It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post for Amtrekker, and what with TBEX going on in Vancouver this weekend I felt forced into evaluating why that might be. The easy answer is, I’m not homeless anymore…but that feels like a cop out. The truth, as usual, is a little more complicated and a lot sillier. (“Silly” as in “flippant” or “lame.” Do not expect clowns.)
At some point, while I was traveling around North America and living on strangers’ couches, a travel blog was born. And not because I was trying to write a travel blog so much as the concept of travel blogs started to grow up around me. In fact, it wasn’t until the tail end of the adventure, when I started having more and more contact with other travelers who wrote for the web, that I realized travel blogging was even a thing. Up until that point I just thought of blogs as a fairly personal thing and that some folks, like me, happened to be doing a lot of traveling, ergo their writing was largely travel centric.
(That may have been a confusing sentence. But rather than trying to fix my slapdash writing I’m just going to blame the confusion on the use of the word ergo. So, to clear things up, “ergo” is just fancy-talk for “therefore”…which is in turn fancy-talk for “so.” All better?)
Here’s the bottom line. I liked my original view of blogs more. Once I started thinking of Amtrekker as a travel blog and not just a(n extraordinarily narcissistic) peek into my life, it started to feel like if I wasn’t in the middle of a trip then I shouldn’t be writing.
Now this feels like an especially dumb view since, arguably, there are many more personally exciting things going on in my life today than there were back when most days were taken up with trying to figure out where I was going to sleep that night.
That said, let it be known that I’m going to give taking Amtrekker back to its roots a shot. At its heart all I ever wanted it to be was a blog about my experiences (…I just happened to be traveling constantly while creating those experiences). So if you’re wondering what Brett’s up to nowadays, this is the place for you. If you’re interested in reading about some guy’s adventures in trying to publish his first comic book, stick around. If you’d like to know more about the amazing/hilarious/fun world of The Go Game, keep reading. If you’d like to hear about a guy with zero development experience trying to put together an iPhone app, I’ll save a seat for you.
HOWEVER, if you’re looking for stories about my travels…actually, y’know what? There just might be plenty of that too. I’ll be in Seattle this week and Vail the week after. Stay tuned.