Monument to Nothing Happening

When traveling I love coming across the quirky things. This happened while I was visiting Kaunas. I came across a monument that celebrates the fact nothing happened on 11 May 2014.

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Today is a public holiday in the UK and nothing much is happening I thought I would share this photo with you.

Until the next post, stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

 

 

When Does Blogging Stop Being Fun?

It has been interesting to read the various blog posts about last weekends TBEX conference held in Toronto. There were a lot of comments saying how enjoyable the weekend was. I had to admit that I looked on with some jealously as I would have like the chance to attend. However, amongst the comments I read there were some negatives. They were saying that TBEX had become too big and corporate and it was no longer for them.

This brings me to the point of the post, when does blogging stop being fun. When we first set up our blogs it is initially to tell out tales. However, most blogs fail within twelve months due to various reasons. The dream is to be able to make money from the blog. There are many resources out there to help make this dream come true. The reality is somewhat different. It takes a lot of hard work to maintain a bog to that level. Saying that, it is still my dream but I will know that it will take time.

One of the reasons we want to start a blog and make money is so to escape the corporate life. This is especially true of travel bloggers. The idea of getting paid to travel is appealing and is something many people aspire to. Yet working for yourself will mean that you will stay in the corporate world. The difference is that you are the boss. As I see it all TBEX is trying to do is help the aspiring travel blogger make their blog a success and make their dreams come true.

My Grandad used to say if you are no longer enjoying something then stop. So if running a blog is becoming a chore and you no longer enjoying it then stop. It is a simple as that. Plenty of established bloggers have done so. There is no shame in stopping and I do not see it as a sign of failure. It is better to have tried than doing nothing.

At this moment I enjoy working on my blog. Yes, it will never be the most read but I enjoying putting in the work. When I stop enjoying I will stop and you will be the first to know.

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

I am 1

Yesterday, WordPress sent me a notification wishing me a happy blog anniversary. Happy Birthday to Midlifewanderlust1965, you have turned one. In truth I had forgotten about it thinking it was not due until May.

Still this should not stop me from feeling a little pleased with myself. I have managed to keep the blog going for twelve months without ever thinking about stopping. In that time I have managed to collect ninety five followers. I have also made three trip to Europe. They have made up a bulk of the posts on the blog.

Time goes by so quickly as it only seemed like yesterday since I made my first post. Now I want to the blog further forward. The next step is to purchase the domain name. I will have the flexibility to control and do more with the blog.

Finally I want to say thank you to everyone that has taken time out to view the blog in the last twelve months. I am truly grateful for your continued support.

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy, keep smiling and raise a glass of beer in celebration.

Steve

 

Should I Be Envious?

As I am sitting in a coffee shop my mind was turning to thoughts about one of the people I follow on twitter. Sam Starling of Totally Sam's World is about to embark on her RTW trip. I could not feel anything but envy. She is doing the one thing that I always want to do. However, the question I should be asking myself is 'why be envious?'

What Sam and others like have done is got off their backside and acted to carry out their dreams. This has involved a tremendous amount of self-sacrifice. Meanwhile I am sitting on mine doing the same old thing. Travel has become a passion. I have enjoyed reading people's tales on their blogs. There have contained some tips that I have followed. During the past year I have undertaken three trips with another one planned for September. I do dream of giving it all up for a year to travel around the world. You can see on the bucket list post all the places I would like to see. Yet, I procrastinate too much and never get round to making a plan of action.

With that I have answered my own question. I should not be envious of Sam and others. They are living their dream. The feelings of envy are only because I do not have the balls to do something about it. This has got to change. I just discovered a note on my iPhone which was a itinerary with rough budget of a ideal RTW trip. Time to stop dreaming.

I wish Sam all the best on her trip. You can follow Sam on Totally Sam's World http://www.totallysamsworld.com, twitter @TravelSamsWorld. Sam also contribute to RTW Backpackers http://www.rtwbackpackers.com

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

100 Posts – 5 Things That I Have Learnt

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.

Steve

The Liebster Blog Awards

On Monday, I was nominated by Sarah from Wake Up Mona for the Liebster Blog Award! It’s a fun way to meet other travel bloggers and discover new blogs! You can follow Sarah on Twitter at @WakeupMona

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Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

    • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you on your blog.
    • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
    • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you.

My 11 Random Facts:

1. I have broadcast on radio

2. I have lived and worked in France, even though I cannot speak the language.

3. I graduated from university aged 37.

4. I was an Assistant Scout Leader for 8 years.

5. I follow Walsall FC who play in the English League One.  Up the Saddlers!

6. Apparently the family line can be traced back to the Normans.

7. I have over 60,000 tracks in my ITunes account.

8. I would love to be able to play the drums.

9. I can see myself ending my days outside the UK.

10. I drink too much coffee for my own good.

11. I always arrive too early at my destination.

My Answers to 11 Questions Sarah asked me:

1. What is your favorite movie? Some Like It Hot

2. Where did you receive your first passport stamp? Yugoslavia

3. Dogs or cats? Dogs

4. What is something you wish you could do really well? Photography

5. Close your eyes and spin a globe… where does your finger land? China

6. What is something you love about yourself? My sense of humour

7. What is your favorite dessert? Syrup Sponge with Custard

8. Which place are you most excited about visiting in 2013? Sarajevo

9. What is your favourite fruit? Orange

10. What is one thing that travel has taught you? To be more open to strangers

11. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why? Bratislava.  I loved how small the city felt and it felt good about itself.

My 11 Questions to the Blogs I Nominate

1. What is your worst travel experience?

2. What is your favourite song?

3. What is thing that always brings a tear to your eye?

4. Which social network do you use the most?

5. What would be your last meal?

6. Who would be your least ideal travel companion?

7. Which luxury would you always travel with?

8. Do you listen to podcasts?

9. Which do you prefer, Hostels or Hotels?

10. What do you hate about travelling?

11. Slow or quick travelling?

My 11 Nominees!

Lourika of lourikareinders.matadoru.com

Jessica of missjessrose.com

Laura 0f Laura The Explorer

aswesawit.com

Deborah of myhearttravels.com

Ruth of tanamatales.com

Clare of thewayfarerdiaries.com

Nykea of nykeamarie.blogspot.com

@CuriousNomad

Jane of runawayjane.com

Laura of travellingjerseygirl.com

Let’s keep spreading the travel blog love! Thank you again Sarah for the nomination!

Photo of the Week – New Hall Valley Country Park

This week's photo is of New Hall Valley Country Park in the snow.

 

The park is located in my hometown of Sutton Coldfield. In truth this is close to being my back garden. The park which runs between the Walmley and Wylde Green districts was created in 2005. It was the first country park opened in the UK in 21 years.

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve