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Bummer alert.

I started out the year on such a run and with big goals. Sadly, you’ve probably noticed that my daily posts have disappeared, and before that my daily photos were kind of minimal. Phooey.

Through the process, I’ve realized that there is only so much one person can do, and the daily posts brought me to a very stressed out level on some days, and they also probably forced me to put up some less-than-stellar posts in the process.

I guess I’m saying that I’m not going to even pretend I’m doing them anymore? Ah, relief.

They were quite good though in the beginning, and I feel as though my reach through my blog grew quite a bit because of the daily posts. At other times, I was worried that posting so often just made readers feel overwhelmed. The main good thing that came from this whole process however: my ability to take better photos.

When I was in Queensland, part of the trip involved taking photos of the group and then sharing them in a slideshow over dinner on the final night. Another girl in my group turned to me and said, “You win.”

What she meant was that my photos looked quite good, and I know that being able to pose with a smile on command and have it translate well into a photograph was greatly improved by attempting the daily photo project. Win!

But things are changing, and I couldn’t keep up. Now, I’m preparing to head overseas for a month in a place that is fairly remote. Things are starting to go up and up on my Her Packing List site, which is apparent in the fact I am now working with Heather on the project (check out some of her posts from the previous month). Things are also changing over at my WhyGo Australia project.

The list goes on. Besides change, I’m trying to make plans for the future… for upcoming travels in April 2012, for future writing projects (ebooks and a book) and future websites (one is already in the works).

I’m very sad that I couldn’t keep up. At this point, though, there’s nothing I can really do except embrace the change and focus on what’s next.

Like tomorrow – my tweetup in a hot air balloon!

Do you have any new projects or future goals you are working on reaching at the moment? How do you deal with little failures or disappointments along the way?



14 Responses to Phooey

  1. Elizabeth October 13, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    365s are SO hard. Real life easily gets in the way. And you can always “finish it” after taking a hiatus. I am loving what you’ve done with Her Packing List and best of luck with your new adventure!

  2. John Berg October 13, 2011 at 5:26 am #


    Congratulations on having the strength to make this decision. I’ve been there several times, and I’ve always found that formally cancelling something that was not working out has given me new strength and energy for my other projects.

    • Brooke October 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      Thank you šŸ™‚

  3. Bethany ~ twoOregonians October 13, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Letting go brings such relief. There’s a balance between expectations from others and self – and there’s a sweet spot of realism and sanity. Best to you as you enjoy a deep breathe and shed a little weight off your shoulders.

  4. DanielW October 13, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Hey Brooke,

    I think doing a post every day for a whole year is quite a challenge and would need a lot of prep work. Personally I would want 50-100 pre-prepared posts, just to cover the days when I was busy or couldn’t write for whatever reason.

    I can’t speak on behalf of your other followers but I am sure that we all read your posts not because of the frequency that you post but because of your content.

    I do hope you will continue with this personal blog but yes, 1 post per day is excessive, especially if you have other commitments.

    As for me, I have survived my trip to San Francisco and the crazy 10 lane roads and stupid cross-roads, to be fair I enjoyed my short break some photos are here – (it was a Google conference) and am off to Ukraine this Friday for two weeks, this time I am going to Yalta and Simferopol.

    The Mrs won’t let me go to Chornobyl but i am relentlessly nagging her so it’s only a matter of time before she caves in and give me the green light.




    • Brooke October 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks Daniel for your kind words – means a lot to me šŸ™‚ Wish you an awesome trip in Ukraine; report back!

  5. Ian [EagerExistence] October 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    I’m kinda glad you gave up. It means you’re human after all. For a while there I thought you were just a blogging powerhouse machine. It’s good to see that even the famous Brooke gets exhausted. Enjoy the trip!

    • Brooke October 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

      Haha, Ian… you have no idea šŸ˜‰

  6. Shereen October 14, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    There’s only one of you, so you can’t see it so much as a failure as you can being a person. I have a full-time job, was trying to write a book (which is almost at print time), doing a blog, guest posts and working for an online community. It’s hard to keep up with, but knowing that I want to have a life, too, I made the decision early on that I would keep my posts to twice weekly. Even so, sometimes it’s not easy to crank them out while life goes on around me. I’ve learned when I can take on more and when I can’t and have a clear goal in mind for the future and how I want to achieve that (no more working for someone else!).

    So, while I enjoyed your daily posts, I will enjoy them when you make them šŸ™‚

    • Brooke October 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

      Cheers, Shereen šŸ™‚ Blogging is a lot of work! I think people forget that (including myself). Good luck with your many projects – sounds exciting!

  7. tucano2 October 14, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    I recently found your blog and I love the variety of travel related topics you write about. A post a day is really hard to keep up – quality over quantity hey!

    • Brooke October 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      Cheers – my thoughts exactly. Would have been nice to finish out the year… but you live you learn!

  8. Laura October 15, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    Little failures and disappointments along the way are unavoidable, and I think that if somethings not quite working out it’s always best to take a step back and make some changes. Heading over to check out your Her Packing List site now. šŸ˜‰


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