I’m back. After a long unexplained absence, I am back to blogging.
I understand that an active blog site requires dedication and ongoing resources for content. Most successful bloggers commit to a set time schedule for posting. This ranges from multiple daily posts to weekly/biweekly posts. For several years, I posted at least once a week and oftentimes several times a week. Since my audience is multitiered, I attempted to reach out to travelers, educators/parents, my generation of empty nesters, and anyone who enjoyed an occasional opinion or observation. With numerous sources for writing material, I rarely struggled to find a topic. Over time, my audience grew.
Health issues, family commitments, and travel occasionally interrupted my schedule. Writing weeks in advance of posting dates, helped eliminate gaps in posting. However, months of unexpected illness followed by an extended trip overseas with limited internet access and then extreme jet lag has left me feeling far removed from this website. Disappointingly, my dedication to posting on a regular basis has fallen short of my expectations. My regular audience has dwindled. Over time, I hope to regain your readership and expand my followers.
Now that I have the time and energy to blog, I am looking forward to writing again. I cannot wait to share what I learned while visiting, Hong Kong; Kaoshiung, Keelung, and Taipei, Taiwan; Nagasaki, Japan; Busan, Jeju Islands, Incheon, and Seoul, South Korea; and Tianjin, Beijing, and Shanghai, China. My recent adventures increased my understanding of Asian culture and history.
Igniting one’s senses via travel increases one’s appreciation of life. Thankfully, I can call upon all of my faculties to guide me through unfamiliar territory. Occasionally, my tour group included a legally blind man or someone whose mobility was comprised. I watched in awe as these people did whatever they could to overcome their disability. Whenever I reach an obstacle, I bring back the image of the legally blind traveler who walked up and down the Great Wall of China. With failing eyesight, he relied on the aid of a walking stick and a fellow companion who shouted out pertinent instructions. It should be noted that the stairs are irregular in size and shape and that in some places stone is missing entirely. I was inspired by his determination and courage. He climbed farther than most of the people on the tour bus. He exhibited no trepidations about stepping outside his comfort zone.
In addition to my travel posts, I will also be resuming my interviews and book reviews. It’s always a pleasure to share my interest in books and authors with my audience. I will be accepting books from authors and publishers soon.
Jet lag delayed my writing about Asia. Until last week, my brain was mush without adequate sleep. My internal clock was not in sync. While I do not have the desire to take a repositioning cruise, I can now clearly see why some elderly people on my cruise choose to take the slower route back across the Pacific Ocean.
If you are contemplating an adventure or simply want to learn more about Asia, don’t forget to return to this site. I’m back to blogging and am eager to hear your comments.
Sandra Bornstein is the author of MAY THIS BE THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE. It is available on Amazon. Sandra’s memoir highlights her living and teaching adventure in Bangalore, India. She is a licensed Colorado teacher who has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college level courses. Sandra is married and has four adult sons. The memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and received an Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards.