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Catching Up The Blog

There is a reason why I do this blog: I like it.

I let this blog go.

I’ve let it go for years, in fact.

It’s kind of like a person who through their teens and twenties stayed fit, exercised, and ate well and then one morning they wake up and they’re forty something and fat.

How does this happen?

I work on things obsessively. This is my biggest strength and weakness. I have an overabundance of focus but, like a telephoto lens, I can only face it towards one thing at a time. So if I’m bloggin, I’m blogging all day long; if I’m making videos, then I do this non-stop; if I’m writing articles, then I do so obsessively; if I’m writing a book, then I do nothing but.

I have no sense of balance. I just don’t work that way.

However, there are many facets to what I describe as my work. There are articles and documentaries and books and high-paying commissions and talks and webinars and vlogs and blogs. I need to do it all to really get anywhere: this is all one big package.

I know that I can’t switch gears throughout the course of one day. I just can’t do it. So I’ve started batch processing. Each day I focus on one facet of my work and only one facet. Then the next day I will focus on another facet.

Over the past couple of days I’ve been focused on getting this blog up to date. I’m merging the vlog in with it, as the project is more or less the same, and digging through unpublished drafts and finishing them up.
Most of these new posts are for the archives only. They are so readers can dig through and find the information they want from each country, which is organized as its own collection.

These archives are also for myself — these posts are the record of what I do. I have no other diary, no other way of telling the story of what I do and daydream about and feel. While I’m proud of my formal publications, there is a lot that happens behind the scenes that often doesn’t get told.
That’s why I’m elevating this blog to a higher position in my work flow once again.

Filed under: Blogging, Vagabond Journey Updates

About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 89 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3490 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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