Why Blogging is Like Backpacking

by Kelly on September 28, 2008 · 57 comments

in Creativity. Writing. Blogging, Parenting. Relationships, Travel. Photography

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I love travel. But more than that, I love backpacking. I never feel more alive than when my possessions are bundled into a 20kg pack, I have money in the bank, my passport in my pocket and no idea where tomorrow will take me.

One of the things I really love about backpacking, and that I miss when I return home after months away, is the friends you make on the road.

There is something about people being out of their comfort zone and away from family, friends and their community that allows everyone to free up, shake off their adopted social persona and be much more real.

I am the purest version of myself when I am backpacking. I rarely get stressed, even when I’m lost, stranded and everything goes wrong ( and that happens all the time when you’re backpacking in third world countries). I am not caught up in the little annoyances of life. There are no imposed responsibilities and obligations and I don’t have to please anyone but myself.

Backpacking is total freedom. Life cut back to basics. For me, backpacking is my idea of heaven.

Okay, I get it, you like backpacking! But what does this have to do with blogging?

If you’re anything like me, blogging is a world that is your own. It doesn’t exist for the family, for calculated career advancement, or to elevate your status.

Blogging is a pure expression of you. It is a way to connect, share and add some inspiration to your life.

Backpacking is exactly the same.

I am as obsessed with blogging as I am with backpacking.

On the road, people are much more open with each other than they are in the ‘real world’. We’re alone or traveling in a duo and we are all trying to work our way through a foreign land, and maybe even a foreign language.

Fellow travelers become our new network, and unlike at home where making new friends may be an anomaly, on the road it is a necessity unless you plan on talking to yourself for weeks on end. Fun and adventure don’t tend to go with complete isolation.

Because we are all seeking connection, backpackers rarely bother with the kind of pointless chitchat you might talk about home (interest rates, your lousy boss etc). We get to know each other much quicker on the road. We share ourselves, our stories, our problems, our life lessons, fears, hopes and dreams.

On the road conversations have a depth and an honesty that I love. I hate meaningless conversation. I like to discuss inspirational stuff - personal goals, world issues, big ideas, my novel! I like to support people to push themselves through self imposed barriers to new levels of personal freedom and happiness.

Is any of this sounding familiar?

Bloggers Create Communities Just Like Backpackers

Blogging creates a similar world to backpacking in that we share, we bond, and we get personal about our own life journeys. We form a global community where we support each other and our projects, and it is irrelevant where we come from or what we do. What is important is who we are and that we see ourselves in each other.

The people who comment on my blog, and whose blogs I read and comment on regularly are my online world. You are my friends, my confidants and a vital part of my everyday life experience.

As a writer, mother, subrbanised ex-adventurer and a new member of a community (I moved 1.5 hours away from most of my friends 3 years ago), I can easily feel isolated and uninspired by life.

SHE-POWER and the blogasphere helps me connect with others, be myself and continue my journey in self development and writing from the comfort of my living room. Blogging has opened my eyes to technology and new possibilities and it has helped me shake off the shackles of my people pleasing ways.

Blogging has changed my life just as much as backpacking.

Thank You To My Blogging Friends

Today, I want to pay tribute to all my blogging friends, who listen to my ravings, provide me with inspiration, opinions, laughs, thought provoking material, a shoulder to cry on, and an outlet that is all mine. Just like backpacking.

I’m talking about you:

Vered at MomGrind

Chris at WatDaWat

Cath Lawson - Business Blogging Genius

Charlie at Productive Flourishing

Evelyn at Attraction Mind Map

Mark at My Tropical Escape

Marelisa at Abundance Blog

Urban Panther’s Lair

Robin at Let’s Live Forever

Monika at The Writers Manifesto

Shilpan at Success Soul

Kailani at An Island Life

Jenny Mannion at Heal Pain Naturally

Al at 7P Productions

Lance at Jungle of Life

Natural at Laughing Out Loud Blog

Mary at Good Life Zen

Terence at Internet Entrepreneur Diary / Smile My Day

Barbara at Blogging Without A Blog

Space Age Sage

Tim Brownson, Life Coach Extraordinaire at A Daring Adventure

Gunfighter at A Modern Warrior’s Life

And I’d also like to acknowledge some new readers and new blogging friends. Welcome to my little corner of the blogaspehere, guys and I hope to learn much more about you.

