Everyday about 5pm the internet slows down to the speed of a three legged tortoise. I should know better than to try and do any work between 5 and midnight, but I do. Around 3pm the computer starts dropping out every 5 minutes or so and that’s the time I should stop what I’m doing and work on another projects. These days our routine isn’t structured around internet accessibility which means that we’re on the beach or in town from about 10am ’till 2. At around 3pm I’m ready to settle in for some blogging. I try to work on pictures first and get things cropped and edited but without internet access I can’t download, upload or do any research. Some times the photos have me inspired and all I can do is to write notes (which I never seem to understand later in the night … having nothing to do with the wine or beer I happen to be drinking). So, instead of blogging (like I’d like), I put away the computer and start dinner and putter around. It’s just like being home… those projects that sounded exciting when I was buying materials for them are now just annoying reminders what I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. For God’s sake, how hard could it be to do a LITTLE work?
No excuses no excuses. So in the past three days I’ve bathed and shaved the poodles (and I got a bang trim), figured out the ivermectin dose (heartworm treatment), finally did some laundry, fixed the loose hanging, wobbly and shaking parts of the camper that were in need of attention after the dirt roads of Northern Canada and most important of all
I devised a way to keep the always-willing-to-break-into-the dogfood Poodles out of the kibble container. It’s situated under the ‘couch’ and in the most convenient spot (next to the kitchen) so I didn’t want to move it.
I feel pretty satisfied with the outcome and I’ve even tested its fortitude. Dare I think that I’ve finally out witted those girls?
I still have the aluminum grids for the windows to finish, (remember the pictures of that project I posted while in Escondido?), sew a cover for the front spare tire (to keep UV light from eating it up), slip covers for my sleeping bag, Marmot and bedspreads and last but not least, learn an entire language (that would be Spanish).
As I leave this lovely town…. and it’s INTERNET….. I reflect on how much this blogging thing can be great joy and excruciatingly pain.
1. Internet slow slow slow and CONSTANTLY crapping out.
It isn’t uncommon for me to try to work on several aspects of the blog at one time. This (in theory) maximizes my time. While I painstakingly wait for something to load/download I can work on something else. Of course sometimes this is counter productive because using twice the internet space slows the internet downs 100x more. Sometimes I have to simply put the laptop down and ignore it for 15-20 minutes while it loads a page. Hum… reminds me of the good ole days of computing!
2. Pictures that have to be reduced to upload = blurry.
I have to reduce the size of the pictures to such a degree that they appear blurry online. I suppose this isn’t such a biggy but heck my pride is at stake. Sometimes it also makes for an impossibly blurry map.
3. No time to edit.
This is probably the worst aspect. I can work all night on one page and run out of time for editing. I’ve tried to create the page in “Word” and transfer it to the blog but thing are always jumbled around in the end. I also think visually so I need to see what the page is going to look like. I frequently build my ‘story’ around the pictures so I need to have all my research finished for the final product.. I’m also slow. I need to put the work down and come back to it several times (with fresh eyes) in order to edit it properly. Since I’m frequently many days behind I’m working on several pages at once and I just don’t have the time to edit once I find a campground that has any speed of internet.
4. and that leads me to the last part. I need to find the internet. I need to get to an area that has internet… simple as that. If I’m out of range I quickly get behind. It’s always a catch-up game.
Now don’t get me wrong! I love doing this blog. I particularly love the photography and research part of the process. I’ll keep chugging along. I just needed to vent :)…. and ease my pride by qualifying some of my poorly edited or fragmented postings.
This is also why I’m never caught up. If I’m on the road for a few days I need to get to town and take a few days to do the work. I’m also stingy. Being in Loreto is a great example. I’ve just spent 4 days catching up on the blog. Do you think I”m posing all of those at the same time? No Way! I have them ready to ‘go out’ and can predate them to automatically post. This way I can have a post go out each day during the time ahead, when I have no internet access. Clear as mud? Suffice it to say that while my next 3 days of blogs are hitting the airwaves, I’ll be taking pictures and making notes concurrently so I can then catch up again when I find the next town. Oh, I’m exhausted just thinking about it!