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Not A Travel Blog Anymore

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Happy New Year you guys!

First post in 2016. This is the 9th year I have been (unofficially and inconsistently) blogging. Before I type this post, I asked myself, again, do I really want to do this for another year, to tie the final bow to a decade long blogging life? Do I really love writing that much? Really? Don’t I prefer to turn the volume up on the now muted Criminal Minds and try to solve the case together with Penelope instead? The answer was yes and no.

Yes, I like having this active hobby. Like I am creating something; or making magic, to borrow from Elizabeth Gilbert, instead of reliving TV dramas in my mind during mindless social times. I have a dream to one day make a book out of this blog and maybe read it to my offspring so they know that I was a cool blogger once. Or at least I thought I was one.

At the same time, no, I can’t even think about writing another 10 best cities in South East Asia nor 4 best coffee shops in Bali type of posts. I have done it and I have lost interest in it.

I don’t want to maintain an informative travel blog anymore. Instead, I want Foreign Geek to be a personal travel blog, emphasize on personal, not a travel blog.

I have a habit of listening to podcasts while taking morning shower. There was this one session that discussed about having a niche for your niche blog. Let me repeat that for you, a niche for your niche. And I have been thinking about it that whole day. What could be mine: “An ex expatriate travel blogger”, “Japanese lover Indonesian born Indian travel blog”, “No new country for more than a year travel blogger”? And then I thought F this. The niche of the niche of the niche blog of mine is going to be moi! Isn’t that why we keep a blog in the beginning of time? I mean when it’s still considered geeky to blog, it was all about us, to document our “ordinary” lives and thoughts which we manage to write in such a way that it felt 10 times better.


So yeah, do kindly expect (<—I have been doing a lot of business writing this week, hard to shake it off) all sorts of things written here in 2016. From neighbors watch to my new mekkah, DYMOCKS, the bookstore. Some old topics are here to stay like my obsession about Japan and airplane food review.

I do hope you stay subscribed. I want us to have come-for-the-tale-stay-for-the-crazy kinda bond.

I wrote above post yesterday, but I wasn’t sure about hitting the publish button, because what if this is just me having my moment and I should just keep it to myself. Then I read Tihana’s and Aish’s posts. Suddenly, I felt like I am no longer alone on this boat. Phew!! Reading it also reminded me why I like blogging, because I get to virtually meet and hang out with like/awesome minded people. Thank you for reading. Stay awesome.

How about you, what do you want to write the most about in 2016?

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  • Haha, when I saw the title of your post, I was like whaaaat, because as you noted I also wrote a similar one – thanks for the shout-out! Of course I’ll stay subscribed, because more often than not when I read someone for a while I either like them and their voice or I just don’t. It’s not really about how many places they’ve been to and how magnificent photos they can take, but about whether or not I like it and can relate. So yeah, that answers it 🙂

    Looking forward to 2016 on your blog 🙂

    Tihana // Wandering Polka Dot

    • Foreign Geek

      Thank you very much for the kind words Tihana. I am glad we found each other in the blogosphere. I look forward to read your blog as well. Let’s be awesome bloggers in 2016 🙂

      • Definitely!! ;)) And I’m glad too :))

  • Rachael Brennan

    I think this is a great post, and honestly, I think a lot of blogs that are dedicated to their niche are just boring. I would much rather read a personal travel blog than a plain old travel blog. Keep it up!

    • Foreign Geek

      But now, the question is, what to write 😀 Hahahaha.. Thank you for your supportive words Rachael 🙂

  • Haha at first I thought you were going to call it quits for good! But I completely agree–those travel posts although easy to write are completely boring for me as a writer. I’m also shifting into a more personal/essay style and am interested to see what happens 🙂

    • Foreign Geek

      I am glad that I have one more blogger friend who share the same thoughts. More (personal) power for us!

  • YAY! I’m excited for this change! I hope to get more insight into YOU! x

    • Foreign Geek

      Thanks Charlotte and yes you will!

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