Posted on May 9, 2011
Thoughts After 30 Days
One of my first-ever blog posts, in September of 2005, recalled a recent trip to Fitness World, drinks I’d had at Steamworks in Gastown with co-workers after work and my elation over the fact that it was finally Friday. Subsequent posts ranged from re-caps of that week’s episode of The OC to song lyrics I adored to what I was looking forward to at Christmastime. I also wrote a lot about time spent with friends, posted photos of the things we did together and essentially diarized much of my life here in Vancouver.
With Ashley, August 2006
At some point over the last several years, my blog has shifted from that of a personal scrapbook-style blog to one that contained content only related to Vancouver Island. While I’d endeavoured to set the record straight on the endless supply of things to do, places to see, food to eat and people to meet on the Island, I lost myself along the way.
I’ve always loved the craft of writing, the art of stringing together sentences and nailing the perfect adjective. My passions extend far beyond that of writing, so it only makes sense to incorporate what I’m passionate about with the writing that I love to accomplish. Vancouver Island was, is and will always ultimately be my home, but my life is far more than that. I reside in Vancouver and spend my time here with incredible people. We travel, we create and eat tantalizing food, we walk this city’s sidewalks and laugh, we watch hockey games at sports bars and spend sun-drenched afternoons at some of Vancouver’s most lush dog parks as our pooches sniff each other and stretch out in the grass.
With Amy, April 2008; At Playland with John Biehler, July 2008
One month ago I was tired, burnt out and nearly to the point of resenting my commitment to my blog. Limiting the content to that related only to Vancouver Island was stifling my creativity and the expression I’ve always been able to make through writing. I took 30 days off to decide whether or not I even wanted to continue with it and, having taken that time, decided that I indeed do.
If there is somewhere on Vancouver Island worth visiting, a tasty treat worth eating or a homegrown company worth hearing about or a product worth trying, you’ll hear it here from me! While I will not promise to write every single day, you’ll also read a lot about my daily life in this city, the people whose company I keep, the adventures I go on and random photographs I snap around this city.
After all, it’s still my blog.