Wednesday, 13 August 2014

How Has My Blog Changed Me – Celebrating Two years!

The journey started two years back --- I started penning a blog that barely expressed what the voyager in me wanted to say. But, as the time passed by, many stories, adventures and perspectives unfolded. I gradually began to develop a better voice for my thoughts. Seriously, writing a travel blog has been the most liberating experience of my life so far. I get to blend my passions and create something beautiful and inspiring. Although writing and photography have been my passions for quite a long time, putting them on my blog was a step forward.


Travel can be a cakewalk, but travelling like a travel blogger, photographer and a writer is a challenge. I goof-up so many times. I’m still learning from my mistakes. Sometimes, I regret not taking more photographs, not being patient enough for a shot, or maybe not noting down every bit of information. But, I know that as I continue to travel, I will be a better traveller, photographer and a writer.


When I started this blog, I only had my travel photographs to inspire me. I had a vague idea about my mission as a travel blogger. I just got excited with the thought that I had so many beautiful travel photographs and it would be fun putting them on the blog with short write-ups around them. But, I was hesitant about sharing them with anybody. Although I wanted to showcase my photography, I was still unsure about making my blog public. I was totally oblivious about the term ‘social media’. The bug hadn’t bitten yet. 

   
There was an urge to be known as a travel writer too, but I was totally clueless about its nitty-gritties. I did pitch to a lot of travel editors in hope of getting a chance to write for a travel magazine, but it’s not an easy ballgame. Besides, I didn’t know the right way to pitch. Then I decided to make this blog a portfolio of my travel stories, which would represent me as a travel writer.


Coming back to social media, I’d say that I was completely naïve. I absolutely had no idea about how to go about spreading the word about my blog. I didn’t even know that you are supposed to have a fanpage on Facebook, a twitter account or a pinterest board. It took me around three to four months to come to terms with these things. I googled a lot, read a lot and followed all the tips and advice by other big travel bloggers.


Now, when two years have passed, I realize I have explored a different side of me. From being a shy person to a person who inspires so many strangers to travel, I have come a long way. I communicate with so many people across the world through my blog, email and social media. Also, I have done quite a few guest posts and interviews for other bloggers who belong to different parts of the world.


I would like you to read my GUEST POSTS on two of my favourite travel blogs --


And my INTERVIEWS with –

Emily Moyer on Let’s Roam Wild
Flights and Frustration on Travel Blogger Interviews
Michela Fantinel on Solo Travel Junkie
Swati Ramnath on Wego India


Something that gained precedence on this blog on its own was SOLO TRAVEL. My blog is one of the most visited blogs for solo travel in India. Perhaps that’s how I got to be on Indiauntravelled as one of the seven female solo travellers in India.

Here are some of my favourite posts on SOLO TRAVEL ---


My favourite PHOTO ESSAYS ---


My favourite EXPERIENTIAL POSTS ---


POSTS THAT DID REALLY WELL ---


So, that was a summary of Voyager For Life so far. But, it has a long, long way to go. I promise my readers that this blog is going to have even better travelogues, more inspiration, entertainment and information for you in the days to come. So, keep an eye on it!

Have you landed on this blog for the first time or have you been following it for quite a while? What do you like about this blog? What would you like to change on this blog? Please drop your comments!

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33 comments:

  1. Congrats on completing 2 years of blogging!

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    1. Thanks Avada! :) I thank you too for supporting me!

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  2. can completely relate to your blog and your journey, my blog is also turning 2 next month and you have fantastic blog and stunning images to inspire ....Congratulations on completing 2, wishing you many more years of travels and success :)

    and was unable to comment on so many other posts which i wanted to due to the limited option in comments dropdown list, thanks for changing that :)

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    1. I'm glad you were able to drop a comment without a hassle. And I congratulate you too, for touching two years in your blogging career! Isn't it an amazing feeling?! :) Thanks a lot for your support!