Jay at The Depp Effect

Stacey at Create Balance

Alex at Someday Syndrome

Rita at Rita’s Digest

Mike at Exit 78

B.C Doan at Reach Beyond Limits

Avital at Creativity Prompt

Harmony at Golden Zen

Hunter Nuttall

J.D Meier at Sources of Insight

Akemi at Yes To Me

Graham at A Few Strong Words

Myrko at Awake Blogger

Wendi at Life’s Little Inspirations

Wearing Mascara

Victoria at Little Shavings From My Ration of Light

And special mention to Roz, Shelley and Donna who drop in from my real life to share my online world. I really appreciate the support, ladies.

Of course the problem with naming your friends in public is I am opening myself up for an anxiety attack as I wonder “Did I forget anybody?”

I hope not. :)


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1 Mike Goad 09.28.08 at 11:55 am

Thanks for the mention and the link love!

I stopped by the post because of “Backpacking” in the title. We’ve done some, though not a lot, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be out there again some time with a friend or two. We still have our packs and most of the rest of the gear.

2 Vered - MomGrind 09.28.08 at 1:37 pm

You didn’t forget me and that’s the most important thing.

:-)

I love this post because it is full of energy, well-written and conveys a brilliant idea. But I can only agree to a certain extent. My problem is, that just like you I’m a people-pleaser, and unfortunately I find that the more I blog, the more visible MomGrind becomes, the more I worry about people’s reactions to what I write.

Leo of Zen Habits said recently that when he just started out, having low exposure was actually freeing because he didn’t have to meet expectations. I am nowhere near his level of exposure of course, but I still feel that there’s enough exposure that I worry.

I wonder what makes you feel so secure in blogging. I want to feel the same way! I hate to hold myself back. If you know your secret, please share it with me. :)

Thank you for the link!

Vered - MomGrind’s last blog post..Update: Meningitis Scare Over. Little B Is Home.

3 Kelly 09.28.08 at 6:14 pm

@Mike Goad
You’re welcome, and that’s cool you still like to go backpacking. So many people said when I became a mom, “So, you’re backpacking days are over then,” and I was like “No way! I’ll be backpacking until I drop dead”. Preferably lying on a beach in the Caribbean with a Margarita at hand. :)

@Vered
I do understand what you mean because I went through that feeling too when I was very focused on capitalizing on the sudden exposure Leo’s guest post gave me. I’ll have to think about what has changed and get back to you. I have a feeling thoguh that I felt a huge relief when I decided my primary motivation for blogging - ie. connection, exploring ideas and my writing. Any size that allows me to do this and be part of a community is good to me. I don’t have to be “bigger” or more “well known”. If I am writing about what I want to and there is an authentic voice to my work, and a sense of satisfaction that comes from expressing my true self, then it doesn’t matter if I stay the same size as I am now.

Maybe think about what is most important to you with MomGrind, Vered. It is very easy to get into people pleasing and extending our network and name in blogging. If we don’t watch it, this online world can easily strip time and energy from what is truly important in our life. It’s important to keep it in perspective, I think. You’ll figure it out :)

Kelly

4 Lance 09.28.08 at 7:40 pm

Hey, thanks for the link love Kelly - you’re awesome!

I’ve been thinking about this alot recently - the open-ness of blogging, not backpacking. Although, backpacking would be pretty nice as well. I, like you Kelly, find that I open up in the blogosphere. And I’ve been thinking about this - what makes it happen? For me, it’s that I know you by what you write. I have no other expectations, that I might have were I to know you in everyday life. And I think it makes me write more honestly, both in posts I make and comments I leave. When I began doing this, I was mostly anonymous. And I wanted it that way because it was easier to “be me”. As I’ve went along, I’ve become less anonymous. And sometimes I find myself thinking - should I write that. Because I think of what people I know in everyday life might think. Similar to what Vered said, I worry about others reactions. I’m not completely over that hump yet.

You have a great list of friends throughout the world traveling this journey beside you! It’s a journey I’m glad I have the opportunity to enjoy with you…

Lance’s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day

5 Avital 09.28.08 at 7:48 pm

Wow, thank you so much for the mention. I am really glad I have come to know your blog through Vered. I LOVE your writing and enjoy the read.

Avital’s last blog post..Creativity Prompt #18 - The Complete Guide For EASY Holiday Cards

6 Cath Lawson 09.28.08 at 10:22 pm

Hi Kelly - What a brilliant comparison. I think I would love backpacking too.

