Award

I was very suprised and pleased to hear that I won the NL Blogroll’s Blog of the Year in the personal/journal category. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; this blog is my baby.

Originally travellinginfinity had started out being a 365 project – a photo a day for a year. I didn’t get to post every day so that went down hill, but by posting as frequently as I could I found that I was getting more and more tied into the art of blogging.

Blogging is supposed to flow like a conversation. I’ve always been a fairly social person, I love hanging out with friends and chatting through emails – the thing I’m not as fond of though is phone calls.

It seems to me that when you’re on the phone you’re almost forced to talk and the awkward silences get even more awkward. Unfortunately my two close friends live about 10 hours drive from me so phone calls is all I have. It’s the same thing with my parents – they’re a good ten hours (including a ferry ride) away.

Despite that tangent, the point of my little rant was to say that this venue, Blogging, is where I feel most comfortable. If I could get paid to write consistently on a blog for the rest of my life that would be my dream.

Being a reporter is fun, you get to meet a lot of interesting people. Once you swallow your pride and prepare yourself to have a scattered embarrassing moment or slip up, and get into that ‘conversation’, then things will work out okay. I’m always apprehensive, but it’s a healthy apprehensive.

That’s it from me tonight. Thank you’s to all those who voted for travellinginfinity in the NL Blogroll contest.

M.

 

What would you call a cup of Tea?

It’s common knowledge to hear a cup of coffee called a cup of Joe; What do you call a cup of tea? just a random thought I had. I’m drinkin’ a freshly steeped cup now with some smooth caramelized honey.

I’ve been in this thought process for the last 90 minutes that blogging is super cool. I already knew this, but today I recieved the Huffington Post’s Complete Guide to Blogging  and I haven’t been able to put it down. Well, up until now, but that’s just because I was so excited about being able to freely express my thoughts that I just had to get up and do so!

The book starts off describing how the HuffPost made it’s way into the blogosphere, and then divulges itself into how you yourself can become a good blogger – giving tips on how to do so. It’s a good, easy read. It’s not dry material by any means, it’s got creative writing and provides spurts of humour and really keeps the reader engaged.

I’ve been following the Huffington Post on twitter, their feed is updated seemingly 10-20 times per hour, very much up-to-the-minute coverage. This is the type of lifestyle I want to have as a reporter, I want to be on the beat, of the beat, and make a nice niche for myself.

My ultimate goal, for a number of years now, has been to work for National Geographic. I’ve always been enchanted by the thought of being a full time nature photographer, but lately I’ve become more accustomed to being behind the screen – the screen of a laptop.

I wonder sometimes if every human goes through these types of stages. Creatively I was a painter and sketch artist all through grade school, and when that wasn’t fast enough for my liking I took up photography. Now, it seems, I’ve become accustomed to an even faster mode of ‘releasing the demons’: blogging. I think I’ve met my match. Instant gratification. The link between contributor and commentator fascinates me, there’s this whole new world of intimacy that I haven’t seen matched in day to day life. Ambient awareness  is the term, or so I’ve read.

I picture myself behind a desk, sipping a cup of non-caffinated Joe, starting all of my opinionated appendages off with “I wonder..” not unlike Miss Carrie Bradshaw. Hey, a girl can dream.

M.

We do not all have to be artists, but our message should not go undelivered.