Firstly, Happy Solstice to those who celebrate it! It’s been very warm in Scotland, so we are enjoying a day of more typical temperatures for this country.
After not posting for a good two years, I have decided to start up again, or to at least try. In part, I want to use this to maintain a bit more of a journal of my own travels and other adventuring, but I also want to use it to explore my passion for photography a bit more. I’ll get to both of those in another post – for now, it felt like I needed to write an update, and also to talk about how this blog is going to become a lot more personal in place. Not in an uncomfortable way, just in a more me sort of way. It’s going to become a blog in the most typical sense – an online journal for me to chat about things, though likely interspersed with posts that are more informative about certain things.
Why the switch? Well, when I started this blog, I was interested in keeping a log of where I had been and what I had done so that family and friends could keep tabs on me without me having to email everyone and with the inclusion of tons of pictures. It then turned into an attempt at a travel blog, then a blog that focused more on archaeology, both in an attempt to be a bit more of a professional blog that could one day have a strong following.
But that requires worrying about content and views and marketing and all sorts of things that I don’t necessarily want to worry about for this. I am more than happy for people to see what I write and to converse with me about it, and I’m happy that many of my posts on archaeology basics have been seen by a number of people who are curious about the process. I just also want to express myself without worrying if that particular post will get a lot of views. That likely sounds selfish. It’s not meant to be – if there are articles people would like to write about, feel free to let me know and I will do my best. I’m happy to write more about archaeology and academia, and also hiking and photography and all sorts of things. In a way, the shift in tone for this blog is more to give me the freedom to write about anything without worrying about how successful a post is than it is about moving away from any content I’ve been writing up till now.
So what’s happened in the last two years?
I am currently living in Glasgow, Scotland, and have been here since January 2016. I’m doing a PhD in digital imaging techniques in archaeology, which is going pretty well. I’m just about halfway through, which is a frightening and yet exciting thought. I’ve reached a point where Scotland is home, which will likely become another post in the future.
In all honesty, that’s the primary thing I’ve been doing for the two years – working as hard as I can to get into, start, and work on my PhD. I’m trying to think of other major things I’ve done in the last couple years and that’s all I can really think of. Archaeology and photography.
Oh, and Pathfinder/Dungeons and Dragons/tabletop RPGs. When you spend all of your time arguing with computers over data and images and trying desperately to make sense of the past, you need an outlet. One of the biggest outlets I’ve developed over the last year is pretending to be a super badass wizard, magus, ranger, rogue, or alchemist and teaming up with a bunch of other people to go fight monsters.
So that’s pretty much it. PhD and RPGs, with some hiking and photography madness thrown in.
The tagline for Rantin’ and Rovin’ is ‘musings of a nomadic archaeologist.’ That’s pretty spot-on for what this is going to be – thoughts I have and pieces I feel like writing. I suppose it’s also pretty spot-on for what this blog has been, too.
Anyway, I hope to write more frequently, and as I do, I hope you’ll join me. I’d love to have you along for the ride.