Doing a year-end post has been something obligatory since I joined the bandwagon back in 2012 (2013: A Milestone Year for Stories of the Wandering Feet & Mind). Then before the year 2015 unfolded, I was eventually compelled to share some life-changing lessons (2014: A Year of Life Lessons). It feels good and comforting to look back and reflect on the things that happened to the blog and my life year after year.
Now that 2016 has started, I was again compelled to add another episode to the now series–before January ends.
Nothing feels better when the lessons you wrote down as simple reminders of your mistakes are affirmed. There is indeed a bigger world for opportunities out there; there are more people out there whom you can forge new connections with; and immersing in nature once in a while is still the best way to recharge the batteries.
On the one hand, the benefits of welcoming new people into your life far exceed being at your accommodations all the time. On the other hand, it is a must to do an immersion in nature every once in a while because it fuels the body and soul. Traveling in this day and age is a necessity.
Getting mentions from leading social media platforms such as a website, Facebook Page, Twitter (business’) & blogsite is something that will always make a blogger very proud. Thank you very much Expat Blog (for wielding my first ever interview), Piatto (for posting my food and restaurant review on your Facebook page), White Pebbles Beach Resort (for the blurbs and photo credits–from my travel blog post “Bagolatao Trilogy’s Part 1: Basking in the Natural Scenery“–on your Facebook page), Bicolandia Today (for including my article, “CamSur Watersports Complex and Its Eco-Village“, in one of your June 2015 issues) and Pixels for Four (for making my blog post “A Haven for Chocoholics: dip ‘n dip” as a reference to one of your food reviews)!
Every comment is a piece of another beautiful mind. I could not let the day passed without recognizing the new bloggers I met this year. When I say met, I meant I was able to forge new connections with–for real!
The waggish Aysa, of “aysabaw“. If you are looking for a decent diversion from the usual things you read, her blog is a very good one. She provides very poignant and humorous insights on her life through posts on music reflections and OFW life.
The witty Mabel of “Mabel Kwong (Asian Australian. Multiculturalism)“. The blog gives me a higher perspective of things about multiculturalism. It also inspires me to write better. One of the best things about the author is her ability to get back to her audience ruthlessly in a nice way. I have never seen a blogger in my circle who keeps track of every commenter and finds a way to respond no matter what. She was the one who taught me “never take for granted a comment on your blog post”.
The very strong mom, Boots, of “In the Wrong Boots“. Boot’s blog is about her lifestyle filled with constant traveling, eating well, shopping, and serious life stories about her transition from being a jetsetter to a stay-at-home mom.
The certified wanderer, Vinneve, of “Wanderlust: a new Chapter“. Vinneve is an “artist” and a traveler. She technically came from three different continents (Asia, Oceana, and Europe). She gives me that hunger to really set foot on countries in Europe or Oceana in the future.
The graphic artist, Jake, of “Jakesprinter’s inspirational quotes“. When you want some inspirational quotes, visit his blog. It is also loaded with animated and entertaining pictures, which are all created by him.
There used to be tons of bloggers frequenting the Stories of the Wandering Feet & Mind but I must admit, I lost my way back to them in the busyness of my schedule. Those were the times when I had to concentrate on bigger priorities. When I tried to reconnect with them, it was already too late. Nevertheless, our time was an interaction full of learning, and each of you is always welcome to drop by again. Rekindling the connection is more preferred though.
My new year’s resolution includes making sure that my blog is taken [extra] care of. I am so looking forward to more interactions, blog posts, and travel destinations.
4 Reasons You Should Write a Year-End “Best of” Blog Post (clearvoice.com)
My 7 Favorite Travel Blogs of 2015 (nomadicmatt.com)
Welcoming 2016 in Serenity (justholavida.com)