Today I interview a blogger who has a great blog and has been to some amazing places – such as Bhutan! It’s Moon from “Footloose Forever”.
Hi! This is Moon from India. “Footloose Forever’’ is my travel blog where you’ll find the accounts of my personal travel experiences and the moments captured through my lens. I like to blog about places and destinations in my country, India and beyond. In addition to personal travel stories there are some informative posts based on my travel bucket list.
- What made you decide to start a blog?
Twiestival, an event that made me start a blog almost instantly and without knowing much about blogging… 😛
Twiestival or Kolkata Twitter Festival was a tweeps and bloggers’ meet way back in 2009, which was organized by some of senior colleagues (at that time) and friends. I was a professional web content developer and kept interest in internet marketing. So, they insisted I attend the event. Having a blog was a primary condition to be enlisted as an attendee. And you won’t believe! I did not create my blog on my own. It was my friend and colleague, Deblina, who signed up and created a free blog on WordPress for me. Today, I am grateful to her for this.
Well, that’s how my blogging started, in a completely “undecided” manner, as I had no idea what to write and what not on my blog. Initially, it was like writing anything and everything l liked to talk about – memories, experiences, feelings, and my perception of things and events. I was an occasional blogger without any proper direction and definite blogging objective until 2014. That year was a turning point in my life as a blogger.
I visited Rajasthan in December 2013 and penned down my travel experiences in a series of blog posts the next year. That’s when I realized the importance and power of blogging in a content writer’s life. As I love to travel and always dream about exploring scenic places I see on television, travel websites, social media, or magazines, I decided to revamp my blog with new themes and a new domain name, FootlooseForever.com, and began my new innings as a travel blogger. Since then, blogging has been a wonderful, enriching experience for me.
- What have your favourite experiences been away from home/the place where you were born?
I love mountains. Whenever I get a break I travel to the hills in northern India, far from the maddening crowd and pollution of Kolkata (Calcutta), my hometown.
All the places I have travelled so far are my favourites. Yet, I would like to mention two places which have a special place in my heart. One is Rajasthan, the western most state in India and the other is Bhutan, a small, independent kingdom, neighbour to India.
Rajasthan is too vast a state to be explored in 13 days (that was the span of my tour). I cherish those moments of exploring Amer Fort in Jaipur, wandering along the ruins and alleys in Jaisalmer Fort, and the camel ride and sunset viewing in the Thar Desert.
Bhutan tour was all about exploring a totally different culture in the country’s picturesque towns, colourful monasteries, green hills and valleys. It was altogether a unique experience for me.
Another memorable experience I would like to share here. During our Uttrakhand tour we were driving from Kausani to Choukori, some 6000+ feet above the sea level. Starting in the morning we were supposed to reach there before the dark. But an unexpected breakdown of our bus accompanied with incessant rain made the journey difficult. It was 7pm we were still driving and it was still raining. We were driving up the narrow, winding roads in the pitch-black darkness. It was a dangerous drive. One mistake by the driver and the bus would slip down the slope!
- When you write your blog, who are you writing for?
Well, I write for anyone and everyone who visits my blog, who loves travelling, and who may seek information about any of the places I have travelled already.
- What advice would you give for anyone wanting to start their own travel blog?
For me, blogging is process of continuous learning and growing as a writer and a traveller.
Travel blogging and photography go hand in hand. Take pictures as many as you can and insert them wisely in your posts.
Networking is vital to grow as a blogger. Pay attention to social media and blogging networks. It is through networking I have got to know some wonderful bloggers from different spheres including travel and learned a lot by following their blogs. And andysworldjourneys.com is one of them.
- What do you enjoy writing about most on your blog?
My personal travel stories.
- What’s the hardest thing about running a blog?
For me, managing time for blogging is the hardest part. After a full-time job, freelance writing assignments, and occasional travel I sometimes feel too tired to come up with a new blog post. But blogging demands time just like a child. The more you give time to your blog the healthier it grows with increasing amount of content and followers.
- Please recommend three blog posts you’d like readers of this to read!
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India: I have documented it in a series of three blog posts.
- How can people find your blog and find you on social media?
My blog URL is http://footlooseforever.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FootlooseForever
Twitter handle: @pinkmoonpeeps
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+moonroy/
You can also find me on Instagram as footlooseforever
I think I have said too much, which is very unlike me! 😀 Thanks Andrew for the interview.
My Pleasure Moon, please do check out her blog, and May the Journey Never End!