I didn’t recognize that there’s such word as blogging, Not until my friend masterryo shared to me about what blogging is entirely about. I still remember way back then, when masterryo suggested if I can blog, I was giving him a blank face, literally a blank one, perhaps because the word blogging had never crossed my mind.
Before I start sharing how’s my life being a blogger for a year today. I want to thank masterryo for not just being my friend, but also educating me about blogging and helping me to embark on my own blog.
You influenced me a great deal, you taught me almost everything you know about blogging and that’s something people should learn from you. “Teaching and Educating without expecting in return”. Again, thank you so much for everything.
So how’s my life being a blogger for a year at once?
Was there any changes? Have I lived the life I expected to go?. Cause I started crawling to my goal to visit the 81 provinces in the Philippines?. Only instead of giving me a bunch of questions, I will partake in my experience being a blogger for a year now.
How did I come up with The Little Lai: Beyond Limits?
It was April 23, 2015 at 2pm when I decided to blog with the help of my friend masterryo. It is seriously written when I say, “Little Lai”, because I’m a small guy who loves to move around with my two little itchy feet in all means possible. “Beyond Limits” because I always love to get out of my comfort zone. My passion for travel has long been planted within me, I work hard to fund my travels, and living the life I dream of.
Why desultory traveler?
Desultory traveler because I usually travel without a proper plan, whenever I feel down, discourage, rejected, unimportant, and in pain, I usually travel solo. Some of my closest friends know about it, whenever they see me posting a status on Facebook, about my travels, they instantly understand my current situation. Because there’s really something in a certain place wherever I traipse my two little itchy feet that makes me feel good, mollified and happy either alone or with friends.
Have I struggled in writing my first travel article?
Yes, I was genuinely struggling. Writing my first article to be published was a tangible challenge to me. I have a pile of questions, doubts that looming overhead, fears that trying to stop me and drag me to my sinking hole. I was looking at myself, saying I really can’t get to it. But my friend masterryo is pushing me to compose, he told me to write anything that’s on my mind and heart, your experience on your travel is what you’re going to share and not anybody’s travel experience. So then I encouraged myself to compose my first ever travel article, and with the help of masterryo I was able to publish my first travel article which was “Salay Cave: The secluded destination in the south”.
Did I meet HIATUS along the way?
Yes, we’re actually really close, we even became good friends. In good order after I published Salay Cave, I was on hiatus for 3 months. I stop writing, and I have devoted no attention to my website. 3 months after, I checked my website without expecting anything, I was precisely trying to check if my first article is still there. It alone proves that time that I’m not interested in blogging. The moment I log in to my site, I was in surprised that literally I forgot my password, right that moment I called masterryo if he could still remember my password, good thing he is smart enough to write it to his notes.
The password was traced back and I look into my website status how it works for 3 months of hiatus. I received notification, I got likes from other bloggers and I scan the comments on my first travel article. It was the time I was trying to recover myself from a long period of being un-progressive. And guess what? I resolved to continue travelling and share them through blogging.
Am I progressive after deciding to keep on my journey?
You’ll probably ask, what happened after I have decided to continue blogging and moving around. And here’s what I’m dying to share with you, my few travels I had and also my experiences.
For the whole year of being a blogger, I started reaching what was penned on my bucket list. Including the places I want to shoot the breeze and other goals that I want to achieve. My ever first reward, was when I was invited during the soft opening of the new and innovative version of Theme Park in IloIlo City owned by a Chinese couple from Australia. I was granted a chance to express myself through blogging my experience in the said Theme Park. You can check it here.
I was blessed to have other invitations, freebies I received, and even a recognition given by my allies. But what makes my blogging life more interesting and rewarding is when I spend time writing and sharing my experiences, either my experiences in my travels or my daily life encounters.
Will I still go along my journey to travel and blog them also?
Yes, I will still extend my travel. My goal to visit the 81 provinces in the Philippines is still what I’m going to achieve and blog them as well. I too plan to slowly travel outside the Philippines starting this year if God’s will.
Only before I end, first, I want to thank God for providing my needs on my travel and for the protection wherever I go and whatever I do. Second, I desire to thank masterryo for everything, for his support and un-ending word of encouragement. Third, I want to thank my friends, my other blogger friends who’s always sharing their experiences that inspires me to keep blogging. I’m so grateful to have you guys, for reading my blog, and commenting on it and likes as well, thank you so much guys. You all make the world meaningful and interesting by sharing all your sentiments and experiences through blogging.
Again, Thank you so much everyone for being with me for one year now and I’m desiring to stay connected with you all for the coming years. God Bless us all!