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  3. Hats off to you Renuka. You did a fantastic job. Many congratulations for completing two years in blogging and best wishes for all the coming days ahead :)

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    1. Thanks Alok :) I thank you too, for your support!

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  4. Congrats on two years! There are a surprising amount of Indian girls blogging about travel here, and your blog is BY FAR my favorite blog about India. Perfect parts travel tips & stories, plus a little background.. I always learn something about India from you. Some other site by Indian bloggers I feel like I don't understand what they're saying because the history is something I haven't learned, but you take into account people outside India are reading and make it easier for us to understand!!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I'm so glad to hear that! It's the kindest complement that I have received. :) I hope to bring the best of India on my blog- not just because it's my country, but because it's really fascinating and full of beauty.

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  5. Cheers to your blog & your life..!!
    Every time I visit, your photos & posts reflect the positivity that you are living a life of your dreams..!! :)
    Congrats & keep inspiring..!!

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    1. Thanks Pratik! That is very kind of you!

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  6. Congratulations, Renuka! Am sure this is a wonderful start to a long travel filled life ahead. Go Voyager!

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    1. Thanks Niranjan! You are one of those people who have supported me right from the start. I thank you a lot!

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  7. Congratulations Renuka, your blog has awakened the sleeping traveller in me. I eagerly wait for your every post. Although, I may not post comment on all of them but I stay in complete awe with your posts. They virtually take me to the places you traveled. So, keep travelling and keep penning down ur travel stories.

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    1. Thanks Anushakti :) What should I say... I am at loss of words... I just want to keep saying Thank you and thank you a lot!

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  8. Congratulation Renuka and best wishes from mine side on 2nd Anniversary of #Voyageroflife.

    Looking Forward!

    Regards,
    Vindan Khatri

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    1. Thanks Vinddan for your wishes! By the way it's voyager for life, not 'of'. :)

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  9. Many congratulations Renuka. It has been great following your journey so far and I wish every continued success.

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    1. Thank you so much! Your support has been great!

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  10. heartiest congratulations .. and here's wishing many many more yearsssssssssssssss of celebrations to come ..

    its always been great coming over and reading what you write .. thank you for sharing so much with us .. All the best always

    Bikram's

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    1. Thanks Bikram for your support! :)

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  11. Congrats on your blogiversary! I'm a first time reader, having stumbled across you through a comment left on thatbackpacker.com. :)

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, Katrina! :) Welcome!

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  12. Congratulations!! Happy anniversary!! Keep it up, I love reading your work!

    And reading your post, I totally know what you mean about making it public - I was sooooo hesitant about putting my personal work out there, but since I started I haven't looked back!

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    1. Thanks Tim :) I appreciate your support and encouragement. Yeah, once the blogging bug bites, there is no looking back!

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  13. What a milestone, Renuka! Congratulations and please promise me you will never give up blogging and travelling. You inspire me to stay on the road each day and I'm impressed by your writing and photography skills. You've visited such amazing places for the last 2 years and I hope you can explore more and more in upcoming years! All the best sweetheart!! x

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    1. Thanks a ton, Agness! :) I'll never give up blogging and travelling. They are my lifeline! I'm humbled to hear such kind words from you, who's a great blogger herself. Thank you again!

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  14. Congratulations on two years! It's really exciting to read how far you've come from being a novice to now having such an inspirational blog! I relatively new to your site but I love it. I really enjoy reading about your solo adventures. Also, India has always been a country that has fascinated me. I haven't traveled there yet, but blogs like yours make me really want to book a plane ticket!

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    1. Thank you, Justine! :) I'm so glad to hear that you find my blog inspiring and you would like to visit India. Please do let me know if you plan a visit here. :)

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  15. Congratulations for two years anniversary! you have kind of also inspired me now to start blogging :)

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    1. Yes, why not?! Travel blogging is a learning experience. I think every traveler should blog in some way.

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  16. This is fantastic way to celebrate the two years of blog changed them.

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