Written by : trablogger

My First #Book and My First Year of #Blogging

Published on : September 1, 2015
Last Updated on September 7, 2020 by trablogger
Reading Time: 9 minutes

I can’t even believe that it’s been a year. On the first day of Sunny September, out of an impulse I created a WordPress blog. I don’t remember  from where I got the inspiration, but somehow the name “Trablogger” came to my mind and fortunately it was available. And thus I took my first step.

When I look back, it was one of the best things  that happened to me so far. It gave me confidence, direction and a purpose.  All of your likes and comments were/are so encouraging. It obviously gave me the much-needed confidence. When I look at it now, it might have even made me a bit arrogant, that I even started to give Photography advises like an expert on that field. Still I’m just another self learned amateur photography enthusiast.

But the real confidence boost was given to my writing. I never thought I could write anything interesting. All of your constant support changed that belief in me. The confidence escalated to over confidence and I took it to one step further and attempted to write my first book.

Today that  dream has materialised. Today I am publishing the Kindle edition of my first book. What could be a perfect occasion than the first year anniversary of my blog, to publish the book?

Here it is.  Click here to have a look at Amazon

Journey Is My Path : Book Cover

Journey Is My Path : Book Cover

Click here : Within INDIA

Click here : Outside India

It wouldn’t have possible without all your constant support and encouragement.

Those who want the paperback version, do contact me using the contact form at the end of this post. I will get back to you with the details. As of now the paperback edition is within India only.

Back in Nov. 2014, when I reached my 100th post, I thanked all the people who were encouraging me that time. When I checked that post, most of them are still with me and still encouraging me. I am truly grateful for all the lovely people out there.

So I am taking this opportunity to thank everyone who encouraged me during my blogging journey and those helped me unconditionally at various stages of writing this book.

Thank you…

  • First and Foremost thanks goes to Sona for reading the draft line by line, at times between the lines to correct  all the spelling, grammatical, punctual mistakes that I had made and trust me, I had made a lot.
  • Dr. Himanshu Bhatnagar for doing the initial editing, reading it in one sitting and encouraging and helping me with self publishing ideas.
  • Abi for appearing out of nowhere to magically transform the raw, amateur formatting of the book into a much better version and for saving  me from a lot of trouble.

Now, These people were with me from the beginning. [From the 100th Post]

Opinionated man who first reblogged my post and boosted my stats when I  had just started my blog.

Optimistic kid for being my early follower, I think the first one!

Aruna the doc who introduced me to 100 happy days

Agent Zee for still enlightening me with her #light-hearted comments and for all the love and support

a regular indian girl who once agreed to give me a tour guide’s post

Autowire for being interested in my pocket friendly travels

Carl who recently ticked off running the marathon from his bucketlist, for all his encouragement.

Cheefhobo for hosting me & blindly trusting me with his house keys.

Divya of Gypsy in jeans for being an inspiring travel blogger who comes up with interesting travel stories driven by curiosity

Divyakshi of quirky wanderer : For inspiring me through interesting travel pictures and stories, consistently.

Estelea for all the lovely, lively, fun comment conversations.

Gill from whom I haven’t heard in a long time and came back a couple of weeks before.

Himanshu for being an inspiring travel blogger and sharing amazing self drive trips with gorgeous pictures

Ivy Mosquito for the  bubbly QnA sessions.

Indah for being an Inspiring blogger and underwater photographer

keyur : For inspiring me through his  amazingly creative photographs.

Lataji for the support in almost all platforms I’m in and for the offer of writing a review for my book.

Lucile for those honest conversations, support and feedback

Mauvora who first nominated me for an award

Mel the beautiful chef who added the first bucket list entry

Priyanka for continuing to inspire me to explore more of India

Poodle for supporting all the time; who isn’t blogging now

Perelincolours for inspiring me to visit Antarctica and for the monthly photography lessons

Rashmi  for the active participation in flash fiction challenge and for all the kind and encouraging words

Sayali who has been a constant support from the beginning

Shooting star aka big B who always observes more and finds a new perspective whenever he decide to come back

Sweety Kannoth for being the reason for flash fiction challenges

Su..Nerd the scribbler who at times violates copyrights (ngee) and happily scribbles in the comment section

Somni vision for advising me on the design of my blog during BU101

Tanvi for inspiring me with her amazing words and creativity

The failing adult the doc who is busy at present and protected the blog

Tidlidim for the early support during BU101 days who is away from blog at present

Upasana for an inspiring travel blogger by taking up 365 days of travel challenge

wandering story teller, Nisha for all the nicks and long comment conversations.

wise monkeys abroad for being the inspiration to walk the ‘Path’

And then came some more amazing people.

Thanks to them too..

Aadhira for though provoking comments and long commentersations

Aakansha for the though provoking posts and support.

Aanchal for her travel stories and encouraging comments

Ady for all the supports and encouragement with that big grinning smiley.

