So, you are a travel blogger?

“Erh…No, I am not.”

But you write about travel on your blog, right?

“Erh…Yes..”

Then you are a blogger!

“OK. You win.”


 

Up to now, I am still trying to convince myself that I am considered as a so-called blogger. But seriously, I still can’t fully accept that fact yet. For me, to be a travel blogger, it requires many skills and not as easy as some people think. Agree? Writing, storytelling and also some basic photography are the minimum skills a blogger should have. And I don’t think I am up to be one yet.

When I started to post my first story online in year 2010, it was just a rambling about life. Curious? Read this Resolution for Year 2010. But well, the site was abandoned after two posts – ONLY. oops…! At that point of time, as a Graphic Designer, I only ever heard of web, web designer, and copywriter. I was not familiar with the terms of blog, blogging, and blogger. I still remember I found people used blogging platform to sell stuffs more than for writing purpose – that’s including me. And I thought blogger was just the way we address the platform users.

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Chinatown in New York City

It was then in year 2011, I started to have more chances for traveling. Then looking at my DSLR camera which has been covered by dust since I got it as a Christmas present from my eldest sister one year back, I felt guilty for not making good use of it. So, I decided to write again. I started with few posts which only showing few photos with very few words. Who will read it? I didn’t really care. At that time, I wrote all those posts for my sake of keeping memories, in other words, as an online journal or diary.

As time passed, the more I traveled, the more things I wanted to write about. And guess what, my writing orientation has gradually changed since then. I become more aware of the fun in keeping all those memories and sharing it with others at the same time. Especially when I know that my friends and some people who come across my blog enjoy reading it and find the information useful.

Bebek Bengil at Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Bebek Bengil at Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Without I realize, it’s been more than a year since I am actively back to write and I don’t want to stop here. I want to improve further in my travel writing and storytelling skill. I want to improve my English as well so I can share my stories in more interesting way. My learning journey is still a long way to go.

I thought of getting involved in a community might help. So I google and I found out this website, Travel Blogger Indonesia, where Indonesian bloggers gathered. I know there is one similar community in Singapore but I don’t know there is such community in Indonesia. I was excited! I learnt much from Singapore and other countries bloggers, and I am sure that I will learn something from Indonesian bloggers, too. No matter what, my root is still Indonesian. Ha! :p

First visit to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

I hope this will be a good beginning of my writing journey – to be involved in communities where we can learn and support each other.

Writer, Blogger or Journalist – how they call me, it doesn’t really matter.

That my stories can inspire someone today, narh, that matters most. ;)

Are you a Travel Blogger, too? Or do you own your own blog and what topic do you write about most? Share your thoughts in the comments.