Where shall we begin?

Oct 5, 2021 | 2 comments

Kelez at sunrise

So much for keeping a blog while I was up in Alaska this summer, huh? Here we are, five months later, and I’m finally getting back to it. I’ve been puzzling over how to blog about my summer after the fact. Will it still be interesting to anyone? Relevant? I think yes, and here’s why.

I originally started blogging way back in 2007 when blogs were a little different than they are now. I was 17 at the time, and I mostly blogged about birding (I was a weird kid. Really into birds. Still am.) Back then, I didn’t care if anyone read my blog; for me, it was a way to document my journeys and find meaning in my experiences, and that was all.

These days, it feels like blogging is all about readership. Who’s your audience? What’s your click rate? Your bounce rate? How on-point is your branding? 

While it was the lack of internet access that prevented me from blogging this summer, these larger questions caused me to pause and consider if I should even do it at all when I got back. Ultimately though, I’ve decided to post my writings retroactively, because I want to return to the original reason I used to keep a blog in the first place: to document my journeys and explore the meaning in my experiences.

While it’s nice to have readers, this is just as much for me as it is for anyone else.

With all this said, I’m going to start posting my journals over the coming weeks and back-dating to the dates I wrote them, to keep everything chronological. Feel free to comment or share! I’m back in the land of internet access, so I’ll be able to respond regularly from this point on.

If you are reading this, thanks for being here. 🙂 It’s good to be back, and I look forward to sharing my journey with you, and recording it here to look back on in the future.


  1. Andrea

    Thank you! I will definitely do a summary post at the end–I’ve got a few more journal entries to add when I get the time, before wrapping it up. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying reading it!

  2. Patrice La Vigne

    I really enjoyed the recaps! I’m hoping you’ll do a summary post, like how you would rate the summer overall & how it compares to other seasonal summer work details. No pressure though! I’m also curious what you have planned for the summer of 2022!

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