Hello Everyone! I am freshly back from my vacation in Thailand and between the bombings that rocked the country, my slew of injuries and the different experiences that I had over the two weeks, I’m not quite ready to process the experience and synthesize anything for this format yet.
That being said, I thought I would take the time to re-brand, in some sense, since it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.
It’s only been five months since I started this blog (Whoa! Not that long but still kind of amazing how the time flies) and I’ve been blown away that you, the reader, are actually reading it. I may not have thousands of followers (yet 😉) but the fact that the number of people following the blog keeps increasing, never ceases to amaze me. So thank you!
I have learned a few things since I started. One being that I wasn’t that great on continuing to suggest a book tied to the country I was visiting. I think this has something to do with not wanting to do more work in this arena outside of my day job. It felt too stressful and not the part I looked forward to each week. So I will no longer be doing that, not that I was anyway.
The other thing I learned was that by keeping myself to a weekly deadline, some posts would be inherently better than others and that I have a tendency to default to what elementary teachers would call potty humor. I’m not saying I won’t continue to do this but it has made for some interesting conundrums when thinking about fellow colleagues reading the post, parents of my students or possibly even the students themselves. But I am a librarian, so freedom of speech and access to information takes priority. While I may be aware my content isn’t kosher for everyone, I may not stop writing with controversial comparisons either. We’ll see.
So how shall we move forward? I would like to hear from you. What have been some of your favorite posts so far? What did you like about it? What countries would you like to hear more about or do you want to hear about countries I haven’t written about yet. On my travels around the world I have been to Italy, Greece, France, Australia, St. Marteen and more. Maybe you’d like to hear about some of these places. Let me know.
I also try to shy away from itineraries and travel suggestions as this site is more about sharing an experience through writing than the alternative (and there are so many other bloggers that do that sort of travel writing better than I do), but if you would like to have something more in the form of a list of places visited or what I liked when I was there, you can tell me that too and I’ll consider it for a mid-week post or something to put as a resource on the blog.
I’ve also gotten these really cool business cards. The first ten people to leave me appropriate comments about what your favorite articles were and why and what you’d like to read about next will receive a signed photograph and business card.
Well, I hope you keep reading and traveling. I hope to hear from you all in the near future! Until next time…