This is a momentous blog post. It is the 100th post. Little did I know when I started back in April last year that I would get this far. Previous attempts at blogging have ended in failure. So what are the five things that I have learnt?
1. Content – Any blog is only as good as its content. I have been lucky that I have travelled a little bit during 2012. This has enabled me to post something that is interesting to me and hopefully to everybody else. The more I travel the more content I will post.
2. Post regularly – One of the previous reasons why previous attempts at blogging failed was that I was not posting regularly. Maybe once a month if lucky before I would lose interest. With this blog I set myself a target to post at least three times a week. It has allowed me to get into a routine which I am comfortable with.
3. Blogging is a great way of forgetting the daily grind – One of the reasons I started to travel more was due to the high levels of stress I was suffering at the time. I ended up spending a night in hospital in 2011. It was at that moment I knew I needed to change my life. Travel has given a focus, indeed something to look forward to. The blog which I update mainly from home clears my mind of all the daily stress. There is now a focus outside of work.
4. The blogging community is supportive – I was apprehensive at first while setting up this blog. There are so many excellent travel blogs out there. I was worried that people would let me know if my blog was rubbish. However, this has been so different. There has been a lot of support out there including offers of help to take the blog to the next level. This has given me a warm feeling inside.
5. The next steps are mine – The blog has given me control. Only I can stop the blog. The next steps are down to me. With the next 100 posts I want to take the blog forward. When I return from my trip to Vienna and Budapest I will be looking at upgrading the blog. There have been offers of help which I will be looking to take up. I am feeling excited about the future.
Finally, I want to say a big thank you to all those people who have taken time to read, comment and tweet. It is as always greatly appreciated and I look forward to your continued support.
As I raise my glass to salute the 100 posts stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.