Saturday, February 12, 2011

To Blog, or not To Blog

Burden?  Not exactly...
A reader asked me a very interesting question the other day (in the form of a very generous comment). He wrote, "...I was going to write just before you left for the Bahamas and ask if you thought the blog and facebook and stuff was going to conflict with the lifestyle that draws you to your adventure".

I think it is a very valid question and one that I had to think about. As in anything in life - the answer is not black and white. There is definitely a sense of duty I feel to this blog and I do feel a slight (very slight) anxiety if I am unable to post to it with some sort of frequency. This is a problem when we are somewhere without Internet for a few days or so - but it does not hinder my enjoyment of enjoying everything else that we are experiencing.

I absolutely love writing and sharing this adventure with you all. It has become not only a hobby of sorts, but a passion. It is something I truly love to do. Some people knit, some whittle wood, some fish - I blog. It is not a burden, but a pleasure. When we experience something - be it big or small - my instinct is to think of ways to describe it to people so that they understand. The human experience is about sharing - and this is the way I share. We have made so many friendships through this blog, gotten some great advice and it has even been (a teensy bit) lucrative for us. The sense of duty I feel to post comes more from me than anywhere else. When I do something, I do it full on. There is no halfway. Diving in head first has always been my style. Reckless, perhaps - but it's just my nature.

So no, it does not conflict with my lifestyle (on the flip side, if Scott was posting every day - he would be miserable! It's just not his thing) and, in fact, I believe it enriches the experience for me. Being able to write and share enables me to always see things through fresh eyes. To each his own, as they say.

What's even more is that people seem to really like it which is just icing on the cake. We get oodles of email from people all over the world telling us how we inspire them, how reading about us following our dream has inspired or re-kindled theirs, how they just simply love to check in and see how we're doing. It's like we are all one big happy family and that is pretty darn neat.

So, for the time - I'll keep blogging (when the Internet gods allow). And if it does become a burden and no longer provides me with joy, I will stop. But for the time being, I want to keep sharing experiences and telling stories. Because to me, that is what life is all about.


Brittany & Scott


Lisa Hanneman said...

It's also a way to share your adventure with all your friends and family back home who are always wondering what the heck you're up to. Otherwise you'd be answering a million emails from all of us.

Miss you - And love reading your blog, so keep it up for that reason alone!

Bill said...

It's great that you enjoy it and that so many of us enjoy reading about your trip. Plus you'll have a great memoir to share with your family in the future!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Brittany.

Yes, please keep blogging. I check in every day to see if there's a new posting. I know it's early days yet, and there will be times you can't post...understandable...but it's great to hear about your adventures!

Take care, and have fun.

...Bob C.

S/V Owe No

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Just wanted to say that you do a great job, and we love reading your updates. However, if we don't hear from you for a few days we know you're just out livin' the dream ... so don't worry bout it!

Lynn said...

Your blog is an invitation to join you on your adventure. And I thank you for the invite. It is one of my end-of-week pleasures.

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