Howdy all. Hope you are well and getting into the new year with a smile on your face! Sorry you haven’t heard too much of me of late. Actually I’ve been occasionally checking the views I am getting and finding they aren’t down as much as I was expecting, which is interesting because you know I spent much of 2017 desperately trying to get 4 posts or more up a week. And was it worth it? Well is any of this worth it? Am I trying to add value to my own self-worth here by getting x amount of views on my blog? Is that what all bloggers are subconsciously trying to do? I suspect the answer is… yes.
However that doesn’t mean that there are other, much more valid reasons for blogging. And no I am not thinking of giving up the blog. BUT. I think that this year I will be pulling back from it and not trying to blog so frequently. If I can help myself. I just read a blog post of another travel blogger who listed all these ways they wanted to blog better in 2018. And really, the ideas exhausted me. I really don’t get SEOs and how I am supposed to use them, and I went through a phase where I tried to maximise publicity through various different online mediums, but actually I realise that unless I want to monetize this thing, and I’m not sure at all that I do, it’s a lot of work for little to no reward and it takes away the enjoyment of blogging and curtails my ability to express, where I want to and they are relevant, my opinions.
Ho hum then! So anyways, thoughts spew forth onto the blog. But 2018 lies ahead and I have one goal/wish/hope – it’s a better year than 2017. Although I did have an AMAZING trip last year, otherwise it was a true Annus Horribillis.
I have already almost gone camping last weekend. Okay, we were doing a shoot at a campground in Victoria, it was lovely. But the weather wasn’t so instead of staying over I came back in the evening. I visited Phillip Island, and hour and a half or so from Melbourne, and I’ve continued planning and booking for this year’s main trip.
Which is coming in March – so not far away – and I will be spending four weeks away in two countries I have visited previously. Sri Lanka, last visited in 2012, and India, which I have visited three times, however the most recent was in fact 2004. A lot has changed in 14 years.
In fact I am returning to Rajasthan, the focus of my first visit to India back LAST CENTURY! It was 1999 and it was like being hit with a sledge hammer. I was using a film camera. I was a novice backpacker. So this year it’s a return to a place that challenged me fully when I was last there. This time, I hope things go smoother than they did (but am fully expectant they won’t). I’m flying into Jaipur, getting out the desert and Jaisalmer (new town for me) and Jodphur (also never visited) and hoping to do a day trip to Pushker from Jaipur.
Sri Lanka will (touch wood) see me get to the south, to Galle and surrounds, and also into the Hill Country, catch up with friends, and see a little of downtown Colombo.
I’m hoping that Sri Lanka will be a slower, easier pace for me. I’ve six nights in Galle booked, and there shouldn’t be any one night here, two nights there business which my trips these days seem to be.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride. I’m not sure if I’ll blog too much from the road bar general updates. We’ll see how it all pans out. And there will surely be more blogs done from home, looking back on places I have been. I also hope to get away for 1-2 weeks in November, but haven’t locked in a location.
Anyways, please keep reading and commenting, and here’s to a great 2018 ahead! May the Journey Never End!