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Striking a balance between living and blogging

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A co-worker referenced this XKCD comic today as he suggested focusing on enjoying the time I’ll be abroad and not worrying too much about blogging. The balance between experiencing the moment and blogging is something that I’ll be thinking about in the days leading up to my departure. It often takes me a lot of time to compose what I consider to be a good blog post and in addition to the time it takes to write it, I often spend most of the day letting the thoughts simmer on the back of my mind.

I will be challenging myself to set a time limit of 15 minutes for each blog entry and will be making my best effort to otherwise not think about puttings things online.

Time’s up for today. This is a lot tougher than I thought.

Hello world!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Alright, let’s get this show on the road. For those of you visiting this site for the first time, I will be departing for Ghana at the beginning of March and I will be blogging my experience overseas. I’ve blogged in some form another since 2002, but I haven’t been keeping up on it in the last couple of years as I needed to take a step back from the “public” eye and live a bit of life without feeling the need to constantly write about it.

While blogging has exploded in recent years, I’ve noticed that the general tone of blogs has shifted. They aren’t as intimate and personal as the ones I was familiar with in the early 2000s. To me, blogging has always been about sharing pieces of myself with the world and hoping that others may find some of their own thoughts, experiences, hopes, or dreams reflected back at them.

In this blog, I will be sharing writing, pictures, video (if bandwidth allows) and audio during my time away. In addition to detailing my work in Ghana, I will also be sharing my thoughts and feelings surrounding my first time outside the Americas. My initial posts will be short and perhaps less polished then I would like, but I am hoping that this will change as I get into the swing of things.

As well, some posts may be password protected for viewing only by close friends and family members. If you fall into either one of those categories and come across a protected entry, please email me for the password. I will be using this feature mostly to post things like itineraries and phone numbers, things that are probably best left outside of the public eye.

So that’s it for the first post. More to come!