Wow, I can't believe that my travel blog has turned one [year old] a few weeks ago! I did not even notice it due to my busy schedule (excuses, excuses LOL). Well, I am very grateful that in a span of a year, my travel blog had gained PR, traffic and of course, new friends.
|Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.|
You might be wondering why I don't have a TTN's birthday bash giveaway on my blog. Truth is, I have no plans to have one at all; I surmise that it's too early or due to lack of sponsors, so to speak. Maybe I'll give one in two or three years from now (ehem, calling all potential sponsors out there... kidding!).
Let us travel back in time as I tell you a story about the humble beginnings of my travel blog and how I managed to sustain it.
For those who didn't know about me and my awesome life (ehem), I graduated at University of the Philippines Mindanao with a degree in Biology last April 2011. I graduated without latin honors but received an award not related to academics. That's one of the things you ought to know. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. You know, finishing a degree on time with your college buddies, strutting all the way to the stage to receive your diploma from the chancellor and singing the university hymn for the last time. Ahhhhhh! Good times, good times.
|Graduation Day! WOOT!|
Everybody thought that I'd become a medical doctor. But unlike most of my batch mates, I decided not to pursue that road. The result: I became a bum for more than a year already. The first month of freedom was truly amazing. I had a break from studying... actually I had enough of it. Thus, I revived my blogging career and focused on earning moolah from it. As months went by, I became stagnant, useless and emo. I thought that I made a wrong decision of not pursuing a career in medicine.
Then, Lloyd added me to PTB Bagets, one of the funnest groups on Facebook and later convinced me to put up my own travel blog. I never had a niche blog before and I honestly do not have an idea about it. But because I have already traveled since 2008 (thanks to my numerous college field trips), I decided to make one and start narrating all those memorable field trips that I've had when I was still in college (ahhh, the perks of being a Biology major).
Here's my first post, dated back to June 15, 2011:
I have just created another blog. This blog will serve as my travel blog. I will post some pictures of some of my adventures and tell exciting stories about them. Moreover, I shall share some traveling tips that might help you. Thank you and welcome aboard. We are about to embark on a brand new adventure with me, The Traveling Nomad.
Several posts later, I received positive comments from people whom I didn't know. Well, as the cliche goes, the rest was history.
|Highlights of 2011.|
Soon after writing all of my college field trips, I started to travel on my own, well not solo-traveling per se, but traveling without the presence of my parents or relatives. It was a rewarding feeling knowing that the people whom you love the most trust and support you all the way.
Basically, my blog has been a witness to all of my travel experiences - both unforgettable or funny memories. I experienced a 9-hour delay and spent the whole day at Zamboanga International Airport, got lost in Iloilo City, met new friends along the way, tried solo-traveling (but eventually failed), learned 10 valuable lessons along the road, successfully climbed Mount Pinatubo and Osmeña Peak, explored the hidden gems of Baler, got nominated in Philippine Blog Awards and many more.
|My Seven Super Shots|
Many thanks to those who didn't believe that I will be successful in this kind of career. Well, you guys motivated me to push harder. I owe you big time. I am also grateful that I met awesome people along the road. You guys were one of the best. I learned a lot from you - from blogging and photography techniques to tips and tricks on traveling. You know who you are. *wink*
Another great year has passed. Hopefully, I'd write more stories about my travel experiences both here and abroad. Before 2011 ended, I made a promise that I'd travel more in the year 2012.
And yes, promises are not meant to be broken - I have traveled extensively for the past months.
The second half of 2012 would be more epic.
I tell you, it's gonna be Legen....... just wait for it... a little longer........
(to be continued)
This post is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for July 2012 with the theme "The Journey That Made Us a Travel Blogger". Edmar Gu-Quibb of Edmaration Etc hosts this edition of the blog carnival.
Visit Estan Cabigas' Langyaw to see the archive of Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival!