Blogging

A few months ago, as I was returning home from a trip to Melbourne, I was thinking about how much I enjoy traveling, photography, and blogging. I was thinking about how enjoyable it would be to combine them all into one activity, and actually earn some money doing something I really enjoy.

I thought about how awesome it would be to have a 4WD and go traveling to those out-of-the-way places that most people never see, and take photos of the things that most people never take photos of.

I visualized myself sitting by the 4WD as the sun was setting, watching the colours change across the ruggedly beautiful landscape, and taking photos of it all. It was a wonderful feeling to imagine this as my reality, and I felt that I would love it if it WAS my reality.

Since then I’ve explored some ideas about travel and photography and blogging, but they’ve all been in my head, with nothing actually written down, and no firm plans or actions put into motion.

But then today I received my 2nd award since 2009 for the best travel blog of Australia and New Zealand. Considering that I haven’t even been focusing my blog on travel, to win an award for it is just amazing.

But it’s also helped me realize that I really should move forward with making this blog more about travel, because that’s what it wins awards for! Obviously I’ll have to do more traveling, and focus my blog posts on my experiences and the photos that I’ll be taking. But it also means I should consider getting that 4WD…

There have been other signs that I’ve been doing the wrong thing for my future…

Over the past 3-4 years I’ve received a hefty number of demerit points on my drivers license from going too fast. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting frustrated about why the fast lanes in traffic have immediately become the slow lanes as soon as I changed lanes into them, and when I change lanes again into the fast lane it immediately becomes slow again.

When this happened to me again in Melbourne today, I realized the universe is telling me something. I nodded, thanked the universe, and said “Ok, I get it.”

I’m going too fast, and I need to slow down, but since it’s all about my car and my travel with it, I think I’m in the wrong car for the direction my life needs to go.

So I’m going to explore changing my car and getting that 4WD that’s been on my mind. I feel like it will be a catalyst leading into an entirely new life, one that will bring me a lot more fulfillment.

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Tripbase Awards Badge

Back in 2009 I won an award for 6th best blog about life and travel in Australia and New Zealand. I’ve just been notified that I’ve won it again for 2011.  That’s pretty cool.

Thank you Tripbase!

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Time to clean house

11 February 2011

There are 1,174 posts on this site, along with 1,288 approved comments (not to mention the 11,000 spam comments….). I’ve decided to clean it all up. There’s over 12 years worth of blogging here, with an average of almost 100 posts per year over that time (or almost 2 posts per week, every week, for […]

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I’m back on my blog

5 January 2011

As some of you might have known, I moved across to try out Tumblr for a while, seeing how that worked for me. But it didn’t work out very well at all. The things I wanted to do with it, I didn’t really do very much of. So I’ve decided to give that up as […]

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Social Media additions

7 May 2009

If you read my blog posts via RSS reader, or get them sent to you by email, you might not notice what’s happening on my blog.  Go on, have a look. I’ve added a small graphic to the top right of every post, underneath the comments icon.  It says ‘Retweet’, and allows you to do […]

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Another new look

28 January 2009

I’ve changed the theme on this website to something that feels a lot better.  I actually tried using this last year, but didn’t have the time or the patience to configure it properly at the time, so I ignored it.  But last night I finished configuring it how I want, and I’m happy with it. […]

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Internet Archive

19 January 2009

I just found this today, the Internet Archive WayBackMachine.  What’s really cool is that one of my sites is there from over a decade ago. Eyes On The World used to be my conspiracy website, reporting on news and ‘stuff’ that mainstream media didn’t want to touch.  I ran it from 1996 through to 2001.  […]

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The changing nature of life and blogging

8 December 2008

I’ve been pondering the changing nature of my life and blogging, and I’m finding that it’s too ‘difficult’ to find the time for writing long-ish posts or articles about the things I used to write about. Technology today is moving everyone to communicating with text-messages or short status messages on various social media tools like […]

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New email address

9 October 2008

If you wish to contact me about anything to do with this website and content, you can contact me via my new email address: alan@alanzeyes.com Thanks to Google Apps, I've associated Gmail with my domain, so that you send to my domain email instead of Gmail. 

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Future plans

18 September 2008

Yeh, I know, I haven't written anything for a couple of weeks.  I've been spending a lot of time and energy on finishing up my work and looking for another contract to move on to.  I haven't got anything yet, but I'm enjoying the free time I have right now.  It'll end soon, when I […]

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