Four years of blogging, and I am still sitting with 70 percent of my trips not published. They lie captured in my hard disk, and summarized in my travel notes. I often look back at them, and try to find a story, but I continuously fail. Sometimes it’s not a set of good pictures, and sometimes it’s lack of good content and a purpose to my post. I always seem to find a fault. Truth is, maybe I am not the post-something-everyday type.
I know to keep my blog going, I can just put it all together as travel guides, like most websites do, and the homepage can overflow with content, but that sounds like injustice to my blog. Just because I crave for a lot more in my posts than just quantity. At times I get stubborn on the quality of the pictures, and often I feel the text does not express my voice enough. I know at this point, I am one of the slow movers in the blogging industry, posting at my own pace, and posting what I truly like and get inspired to write. I am totally sunk into the ‘Slow Blogging Movement’.
And here I am. A “slow movement” blogger. A title, I have consciously chosen to wear up my sleeve.
For those of you who are not aware of the ‘slow movement’ just yet – imagine yourself in a chaotic race for life. Do you run along? Or do you run for a while and then choose to slowdown dramatically and watch others run, while you slowly walk to the finish line enjoying the view? This is how you picture the slow movement. Overtime this need for ‘slow’ had seeped into many industries across cultures such as slow food, slow travel, slow education, slow living, and so on, all in a desperate need make a connection and develop a thoughtful approach to living well.
Recently the insane amount of bloggers around the world, new and old, have shaken my thoughts a little. I see them post almost everyday, a new destination every time, and newer reviews. Ever since I opened up this space for sponsored posts, I came to realize the intensity of the race that I have entered. Its a new query each day in my mail, some paid, some for a mutual benefit, some for a beneficial brand collaboration. And yes, it has been hard to keep up. Yet again, I have started to say no to some very tempting offers, simply because they fail to fit into the essence of StreetTrotter.
So why have a I chosen to join the Slow Blogging Movement?
The most defining factor of this decision is my travel style. I am a slow traveler, who likes picking up destinations from my heart. I spend a long time in each destination, trying to understand the place, its people, its culture and giving back to its community through volunteering, if possible. I wander-about for long hours, traveling through the same roads, getting to know the locals, smile at them and often think about revisiting a few of my favorite spots. This leads to an unsaid attachment with the places I travel to, which is mostly difficult to put into words. I no longer can describe the place as a destination, because in my mind – even for a while, it has become ‘home’.
Have never been able to truly forget this amazing 'dream catcher' lady, who has been my to go person for stones and dream catchers for years now! Truly on the road you meet some people who are hard to forget and you never miss out on meeting them again and again. #dreamcatcher #dreams #gooddreams #mcloedganj #himachal #travelblog #travelblogger #streettrotter #baddreams #goodluck #gemstones #healingstones #meena #traveldope #travelgram #ontheroad #mountains #mountainmadness #himalayas #dharamshala #travelporn #meetpeople #travelfeet #wanderlust #globetrotter #indiatravel #dreamcatcherlove #preciousstones
Naturally, I find it hard to connect with the two-day-weekend kind of short trips, unless it has really been on my wish list. In this scenario, I chose to sit back and like the good old days, plan my trips, make my day-to-day itinerary, search for the best ticket prices and pin down the places to eat. For a person like me who is still a little old school about travel, snail-paced and picky, the slow movement and ‘slow travel blogging’ fits my style.
Another reason which has tempted me to enter the ‘slow’ world, is the fact that I am still a part-time blogger. Having to manage graduate school, two jobs, and a steady blog is nothing less than running a marathon every single day of your life. I have gone through countless hours of maintaining a BLOG+WORK life balance, and therefore once again the slow blogging movement seemed to be a wise choice.
Also the ‘quality’ of content, still holds a deep ethical spot in the journalistic mindset. I remember my journalism professors regularly reminding us ‘content is king’, and in this fast paced world driven by the internet, its easy to get lost with the commercial aspect of quick, short and brief writing.
Last but not the least, The slow movement in blogging complements the way I look at life. Being in the moment and experiencing a place without technology is still a significant part of my personality. I think, and over think and come up with the best of my posts while in the shower or when I am half asleep. As I said before, I am indeed a snail-paced blogger, and I have found myself to be enjoying it, without comparison and competition.
The fine line of responsible travel: Sharing the Process… I visited the Tushita monastery last summer near Dharamshala India for a 10 day silent retreat. It was a great trip for soul searching and diving a bit deeper into Buddhism. While we entered the premises, we were supposed to deposit our phones at the reception for the entire duration of the trip. The pure disconnect from the world left us at peace, while my parents were worried throughout of my wellbeing. After 10 days they were happy I was fine and had a fulfilling trip. This year I revisited mcloedganj, Dharamshala with my parents and the first thing I did was, I took back them to Tushita, and showed them where we stayed, spent our days, ate and lived. They finally knew what my experience was truly like, as they could now visually relate to it. I met the head nun again, said hello to a few residents I knew from my stay in the past and spent a few minutes reminiscing the program. Travel is not only a thing we do to just go visit new places, and never look back. In fact responsible travel also means to revisit, remember and show the people who care about you that side of your personality. In today's world when all travelers are fighting hard to be solo, there comes a point when you want your friends and family to know who you have become and how. Responsible travel is also about "sharing your travel process" and always reliving it in different forms time and again. #travelblogger #travelblog #streettrotter #placestovisit #tushita #silentretreat #retreat #monastery #buddhism #voluntourism #mcleodganj #mcloed #dharamshala #mountains #himalayas #soulsearching #solotravel #traveldope #travelgram #travellife
If you are a slow movement blogger, or connect to this thought, write to me with how you feel about it? Do you think it works for you and why? Or do you dis-approve of it for some reasons? I would love to ponder over this slow movement along with you…