Building like what?

Breaking down what’s to come

Wow, I’m a liar. To say this year has FLOWN BY is an understatement. So obviously, I have not kept up with posting. So I’ll really try this time…? Yeah, I will. I promise! I’ll make some posts about our trips, what I packed, what we want to bring next time that we did not bring this time, etc. I figure since “third time’s the charm” in getting this thing started, I’ll use this as an introductory post into who we are, and what sort of things you can expect to see from this blog!

Barley: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

First thing’s first: Building Like Barley. Name of the blog, named after a dog. Aka Señor Barlos, Sir Barlington, BAR!, BarButt. To see so much personality in such a small package is truly incredible.

Barley is about 16lbs (he’s put on some winter weight) but thinks he’s closer to 150. Continue reading “Building like what?”

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Here we go!

I have no idea how to start this blog. It’s my hope that one day, this blog will be as popular as the ones I follow. I tried to do some research to see how some of my favorite bloggers started their blogs. What was the topic of their first post? What captured the attention of the masses and helped them launch such inspiring and creative blogs that they turned it into a living?

But what I found is that getting all the way back to their first posts requires a lot of effort. They’ve published so many posts, and captured so many stunning images of their creations, or from their travels, or just of their lives in general that sifting back to the start would be a project in itself. I mean, just look at this list and get an idea of the competition out there– and these are just travel blogs.

The reality is that it takes hours and hours and hours of writing, editing words and images, and not to mention the hours of actual experience (traveling or baking or designing or building or ALL OF THE ABOVE) that was necessary to even create ONE POST for a blog in the first place! Liz at Young Adventuress and Kate at Relokate both lay down the truth about how to eventually turn travel blogging into a living– and how it takes a LOT of hard work and dedication behind the scenes to churn out blogs as awesome as theirs.

Buuuuut for now, I love my job and will stay there for a while, so I have some time to learn how to get this thing moving. But boy, do we have big plans! Here is what I hope this blog will document: our attempts at building our own tiny home, and our journey to visit all of the units of the National Park Service (that’s over 400 units, not just the 59 National Parks… yeah, I’m dating a crazy person). Those are the big-scale hopes for this blog (and our life in general); a little bit more realistically, I hope to start learning the ins and outs of blogging, to hone my ability to create graphics, to document my attempts at cooking (HA), and just have a good way to compile all types of adventures into one place.

There will be lots of traveling. There will be lots of eating. There will be lots of DOG PICTURES! So stay tuned. If you’re reading this, thanks for being there before we got famous– we won’t forget you!

And one thing I’ve already learned is that I’m supposed to ask a question at the end of the post! So, what was your first blog post about? What are some of the key things you’ve learned about blogging that you think I, a new blogger, should know?

Up next: what kind of name is that for a blog?