How to blog on the go when you’re in a relationship | when your thumb decides to blog without you | how I blog on the go| the origins of the word ‘posh’| why having a scrapbook when you travel is so good
Did you get strange blogposts from heyloons.com?
You may have got two very odd posts from me this week. (I did say I do unpredictive text.) This happened because my smartphone and my thumb got off with each other and their love-child was a couple of infant blogposts released to the blogosphere. And there they sat wide-eyed and semi-coherent.
The little bastards.
In case you’re curious, this was one of the thumb-posts …
Cope with the heat
In May it’s sweltering in Laos. Temperatures get in excess of 40 degrees. Water lots of it. Sun cream I wear so much fester but haven’t been asked for autographs so I don’t think adam family made it here. Bus journeys get morning seats on the right side of her bus if going south. More shade. Buses are old. Some won’t have working a c , or vents may be so loose they fall close. Just fold a small piece of paper.
A BRIEF DIGRESSION ABOUT THE WORD ‘POSH’. When British people went to see their colony India in the 1800s, they had to travel on ships that sailed through the Mediterranean, Suez Canal, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and then finally to India. In order to avoid the heat, and get a cooler cabin, well-healed (rich) passengers could secure a cabin on the left side of the ship (in ship parlance, called ‘port’) when going to India and secure a right-hand-side of the ship (called ‘starboard’) when coming back to Blighty (Britain). So their baggage was stamped ‘Port Out, Starboard Home’, which was shortened to P.O.S.H. So tadaa. There you have it. Posh.
How I blog
Before I write a blog, I write down early thoughts for what might make a post. These are often just a few words, filled with inconsistencies, perhaps factual errors and definitely typos. Only some go on to become posts.
How to travel-blog with a spouse?
My spouse accused me of having another partner (i.e. the blog) when I would blog many times during the day during our 90 days around South East Asia. It was kind of true.
So during our 90 days in SE Asia we decided I would blog only at certain times, down-times, at waiting lounges at airports, on buses, on sun-beds etc.
If you blog when you travel, don’t exclude your companion
This post is part of the series called ’90 Days in South East Asia’ about our travels in India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia in March to June 2019, and was written on-the-road (mainly on buses, boats and planes.)
All the links to blog posts in the series are as follows:
1) I’m backpacking around Southeast Asia for 90 days
2) Packing for backpacking: 16 useful things to take on your travels
3) How to sleep on a flight (aches on a plane)
5) A storm in an Assamese teacup
6) On the lazy man’s road: the story of Dhodar Ali
7) Digboi, the oil town in the rainforest
8) To Sivasagar: home of the Assamese kings
9) Things to see in Majuli, the world’s largest river island
10) An unexpected treat on the river Brahmaputra
11) Helpful hints on how to climb a 17 foot elephant on your wedding day
13) The Assamese Bihu: a time of unbridled joy
14) A tale of a dry day in India
15) Kalimpong and a magical Himalayan wedding
16) Chiang Mai, a pretty little temple town
17) Replanning our route, re-routing our plan
18) Luang Prabang in Laos: the jewel on the Mekong River
19) A slow and unintended minibus to Vang Vieng
20) In the laid-back city of Vientiane
21) Laos: Caves, a jungle trek and the mysterious turquoise lake
22) On our way down south in Laos
24) Friday night at the Saigon Opera House
26) Vietnam days: Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi
27) Landing in the sea at Halong Bay, Vietnam
29) Bagan, the jewel of Myanmar
30) Three nights on Lake Inle in Myanmar
31) Finding a perfect perfume in Singapore
32) In Borneo, watching the orangutans at play
33) Watching turtles at Selingan Island
I’ve never attempted to post while traveling, I’m too slow a writer. I’ll usually take notes for 10-15 minutes at days end and hope it, along with photos, triggers enough memories when it comes to the nitty-gritty. You seem to do well at it, apart from the occasional rebellious thumbs.
BTW, your aside on POSH was interesting, I’d never heard that before.
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I’ve never tried it before, but I’m sure you two could find a way to work it out. Maybe separate the posts into two or three sections, then one person could write a section and the other person another section. That’d be an easy way to start.
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The idea of scrapbooking with a spouse is a great one. You could also co-write, or at least run some ideas by your spouse and see how they sound or if they might have a better idea or suggestion. No one wants to feel left out when they’re traveling after all.
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Hi Bilal. I love the idea of co-writing. Have you tried that? What’s the best way, a sentence or paragraph for each?
Sometimes I have some quite off the wall content and run it by the spouse who at times has said ‘that’s too weird.’ It’s good to have a sounding board like that.