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Runaway Travelogue

My friend Caitlin wrote the following on her travelogue:“Now that I’m actually traveling, it’s a lot harder. I’m moving around from place to place, having fun, and it’s hard to convince myself and my traveling companions that it’s time for an internet break.” – Travel Blogging More Difficult than I ExpectedShe is correct: to write [...]

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My friend Caitlin wrote the following on her travelogue:

“Now that I’m actually traveling, it’s a lot harder. I’m moving around from place to place, having fun, and it’s hard to convince myself and my traveling companions that it’s time for an internet break.” – Travel Blogging More Difficult than I Expected

She is correct: to write a daily travelogue takes a constant concerted effort and a segmented day that allows for plenty of solitude with a computer, thoughts, and notebooks.

I love the work of publishing an online daily travelogue, but sometimes — once a year or so — it slips away from me.

I am now flapping my arms in a tidal wave and trying hard not to be dragged too far away from shore.
Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Bangor, Maine USA -June 30, 2009
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Weddings, Work, and Family Usurp Travelogue

The past two weeks was the first time in two years that I found myself too occupied with my physical existence to keep up with publishing and doing the work for this site. I found that I only published one full travelogue entry in more than 14 days. This was my lowest rate of published for a very long time.

The reason: I started a new job on a farm on June 18th, and my family came to Maine on June 24th, and I got married on June 28th.

I have been busy.

I worked 6 out of seven days on the farm. A day of farm work means 10 to 12 hours of weeding, taking care of livestock, and shoveling shit. Upon returning home I have been beat. Add to this wedding planning and then the arrival of my family, and my usually well planned out computer time vanished.

Stale excuses

I offered a stale excuse to an old friend about why I never return her emails a couple of days ago:

“Sorry, but email is no longer a good way to communicate with me,” I began my slippery fish little spiel, “because I get at least 30 emails a day for business related to the website. I always plan on writing you long letters, but as soon as I am finished plowing through all of the website related mail, I am beat.”

I knew that my words sounded incredibly lame, but I must attest that the emails that I want to write the most are usually the ones that get stuff down to the bottom of the pile. I want to take time when I write letters to my friends, but the future is a mirage that always appears to possess more time than it actually does.

This website project has gotten away from me

I want to do more work in the internet world than what the ticking clock and sun and moon world allows. My various paths have spidered out into disjointed directions, where I am prone to find myself walking too far down one at the expense of the others.

Due to other circumstances, I was not able to take care of the website business for two weeks. I am now trying hard to squiggle out of the middle of a heaping pile of work:

I have a stack of notes to write into stories.

I have tons of photos to publish.

I have mounds of unanswered mail.

I have numerous requests from publishers for permission to use my photographs.

I have a mountain of travel questions to answer.

I have a treasure trove of comments to respond to.

I would not want things any other way.

Digging myself out, a little bit at a time.


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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3691 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Hannah (Reukauf) Hill July 3, 2009, 1:47 pm

    So Wade, since you are so hard to get a hold of… I would like to send you and your new Wife a gift. Could you please send me your Maine mailing address on Facebook? I promise it will be a useful gift.

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  • Wade Vagabond Journey.com July 5, 2009, 11:24 pm


    This would be wonderful. I will send you our current address. Thank you.


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  • Caitlin July 6, 2009, 12:32 am

    The fact that I am not able to keep up on reading all your blog entries indicates that your website project is not "getting away" from you. You are still writing lots of very interesting stuff!!

    I think I am starting to get into the hang of this… although I am still not writing every day, but about every other day. Do you think that blogging once a day is important? Now that I've been back into traveling for a couple weeks, I think I am starting to learn how to "tell stories" while on the road, so I think things at yelkaye are going to go back uphill.

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  • Wade Vagabond Journey.com July 6, 2009, 11:33 pm


    Yes, I hate to say it, but I think publishing daily is important. It is my impression — that I arrived at from my own blog reading patterns — that if you publish daily, people will go to your site daily; if you publish once in a while, then people will check it once in a while. You don't have to publish daily, it is an absolutely perilous intent haha, but I think it helps to provide readers with something to muttle through everyday.

    But perhaps I just say this because I would like to read new entries from your site daily haha.


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