Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Welcome, my loyal reader(s)

EJL: Around The World and Back Again has officially relocated. To here. Welcome to my new home. I am so glad you have found me.

Some of you (read: very, very few of you – mom, best friend, possibly grandma) may know me from my now 1-year-old blog housed elsewhere. This blog started out as something of a casual experiment, a lazy way for me to share with friends and family back home (read: mom, best friend, possibly grandma) the tales, adventures and photos of one long, hot and sweaty summer spent working at the long, hot and sweaty 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

I never intended to make anything more of my entries, but I did leave the site open for public view and was surprised by the comments and feedback received from total strangers. At the same time, I couldn’t help but notice – confirmed and encouraged by, whom else, my folks – that I was beginning to develop a travel writing “voice” of my own.

So for the past year, based on this blogging experiment and rather biased opinions from the two people who birthed me, I have begun to daydream about the idea of becoming that elusive yet ubiquitous type of road warrior: The Travel Writer, that unsung hero who crafts the gorgeous words found inside my numerous travel guides, my bibles. I have marveled at the notion that I could actually get paid for doing the two things I love most: traveling and writing. Yeah I know, not paid very well… but paid.

One year is certainly long enough for daydreams, and I have decided that it’s time to take action. Time to take some risks, throw out a first pitch, and see if I have what it takes to make it as a writer. Foolishly perhaps, I have set a goal of getting something – anything – published by year’s end.

I had better get to work.

In the meantime, I will continue to hit the road and share my tales and adventures with you, my loyal reader(s). And as long as that damn pig flu doesn't slow me down, I will share all the mishaps, madness and mayhem here, at blogspot - which I believe to be a friendlier, easier-on-the-eyes format. I hope you agree.

I am thrilled you have found me here. And now that you have arrived, I invite you to sit back, make yourself comfortable, and take part in the adventures brought to you by me, one rather aimless yet adventure-hungry road warrior.

I hope you enjoy the ride.

PS: Feedback, comments, criticism kindly requested and greatly appreciated.

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