Goals for this two week holiday:
- Overnight trip (East side)
- Hiking (minimum of 2)
- Writeups for the site (at O’Briens Crossing Blackwood)
There’s nothing better than opening your emails and discovering a notice from Tumblr warning us that our blog could be taken down any second now because of the numerous acts of copyright violations through the music posts. Understandably I was shocked and my mind went into a panic as I realised this seriously could happen.
Since then I’ve been trying to backup every single thing on this blog - all the writeups, music posts, photos and even questions/comments left by some of our ‘readers’. Most of the traffic from the blog stems from the music posts and very rarely from the actual writeups and photos themselves. It use to bother me in the past as I would state to others it’s become more of a music blog than what I originally envisioned.
But that’s all a part of it though. You learn to adapt and go with what people want though you must always remain true to your own intentions and needs. I’ve realised that most people don’t actually read the writeups and are simply interested in the photos instead. Now that could be based on a variety of things: our writeups are either too long or too specific to the events that unfolded during those trips. Which I guess is true - what may have been entertaining to use doesn’t mean others will share the same enthusiasm.
It’s strange when you look at in hindsight and see the changes and stagnation occurring in regards to the overall spirit of Backseat Ballads. I’ve always remarked how these camps/adventures we go on somehow have a massive impact on people and hopefully have opened their minds to the possibilities out there. Sometimes that fire still lives on to the present day, sometimes the phase ends and they go back to their everyday routines. I use to feel rather disappointed when I’d see this happen but it’s inevitable.
Even Peter, at the end of 2012 felt that he’d be over camping. Luckily it hasn’t been the case but it puts into perspective that hoping that people will share the excitement and joy that you once shared doesn’t always pan out the way you’d hope.
Nowadays I just upload the photos onto facebook to satisfy the clientele - aka those who come on the camps - whilst hoping others may enjoy the sights we see and the adventures we go on. The lack of writeups from yours truly has also been dwindling over the last few months. It’s not that I don’t have the ideas/passion, I’ve just simply become lazy. That drive/spark I had in the early days has slowly disappeared and I find myself contemplating whether this blog really has reached it’s end point.
Just like the cherry blossoms to that bloom in the early days of Spring before disappearing, I wonder if the same could be said for Backseat Ballads. It’s been a joy and struggle working on this over the last two years and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Still, I’ve had people encouraging me to keep it alive and fight through the struggles because it is important.
Hence with my two weeks of holidays starting next week, I hope to get right back into it. My friend Michelle asked me about a print publication of Backseat Ballads which ironically was one of the first things i wanted to do when I started all this. Two years later and nothing has changed.
Maybe this time I’ll be more successful.
I really hope I do more hikes during my two weeks. #tbt #throwback #wilsonsprom #backseatballads
One more sleep and it’s back to the adventure life. #backseatballads
This carrot cake was AMAZING. I’m seriously still thinking about it. (at Piper St Kyneton)
Kyneton, you pretty cool. #amazingcarrotcake #vscocam #kyneton #backseatballads #outertowners (at ST. BEANS Provedore)
Brunch at #tomboy, abit of retail therapy down Smith street and an impromptu picnic at Carlton a Gardens. ‘Twas a good day. @lynhau @age_f (at Tomboy)
Finally made it. #backseatballads #kyneton #outertowners #turpinfalls (at Turpins Falls)
Trying to backup everything on the website before it disappears #shittingbricks #somuchcontent #spreadinggoodmusicnothate #backseatballads
Tradition. (at KFC Bacchus Marsh)
It was a hike in itself just to get to the toilets. (at Lerderderg State Park)