Sometimes when I speak to folk in the blogging world, I think - should I really have said that? And have I disclosed too much. But nobody seems to mind. I used to be rubbish at self disclosure and blogging has helped so much. As you say, you can meet people who you can discuss things with that are beyond the superficial. Yet if I walk out of the door of my house and I bump into the neighbour, it’s safer to stick to the same old topics.

Thank you for the link by the way.

@ Vered - don’t worry - I used to feel the same as you. If you read some of my old posts, you’d feel a lot more confident. You’re writing heaps better stuff than I did a year ago.

Cath Lawson’s last blog post..Don’t Add This Poison To Your Business Cocktail

7 Kelly 09.28.08 at 10:47 pm

@Lance
It’s not that I don’t worry what other think, but I try very hard not to let it change me, and since I started blogging I have found this battle much easier. My writing has been liberated and gradually my persona has been too. But it’s been a gradual process because if you look at what I blogged about in earlier articles I really didn’t reveal too much of myself. I’ve done this more and more as I’ve settled into blogging over time. I think the community we have really can take who we are, whoever that is, so show it, I say. :)

@Avital
Thank you. I’m glad you found me too!

@Cath
Do you know you are maybe my longest running commenter? You and Chris have been with me so long I feel like you’re old buddies. It’s bizarre to think we’ve never physically met. I do question what I disclose sometimes too, but I find it hard to wear masks or pretend I am someone else so I guess I have given up worrying about it now. If my instinct is to disclose, I go with it. If I feel any resistance, then I don’t. I keep my trap firmly shut. And as I think I mentioned on your site, I don’t go in for rubbishing other people so I find my blogging world a very happy, positive place.

Thanks for all your friendship and support since I started this blogging journey. It means a lot to me.

Kelly

8 Evelyn Lim 09.28.08 at 10:57 pm

Kelly, thanks for the link love. What a surprise!

I’ve never tried backpacking. If I can, I’d most like you to be my traveling companion. It’s nice to know that you never get stressed should you ever get lost and seems to be in always a good mood.

Most definitely, I’m glad to have known you on the blogosphere. The motto that I go by: there are no strangers in this world; just friends we have not met.

I wish you all the best in your online journey! May you be happy and well always!

Evelyn Lim’s last blog post..Building The Businesses Of Our Dreams

9 Jay 09.28.08 at 11:13 pm

I’ve never been backpacking and I doubt I ever will. I kind of envy and admire people who do, but I’m such a coward … with the medical problems I have, and the food and drug allergies, not to mention the vaccinations I’m cautioned to avoid, it all seems too difficult! I can see how liberating it would be, though.

I will have to content myself with the freedom to be found in the Blogosphere - which is also liberating.

Many thanks for the mention and the link! How sweet of you! And look at all those other blogs to investigate! Thanks for that, too. :)
Jay’s last blog post..Photo Friday - Spontaneous!

10 Akemi "spiritual entrepreneur" @ Yes to Me 09.29.08 at 12:56 am

Hi, thank you for the mention.
We read just about the same blogs! What a coincidence ^_^

Akemi “spiritual entrepreneur” @ Yes to Me’s last blog post..Your Money Or Your Life

11 MizFit 09.29.08 at 2:21 am

I LOVED THIS ANALOGY as I soso miss my backpacking days and hadnt thought of my blogging days in this light!

till now.

MizFit’s last blog post..The Other Side of the Couch: Mother Warriors.

12 M 09.29.08 at 3:56 am

“Blogging is a pure expression of you. It is a way to connect, share and add some inspiration to your life.” Makes great sense! Nice post!

M’s last blog post..Stock Market’s Down–So’s My Scale! Yessss!

13 Kelly 09.29.08 at 5:11 am

@Evelyn
I like that motto too because I love meeting new people and seeing what I can learn from them. And backpacking is great. You should try it, and I would make a good travel companion :)

@Jay
My son has a peanut allergy so I understand what you mean about health issues making backpacking overseas a hard option. Lucky you have the freedom of the blogaspehere!

@Akemi
Yes, I do see your name around a lot, so we obviously have similar interests.

@Mizfit
You’re a new commenter I forgot to mention - agh! Sorry. Welcome again and I’m glad I got you reminiscing about the ‘good ole days’.

@M
Thanks for stopping by to comment. Welcome :)

Kelly

14 Vered - MomGrind 09.29.08 at 5:16 am

Thanks Kelly and Cath. I am definitely still evolving as a blogger and still trying to decide what my goals are. I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually.

