Do we blog to share or collect followers and likes?

Lately Suan and I had been scouring the wordpress reader to trawl through literally hundreds of posts that are shared by bloggers around the world. Using the search engine and a few tags to attempt some sifting, it was still a challenge as new posts keep popping up every minute or so.

When we started this blog, we intended it as a staging ground to share our writings and thoughts. If you had read our about us section, you’d know that we had been writing since the late 90s but had mostly kept it private. While we do not consider ourselves travelers (as defined today by some), we say it (traveling) matters to us.

Travel Bloggers
This one we lifted from the web…

For a time as we built content transcribing our offline material online (tougher than we expected), we were happy just leaving the posts there. If anyone cared, they’d read or liked it. Otherwise, life goes on. Like most folks our day jobs sometimes keep us up – burning the midnight oil (aka doing the graveyard shift) as they say here in this part of the world.

And then there is the ‘mundane’ stuff around the home. Busy lives, such as washing the toilet, clearing clutter at home, preparing meals…heheh…sounds familiar?

Then, when much (perhaps 40% at this point) of the offline content were transcribed we took a break from writing. You know the posts can be scheduled right? So honestly we had posts strung out on a schedule 3 months out!

Crickets’ are calling in the background. Did you hear that?

At one stage it felt like we had to go out there and draw in followers to read us and even to like our posts. Because suddenly it dawned upon us reading wordy posts may NOT be the ‘want’ of the audience. And the sheer number of posts that come online every minute does not help…

Blame it on mobile devices, folks today scroll with their fingers rather than flip pages. So it is scanning the headlines, peeking at the picture(s) and click a “like”. Read a long post like this one? Forget about it! Are you still reading this? We wrote recently about why we blog.

So are we just collecting followers and likes or are we seeking someone to really read and enjoy our literary work? Or should this whole blogging thing be about conversations with folks from around the world that you’ll probably never meet in person? What do you think?

Special Edition: Seoul & Busan!

You know the thing about being in the right place at the right time? Our recently concluded journey to Korea began with the rain. Then as soon as it began it was over and was replaced with the cold (0-1°C) though with beautiful skies.

One of the things we wanted to check off on this occasion is to see a Hanok village in Seoul. Having read so much about it from a host of blogging and travel sites we felt we need to add a cent or two here…


So off we took the train and alighted at Chungmuro station. We were seeking for Namsangol Hanok village, a free museum of houses from the Joeseon era transplanted to this site for the enjoyment of all and as heritage reminder for the Koreans, since much of the city has been transformed beyond belief from what the forebears just 100 years ago lived in!

When we got out of the nearest exit (no. 4 we recalled), we saw the signage and proceeded to walk to where we thought it would be. There appeared a nice vintage house and many folks were there. So we thought – hey if the crowd’s there…

In we walked into the traditional Korean house (remember this name). The house was that of an old gentrified family with rock gardens etc. So we strolled around, oblivious to the other “visitors” who seemed rather well dressed in suits and tie (men) and formal dress (ladies, some in Hanbok traditional costumes). And right in the yard was seating arranged nicely. The cultural performers did their part and there were lots of applause…

Hang on a sec! This ain’t no normal cultural event! It was actually a real wedding, and we had stumbled into the Korea House, a restaurant/events venue…lol. The rest, as they say – is history and you will find out more in our journalog. Meanwhile, enjoy the Korean dance and ‘band’…


PS: no we did not stay on for lunch. Could have fooled the hosts LOL…

Ancient Khmer wonders

Remember Lara Croft? Some of us would have played the game years ago.

Ever wondered how it actually feels like to walk the exotic monuments that Lara abseiled and vaulted through in the tomb raider movie of 2001. Continue read here.