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Premature Blogging

Blogging confounds me (Premature Vexation).  I really enjoy writing (Premature Satisfaction) and sharing my stories (Premature Narration), but I have a hard time living up to my own standards (Premature Expectation).  I want to create things (Premature Generation) that I’m proud of (Premature Gratification).

I have a desire (Premature Compulsion) to blog about much of what I do (Premature Exhibition).  I have no shortage of ideas (Premature Inspiration).  So, why not just keep a journal (Premature Rumination)?  Am I really that interesting (Premature Presumption)?

I find it useful to remind myself (Premature Clarification) why I do it (Premature Intention).  I blog to record (Premature Documentation) my experiences (Premature Observation) and to capture my learnings (Premature Education).  I also enjoy writing (Premature Creation) and sharing with others (Premature Contribution).  I want to stay in touch with family and friends (Premature Connection) while traveling (Premature Migration).  I also enjoy the attention (Premature Recognition).

But I struggle to balance accomplishment (Premature Completion) and self-examination (Premature Reflection).  Perhaps I should just focus on being (Premature Meditation).

As it is, I can’t keep up with my ideas (Premature Production).  What else could I be doing with my time (Premature Substitution)?

Perhaps I’m over thinking it (Premature Contemplation).  Maybe I just need to chill out (Premature Relaxation).  I’m too blessed to be stressed (Premature Agitation).

Rather than lengthy monologues (Premature Recitation), I’m going to (Premature Resolution) choose topics (Premature Selection) carefully (Premature Reservation) and keep my writing (Premature Communication) to the point (Premature Condensation).  Rather than engage in mental self-gratification (Premature Masturbation), I will empathize (Premature Association) with my readers (Premature Subscription).  So I’m stopping now (Premature Termination).

Yes, there are 42 ‘premature’s in the post (Premature Repetition).  If you’re lost (Premature Confusion), please see this post (Premature Explanation).

My Experiment in Community

When I started the latest incarnation of my blog, I gave careful thought to what I was doing (The Blog) and why (Why am I blogging?).   After 6 months of active publishing, I think it’s time to take stock of how I’m doing.  Here is my self-assessment.

Of the 4 objectives I set at the beginning, two were inward facing and two outward facing:

1)    To Create — This blog will be a creative outlet, an opportunity for me to bring into being something imaginative, entertaining, and occasionally, hopefully, inspired.

Publishing the blog has been stimulating and I have enjoyed the creative process.  I’m producing something that I’m proud of.  Some posts that I’ve particularly enjoyed writing from a creative perspective are The S&M Motel, Elisabeth, and Flamenco).  I hope that you’re enjoying reading and commenting on the blog.  With the goal of making it better, I welcome your feedback on my writing or any other topic.  Your suggestions are genuinely and greatly appreciated.

2)    To ReflectThis blog will encourage self-reflection, an indispensable activity on my journey of self-realization (the pursuit of self-knowledge). The blog will also be a journal of sorts, a record of memorable experiences, learnings, and other musings.

Writing encourages me to reflect on my experiences and to organize my thoughts.  I have definitely written about some topics that I was trying to process (e.g. Coming to terms with an alternative lifestyle, My Struggle with Stuff, Dachau, No Good Deed Goes UnpunishedParting is Such Sweet Sorrow), or where I wanted crystalize my thinking (e.g. Why Dream Big?, Why Live Boldy?, The Decline of the American Empire, Is Life Getting Too Complicated?).  As an added benefit, the blog also documents many of my memorable experiences in words and in pictures, the way a scrap book or photo album might.

3)    To Create Intimacy —  By sharing of myself, this blog will enhance my existing relationships and possibly develop new ones.

The blog has allowed me to stay in better contact with some family and friends while we travel.  I have also shared it with some new friends that we’ve met on the road, some of whom are now following too.  I think that I was a bit naïve (or overly optimistic) when I began about the complexities of online communication and relationships.  Despite the fact that the feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive, not everyone has responded favourably.  Not everyone cares or wants to be reminded about our gallivanting around the world.  People have busy lives and this blog competes for their limited time.  And, surprise surprise, not everyone agrees with what I have to say.  Although I never write with the intention to offend, I sometimes write about personal topics that are not often discussed, and I can occasionally be controversial.  Sometimes I don’t communicate clearly or people have a different interpretation.  Sometimes I suspect they just flat-out disagree with what I have to say.  I hope that they will find sufficient value to continue participating.

When I share my thoughts or beliefs or something that I’ve learned, I try to write them in a way that that is meaningful and true for me.  I don’t think that I have all the answers, and I try to avoid preaching to others.

Don’t tell people how to live their lives.  Just tell them stories, and they’ll figure out how the stories apply to them.  – Randy Pausch

I had hoped to receive more comments on the blog and to generate more dialogue, but I’ve learned that discussion of any in-depth or serious topics online is challenging.  Still, I greatly appreciate it when I do receive comments or feedback from others, and I’m willing to risk discussing some more weighty topics in the comments if you are.