Vered - MomGrind’s last blog post..Update: Meningitis Scare Over. Little B Is Home.

15 Barbara Swafford 09.29.08 at 5:42 am

HI Kelly - The analogy between backpacking and blogging is right on. Like you said blogging often does bring us out of our comfort zone and provides a platform free of expectations. If someone doesn’t like what we write, they can click off. But, if what we do post resonates with a person, we often have an instant connection with that person. I find it interesting how communities build on blogs and by clicking on the other commenters links, we find yet another person who is not all that different than us. We do become (cyber) friends, and in a time of need or celebration, we’re there for each other. So, even if you’re living 1.5 hours from your real life friends, the rest of us are just a click away. How cool is that? P.S. Thank you for the link love.

Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..Updates - Time Tracking - Open Mic

16 Kelly 09.29.08 at 8:17 am

@Vered
I think we’re always evolving as a blogger, whether we recognise it or not. I know my journey has happened naturally of its own accord, and it will be fascinating to see how my site and blogging style is by this time next year. You’ll figure out your blogging goals, but keep in mind that golden rule of any enterprise - “You can’t be all things to everybody”. You just have to figure out your own unique offering and stick with it and capitalize on it (if world domination is your goal) :)

@Barbara
It is very cool the knowledge that we have friends who are one click away. And I find it very freeing to think that if someone doesn’t like what I write they can just shut the page. All authors experience the same thing anyway. I love Patricia Cornwell novels, but does everyone? No. She’s a hugely successful writer, but she still serves an audience that chooses her. So, it’s not that I don’t want to be read by thousands of people; I do. But I want people to choose to read the real me. And that’s why I don’t write posts just to get higher stats or more traffic.

Kelly

17 Roz Mitchell 09.29.08 at 9:52 am

Thanks Kelly ,I really enjoy the honesty and writing of your blog and your blog brings out the youngster in me Thankyou.
Back packing like travelling seams to bring out the real person in me I love the freedom of doing what you like when you like and I love being and mixing with the locals and hearing their stories and the way their lives are very similar but very different.

18 NaTuRaL 09.29.08 at 12:56 pm

sounds very familiar and this is soooo true: blogging is a world that is your own. It doesn’t exist for the family. I had to smile while I was reading this because i get it. I understand. in a way, i don’t want to share my blogging with my family…i’m not escaping them, but it’s my little world where I can just go off and see other people, like back packing. i’ll miss you and see you when i get back (or turn the computer off). :)
NaTuRaL’s last blog post..Do Excuses Negate Responsibility?

19 mark 09.29.08 at 1:34 pm

Hey Kelly - as a reformed backpacker, and also as someone who lives far away from family and friends, this is truly a fantastic post. I have never thought about the blogging/backpacking similarities and I think you have given me some new creative inspiration. :)

Thank you, too, for the link to my site and Train for Humanity!!

mark’s last blog post..10 Tips to Help You Overcome Wallflower Syndrome

20 Harmony 09.29.08 at 3:46 pm

I could go on and on about this article. Firstly thank you for your kind mention. Most importantly is how right on you are about the community. I have done a lot of backpacking in my time, and you meet the most wonderful adventures - in nature and people, by allowing yourself to join the new community of travelers. You make a great point in the similarity - and I am so blessed to be part of a cyber fireside chat most evenings. :-)
Harmony’s last blog post..Life Happens While We Are Busy Making Plans

21 J.D. Meier 09.29.08 at 4:45 pm

Seriously good stuff and thanks for the shout out.

I love metaphors and how they shape our experience. Blogging is a virtual expedition and the mind is a wonderful jungle. It’s great to have so many inpsiring minds to light the way.

Keep sharing your wit and wisdom.

J.D. Meier’s last blog post..Label What is Right with Things

22 Robin 09.29.08 at 7:31 pm

Hi Kelly - I’ve been thinking this sort of thing too. I love your “We form a global community where we support each other and our projects, and it is irrelevant where we come from or what we do. What is important is who we are and that we see ourselves in each other.”

Someone who I was explaining about blogging to recently said in response that with online relationships you get to know people from the inside out, whereas in regular life you get to know them from the outside in - which I thought was a brilliant comment, and similar to what you are saying.

Thanks for the mention!

