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I love going away for the weekend and I really love when it’s a spontaneous trip! Well this past weekend I headed up to Portland, Maine for a little beer and some good eats. (ok a lot of beer) Portland is one of those cities that I’ve been to so many times yet find something new to do everytime I am there. If you love to eat and drink, Portland is the place for you.
So where should you stay? I was fortunate enough to stay at The Westin Portland Harborview hotel. Gorgeous views and mouth-watering food is what keeps this place at the top of my list for future places to stay. A small room with a king size bed is just what was needed to get my min-vacation off to a good start. A view of the harbor on the 7th floor was just what I needed after a long week of work.
Not only does The Westin have spectacular views but it also houses TWO bars, one of them being rooftop. Upstairs you will find a fantastic drink menu, an awesome bartender Diana, and appetizers for that late night snacking. Downstairs in C2 is home to a great drink menu, but an even better cuisine across the board. I was lucky enough to enjoy an amazing breakfast, complete with a mimosa and stuffed french toast!
Lets talk about food! My favorite!! There are some great places to eat and drink in Portland. One of them being The Great Lost Bear. I’ve been there before, many years ago, this time was a tad different, I only drank there BUT their food is out of this world. This bar features a great bar food selection and also 69 taps with over 50 craft beers! This girl LOVES craft beer.
Another place to eat, which wasn’t one of my favorites BUT they did have something on the menu I thoroughly enjoyed, Buck’s Naked BBQ. If you like poutine then stopping here is a must. The other items on the menu were subpar at best but drinks and poutine, you’ll be alright.
Another restaurant that I visited was DiMillio’s on the Water. If you like great views and good seafood, I would recommend it. There were two other restaurants that I wanted to try but desperately needed reservations for were Street & Co. and Fore Street. If you plan on visiting Portland I highly recommend making reservations.
Overall it was a really great mini-vacation in Portland, Maine. I always have such a great time, eating, drinking and exploring the city. I hope your weekend was great too!
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A wise person once said, write what you know. That was a great idea 4 years ago but now most days I don’t even want to look at my blog never mind actually write for it. If it wasn’t for my agreement with Adbeans I would probably stop writing. This is how I feel most days. Most days I’m not even sure why I still have this blog. Lately I have zero motivation to actually write. Let’s face it, I never travel, I’m not made of money so spending money on make up and accessories is far and few between, so what is there to write about?
This is a rather depressing start to a new post huh? Well it was actually inspired by a recent conversation via Facebook. My friend Teresa shared a post that really spoke to me. She vented her frustrations about being a “blogger”. I was immediately like “I feel the same way.” Her frustrations included everything I spoke about in my first paragraph. The bottom line is we feel lost.
I feel lost in a world that I used to feel really good in. Maybe it’s because I actually work a full time non-blogging job unlike most of the people in this industry. Maybe its because I don’t have 10,000 twitter followers or have the SEO sense that a lot of others have. Whatever it is, it really sucks! Having zero motivation to work on your blog that you’ve had for almost 4 years is really a let down. I’m not sure when it started but slowly it’s been approaching. Every month when my Dreamhost bill is debited from my account, I think, why on earth am I still paying for something I never work on anymore.
I missed last years Tbex because I was too poor to afford a flight to Toronto. I am patiently waiting for 2014 to approach so I can start saving my money. Maybe I’ll feel better reconnecting with old friends? I’m really not sure I cant wait until then to get my inspiration back. Another reason I feel disconnected is that I don’t live in a great city for blogging. I LOVE Providence but lets face it, I have to get my ass up to Boston for any meet-ups which I never can attend because they are mid-week. How are you supposed to connect when you can never join in group outings? I’ve considered starting something here in Providence but I literally know 1 other blogger here.
When did it become all about the money? SEO this and monazite that, I mean come on, it used to be fun right? When I first started I had “new blogger” written all over my face. I think we often feel depleted when we don’t see signs of our numbers going up which really means you won’t be getting any advertisers and or press trips. PR companies don’t want to send you anywhere if you’ve got a low unique visitor count. So how do you get your numbers up? Good question because for a while there, I would write a lot, comment on other people’s blogs, but yet NOTHING. I’m pretty sure the only people who read this are my friends and family.
How many Twitter and Facebook followers does it take to launch a website? Anyone? I tweet all the time and I certainly try my best when it comes to utilizing Facebook pages. Nothing I do on social media seems to be enough to get the word out. I’m stuck in a social media rut. How do I get out? Is it too much to ask to want people to read your blog, subscribe, and comment? Apparently so.
Should I Continue?
That’s a really good question. Apparently Teresa’s Facebook post was enough to spark something in me tonight. Will it continue? How do I get my writing mojo back? How do long term bloggers keep it going? I read plenty of non-travel blogs and I’m curious to know to secret behind sustaining a good blog. Does anyone else feel like this? I sure hope so, there can not be 2 people in this world that feel lost, confused, and a little lonely at times in a blogging world that should make you feel connected, engaged, and determined. Please help a lost blogger out.