One Year of Daily Posts
Photo of Lake Tahoe from my first pandemic post, one year ago today
March 18th, 2021
Today marks the one-year anniversary of when the pandemic took off and I hunkered down with the goal of writing one post each day to add joy and get through the stillness of life without travel. I began the series as a Daily Dose of Beauty but eventually gave up the theme as I realized I would be dipping deep into my archives to keep the well of daily content from running dry for the duration of the crisis. I have repackaged and reposted much of my content in the process, with a few topics still out there for consideration.
I never thought I’d still be sitting here a year later; each night making sure to sit down by 8:00 p.m. to begin the process of preparing a post. Sometimes I knew what I would share; other times I had no idea; a few times I barely made it including one night on my birthday road trip laying in a tent outside of Bryce Canyon typing on my phone with one eye open at 1:00 a.m. By my count, I’ve skipped 18 posts — mostly on terrible days during the past year of American history when other voices were loud and far more important to read and listen to in relation to impeachment, elections, injustice and Black Lives Matter.
For most of the past year, I’ve been very inspired to write daily because the world is a beautiful thing to share with the rest of world. A traveler’s love of the world is insatiable — something I know to be true because so many of you have willingly re-read and commented again on many of the stories I’ve shared a second time. For this, I’m so grateful! Your comments make me laugh and help me feel connected to an entire group of friends I’ve never met in person (except for Alison and Don). That I can hear from India, Indonesia, Canada, France, Bali, Singapore and all over in the U.S. within 24 hours of sharing a post is an astonishing, enriching result of our humanity and technology. Thank you all for lifting me up and keeping me going.
Many of us have come a long way and learned a lot in the past year. And many of us did not make it to today — something that really sank in as I started to write this tonight. We have lost so many. There’s so much we still don’t know, but think about how much less we knew one year ago. Luck and location may be the only things that saved a few of us early on (myself included) from very different outcomes. And it’s not over.
What I do know is that, in the past year, I’ve confirmed for myself that my love of writing about travel and the world runs very deep. It is my deepest well of personal fulfillment. It is a silver lining of a long year. With this in mind, I plan to keep writing until I hit 365 posts — a true, full year of pandemic-fueled content. I’ll hit that milestone in early April. After that I might take a week off. After that I might move to posting one photo each day. More importantly, I hope to start refilling my bucket of content and blog posts with weekend trips and summer views. I hope you’ll stick with me for the ride.
So… what is your deepest well?
Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.