Robin’s last blog post..Ice And Global Warming

23 Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome 09.29.08 at 8:22 pm

We’re blog-friends! Yay!

I love travel and last year tried a nomadic life (me, my car and a membership in Help Exchange - http://www.helpx.net ) but after 3 months I realized that I need community. I need to feel connected to others and to have friends and family around me. Settling into a new country, I’ve created that community.

What amazes me sometimes is that I stuck out my blogging for the past two years more or less in silence. I’d been blogging with 50 readers a day and next to no comments.
Fortunately that community was large enough to keep me going.

Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome’s last blog post..The Simple Life: Nicole Stevens Interview

24 Kelly 09.29.08 at 10:40 pm

@everyone
Thanks for all the comments folks. Won’t respond individually right now as my son and I are both sick with a tummy bug. Will return when I’m better.

Kelly

25 BC Doan 09.29.08 at 10:53 pm

Kelly,

I love this post, because you’ve expressed how I feel so completely. I have a couple of writing gigs to do, so I’m late in returning. Thanks for mention my blog in your post!

26 Cath Lawson 09.30.08 at 12:37 am

Hi Kelly - that is weird that Chris and I are your oldest commenters. When I first found you on StumbleUpon, I didn’t comment much at first because I thought SU people didn’t comment on blogs, they just stumbled them.

Cath Lawson’s last blog post..17 Ways To Stand Out From The Crowd

27 Suzie 09.30.08 at 1:13 am

I used to love backpacking.

Thank so much for your kind thoughts during little B’s illness it was much appreciated.He’s at school today and doing great.

Suzie’s last blog post..Valium Please

28 Urban Panther 09.30.08 at 1:27 am

I don’t like meaningless conversation (small talk) either. I want to dive right in and get to the good stuff. You are right, blogging does allow us to jump right into the nitty gritty of each other. Heck, I think I know more about my blogging friends in 6 months than I do about my other friends after years of chats! Anyway, very glad to be part of your blogging community!

Urban Panther’s last blog post..You may mock me if you wish

29 Chris 09.30.08 at 6:55 am

When you read my post, it means that you are listening. You see my words and you hear the messages that are in between the lines. For that I’m grateful for your daily visits.

Chris’s last blog post..“It’s The Economy, Stupid!”

30 Davina 09.30.08 at 8:46 am

Hi Kelly. This was absolUtely brilliant! I loved the comparison you made between the two - perfect. Making small talk is not one of my greatest strengths (or preferences), and so I appreciate this perspective. I’ve never been backpacking but I have taken a few holidays by myself and people are definitely more willing to let their guards down, as am I.

Davina’s last blog post..Free Spirit My Ass!

31 M 09.30.08 at 9:32 am

Hi Kelly: I know what you mean about an online community. When I’m visiting other blogs I feel like I’m strolling through my neighborhood dropping in on neighbors to say hello and sit down for a while to have a cup of coffee and chat.

Although you mention that you don’t talk to strangers about things such as interest rates, your lousy boss, and such. A lady who is renting the apartment next to mine for a couple of days rang my doorbell a few minutes ago to ask me a question about the building and I tried to strike up a conversation about the fact that the House of Representatives of the US Congress voted down the $700 billion rescue package. She’s Canadian and didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. I’ve never gone backpacking but I think it would be the exact same me, but wearing a back pack :-) Oh well . . .

M’s last blog post..27 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life

32 Donna Moore 09.30.08 at 10:20 am

Hi Kel,
thanks for the mention.
For me your blog brings me closer to you and allows me glimpses into your life that I wouldn’t get with the distance between us.
I love reading your posts and am very proud of you.

love and kisses

33 Kelly 09.30.08 at 3:20 pm

@Roz
Being exposed to a different way of life and people from other cultures is definitely one of the best things about backpacking. Hanging around in one place really allows you the opportunity to see so much more of a place than a tourist.

@Natural
I think it’s important for us to have something that is ours alone when we have a family. We must still exist beyond them and having our own passions sets a good example for our kids, I think.

@Mark
Always happy to hear I ahve provided creative inspiration :)

@Harmony
Blogging as ” a cyber fireside chat” - I like that. Beautifully put!

@J.D
A “virtual expedition” with “inspiring minds to light the way” -you could sell blogging to the masses with those words :)

Kelly

34 Kelly 09.30.08 at 3:30 pm

@Robin
Getting “to know people from the inside-out”. Yes, I can see that. A very insightful comment by your friend, I like it.

