Before I started this adventure, I had some broad concepts in mind that fuelled it:
- I love to travel
- Work is something I do so that I can keep travelling; it’s not my identity
- Travelling is as much about the people as the places
I put up this blog with the idea that I would document some of my experiences along the way, as well as any other related thoughts. I haven’t really done that.
The problem is that I don’t really know what to post here; I feel like I’m lacking a real focus.
I could fill it up by talking about the different places I’ve gone to eat, and the foods I’ve eaten. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I do a lot of eating here in Hong Kong in a lot of different places. It’s delicious here and there’d be enough to fill a blog. However, there are a lot of excellent, talented and clever bloggers already doing that. On top of that, I don’t really feel I have the palate to say “I like the X better at Restaurant A than the same X I had at Restaurant B.” Indeed, the only thing I can probably rate effectively are burgers and even then my opinions can be a little skewed.
I could fill this blog up with photos of places I’ve visited. Hong Kong on its own is full of beautiful and incredible things; my next stop, Vancouver, is beautiful too. Yet, I don’t go somewhere special every day and I don’t really want to be that guy who ends up stuck behind a camera(phone) trying to get the perfect shot for my blog or going out of my way to note down details so I can effectively blog it. In any case, there are some great travel and lifestyle bloggers out there already who do a great job and make it look effortless.
I could just tell you stories of my days. “Today we went to my friend’s beach house in Shek O. If you sit in the front seats on the top deck of the double-decker bus, it’s like riding a roller coaster. To find her house, we had to follow detailed walking instructions: ‘Turn left at the Black Sheep, then go through the archway on the right next to the temple. When you see the yellow house…’ We found it then ascended the stairs. We later learned we did better than most.” As it happens, however, not only is it a lot of effort to write like this, but when I do it, it still ends up feeling like a filler travel article for a newspaper far away. Plus, I could probably only put together one story like this a month, at best. And would it really be all that compelling to readers? It works for some people though. I’m a fan of Colin Wright’s Exile Lifestyle and have adopted his model to some degree… in addition to his entrepreneurialism, he’s also turning his travel stories into something people are willing to pay for, which is great. But is this really for me?
I still have a couple of posts in the pipeline. One is a cost comparison between HK and AU that should dispel any thoughts you might have that Hong Kong is an expensive place. I also hope to post some observations of Hong Kong and will definitely revisit the 57 Things post.
But I feel like I should be saying/doing something else. Something more.
I want to share this grand adventure but what’s the best way to do it without treading the same old paths so many others have followed. What do you think? What does that leave?