It’s been seventy one days since the last blog post was published on the Ginger Passports – and that was a guest post. So, if I’m being completely fair, it has been one hundred and fifty one days since I last published something myself.
The Ginger Passports is an incredibly important project for me, and it is quite an upsetting process to quantify the time I haven’t spent on it. So you could say that this article has two purposes: to explain to you why you haven’t heard from me in a while, but also as a way of rationalising to myself that my absence is justified.
Without further ado!
‘Real life’ monopolising most of my time
2019 has seen a radical change in lifestyle for me: I am now working full time whilst also juggling my postgraduate studies. These two pursuits take up approximately 60-70 hours of my week, and when you take into account the fatigue that accumulates from that, you can appreciate how it doesn’t leave much time nor energy left over for blogging.
I’ve always been a firm believer that if you want to make time for something, you can, and I still stand by that. But at the moment, I’m in the process of learning to balance everything, and discovering what works and what doesn’t when it comes to projects where I am the one setting the deadline.
Becoming an unintentional homebody
The first year of my blog, I spent a total of around five months on the road (as well as living in exciting new countries). It seemed that every day, there were new places and adventures just waiting to be documented.
Fast forward to last year, and I settled in a permanent location where travelling became more of a novelty than the status quo. I still managed to see parts of the world – over those twelve months, I visited the likes of Spain (again), Hungary, Croatia, and the Czech Republic – but my relationship with traveling changed. I started to realise the burdens of travel, and had to consider the trade-offs of buying plane tickets against those of pursuing goals back on the ground. I also felt pressure to travel for the sake of maintaining this blog (an issue that I will elaborate upon below), and so it became important that I made sure I was traveling for the right reasons.
Not wanting to write for the sake of writing
This last reason relates to what I touched upon above. Just as I don’t want to travel for the sake of traveling, I don’t want to write for the sake of writing.
I can collapse this into two further categories: I don’t want to travel for the sake of traveling or write for the sake of writing because a) I believe the intrinsic value of things to be more worthwhile than the extrinsic, and b) if I were to do that, my motivation for the Ginger Passports would have run out a long time ago.
By intrinsic value, I mean the act of doing things for your own personal happiness rather than some external reward. For example, the extrinsic value of blogging might be the possibility of making a profit, whereas the intrinsic value is the joy I get out of understanding and sharing my thoughts and experiences with the world.
And yes, I do believe that by writing for the sake of writing, my motivation would have waned many trips ago. I cannot stress enough the amount of time and effort that goes into maintaining a platform like this – just a single post can take days to take from the first draft to the final edit, and let’s not even get started on vlogs! The outcome of this has been that I tend to wait for inspiration to strike rather than trying to force creativity. But hey, at the end of the day, it makes for better reading (I hope 😅).
Having enjoyed a small holiday from the Ginger Passports, I am feeling more motivated and inspired than ever. I have no intentions to give up on the blog, and I feel that 2019 will be a strong year for my little corner of the internet. It was just important to me that I had the opportunity to communicate to you why I have been absent.
In fact, as I write this, I am late for my bus to the airport. In roughly 12 hours, I will be skiing and eating cheese fondue in Switzerland. Stay tuned, folks 😉
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