The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life
Is a Travel Journal a bunch of good stories? Recently I learned a few more ways to make money from my Travel Journal.

This has caused a dilemma for me; I now have two paths in the road.

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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I did this Story about the Fake Monks as a test, it was not a Blog post, and it was a Travel Article. It was not made in 15 minutes, it was researched, and I tried to choose my words for a premeditated reason. I suppose this is the operative, I made an effort to choose my words, I tried to remove my convoluted way of thinking and dumb it down, I remove most of the real me out of the post.

I was writing the other day that the word Travel Journal is the wrong words; they should call it Travel Articles. I am 100 percent sure; the vast majorities of casual readers would rather have Travel Articles than me using this Travel Journal as my Web Log or my Diary.

However, I realize to from a Travel Diary point of view, I must turn the comments off to enjoy the cathartic process of writing a journal or diary. The comments are annoying, they do not make me happy, however valuable if I want to make money.

Well, shall I continue to blab away about what I think and feel or should I start to write Travel Articles? I suppose it possible to make two Travel Journals, one for Travel Articles, and another for me. I have always said and admitted, I have a Travel site, I make web pages to make money so I can afford to travel.

I have many readers who write personal emails to me, they are real, authentic and helpful, these are people who want to be my friend. Yes, maybe about 25 percent of comments are from people who wish to be my friend, the majority have some weird agenda, some social media thing I do not wish to avoid and skip in this life. Friendship is valuable to me, and inside a social network would be the last place I go looking for a friend.

To say the least, I am not happy with the world of Travel Journal readers; I do not think they want to hear the unedited truth about real travel life, the story of my life.

The Story of My Life


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Dear Andy,
All of your comments are wonderful and your the greatest thing since canned peachs. We love you and would never want to upset you. We all know you are very handsome since your pic is on the web. Please be happy!!!! Please turn these comments off since it also drives us crazy knowing we upset you.

Your number 1 fan. :-)

Please don't become one of the crowd.

hi andy,
i think u have a interesting blog, and enjoy both ur diary and articles. so why not do both in the same blog? that way u can write an article which requires more effort and time whenever u feel like it, rather than have to do it to post regularly. also why dont u link ur new website to this blog? I think it is a good idea that website, i hope those private people who want to offer a room in their own flat or house might be tempted to join in. a lot of us travellers would prefer to live in private housing with people who live there. and if each person who offers his house or flat for visitors can say something about themselves, hobbies, lifestyle, etc they might find kindred spirits who would prefer to stay with them rather than in a inpersonal hotel or guest house.

I say travel articles over travel diary. No reason to put a diary up on the web.

trust me, it's gonna get better. lol, at least you got SOME travel stories.
i realy enjoy reading your blog. I t made me smile and i'm glad i found it. Keep write'n!!!

Travel Articles or Diary, one is a job, the other is my personal journey. I am trying to decide if I want or need a job.

Anonymous said...

Dear Andy,
All of your comments are wonderful and your the greatest thing since canned peachs.

Yummy canned peaches. > not peachs.

Hello Andy,

I also say that it would be interesting to do both on the same blog. But I think that it would be helpful if you had a special "travel articles" index page that you could link the articles and time-consuming posts from. Then readers could browse the travel articles index when they feel like reading something a little more researched.

I do something similar here Vagabond Journey Travel Articles (ignore the corny bio information . . . I use this page for other purposes as well.)

But, to reinstate what I wrote to you earlier, I think that you have a real unique writing style that could be really amazing if you were to cultivated it further.

I say that if you enjoy the work, put the time into it. If not, we will continue reading your more spontaneously composed posts.

Walk Slow,


Yes, Andy! There are people who want to hear the unedited truth about travel life. There are folks who want to hear an authentic, original and sincere voice.

So much of the heart of your value to your readers is that you are true to yourself and not a sell-out. This is part of your unique place in the world. Keep on keeping it real.

As the lady said to you, "You are the only Andy!" = )

Merry Christmas 2010

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