Wow, its pretty cool to think that my snippets from the road; stories, comics, sketches, and photos have been looked at over 20,000 times. It’s a really rewarding feeling. I think though the most exciting part of reaching this goal is the number of hits from all over the world. Everyday people from countries as far away as Nepal have stopped and read some of my travel blogs. Now, I can’t say they all hit it for the right reason, but they are still connected to me through the wonderful invisible strands that cross the world called the internet.
Everyday WordPress sends me the stats for the day, and under the heading Countries I see how many people check out my site from different places in the world. It’s so exciting and motivating to see that a guy from Russia is checking out my sketches, a college student from Mauritius loved learning about Komodo Dragons, a school teacher from the Netherlands is using my Durian Comic to teach about the tasty fruit, and even that my friends I made in Vietnam are still following my adventures. People are even viewing my blog from countries I have never heard of; like Bhutan, Bahrain, and yes, Mauritius. This inspires me to not only learn about their countries, but to get on the road and see more. I click on the Country button, and it automatically brings up a map of the Country and its flag. Then I just google it and I learn about a new place and thousands of reasons to visit it. I have now had people view my blog from over 125 countries.
Lets just think about that for a second. There are 196 recognized countries in the world according to World Atlas, but there are 249 country codes, representing some unrecognized countries and even Antartica. Going with the largest count of 249, I have had people connect with me from over half the world. That is just beyond words inspiring and humbling.
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My most popular blogs is Virgins, Magic Mushrooms, and the Gili’s, and I am pretty sure it is for all the wrong reasons. Apparently any search terms for drugs and prostitution around the Gilis end up on my blog, which has nothing to do with those things. There is no reference to prostitution in it, and the only Virgin I saw there was Virgin Beach. Which for me is the most gorgeous and hidden beach in all Bali. As far as drugs go, I mention that there are posters to get Magic Mushrooms all over. I did not try any myself, regretfuly. Just the mere mention of drugs and sex brings people in. Of the thousands of people who stopped in looking for such nephareous activities, many have stayed on to learn and enjoy about the crazy paradise that is the Gili Islands. But they certainly did not end up there looking to hear about the conservations of Sea Turtles and banana pancakes, but maybe they walked away happy that they did, and hungry for more.
I got into blogging to push myself as an artist, work on my graphic novel One Way Ticket, and share my adventures with the world. What I have found it that I really enjoy telling stories, meeting with like minded adventurers, and sharing my art. I have found working on the Graphic Novel much harder than I thought it would be, mainly because I have not finished the written part of the adventure. Now that I am finally wrapping that up, I am beginning to get excited about how I can visually translate this trip into the comic. What adventures would help both illustrate and inspire people to travel? How do you connect such an amazing experience together with out boring people with details and drowning yourself in pages? Well, I am excited to continue forward with these challenges, and hopefully, in the end, have a book that will inspire people to get off their couches and see the world, like Tintin did in the fifties. Here is a link to the pages I have so far. One Way Ticket – South East Asia