The other day i said to Jenn (my wife) that i want to start blogging again, and her response was, “i wish you would.” I wish i would too. It’s just a matter of what exactly to write about. I think the days of personal blogs to update people on your life or latest happenings are long over. That’s what Twitter and Instagram are for. Nobody wants 2-3 paragraphs about how i went swimming, ate some watermelon, took a shower, and went to a party (and that’s on the most exciting of days). A simple tweet about how i’m sitting in a thunderstorm will suffice, there’s no need to send blog updates on how i’m doing. The only people on the planet who would care about that are my parents, and that’s because my blog is their homepage on their browser.
So, all of that to say, i’m going to write a personal update. Mostly it’s just an exercise to get my fingers moving across the keyboard to see if i can generate some thoughts on what i actually want this blog to be about (i’ll put a few ideas toward the bottom and maybe we’ll have a vote).
Here’s the update:
Jenn and i just spent about 18 days in Hong Kong and Beijing. We were a small part of a week of training for college students who are now all over Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Vietnam teaching English for the summer. Then the rest of our time in Asia was spent hosting two friends who were there to observe what we do in Asia in terms of sending English teachers so that they could be a part of sending more teachers in the future. To sum up the trip in just a few words would be impossible. It was fun, yet exhausting. And as Jenn and i were talking today, we think she got a mild case of West Nile while we were there (she’s over it now).
Now – back in Atlanta – i’m in our apartment, watching a severe thunderstorm roll through while stealing internet from our neighbor because i had ours cut off while we were in Asia. Why did i have our internet cut off? That leads me to the next part of the update…
We’re moving to Fort Collins, CO in just a few days. We’ve been packing up our house since returning from Asia and will be driving a Uhaul across the country on Tuesday. My job so graciously invited me to work from our international headquarters, which means a relocation across the country. Since living in Beijing and now in Atlanta i have worked from home with periodic international travel and to Colorado for meetings. This wasn’t a “you have to move or else” demand from my work, but a fantastic offer for new opportunities, camaraderie in the office, and great fly fishing. Jenn is a pre-griever so she’s currently struggling with the idea of leaving Atlanta, but i’m a post-griever so i’m excited to pack and hit the road (i’ll be sad about leaving Atlanta once i get to Colorado).
And that’s my update. We went to Asia. And now we’re moving to the Rocky Mountains. As you may imagine, life is full, but we are very grateful for this season and have huge expectations for what may lie ahead of us in Colorado.
Now to some ideas for what to blog about since i’m anti-personal updates.
Here are some thoughts that come to mind of what i could try to write about on a more consistent basis:
1. The hilarious stories of the things that make Jenn cry. I’ve never witnessed someone cry so easily or at the silliest of things. I’ve joked with her several times about how i’m going to start blogging about all the things she cries about. I shouldn’t be the only one who gets to enjoy these hilarious moments.
2. Commentary on the social, political, and other generally interesting things going on in China. I say commentary because i don’t want to just be a news outlet, but i want to tell you what i think based on my knowledge, observations and experiences in China.
3. Travel, Tech, Entrepreneurship and other nerdy stuff.