A Return to Blogging

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The thought of blogging again has crept into my mind now and then over the past couple years. I have visited places or experienced things and thought to myself that I wanted to share more than just my photos on Instagram or Facebook. I continue to get messages from readers with questions about my past travels and every now and then I still hear from other travelers who were inspired to travel by my blog – like this fun Twitter exchange last summer:

Twitter exchangeSpeaking of writing a book, I am hard at work on a book about my career break travels – at least as hard at work as I can be while holding down a full-time job anyway. But the more I have focused on that, the more I have realized I really miss writing. Thus, another reason to pick up blogging again.

Of course, when I mentioned on Facebook that I might start blogging again, while I was met with a lot of encouragement, I was also immediately given advice about how to monetize my blog this time around. Sigh. Blogging has never been about money for me. While I tinkered with affiliate links and ads and took a handful of discounted or complimentary tickets or hotel stays in the past, I never got into blogging for the money. And I have no desire (or need) to do so now. This is purely for personal enjoyment and fulfillment, with the hope that the stories and photos I share can inspire, encourage or otherwise entertain at least someone out there who doesn’t share my last name.

So what’s coming up?

It’s funny, I wrote in my “goodbye” post that my lust for travel was waning and I had nowhere I was dying to go. I can’t even believe I ever typed those words, although looking back at what was going on in my life then, I sort of get where I was coming from. Nonetheless, since I wrote that post, I have been to Russia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia, Thailand, Myanmar, Kenya and Jordan. I can’t promise that I’ll go back and write about all those places, but I did keep journals for some of the trips and I had experiences in those countries I would like to share – like my first ever safari, visiting the genocide museum in Rwanda, running a marathon in Kenya and exploring Petra in Jordan.

Elephant Okavango DeltaSabi Sands lionsKatie and cat at PetraI also have some great trips coming up this year, starting with a week-long trip to Uganda in March with my friend Ali of  Travel Made Simple. Then, in June I will visit Mozambique (which will be country #60 for me!) and then South Africa again, where I will run the Big Five Marathon. In the fall, I plan to head to South America (either Chile or Colombia) to check off that continent on my “run a marathon on every continent” bucket list and then, over Thanksgiving, I will take my mom to Tanzania for her first ever safari experience.

My guiding principle through this return to blogging will be to simply follow my gut and desire to write. If something happens, either in travel or in life, and I want to share, I will. But I won’t force myself to come up with content just to fill space and I won’t decide on whether to do something based on whether it would make a good story for the blog.

I hope to have my “first” post up again shortly…stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

8 thoughts on “A Return to Blogging”

  1. Hello, I just discovered your blog, starting with a much older post; ‘How should I get to Tajikistan’ to be specific. Just wanted to say I’m glad I found your blog as you’re starting to write again. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read so far and am looking forward to reading more.

  2. Hey Katie, and welcome back! Since you left I have been hoping you might find your way back to blogging… I hate goodbyes! Was very pleasantly surprised to see “new post” rather than “old post” in one of your recent tweets. I have certainly missed reading your thoughts : ) Planning a trip to Baikal this summer, and was glad to revisit your writings on the subject last weekend. Keep writing!

  3. Hi Katie! So glad you’re back. I just started traveling 3 years back and found your blog to be a huge inspiration. You did not shy away from sharing the imperfections and frustrations of traveling, which was such a refreshing change. Just know you still continue to inspire travellers and have quite a few ‘silent spectators’ to your blog such as myself 🙂

  4. Michael Deibert

    Yay! And excited to hear that there’s a potential book coming too… yay!

    I know I’ve referred many to your site simply because I did my Panda experience in Chengdu using your post as a major guiding point! Glad to hear you’re returning to blogging again.
    (As for the finance bit – which I’m still trying to understand and set up myself… perhaps just aim for the blog to be self-sustaining. Hosting isn’t cheap… but I think it’s much easier and less stressful to aim for that, rather than “make a living off your blogging… “)

    1. Thanks! Appreciate the thoughts on the finances, but I’ll just say I make plenty in my day job to cover the hosting cost. I look at this like paying for any other hobby.

  5. Yay! You travel to such cool places, I think it’ll be fun for you to share your stories again. And like you said, it’s about the joy of writing and sharing with others, no worries about blogging for money if it’s not what you want to do.

    Can’t wait to go to Uganda with you!!

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