The first six months of travel impressions

Perelincolors is now half a year old and since the past six months have been filled with many firsts -first post, first reader, first everything- it is time for a short review.

My first reader and critic was of course Mr. Colors. It turns out that he also was my first follower; before he told me that he started following the blog, I did not even know that this option existed. I also did not know about that thing called tagging when I published my first post, and I did not realize that the piece in question was far too long.

My first post was about how we got to see this view. While the post has since been replaced by a series of shorter articles, this picture of Fishtail mountain is still part of them.

My first post was about how we got to see this view. While the post has since been replaced by a series of shorter articles, this picture of Fishtail mountain is still part of them.


That first post was about the Annapurna Base Camp trek. After only a month of blogging, I felt embarrassed enough about this first attempt that I replaced it by a series of shorter articles: Climbing more stairs than ever was rewarded with the first comment anyone ever left on this blog (at least if I don’t count the spam). It was only two words long but it made my day. The post was accompanied by an overview about accommodation on the trek and a packing list. Strangely enough, the packing list is the single most often viewed post on this blog.

The story of our trip to China, Tibet and Nepal is not complete yet - hang on to this blog in 2015 to see what else we have to tell.

The story of our trip to China, Tibet and Nepal is not complete yet – hang on to this blog in 2015 to see what else we have to tell.

The first mildly popular post I wrote was about Vietnamese food and came out in July, about a month after I started this blog. Why this post received more attention than others is still a mystery to me. Is it just because it is about food? I wrote two more posts about Vietnam, but neither of them turned out as popular – even though I think that they do have the nicer pictures.

A floating market on the Mekong, posted in an article that never received much attention.

A floating market on the Mekong, posted in an article that never received much attention.

Not being able to predict my reader’s response is a trend that has continued all the way through these first months of blogging. Why are my readers more interested in German breakfast than in Tibetan food and the beautiful Labrang monastery? And why are pictures from San Francisco more exciting than pictures from the South Pole?

September brought the biggest changes. I finally settled on the layout, ending my sleepless nights of worry about everything that just did not look right. The Daily Post‘s awesome Blogging101 course has helped a lot to improve that new look and feel. The course was also my first introduction to the blogging community, again something that I didn’t know existed only a few months ago. In September, I selected the first recommended article as a way to share what I enjoyed reading on other blogs. While I am very fond of this section in my sidebar, it has not received a lot of attention, and this roundup is a great opportunity to highlight that all the links are collected on this page.

October brought an early snowstorm to the Annapurna region and with it serious doubts about blogging to me. My packing list for the Annapurna Base Camp trek kept receiving the same, if not increased, amount of traffic from search engines after several people died in this area. I went back to the post, added warnings about the possibility of cold and snow and published my my first serious post.

At the end of October, I also made my first definite commitment to this blog: I announced my first regular feature and promised to get a little bit better at taking pictures each month. The first edition of this feature took me almost a week to write and was published in November. It was worth it however; the post received more feedback than any other before.

Encouraged and a little stupid in the head, I took the plunge and turned the feature into my first blogging event. The first post open for your submissions is up this month. It would be great to see others take out their cameras to use aperture priority and depth of field in a creative way – I am still looking for the first participants!

From the "Focus" edition of "Tech of the month": I realized only after I put out the announcement that writing these photography pieces was going to be a lot of work.

From the “Focus” edition of “Tech of the month”: I realized only after I put out the announcement that writing these photography pieces was going to be a lot of work.

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16 thoughts on “The first six months of travel impressions

  1. Sandi

    Very interesting to hear about your first six months: I had a similar experience of not knowing that there were other people who might comment or even follow you. Happy Half-birthday!

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    1. perelincolors

      Thank you! I read very few other blogs before I started and it was (and still is!) a whole new world to discover. Imagine that I didn’t really think of any interaction at all when I published my first post and now I am so happy about every comment I receive!

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      1. Sandi

        I had much the same experience: while I do value comments and likes now, I also notice when (as you mentioned in your post) a post that seems good to me somehow fails to attract readers. We must take the sour with the sweet, I suppose, in a community.

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  2. Hilary no tabi

    Wow! I didn’t know you were also at 6 months. It looks like you’ve had some great success. Congrats! I look forward to reading more of your pieces. I’m thinking about signing up for Blogging 101 next month for some help on points I’m still having trouble with. It’s also nice for the connections!

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      1. Hilary no tabi

        Thanks! I was thinking of doing a celebration blog post but haven’t got around to it yet. We’re doing some future planning this month and that’s taking priority. That and the tsunami posts that take a lot of energy, but in a good way – a healing way.

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  3. Sabina

    Congrats on your half-year milestone! I remember hitting my six months and being immensely proud (now I’m less than a month away from a year, so that’s exciting!). This post was really interesting–I love seeing other bloggers’ journeys, stats, reflections on their process, etc. Keep up the awesome work!

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    1. perelincolors

      Thank you! I am sure you’ll be pretty proud at a year too, won’t you? I enjoy reading other bloggers’ stories about blogging too, it’s a little bit like a look inside the kitchen of a favorite restaurant.

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