I originally wrote this as an Aprils fools post, I was going to declare myself as leaving blogging because I didn’t want to do it anymore and was happy with life without it. However being in Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami; it seemed inappropriate to fit in some April fools joke, more serious things needed to be addressed at that time. Then I noticed I was quickly approaching my 250th post so could adapt it somewhat (admittedly 3 months later). I never had a 2 year post, or a year review post in 2010-2011, but the 1/4 mille milestone seemed the next appropriate one to look back at what I’ve achieved since blogging here.
So this is one of those re-capping posts and an update on my life at the moment as I’ve currently been busy filling this blog up with guest posts rather than finding time to write my own material.
So travelling and blogging. You have provided me with an outlet for my thoughts for over 2 years now and ultimately ‘something to do’, and an income from that outlet. Quite a good deal I have here, and it’s a deal I have with myself too, which is nice as I can cancel or continue it for as long as I want.
I’d still advice anyone to do this, blogging is great, and even more so when you know people are reading it, and even more so again when people visit over and over, or just find it through Google. My March 11 earthquake post was short and quick, but it landed me an interview with BBC world news and BBC radio in the UK, of course I got nothing from this apart from my face on TV in the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan and everywhere else (these are just the ones I had confirmed as my friends contacted me to say they saw me in these countries!).
I left my job of 7 months in Fukushima as a receptionist, shop worker and tour guide at the British Hills hotel to move into city life, I had enough of living up an isolated mountain, despite it’s benefits.
Such as good quality air, nice views, a stable income, free accommodation and of course a bunch of friends. Also the lack of responsibility and alone time was good, although I found myself as well as everyone else not really making the most of these advantages, self discipline is not part of the culture there.
So, a new adventure is on the way for my last 4 months in Japan. Things have changed somewhat. I don’t have a job, and therefore a stable income, but my online efforts come into their own during times like these. I also got myself into a relationship with a lovely Japanese lady who I am living with now, which made the move into Tokyo that much easier.
My plan is to get a teaching English job to raise a bit of income and go towards my next years plans, and finish my time in Japan with a separate adventure which is to be announced later on.
But now I salute my blog – I’ve met friends through you. Am almost at the point where I can live in a cheap country like Thailand from the earnings whilst leaving most of the week free to do other things. You’ve encouraged me to develop incomes outside a blog on the internet . Be able to reach several thousand people a month, having a couple hundred subscribers and attract advertisers and therefore revenue through the contact form without having to get off my backside.
You are also attracting companies like Nokia to send me free phones, travel companies to offer me free tours/trips and inspiring me to get off my arse and go on an adventure, even when guest posters write about it.
Encouraging me to visit nice places. Meet strange people. Taught me that I am able to offer genuine good advice. Assist me in finding cheap flights. Even date interesting women and have the incentive to date the craziest women for the sake of a good story. As well as when getting into trouble I can always think “At least this will make a good blog post“. You also help me remember things, think about my own thoughts better and present it all exactly how I want to the world.
So there, I salute you wordpress and hostgator for making it all possible.
Let me know in the comments about your moments. Did you know when to quit and start something new? What triggered it?