writing as an escape
You know how it feels when you’re walking down the street, and you catch a glimpse of something familiar. Something that you know without a shadow of a doubt, who or what it is. Your pace quickens as you get closer, so sure that once you’ve caught up with whatever you’re chasing. You will be greeted warmly by strong hands embracing you because your presence was missed too.
I feel that way about writing. As you can see from my utter lack of recent posts, I took a long break from it to pursue another dream that I felt was calling me. I am so happy to have done so because I don’t ever want to live with even more regrets. I will continue with it, but I am most certain that writing is where I am meant to be.
Writing has been a part of my life for almost as long as I have been breathing. It has allowed me to encapsulate my deepest fears and most hopeful dreams safely within the realm of a collection of bound pages throughout the years.
It gave life to words that I dared not utter for fear of judgment or ridicule. Writing was my sacred place to store all of the feelings that both haunted and exhilarated me, and I could come back to revisit them at my choosing.
I wish that I could say that was the only reason why I stopped posting here. If I had to be completely honest, there was a more important reason why I stepped away. Blogging was becoming more of a chore than a pleasure. It became all about SEO, increasing page views, cranking out unimaginative posts to serve the god, Google.
It wasn’t fun anymore. I had lost my passion for writing informative, thought-provoking posts while being all too aware of the numbers. I didn’t feel like I could give it my best when I had allowed it to become a tool that resulted in a mental burnout of mass proportions.
Hindsight is always 20/20. I have made the decision that I will only post here when I have something valuable, exciting or timely to say. I won’t give in to the pressure of cranking out a post every day or week to build reader loyalty. Readers are loyal to the things that they find value in. So, I will focus my energies on giving value to you, dear reader.
I think there is a lesson here for everyone. Do not let what should be a source of happiness weigh you down to the point where you walk away from it. Instead, mold it and make it into what you know it should be. Let your passions serve you, not the other way around. Therefore, this iteration of “A View To A Thrill” will be a lifestyle blog rather than just a focus on all things “travel.”
I will write from the heart, with no set formula or time deadline and I hope that you will continue to visit and add your thoughts to the conversation. But more than anything, I want you to have fun. I know that I will.