@Alex
I am SO impressed you kept blogging with 50 subscribers and almost no comments for two years. That is so dedicated of you. So, you’re really one of those early blogging adopters, aren’t you? Such an innovator! And I do understand what you mean by missing a community. MY longest backpacking trip was 6 months and if I hadn’t gone home then I would have had to stop and set up house for a bit.

I used to think I could live like a nomad as I’ve moved a lot my entire life. I don’t have a home base. I guess with this kind of background I learned to find a sense of community in many different forms. Sometimes it’s a town like San Miguel De Allende (Mexico), other times it’s a group of people I spend a few weeks of my life with. They all give me something that settles in my heart and warms me long after the people and places have gone. But now I am a mom I like the idea of having a home base in Australia and venturing off every few years for months at a time, exploring the world, new communities and then goign home to roost again.

Kelly

35 Kelly 09.30.08 at 3:55 pm

@B.C Doan
You’re welcome. Now get back to work!

@Cath
Ha ha, I used to think that too! Another long time commenter was Kailani, I realised. We’ve been blog buddies for almost a year.

@Suzie
I’m so glad to hear B is well enough to go back to school. That is wonderful news. Thanks for letting me know :)

@Urban Panther
I agree that we can find out so much about each other in blogging. My friends are all long standing, but with us all now being entrenched in family life and living away from each other, you do lose contact. So this community often hears about what is going on in my life before my off line friends do. And I’m glad to be part of your community too. It’s always good to meet other smart and sassy ladies.

@Chris
Eloquently said. And ditto for me :)

@Davina
I was so scared the first time I traveled solo, but it was the single most enlightening experience of my life in the end. Five months to get to know me. And I agree that people are a lot more open when you’re not traveling in pairs or a pack.

@Marelisa
If I’d been your neighbour I would have been thrilled to have a ‘proper’ conversation in an unexpected situation. When I first started university I used to catch the train 5 hours home and then 5 hours back to my university town every weekend to see my boyfriend. I remember I had some fascinating conversations with strangers doing a similar long distance run. Sometimes I would almost look forward to the train and who I might get to talk to. Yes, I am a bit mad :)

As for whether you would change if you went backpacking Marelisa, you just don’t know unless you try. It is a unique experience and I have never known anyone to say it didn’t change or enlighten them in some way, particularly if you do it solo. You should try it sometime :)

Kelly

36 Jenny Mannion 10.01.08 at 4:06 am

Thanks so much for the mention Kelly. I love this post and share your love of blogging. I sure would love to do some backpacking in the future and can see the similarities — might wait until the kids are a little older or might have to grab some girlfriends sooner rather than later and try it! It has been wonderful getting to know you and I am very grateful for you and for your writing! Lots of love, Jenny

Jenny Mannion’s last blog post..Rachel Naomi Remen — Heroine of Healing

37 Tim Brownson 10.01.08 at 5:53 am

Hey Kelly thanks a lot for the mention I appreciate it and I’m honored to be listed amongst your friends! When’s the party?

38 Kelly 10.01.08 at 7:27 am

@Jenny
Yes, go with your girlfriends. Great idea! I had planned to do a road trip along route 66 with a girlfriend for our 40th birthdays, but when we decided to do it 7 years ago we hadn’t factored in still having young children, so it might have to wait a bit now. Not sure MusicMan would be cool with me taking off for a month or so while he stays home to work and look after Bunny.

@Tim
I thought the party was at your house :)

Kelly

39 Graham Strong 10.02.08 at 1:31 am

Hi Kelly,

Just got back from a short road trip — not quite backpacking, but at least cooled the itch a bit!

Ugh, I’m itching to get back on the road. I was just talking to a friend yesterday about our backpacking trip through Europe about 17 years ago now… I’d love to think that I’ll get back to it once the kids are grown, but I’m realizing that I won’t physically (and perhaps mentally) be able to do exactly the kinds of things we did back then, like sleep on concrete floors, and party in Amsterdam all night, and camp out on a beach in Crete…

Sure glad we did these things before we started a family.

~Graham

Graham Strong’s last blog post..…Now with Linky Love!

40 Rita 10.02.08 at 7:51 am

Kelly,
As I started to read about your backpacking experiences, I was so envious, as that is something I physically can not do. As you contined, I heard myself saying “that’s how I feel about blogging!”
Imagine my reaction when I continued reading, and saw where you were going with your blog. What a BEAUTIFUL, well-written blog. Than you so much for sharing it!

