Almost one year ago my father passed away.
Since then my blog has been in a funk. Initially it was his hospitalization that was the cause of the slow down in output, but after that I sort of got into the habit just not posting as much.
I also have found myself exhausted after almost every day on the road with little time to write or to edit my photos. The last three months have been especially bad. I’ve been behind on almost everything and trying to juggle both traveling and running what is now a small business from hotel rooms around the world. I’ve missed a bunch of podcast episodes and pretty much haven’t been on the ball.
What I am doing now isn’t working.
When I get back to the United States next week I’ve decided to reboot my blog. For all practical purposes I am going to treat it as if I’m starting over from scratch. Here is some of what I’m going to try to do:
- Post a non-photo every day. I’ve used my daily photo as a crutch sometimes. I could just pick a photo from my archives and say I’ve done something for the day. It just isn’t enough. I’m going to spend several hours a day writing and try to write ahead if possible. I have some very unique ideas for different types of posts, things I haven’t seen other bloggers do.
- Redesign my site. When I got my custom theme it was pretty cool. Now it isn’t. There were no Like buttons when I launched it. It has gotten slow and messy over time. I also need to get rid of the black background, at least for the main text area.
- Get the book done. I’ve been sitting on my ass for ages about this book. I have a much clearer idea of what I’m going to do. Now I just need to execute.
- Set a schedule. Keeping a schedule is next to impossible on the road. Once I’m in a bit more stable situation for a while. For the first few weeks I’m back, I’m going to set a set time to edit photos, a set time to write, etc.
- Keep off Twitter and Facebook for most of the day. Obviously these platforms are important, but having TweetDeck open all day isn’t very productive. I’ll have a morning session and an evening session and that’s it.
- Get a personal life. I’ve seen a more of the world than most of humanity ever will. However, I haven’t spent much time with any one person in several years. I no longer have a core group of friends. I haven’t been in a relationship since before 9-11. I’d like to find a way to rectify that.
- Guest post. Part of rebooting will be going back and trying to get exposure to a whole new audience of people. It will probably be much easier for me now than it was when I first did this several years ago.
- Balance travel and work. Travel is the core of what I do. I have to find a way to balance working and travel. I can’t just be in backpacking mode anymore. I have to be selective in where I go and what I do. I also want to do more adventurous things and visit some more out of the way places. Those are always the best trips.
- Set goals. I set very specific, quantifiable goals every year I have had my blog….except this year. I think it shows. I have some in mind and I’ll be posting them later.
I think you have to change things up every so often, and four years seems to be the point where I have to reinvent myself.