TRAVEL BLOG... AGAIN?!
WHY TRAVEL BLOG?
There are already thousands of travel blogs (and vlogs) scattered in the internet nowadays, some of them are even doing it full time, so why make another travel blog?
I know, I know! Trust me, I’ve been asking that same question for weeks before I finally made up my mind. I had been contemplating and thinking of what to write other than the usual travel blog:
- I thought about doing calligraphy and watercolor painting. But I heard it’s an expensive kind of hobby. So it’s a NO-NO.
- Make up Tutorial is not possible either. My make-up skills are below beginner/amateur level. And I’m not exaggerating.
- I also considered having a Maan Beltran site with all my published books and book previews. But my Facebook and Wattpad accounts are already doing that job and I’m quite satisfied with it.
- Vlogging also crossed my mind. But I immediately scratch the idea because I, for one, don't like seeing myself in the camera. I don't even know how to take selfies (seriously. No joke). And I avoid close up pictures.
In the end, I left with “travel” as my last and only option. Because this is where I’m familiar at. And I also started doing some mobile travel videos two years ago and so far, I’m enjoying it.
BUT WHY START ONLY NOW?
Again, I’m totally aware of that question. If I had to compare myself to other travel bloggers, yes I am waaaay too late. But I am learning to live a life where I try not to compare my level of success to the success of others. I want to believe that I’m not too late but just a late bloomer in this kind of thing and I’m just following my own timeline.
See, some of my friends teases me as the "Jack of all trades, Master of none." I guess that’s true. I just know many things. I was never an expert of something. And no, this is not one of those self-pity moments. I know a bit of almost anything but I never attempted to focus on learning one thing because I am always okay with learning the basics. I never took it seriously. I didn't gave myself enough time to master one thing. As much as I hate to admit this but, like relationships, I suck at commitment and patience. LOL. I know. Only just recently that I thought about challenging myself. Do something that I don't usually do. Start something and force myself to commit to it. Hence, this blog is born.
So maybe I am starting too late or maybe I shouldn’t have started this in the first place. But I was reminded of something my editor said when I was still starting as a writer. She told us during our writing workshop, "Don't think about the fame and royalties right away. WRITE TO EXPRESS, NOT TO IMPRESS."
So yeah, I blog because I want - TO EXPRESS.
IMPRESS comes after it.