Last Friday, I took a bus from the Manor House tube station to Camden Street. I sat on top. It was a nice view…
From there, I headed to Regent’s Park on foot.
And to the top of Primrose Hill.
After that, I went to Covent Garden to check out Union Jacks, one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant.
I had the “Squashed” pizza. Roast butternut squash, braised greens, sage, and Spenwood cheese. Deeeeelicious.
I realized after all this (and a Thursday spent searching for baked goods to blog about)…
that everything I do, I do with blogging in mind. I check out the buildings I pass and the food I eat for the best possible angle to photograph. I choose things to do, not (only) because I find them interesting, but because I think they’d be good to write about.
Blogging is a challenge — at least for me — because it’s not just you reading what you’ve written. Your posts have to be entertaining, original, and if you can manage it, exciting. Six months in, and I’m still adjusting to life in England. I’ve heard from a number of people that it can take a whiiiiile to find your feet. And I’ve moved around a lot anyway, so the assimilation process is familiar territory. I’m happy to be here, and I’m really stoked about the progress I’ve made so far on my thesis. But if I’m being totally honest, living in another country can be confusing, frustrating, and lonely. When those particular feelings hit, blogging becomes an even bigger challenge for me. I want to get out there and do every amazing thing England has to offer (and there are LOTS of those things!), but there’s also daily life to get on with, and unfortunately that’s not always as mind-blowingly wonderful as I’d like.
But I don’t want to leave y’all hanging 🙂 Which is why I try to find things that are worth blogging about. But a question for all you bloggers out there: Do you ever feel like you’re living for your blog? As in, doing things just so you can blog about it later? In fact, I know there are people out there who don’t even blog, but feel the need to do exciting things for the sake of other social media audiences (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Because we want everyone to know that we aren’t lazy, that we’re not taking life for granted.
On the one hand, living with your blog in mind is great because it gets you thinking about what there is to do in your city. You learn more and, therefore, you get out there and do more. On the other hand, it can sometimes feel forced. And whenever I am genuinely having fun, I don’t always remember to photograph it
Some folks take to certain things like fish to water. I’m dog-paddling at the moment and barely getting by, but I’ve only just begun. Fingers crossed, I’ll find my sea/blog/life legs soon 🙂