Being an electrical engineer and mastering marketing, you must think, Why have I started a Travel Blog? Don’t we know what’s coming for us? We can’t see our future; only God knows it. Hence we have to follow our Passion and gut feeling, which I did.
How did I end up in Seattle?
In 2013 I moved to the States, which changed my life. New country, new culture, and a sort of new language. I know English is not a new language, but where I grew up, we have a different native language and don’t use English in our routine communication, and our accents are also different. I won’t lie to you, I found it a little bit difficult to understand initially, but then I got used to it.
In the United States, Seattle was my very 1st destination. Seattle is so beautiful; I fall in love with it within 2nd day of my stay. Why on the second day? My flight landed in the afternoon at around 1 pm, and it took about 1 hour to clear the immigration and collect my luggage. By the time we reached home, it was around 3:30 pm. My husband had already rented the apartment, so I had a home, but he didn’t set up the kitchen. I had jet lag, so my mind was absent from all the conversation, and I didn’t remember what he was talking about. We decided to take a rest as it was a long journey.
On the 2nd day, he took me to see Seattle downtown and Pike Place Market, and I fell in love with the City. I was in jet lag, and you could tell from my eyes that I was sleepy. The Seattle downtown is charming, and if you haven’t been there, then I think you should plan your next trip to Seattle.
Use the Meetup platform to make friends.
So the initial 3-4 months were like a honeymoon period, and I started exploring the City and the Culture. But still, everything has a saturation point, so it does. One of the most incredible things I found out is Meetup groups. One day I was searching on the Internet, I found out about the Meetup group, which meets twice a week in a nearby shopping mall. I decided to join that Meetup and see how it worked out. I told my husband that I was going to meet up at 11 pm, so you called me at 12 to check out on me because I was scared. The lady who runs this Meetup is so lovely and helpful.
This Meetup taught me about volunteer opportunities in nearby areas and free classes provided by different NGOs. I joined Volunteermatch.com and explored volunteer opportunities in my room. After all this, I still wanted to do something productive, an activity I love to do which can improve my skills.
Why have I started a Travel Blog?
One day I was sitting by the window and watching the rain. The rainfall reminds my old time, and at that moment I remember, I always wanted to create a website on the subject of my Passion. I wanted to make my travel journal and record all the places I have been and all the good/bad experiences I travel. But between study and Job, I never got enough time to sit and explore how I could create a website. And didn’t have enough time to write as well? So I was finally able to fulfill both wishes.
Finally, I got my goal and had plenty of time to reach this goal. I didn’t want to spend money then, so I started googling how to create a free website. And hundreds of websites and forums popped up. I have started reading forums and reviewing pricing plans of Weebly, Wix, WordPress, Blogger, etc. Although they mention “Free,” I always worry about the “*” mark displayed somewhere in the corner. I finally picked blogger.com and asked my husband to review it and find out it is free. After checking out everything, I decided to create my blog at blogger.com.
Why am I mentioning the word “Passion”? I am not a professional writer. So staying motivated to write the blog post is very important. If I create a blog out of interest, I might not get an idea of what to write and how to write. So better to choose a subject that interests you.
For the next part, I will share a step-by-step guide on setting up a blog.