This blog is having an existential crisis.
Here it is, June 12 (holy cow!) and I haven’t posted anything since April 30. (Well, technically it was May 1 but some WordPress glitch or other dated it April 30). So much for my resolve to post at least four times every month.
With our lives moving faster than the speed of sound, there simply hasn’t been much time for blogging. But that’s just a convenient excuse.
The bigger reason is that John and I both are feeling a bit overexposed, digitally speaking. We spend much too much time online as it is, and if we’re going to share any aspect of our lives with the world we want it to mean something. For this very reason, I’ve decided to close my Facebook account (separate blog post coming about that). And now that we’ve passed a year in Panama, we believe we’ve said most of what needs to be said about what it’s like to live here. Imposing an arbitrary rule to post four times a month puts too much pressure on us to come up with meaningful content, and we don’t want to fall into a “posting for posting’s sake” rut.
When we started Latitude Adjustment, we intended it to be a chronicle of our travels. Because it coincided with our move to Panama and settling here into a new expat lifestyle, it became (and rightfully so) more of a “how to” manual for others contemplating the same move. If our blog has been of service in any way for future expats, we’re tremendously glad! And of course we’ll continue to pass along any information we think might be useful. But it’s time to return this puppy to its travelogue roots. That might mean fewer posts, but they’ll be more meaningful (at least for us) and more oriented to our journeys as we explore more of South America this year, and hit the Europe/Asia trail next year if all goes according to plan.
We realize that cutting the Facebook cord will make our readership count drop way off. But how many readers we have isn’t important. The people that are truly interested in what we have to say will stick with us – and those are the kinds of readers we want anyway.
All of this said, we did do a few things in May. Here’s the photographic evidence!