I am a big fan of not reinventing the wheel. There’s too much to do in life, so if someone already has figured out how to do something, start there and adapt it as needed.

Same with expressing things. If someone already has figured out how to say what I want to say, start there and adapt it as needed. Just to be sure to give credit.

Recently, a friend sent me the link to Goodbye Safe Harbor, a blog by Erik, who left his jobs as a DOJ trial attorney and an adjunct professor to travel the world with his girlfriend. After being jealous that he has such a perfect blog name, I was jealous of his About the Blog page because it expressed so much of what I’ve been thinking about this blog.

Weeks ago, I tried to write a similar page, but wasn’t pleased with the results so never published it. I was trying to reinvent the wheel, which usually isn’t a good idea. So, I’m starting with his already written material and adapting it as needed (while giving due credit).

About This Blog, Inspired by Erik

It is often easier to define what you want something not to be rather than defining what you want it to be. Lawyers do this a lot.

  • I don’t want to have this blog merely because many people told me I should so that they could live vicariously and see what I’m up to.
  • I don’t want this blog to only talk about the good times, because life isn’t only good times (and isn’t that what Facebook is for?).
  • I don’t want to flood you with daily journal entries.
  • I don’t want to post just to post.

So, what do I want this blog to be?

  • I want to share what I learn and experience as I figure out how to spend this amazing present of time off.
  • I want to share things about the places I travel that you will find interesting and informative.
  • I want to hold myself accountable. I’m not prone to deep introspection, or even medium introspection. Taking some time to write short posts, postcards if you will, about what I’ve done and what I’ve taken from it seems like a good way to not let this time go by unnoticed and unobserved.

As noted above, there’s too much to do in life. I want you to feel like reading my blog is a good use of your time. Otherwise, I don’t need to create more content on the already overcrowded internet.

So if you have feedback, please contact me. Especially to provide constructive criticism or to point out typos. (I’ll be pretty upset with myself for not catching them and pretty mortified if people notice them and don’t say something.)

I also would like to hear what you enjoy about the blog. Maybe I can do more of that.