“Would you like to take part in a travel bloggers’ blog hop?”
A travel bloggers’ what hop?
Amanda, from Not a Ballerina (there’s a story there!) emailed asking me to join the hop, skip and a jump from travel blog to travel blog where, having been tagged, we in turn pass the baton on to more travel blog writers and so create ever increasing ripples out through the blogosphere as each relates just what, why and how they create content for their travel blog.
So just What, Why and How do I do what I do here on Journey Jottings’ blog site?
1) What am I working on/writing?
While in my life I love nothing more than going with the flow, when it comes to the business of creating content for my blog or travel memory products to retail, I appear to have a habit of going against the stream 😉
When I set up Journey Jottings 10 years ago a few people said –
“Aren’t you going against the grain a bit producing a range of paper products?
Don’t you realize everyone’s gone digital?
Travellers and holiday makers don’t send postcards any more, they send emails –
And travel journals? *ROFL* *eyes roll* Everyone now keeps an on-line journal or travel blog!”
But sometimes it pays to go against the grain and take a road less travelled as we now have hundreds of thousands of so called ‘out-dated’ paper products in the hands of discerning travellers who see the world like me –
Travellers, who love the tactile feel of paper products that they’ve held firmly in their hands in far flung places and which now firmly hold memories of those moments from far flung times.
(Not to mention there’s no fear of platforms being superseded, files corrupted or sites hacked.)
So while this blog hop is skipping and jumping from writer to writer, I’m going to…. yes, you guessed it, go a little against the stream and admit I’m not so much currently writing anything as creating a method for expressing your travels when you feel your writing simply isn’t quite sparkly enough… and you’re equally convinced you can’t draw!
I’m working on a way to help people like you create story maps –
While we’re all made to believe from our schooling that alphanumerics are the only way to express ourselves (remember all those essay assignments you had to submit?) –
That hasn’t always been the case –
Rock art, hieroglyphics and pictographs were all successful methods of communication, along with story telling through woven textiles, decorating pots, sculpturing shapes, not to mention dance, song and ceremony.
I therefore feel – writing alone isn’t necessarily the only way to communicate and express yourself when it comes to recording travel memories.
So I’ve started a series of posts (How to Travel Journal Like a Map Maker) which by the end of the year will be pulled together in the one place so you don’t have to scroll through pages and pages of my blog to find what you’re looking for, it’ll be all on hand in an e-book 😀
2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
Most travel bloggers write – they paint with their words –
My travel pieces always incorporate a visual element, whether that be interspersing the post with photos (frequently every other paragraph)…
Or sharing the experience summarized with a story map.
As George Bernard Shaw said:
“The single biggest problem in communication
is the illusion that it has taken place.”
It therefore seems prudent to me to utilize a combination of techniques, including what I call doodle drawing –
Such embellishments all go to help colour-in your tale that starts off in plain black and white – yet your desire is to create a vivid picture.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Travel is transformational.
Travel gives you the opportunity to not only go out and ‘see’ the world, rather it gets you to notice the details that make up our world, which sadly in our daily routine our eyes tend to get lazy to observing.
We go onto auto pilot as we work through our known off by heart to-do list and fail to notice the beauty that is often in our own backyard!
Travel takes us out into a realm where the unknown and change confronts us at every turn and ignites our curiosity like a child who sees for the first time the wonders that are there to be discovered and which enrich our souls.
I love sharing the joy that the experience of travel gives –
As well as helping to ensure those priceless memories are captured for future fun and laughs and enjoyment in years to come –
You know the feeling you get when you think about a past trip and a smile spreads across your face?
Well that’s what Journey Jottings is all about –
And is why I write what I write and do what I do here on my blog! 🙂
4) How does my writing process work?
Firstly by hand –
I need to feel the words on the paper as they spill out and take form –
When hitting the keys on a keyboard, there’s no connection with what is in my head and body and what is remotely/virtually being formed behind the screen.
That doesn’t mean to say I don’t occasionally think (against my better judgement) that I’ll take what I’m convinced in that ill-conceived moment will be a short cut by typing a post straight in –
But inevitably, I drown in my own words as I attempt to cut across that virtual river of thoughts instead of staying on terre firma (in the real world) where my words can gently flow and take their course.
And I’m a night owl – I work best in the wee hours when the house is quiet and the world is sleeping.
Blog Hop Tag
I’m passing the baton on to two of my favourite travel bloggers!
Annabel Candy of Get In The Hot Spot
“Get In the Hot Spot is for travel loving women aged 40+ who want to be more adventurous, have more fun and feel fabulous.”
Jade Johnston of Our Oyster who’s tag line is:
Travel now. Tomorrow is just a dream.
With her husband and young son they make the most of every available moment to explore, discover and share their findings with you so you can too.
And thank you to Amanda from Not a Ballerina for tagging me –
Amanda’s site nudges those who think they might like to travel somewhere to actually get up and go.
Do you have a writing practice?
Or more to the point –
How do you record your travels?
Do share in the comments below 🙂