4)    To ContributeI want this blog to be of value to others — one of my contributions to the world.  I’m optimistic that someone will learn, grow, or be inspired.    That someone will dream bigger or live more boldly that they otherwise would have.

I write this blog with others in mind.  I try to share stories that they’ll find interesting or stimulating in some way.  Ultimately this comes down to personal preference, so I try to write things that I would enjoy reading, and I get occasional guidance (usually on things that I shouldn’t write) from my wife Diane.  I hope that this blog helps to make the world a better place.  OK, that sounds like an overly lofty goal, but the sentiment is correct.  Although I have no direct evidence that it has occurred, I hope that I am helping to inspire others to achieve their dreams.  If you want to share a story about how this blog has touched or inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear it.

In addition to my 4 stated intentions, each of which has implied benefits, I have also benefited from increased learning.  To write about a topic I need to understand it first.  Although I’m not a journalist, I want to write with integrity, so I do my best to make sure I know what I’m talking about, and I try to check my facts.  As a result, I’ve learned a lot more about my subjects than I would have otherwise.

I’d like to thank-you for making May the most-read month ever for this blog.  There were over 1700 views of DreamBigLiveBoldly.com in May.  I must admit that I was secretly hoping that the blog would grow into a larger community.  It’s one way to get feedback that people enjoy my work.  If you know anyone that you think might enjoy the blog, would you please let them know about it.

How do you think I’m doing against my stated intentions?  What are your suggestions on how to make the blog better?  (Live Boldly. I can take it.)

DreamBigLiveBoldly.com Enhancements

You may have noticed some changes to DreamBigLiveBoldly.com recently.  I thought that the old look was rather drab, so I’ve added a new colour scheme, a new custom header, improved the menus, and added some more useful widgets on the right side of the page.  You’ll find that things basically work the same, but I hope that the overall experience will be better.

I’ve also incorporated all of the content from our earlier travel blog about our travels in the Middle East, Africa, India, Nepal, and South-East Asia.  For those of you who weren’t following that blog, there are now about 100 additional postings available on DreamBigLiveBoldly.com about our adventure travels.  They can be accessed using the Travel menu or in the Archives.

You may have noticed some advertisements on the blog.  These are inserted automatically by Google, the company that hosts DreamBigLiveBoldly.com. I do not select nor receive any compensation for these ads, and there is an additional fee to remove them, so for the time being they are a necessary evil.  I hope that you do not find them an inconvenience.

One thing I have been asked is how to change the size of text and images on the blog to make reading easier with aging eyes.  You can do this for any web site using the ‘Zoom’ function which is available in all web browsers (e.g. in Internet Explorer from the View Menu, in Google Chrome from the ‘wrench’ icon).

This blog continues to be accessible to everyone.  If you’d like to share the blog (or a particular posting) with someone, just copy the web address (URL) and send it to them.  Anyone can follow the blog by entering their email address on the right side of the page.

If you have suggestions on how to further improve the blog, I’d like to hear them.  Please leave a comment on this posting or use the confidential contact form under the About Menu.

I hope that you enjoy the new look.  Your comments on any posting are always appreciated.  Thank-you for participating.

The Blog

Welcome to DreamBigLiveBoldly.com. This blog is about my travels through life, both literally and figuratively. I intend to share some of my experiences in the world as I explore it, including exotic foreign locales but also special places closer to home. I will also write about the things I’m learning on my journey of self-discovery that I think may be of value to others. They may be things that have worked for me, or something that I’m currently learning or trying.

This blog is an experiment in creativity, intimacy, community, and self-reflection. For more information, see Why I’m Blogging. For more information about me, see About The Blogger.

Why would you want to read my blog? Ultimately your reasons are personal. I hope that you will find value and benefit from the time you spend here. My intention is to be entertaining and engaging enough that you want to participate and to return, that we both might benefit. Hopefully, you will share your experiences as a student of life, or perhaps be inspired to dream bigger or live bolder than you might have otherwise.

Welcome to our Travel Blog!

This is the first of what will hopefully be many updates on our travels this year. We’ll be updating this blog every week or two, with our experiences, thoughts, and the deep insights gained from our globe trotting.

This blog is secured, so we can share more intimate details with family and friends. To secure it, readership needs to be limited to 100 people. If you’re reading this, you’ve been invited to be part of this select group. In order to access the blog, you need to have a Google account (and password). This free account may come in handy for other services that Google provides. To allow more people to participate, we’ll provide a single invitation for some of you that cohabitate. Please don’t be offended if we sent the invitation only to your spouse!

Our blog will contain text postings, but also pictures, maps, and web links (all of which you can click on). We’ll send an email to you when there is a new posting in our blog. You can also leave your comments on any blog post, which will be visible to all readers of the blog. We encourage you to comment.

While we’re traveling, you can reach us at our shared email address. Depending where we are and what we’re doing, it may take us a while to reply, but we’ll try to check it about once a week. Within a few months, I’m sure that we’ll be desparately home sick, and so emails from home would be greatly appreciated.

Patrick and Diane