Last year I followed a few blogs that participated in the yearly April A to Z Challenge. What is this you ask? It is a challenge to post a new blog entry every day in April (except Sunday) corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. It sounded like a fun challenge and a good way to get back into writing on a daily basis.
There are almost 1500 bloggers participating in this challenge with blogs of all types. Head over to the A to Z Challenge blog to check out other blogs participating or to sign up if you are so inspired.
I have decided to do this challenge for several reasons.
One, I wanted to find a way to post more often. I get stagnant and frozen at times because I have so much I want to write about that I don’t know where to begin. I thought this would be a great way for me to start getting some of my thoughts out on paper, but in a short format that I can build upon later.
Two, I have SO many travel stories and memories that I will never have the time to write about properly on this blog. I thought this would be a good way to open the door to some of the places I have been. And maybe, just maybe someone will read about a place they never knew of or see a photo and be inspired to check it out themselves someday.
Three, I thrive under pressure and with a challenge.
So…starting April 1st I will write a post on my blog corresponding to the letter A, April 2nd will start with the letter B, etc. To make it easier on myself, I have come up with the theme Travel Memories. It has been so fun to search the archives of my mind and relive my travels through memories and photos. Some of the places I have written about I haven’t thought about in more than a decade!
The posts I am writing are not long posts. For me, they feel a bit indulgent at times since I usually prefer to write more informative posts. These are not posts that tell you the logistics of how to go somewhere or the history of a place. These posts are random tidbits from my mind. Sometimes I will write a specific story. Sometimes it is a few lines about the awesomeness I felt when I was in a specific place. I have no format for this, other than sharing a place or time that is special to me.
Through this exercise so far I have come to one conclusion. I am so lucky to have had an amazing life of travel so far. In the past 15 years, I have traveled (except the year I left India) to at least one new country every year. I have seen places many people have never even heard about. I hope I have many more years to come in my traveling life. It is so much a part of my being now that I don’t know how I would manage without it.
I hope you enjoy sharing this journey with me.