The urban landscape dipped and soared across the horizon, lifeless buildings jutting out of untouched concrete. Only the sound of the trees swaying in the morning breeze interjected the near-harrowing silence. No litter twirled about on the wind, no voices or laughter echoed between edifices, no footsteps tapped the ground.
….And so begins my first micro-blog.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, a micro-blog is what it says on the tin – a mini blog post.
I am aware that I haven’t been posting much here recently. I’m not going to do the whole apologetic spiel, though, because I’ve been making magic elsewhere. Or something like that.
Whilst ‘making magic’, I have had very little time to do any serious writing, which makes me sad because writing makes me happy. So, to turn my frown upside down, I’ve decided to run a little project over the next week or so on my Google+ page (connect with me if you haven’t already so we can all hold hands and enjoy the Google – sorry, good – life together).
Basically, I’ll be harking on about travel related themes in a shorter amount of space than I do here (forces me to cut out all the waffling, you see). I’m hoping to create a buzz of discussion around the topics, too, as I believe knowledge is power, and that knowledge comes from intelligent conversation.
I would love for you guys to get involved, too, either by joining in the conversation, or by suggesting a topic or theme to discuss. There is room for everyone’s opinion and all suggestions are welcome.
Why don’t you just post the discussions here? I hear you ask.
Because, firstly, I want to experiment a little. Secondly, this blog is owned by me; most of the posts are my opinions, my thoughts, and my experiences. I want to use a space that is neutral to start a discussion in the hope that it will spark new ideas away from ‘me’, if that makes sense.
Who knows, at the end of it I might very well post the discussions right here on the blog, but for now I want to create an open discussion around a topic that I, and (probably) you, am very passionate about.
Look at these guys having an intelligent group discussion
What’s the forecast, then?
The first micro-blog went up today, which highlights places as vessels. Confused? Me too, a bit. But hopefully I explain my case succinctly over on Google+.
Next, I want to discuss the ‘Power of Travel’. This was the TTOT (Travel Talk on Twitter) theme this week and, I have to say, it puzzled me a little. What exactly is the power of travel? I hope to open this up for debate with you guys and, of course, pepper it a bit with my own opinion. After that, I’d like to start a conversation about global citizens and what it takes to be one. Then, the field is thrown wide open for anyone and everyone to suggest an idea.
Got a theory you want to discuss? Perfect! Got an idea you want to elaborate on? Ideal! Got an experience you want to chat about? Get on over there!
I’ll be micro-blogging every day for the next week or so and would love to see you over there at some point even if it’s just to say hi or to +1 the odd comment.
After all, learning is power, knowledge is power, and travel is power.
No, I still don’t get the whole power of travel, travel is power thing.
Edit: Here are the links to the micro-blogs. Click and come over!
- Places as Vessels
- The Power of Travel
- What Makes a Place Special For You?
- Consciously Experiencing the Places We Visit
- Searching for Meaning When We Travel
To end, I’d like to let you know that I have an announcement to make next week about my next destination. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you may already have an inkling! Stay tuned to find out more! For now, here’s a clue: