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Home sweet home

24 Sep

“Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything I had hoped for or imagined—how is it that this safe return brings such regret?”

~ Peter Mathiesson

I’ve been back in Australia for more than a month and write final blog post has been on my ‘to do’ list ever since I landed at Sydney airport.

Time flies when you’re having fun, but apparently it also flies when you’re settling back into your normal routine. I’m back at work, back at the gym, back dragon boating, back at Spanish class and back to my usual busy social life.

Blogging has naturally taken a back seat. I’m still debating whether or not I have the time or the inclination to retrospectively blog about my South American travels, or whether this will be the final post for Honduran Hiatus.

Another item on the ‘to do’ list is upload and organise trip photos. Sorting through my photos may well be the inspiration I need to start waxing lyrical about the last two months of what I’m affectionately describing as a trip of a lifetime.

Watch this space.

In the meantime, there’s always the next trip of a lifetime to start planning…

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2 Jul

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

~ Oscar Wilde

While I’m backpacking around South America for seven weeks, I probably won’t have regular or reliable access to the internet. This means my blog posts may become few and far between.

What I imagine I’ll do is continue to write regular posts offline, then publish them when I have next have internet access, or (worst case scenario) when I return home to Australia.

So what I guess I’m saying is stay tuned for tales from South America, but don’t hold your breath. They may take a little while to actually appear on the blog.

I fly out of Honduras at 5pm today. I can’t believe the Honduran portion of my trip has come to end. Time has certainly flown.

Look out South America here I come!

Award-me-nots and marigolds

6 May

“The reward of a thing well done is having done it.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon as you start exploring the WordPress world, you’re likely to stumble across one of the ubiquitous blogger awards. Think of a positive adjective and add the words ‘blogger award’ to it and you’ll almost certainly find it already exists. You’ll probably be nominated for it tomorrow.

From the obvious Very Inspiring Blogger, Beautiful Blogger, and Versatile Blogger awards, to the more obscure Liebster and Dragon’s Loyalty awards these ‘blogger to blogger’ awards are continuously circulating throughout the blogosphere.

And like an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria that just won’t die, they seem to be multiplying. The more blogs you read the more blogger awards you’ll find.

I’ve been blogging for less than a year and even I’ve been nominated for one or two. And while I don’t want to sound ungrateful, well… anyone who has nominated me and is easily offended should stop reading here!

The way I see it, these awards are the blogging equivalent of chain letters. Remember those? Did you love receiving them and happily made your 10 or 100 copies and sent them on?

No?

Neither did I.

I threw any chain letters I received in the bin. Even the ones that had been circulating since 1954 and were about to go in the Guinness Book of World Records unless I broke the chain.

When the chain letter turned into the chain email, my immediate response was to hit delete. Even if deleting the email would supposedly give me bad luck for seven years, make me financially insolvent and suck the joy out of my every waking moment.

When the chain email turned into the chain Facebook status update, I starting clicking ‘hide’ every time I saw yet another surgeon that wasn’t going to operate on poor little Amy unless they got 50,000 likes.

And when I started blogging and discovered blogger awards, I wasn’t hoodwinked by the flattery of being nominated. These awards are simply chain mail version 4.0.

Most of the awards ask you to nominate five or seven or, if you’re really unlucky, 15 other bloggers to spread the love (aka continue the chain). They also ask you to share the same number of facts about yourself. You get given a jpeg logo to place on your blog too. Something akin to this one:

Award

The Fantabulous, Super-delicious, Really Ridiculously Good Looking, Umlauttastic, Hyperboleriffic, Peerless Blogger Award

So in keeping with the theme, here are my Top five reasons why you shouldn’t pass on a blogger award:

  1. Every blogger award politely ignored brings us one step closer to breaking the chain. Contrary to popular belief chain mail breakers are not destined to die in a horrid fiery death, but are showered with good will and good fortune wherever they go.
  2. You won’t have to spend hours crafting the perfect ‘seven facts about you’ that make you sound witty and wise and hip and unique.
  3. Less blogger award posts = more original content = more vibrant blogosphere = happier readers.
  4. You can use the time you would have spent crafting nominations for your favourite bloggers to interact with them on their blogs instead. Everyone loves a thoughtful comment; no one likes being given homework.
  5. When you catch an infectious disease, the polite thing to do is seek treatment, not deliberately try to infect other people.

Finally, to those who have nominated me for an award in the past: I do appreciate the thought and the good intentions, but chain mail awards just aren’t my cup of tea. Still friends? 🙂

What do you think? Harmless feel good fun or a scourge to be destroyed?

Greetings Earthlings

3 Apr

“My blog is a collection of answers people don’t want to hear to questions they didn’t ask.”

~ Sebastyne Young

With the flurry of new readers my freshly pressed post has generated, I thought I’d take a moment to pause and say, “Welcome aboard! Thanks so much for stopping by.”

I started this blog so that friends and family could be kept in the loop about my overseas adventures. When I lived in Mexico, once a week I wrote lengthy email describing the latest happenings. This trip I decided to join the 21st century and write a blog instead.

Over the last few months, every time someone who is not a direct relation has followed my blog or liked a post I’ve felt a small thrill of excitement. Someone who’s not obligated to read my posts is actually reading!

And now I find myself in the slightly odd position of having twice as many ‘strangers’ following than family members. It’s nice to have you all on board. Hopefully you’ll stick around for the ride.

In blatant disregard to every blogging guideline I’ve ever read, I don’t have a regular blogging schedule. I tend to blog whenever something happens that I think is worth recording or whenever inspiration hits me.

This can vary greatly, but when I find myself wandering around drafting blog posts in my head, I know it’s time to sit down in front of the computer.

Whether I’m writing about a travel companion who’s too frail to join me on this trip, my efforts to remain healthy in the face of rice and beans, or the crazy drivers of Tegucigalpa, my main aim here is to document my thoughts, feelings and reactions to living and working in Honduras.

Once I’m back home in Canberra doing my regular 9 to 5 I think re-reading my blog will be a nice, if slightly self-indulgent, way for me to re-live the memories.

Time is flying by. I only have three months left in Honduras before I start my South American backpacking trip with my BFF through Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

I get ridiculously over-excited when I receive comments, so don’t be shy. And if you write a post that you think I might be interested in reading, tell me about it!

I often find I don’t have the time to explore WordPress as much as I would like, so I’m always happy to be pointed in the direction of interesting posts.

Cheers,
Em.