No this isn’t urgent, but I certainly can use your help in the form of advice.
Lately I’ve been very conflicted about this site. As you may notice, I haven’t written in a while. Let me preface my plea by saying I live in a beautiful region where some cities and towns depend on visitors and tourism. I have written about places to visit here in Niagara, but I am conflicted about doing so. Let me tell you why.
For one, I don’t particularly like writing about all the travel blog intricacies of places I’ve visited. I love travelling and writing about it, however I prefer to write about it from an experiential standpoint – the broader sense of what it feels like, rather than where I ate, stayed and how I got there.
Second and more importantly, my travels abroad and even around Niagara have highlighted in my mind, the excessiveness of tourism. Though I am a staunch believer in travel expanding the mind, I have seen the damage that excessive tourism can cause, and don’t wish to be a part of enabling such excess. I love the Niagara Region and don’t want to do it any disservice.
People often contact me via the blog or Instagram to ask about places, wineries, restaurants they should visit. And I get no sense that most of them actually care much for the area itself. It’s simply about the best places to get some pictures for social media and to have fun, rather than to actually experience the beauty, history and awe of the area. Even during the pandemic the area was overrun with non-residents on all the trails and parks, and the debris and mess they leave behind is unconscionable. We won’t even talk about parking.
Third, I simply want to write about the things that catch my fancy, sometimes just stories, because I believe stories matter. My stories, others’ stories, we are all stories.
I love the history of Niagara and other places. I enjoy writing about things that bring me joy and sharing knowledge on my experiences of the places and people I find special, that most often I’ve simply stumbled upon. And of course simply to write. It is hard however to bring all those genres together on this one site without making it superbly confusing.
So what should I do?
- Forget this site and begin fresh elsewhere?
- Rework this site and change the name and domain? (no, I don’t like the name anymore. It sounds much too young for my age.)
- Ditch blogging completely, because I have a stack of books to read and a life to live? (insert smile here – we know that’s not going to happen, though it’s been considered)
- Any other options?
Feel free to share your honest thoughts, offer constructive criticism and feedback. I’d love to hear.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and comment!