I was reminded by WordPress that it has been three years since I launched my blog/site! Certainly a milestone marking a phenomenal amount of change. Truly, sometimes we don’t realize how far we’ve come until we take a look over our shoulder. And looking back makes looking forward very, very exciting!
Three years ago, my original plan was to get a blog up and running in time to write about my upcoming month long trip to Italy. I planned to write a different travel blog filled with practical tips based on my personal philosophy, travel experiences, and laced with my own sense of humor. I managed to get a new iPhone (retiring my outdated flip phone), got my domain and blog site published and launched, and learned enough to be able to write and blog from Italy.
So, I officially became a “blogger”. Then, after that Italy trip when my first article was published on Italian Notebook, I officially became a “writer”. Slowly but surely branching out on social media, I concentrated on writing more interesting content and building a following of sorts (efforts which never end, by the way).
Starting and writing, not to mention maintaining, a blog is not only a huge learning curve but it requires commitment. My right and left brain were constantly being challenged and on overdrive (and still are most of the time). Learning how to navigate WordPress and blog lingo (e.g., plug-ins, widgets, SEO’s, and sidebars) and constantly seeking ways to improve my site (even leaping into affiliate marketing which turned out to be a huge waste of time) could be frustrating and confusing. But I persevered, researched and studied other travel blogs (the good, the bad, the exceptional, and the forgettable!). And all the while, I was learning!
The biggest breakthrough and rewards came when I started to “meet”, connect and interact with a wonderful community of fabulous and supportive bloggers, subscribers, followers, travel partners and professionals, Italophiles, et al, which has become a very close knit virtual community of friends – friends that I NEVER would’ve met otherwise. We’ve “chatted”, shared, supported, encouraged, advised and inspired each other. Some of us have met in person and, now, many of us are making plans to meet and literally connect. (I’ll be sharing about those wonderful connections in future posts.)
All of the focus and hard work culminated this past year when I changed my domain name to PostcardZ from Victoria, my “brand” came together, I focused on my Italy travels, and became a tour leader. The icing on the cake? Realizing a lifetime dream; I published my first book of Italy travel tips. Wow!
Would I/could I have predicted all of this three years ago? Maybe in my heart of hearts, some of it crossed my mind in moments of wishful thinking but I never could have predicted all that has unfolded.
Sharing my passions with YOU is a big part of my journey! So, stay tuned and let’s stay in touch. Who knows where the path will lead us next?
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