TRAVEL, WRITING

How Are Your Holidays, So Far?

Travel There:  A Special Year Ahead

We’ve been a lot of places together this year.  As the year began I was still telling you all about our wonderful adventures in Egypt.  I shared some advice about cruising and then went on a short cruise of our own.  In August I finally wrapped up the series on Egypt and moved on from our Cheapie Birthday Cruise to the wonderful surprise of our trip to Club Med Punta Cana.  Along the way, I returned to my Travel Bug Tales and took you along on a Caribbean holiday from my younger days.  We’ve also been walking down memory lane with photography and scrapbooking.  

Why Do I Do This?

There’s been a lot of blogging this year, but that hasn’t been all I’ve been up to.  I also began sharing posts from our Spot On Images blog and some memories about my parents’ home, which is on the market, but that’s just another way for me to let people know what I’m up to.  I really don’t spend all my time traveling and writing about traveling.

I say that, because from time to time folks quiz me about blogging.  They’ve heard there’s lot of money to be made in it and they’re wondering how I’m doing.  Well, if income is the goal, this blog is a complete flop.  I don’t make one red cent from it.  If I say nice things about a destination, then I mean them sincerely and because no one pays me, I can tell you honestly when things disappoint me.  If you click on a link, there is no pay-per-click arrangement.  I’m just sharing the information in case you’re interested in finding out more.  You won’t find an advertisement anywhere on my pages.  In fact, I pay a premium to have a site without ads.

Now, people do hire me to build websites for them and to blog for them.  When they do that, I make money, but I use the information they give me and write with their voice.  I’m fortunate almost all my clients have been people I can heartily endorse, so writing about them is a pleasure, but you’re not going to find me endorsing them here and making a buck off of it.  This blog is a labor of love.

My sweet husband thinks I’m nuts to spend so much time writing words for a few hundred people or so – especially when there is no monetary benefit to it.  He still doesn’t understand that even if no one was reading, I’d still be spending my time writing.  Like John Keats, I can say, “I should write from the mere yearning and fondness I have for the Beautiful even if my night’s labours should be burnt every morning and no eye ever shine upon them.”

Taking a Blogging Breath

I’m about to embark on the pleasure of sharing my most recent travels with you, but I’m saving it until after the first of the year.  We just got back from Cancun and I can’t wait to tell you about Chichen Itza.  Before the year is over, I’ll be heading to the southern part of Texas for some time with family and friends.  You’ll hear about that, too.  I’ll also be continuing the series on photos and scrapbooking.  Travel Bug Tales will return and we’ll go to… Well, someplace magical.  I’ll leave it at at that – but you’ve got other things on your mid right now.

The coming year is going to be very special, because Bill and I are celebrating a landmark anniversary – our 25th in May.  We have a humdinger of a trip lined up in June to mark this milestone event.  I’m bubbling over with excitement, but like the upcoming series for Travel Bug Tales, I’ll keep you in suspense a little while longer.

I’m taking this little break from traveling to remind you of all the places we have been together this year and to thank you for taking this journey with me.  A few of you actually leave a comment from time to time, but I also hear from so many of you through other communications that you are out there, taking my trips with me, sharing my memories and enjoying the ride.

Thank you so much.  You mean so much to me.  While I’d write, even without an audience, it’s so much more fun to write when I’ve got you on my mind.  As I shuffle through my memories I think, this friend will remember this adventure, that cousin will enjoy that series of mishaps and my blogging friend over in England will get a kick out of this.

Enjoy your holiday celebrations.  You’ll be busy and so will I.  I’ll see you right here next year!

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