Rita

Rita’s last blog post..Kana Hara

41 SpaceAgeSage 10.02.08 at 1:32 pm

Ah, yes, backpacking into the wilder, more free side of life. I remember that feeling of being unrestrained and open to whatever came my way. I agree blog writing and backpacking allow us to open up to a deeper level without all the masks. I love this line: “We share ourselves, our stories, our problems, our life lessons, fears, hopes and dreams.” Nicely put.

As for comment that might come in to affect me, I once endured the worst emotional-ripping emails from the most accomplished and manipulative narcissist in the world, so I don’t think any nasty or pointed blog comment could really bother me or change me, so I write pretty freely now.

Thanks for the mention!

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42 kailani 10.02.08 at 1:56 pm

Thank you so much! I really do treasure our blogging friendship.

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43 Monika Mundell 10.02.08 at 9:16 pm

Hi Kelly,

I so hear you on the backpacking and travel bit. You are right, we tend to live life to its fullest when we travel and like you I don’t have any worries or stress when I travel. It’s just the best lifestyle to be honest and that is why hubby and I have the plans we do to travel indefinitely as soon as we can get some things sorted.

Beautiful and vibrant words and very generous of you to link to your readers. Thank you very much. While we never met in person, I do feel we have much in common and one day I’ll grab that flight to Sydney and meet you.

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44 Gunfighter 10.02.08 at 9:34 pm

How nice of you to include me, Kelly! I am as pleased to be apart of your world as I am pleased to have you as part of mine.

GF

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45 Kelly 10.02.08 at 11:27 pm

@Graham
Any road trip is a good one, I think. And like you, I am glad that I did my rougher, more reckless backpacking before I became a parent. The way we tarvel does change as we age and our circumstances change. I still plan on strapping on a pack again before my son grows up, but the stops will be longer next time, my travel methods safer and the beds much much better :)

@Rita
Great minds think alike :)

@SpaceAgeSage
I’ve been lucky with comments. I’ve never received a nasty one, but I don’t think one person’s opinion of an article could ever change what I write. This is my space and I decide what goes!

@Kailani
Me too :)

@Monika
I’ll look forward to it.

@Gunfighter
Thanks mate :)

Kelly

46 Al at 7P 10.05.08 at 8:11 am

Hi Kelly - that’s a great analogy you made between backpacking and blogging! Meeting new people from different backgrounds helps to really expand one’s mindset. I share your feelings about how it helps personal growth.

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47 Ching Ya 11.01.08 at 12:25 pm

I browse through the net and I’m glad I was brought in here. Nice site with interesting contents. I like what you said about ‘blogging is like backpacking’, to me, it’s adventurous, interesting, just like what I had with blogging. BLOGGING is like a box of chocolates too, you never know what you’re gonna be POSTING/READING as well. Just hoping for the best to come. Anyhow, Good job and I’ll be seeing you around sometimes. Do drop by mine and perhaps give me some comments. I would love to know the pro’s idea, since I’m still quite new in it. Thanks in advance, and All the best in your undertakings!

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48 Clem - Unique Business Opportunity 11.12.08 at 6:24 am

Your writing reaches in and touches me on a deep and not easily understood level. Not the typical blog I would find interesting or exciting, but life is about surprises. I’m enjoying frequent visits to read more.

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49 JeFF Bauche 11.28.08 at 12:22 am

I like backpacking and photogaphy.
In fact, I’M a professional backpacker photographer.

So.. can you please put my name and a link to my website under my picture please..
It’s the minimum you can do when you use my picture..

Thanks

JeFF Bauche

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50 Kelly 11.28.08 at 8:59 am

Jeff

This is a magnificent shot and I did find it on Flickr’s creative commons site. But from what I’ve read there it doesn’t say where exactly I have to put the credit for the photo. All photos I use are credited at the bottom of my post because that’s what works best for the layout of my email subscribers.

Since you’re asking nicely and this is an old post I will place your name under the photo, but I haven’t done anything wrong according to the creative commons licence.

Kelly

51 LisaNewton 12.07.08 at 1:32 am

I’m flabbergasted. What a post, and it’s so true. Although I’m not a backpacker, I’m a walker, and when I’m walking, I feel very similar to this. I’m on my own, with my own thoughts, just me and my feet, oh, plus my camera.

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