Monday, September 4, 2017

My brothers started school, and a lot of my friends have already begun college, but I go to a school that’s on the quarter system--which means I move in until September seventeenth. Because I have nothing to do, I decided to challenge myself to write and publish a blog post every single day, as well as come out with new videos every other day. It’s an avalanche of content that is most significant, for me, in the fact that I’m just trying to do it. I don’t really expect people to read it every single day or watch all the videos (although it’d be great if they do); I just want to work hard.

I would also love to finish the first draft of my current work-in-progress, which I’ve been brainstorming/plotting/planning all summer, as well as brainstorm for my next one. That may or may not happen, but I’m trying to push myself to do more, so here goes!

This is The Countdown.

First off, can I just say that this is absolutely the best tag idea ever? Kudos to Abby from Ups and Downs for creating this and to Grace Anne from Totally Graced for tagging me! The more I’ve gotten to know certain people over the Internet, the more I’ve come to realize that I want to travel the world and meet them. As this isn’t actually possible at the moment, given my current state of financial dependency and certain logistical kinks that would need to be worked out in advance, I’m going to settle for living vicariously through this tag.

Name the venue!
Okay, you know what would be awesome? A road trip. We’d rent out an RV, and I--along with a few of my fellow Californian bloggers--would start driving east. We’d slowly make our way across the country, collecting bloggers as we go and creating a caravan of RVs. (At some point the international bloggers would fly over and join our group.) Then, at the end, we’d turn our RVs into party buses and drive up to Maine, where we’d camp out under aesthetic gazebos and watch the sunrise.

List three foods that need to be present!
Just three?! No way. I need to make a whole list.
Pancakes and waffles, obviously. With plenty of whipped cream, maple syrup, and fresh fruit. Then pizza, like Grace mentioned. (We’d particularly need to make a deep-dish run in Chicago, and then a thin-crust one in New York.) Bagels. Cupcakes, with lots of sprinkles. I’d find a way to dehydrate In-N-Out and then rehydrate it when my East Coast friends hop on the bus. Burgers. And also good salads, because vegetables are necessary.

List five bands/artists for your party mix!
Don’t hate me, but I think Taylor Swift would be great for sing-alongs. NF, to release our angst. Ben Rector, for mornings with coffee and rainy days. Tori Kelly, just because I love Tori Kelly and I need to impose that love on everyone. And a big ol’ playlist of all the old Christian Contemporary Music we all listen(ed?) to.

We’d also have singalongs around the campfire, just because.

What three activities would we mostly engage in?
We would talk. A LOT. (Or not? If we’re all antisocial introverts? But I don’t think we are.) I think that since we’ve gotten to know each other over the Internet, we’d just pick up where we left off when we meet in real life.

We would probably make lots of things. Like, I’d want to bring an entire crate of art supplies, photography/videography equipment, and instruments just so we can make things on the road. And I’d be vlogging the entire thing, of course. I also think we’d be updating our Instagrams, Twitters, and blogs pretty regularly--I’d bring wifi, too, of course, and we’d stop by Starbucks every so often to get our caffeine fix and also that free Internet access.

Laughter. We’d make lots of memories. I’m pretty sure the RV would break down at some point on the side of the road, so we’d probably have to wait for Triple A to come, and we’d have to pass the time. We might have some trouble figuring out the toilet and shower stuff? (Although I think Abbie and Kate know a lot about RVs, so they’d probably be able to help us.) At any rate, it’d be a trip to remember.

Describe a post collaborative you would do at the party.
You know that time I filmed my friend Jordan? I’d probably do that with as many people as I could. I’d interview people, get their stories, film candid discussions about certain topics, and get writing critiques (because why not). I just think it’d be a cacophony of just filming and recording and writing as much as I can down, and compile it into some kind of coherent mess by the end.

What habits or interaction qualities would you notice?
We’d all probably be kind of shy at the beginning, but I think we’d be a big family by the end. Or we might all hate each other. (I hope we don’t.)

But in all seriousness, we’re just a group of people who have a lot in common, and as a result, our bonds would be strengthened as the trip goes on.

It’s funny, because normally friendships are begun in real life, and might be strained if there’s long-distance separation for a period of time. But the thing with Internet friendships is that they’re begun on the Internet, so that’s the standard.

There might be strains on meeting people in person, because people are different on the Internet than they are in real life, but something had to bring us together in the first place, whether it be a mutual interest or a common belief system. And, ultimately, I think that’s what grounds our friendships. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over these past four years of being a blogger, it’s that friendships can be founded on the Internet.

It’s when Internet friends meet each other in real life that the friendships reach a status beyond simply commenting on one another’s blogs.

Thank you so much for reading this post! I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope that we can recreate some semblance of a “blogger reunion” in the future :)

As for tagging...I tag

What would your dream blogger party be? Who would be there? What’d we eat?


  1. I so agree! This is like my favorite tag almost ever. I love your answers. :)

  2. THISSSSSS ISSSSS PERFECCCTTTTTT !!!!! OMG girl you make me want to go on road trips so much ahaha this is awesome please let's all do this my entire life would be MADE <3

  3. This is beautiful! I've been wanting to participate in this ever since I saw Abby start it! Maybe I'll post my responses next month. Yours are gorgeous and I can see the whole thing happening right before my eyes! (Especially the RV breaking down; I have a pretty thick history of vehicle trouble lol)

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  4. This post made me so ridiculously happy, I cannot even put it into words. This is the kind of trip that dreams are made of. I can't wait to hang out with you and create things together one day. <3

  5. AHH THIS SHOULD HAPPEN. I loved reading this!


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