Milestones are important.
In personal life we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations.
In professional life we celebrate promotions, salary hikes, achievements that mark development and growth.
We celebrate historical milestones – sombre moments and joyous ones.
While in the big picture, my ‘event’ may be a minuscule, it is an event no less. Just like Sachin Tendulkar who slowly but surely hits that century in cricket. It can be excruciatingly painful for the cricket fan, but s/he knows it will come. Similarly, I have been slowly and steadily trudging along this blogging route and reached the goal post of 100! Phew!! Yes!!! Finally!!!!
It has certainly taken me a long time to get here 🙂
I have always maintained that I write because I want to. And I write from my heart. I do not romanticise too much, but I try to give info that might help the reader become a better traveller, not just someone who goes mechanically from one site to another. I feel you can better appreciate what you see if you have some background knowledge of a place. I try to take notes when we are with a tour guide, but that is not always possible. The tour guides can be a frustrating lot who do not know anything more than what they are taught to verbalise. I try to find more info, sometimes I get lucky and some other times it is not as easy. You therefore read what I learn after some digging around/chatting with the guide 🙂
For several years when we travelled (and even now) I have a todo list of things and places. The only difference is back then I would be happy seeing a new place, but now I try to read up and find out more and I also try to take better pictures 🙂 I do not own a professional camera, I take pictures on my phone camera. Honestly I find those SLRs and DSLRs (and what not) so heavy, I wonder how people carry them around! I do not photoshop and remove people and things out of a pic, neither do I add filters and whatever else people do to get more ‘likes’ on Instagram. At most I might crop a pic and straighten it 🙂 You see what I saw and not what I want you to see 🙂
Confession time – I do not have a big follower base for my blog. A majority of those few followers, follow with the hope that I will also follow them back 🙂 So, I truly am thankful to those of you who reach out from time to time to say a nice word or two.
I do not promote my blog anymore than posting on FB, Instagram and Twitter. But I do know that many of you read my posts 🙂 Can I request you to please follow my blog or at the very least give a thumbs up when you read a post? That little acknowledgement from you does wonders for me! Feel free to share my blog with your friends and family. And if you do not like what you read, please please please let me know. I am quite sure there is scope for improvement and I would like to hear from you.
What I write about is all personal travel, places I have been to with family or friends. No travel company or hotel chain sponsors my trip, well, not yet….Bloggers usually have this big ‘work with me’ tab on their homepage. I am still thinking whether to add that to my blog or not. But if you are reading this and like what I write, do get in touch using the CONTACT form at the top of my homepage. I will be happy to chat with you.
Wish me luck – I hope I can keep seeing new places and write about them….and I hope you will stick around to read what I write….Follow me on Instagram (bhat kirana), or Twitter (@kirana_bhat) I sometimes post tidbits from my travels there.