes run a bit off the beaten path. If everyone’s doing it, it’s probably not my thing. And that’s not a conscious decision. It’s just how I’m wired. As far as I’m concerned, the stuff you’ve never heard of is almost always more interesting than what everyone else is doing.

A lot of my favorite music, you’ll never hear on the radio. The stores and restaurants I like best are the mom and pops and the borderline dives they don’t write about in travel guides. My tastes run more vintage than modern and my worldview is a weird amalgamation of who I am and who I hope to be.

My goal every day is to leave the world in the same or better condition than I found it that morning. Life is hard. There’s no point in making it worse. Keep it positive and look for the good. That’s why you’ll rarely see me complaining about something here. If it’s documented here, it’s typically a positive thing.

I also believe that we’re the architect of our own lives. If there’s something you don’t like about yourself or your life, odds are you can change it. You may need some elbow grease and ingenuity but anything is possible. If there’s something you really want, go after it. Be brave and strong.

I’m designing the life that I want to have and feel like I’m being brave by telling you all about it. I sincerely hope that you have gleamed something worthwhile from all my ramblings about adventure and collections and books and all the other randomness that pops up here.

Periodically I wonder if it would  be smarter to focus on just one topic. Most bloggers choose something specific – photography or travel or cooking – that they focus on. But life is too big, too interesting to focus on just one area so I hope you don’t mind that I’m going to continue bouncing around, perhaps even sometimes surprising you with the randomness of my interests!