Amy for the person she is, the kindness, the encouraging words and for all the help

Andy for offering me a delicious treat if I ever visit Delhi.

Anne a published author for the encouraging comments.

Anoop for all the comments, support and friendship

Afrin for sharing her beautiful calligraphy with me.

Ailene for nominating me for a blog award

Amrita for her occasional inspiring comments.

Ameena for the occasional comment love.

Alison and Don for being real inspiration for travelling and for following my blog and leaving valuable feedback.

Archita for all the love and support through the beautifully encouraging comments

Arundhati for all the support from BU 101 days.

Ana for the constant support through likes and comments

Ankita for all the encouragement and support and for joining the MM challenge

Asil for giving me a place in his hall of fame and for creating the most random and creative blog.

Alok for the encouraging comments and likes

A Momma for all the likes and comments

Babe for the occasional thought-provoking comments

Boeta for encouraging comments

Belle who has the amazing job that lets her travel, for the fun and encouraging comments

Badfish for all the encouraging comments and amazing photographs and stories from around the world, especially from Bali

Backpacker Lee for being an inspirational backpacker and helping me during my Dubai trip through his blog posts.

BeTravelSmart a super amazing travel photography blog

Boho Hobo for being an inspirational wanderer and free spirit

Canaf for nominating me for a blog award

Cee for all the interesting contests and for featuring some of my pictures.

Chloe for the brilliant photographs

Capt. Jill who inspired me with her stories from the sea

CC for the kind soul, kind words and love

Cheryl for actively participating in MM challenge

Crazy Colorful Turtle for the participation in MMC

Dewin for inspiring me through the most amazing and crafted comments every single time

Desley for the occasional encouragement and jaw dropping shark pictures.

Diana for the lovely comments and stories from Italy

Doda for the lovely comments and appreciation.

Debbie for introducing me to the great culture of China

Dhidhak for the early support, invitation to Nepal  and award nomination.

Debbie for inspiring me with the look up challenge

Delida for nominating me for a blog award

Faith for nominating me for a blog award

Faraday’s candle :These awesome sisters who are super interested in Science, for nominating me for award and for the lovely comments

Fimnora for the tarot reading and all the other helps

Felicity all the conversations and advice on book publishing

Hafza for very actively going through my posts and for the very inspiring thoughts

Hanne for her inspirational and interesting travel stories

Hargun for all the encouraging comments, support, for joining the MM challenge and for my first blog interview

Hogrider Dookes for being an inspirational biker

Indian Drifter for inspiring me with her thoughts and  by bravely going against the flow

Ish Kish Mish for the thoughtful comments and encouragement

Jaaz aka Ajanta for joining the MMC

Jenny, a fellow travel blogger for the continuing support.

Julia for early encouragement and for sharing online free education sites.

Joshi Daniel, an amazingly talented photographer for encouraging me through his occasional visits.

Jul for being an inspiration blogger who blogs in 3 different language at the same time.

Jonathan for the interesting stories from Japan and for the kind support

Jenny, a traveller, photographer and scuba diver

Jenny of Bull Dog Travels, a fellow travel blogger for the continuing support.

Kamila for inspiring travel tales from Europe

Khloe for her never-ending kind and sweet words

Kerry for her inspiring story and bucket list

Kamal for the constant likes and for his amazing photographs from Paris

Klaus & Sebastian for their amazingly creative photography and encouragement

Kavita for the rhyming poems and thoughtful comments

Kriti for nominating me for a blog award

Lisa for actively participating in MM challenge

María  muchas gracias por todo el apoyo

Maniparna for the lovely thoughtful comments and for lovely poems and stories

Manasjaran for his nice comments and travel stories

Mandi for the earlier day’s comment blog love

Madhu a very seasoned traveller, blogger and photographer who encouraged me by following my blog and with occasional comments.

Maria for all the likes and support

Moon an inspiring travel blogger, artist and photographer for all the love and support

Meher  for all the love, support and enthusiasm for learning photography

Margarita for her love towards India and for the nice comments

Madie for sharing the hard-earned wisdom

Namrata for the thoughtful and compassionate comments

Niki one of the newest addition to the friend’s list for the encouraging comments.

Nina for her marvellous photography and motivating comments.

Nishita for her support and lovely writings

Nimmi for the lovely poems and lovely comments

Neerja for all the encouragement and support

Naddieh for the “your photography tho” comments and love.

Nurul for her beautiful photography and encouragement through lovely comments.

OnChi for the thoughtful comments on my blog.

Otto for amazing photography feedback and inspiration

Principessa for the easy lazy recipe and all the lovely comments

Prreeya  for the very long and  thoughtful comments.

Paula for her encouraging comments on many photographs

Pamela for the very thoughtful daily quips and encouragement

Peter for the amazing and inspiring travel stories.

Prajakta for the thought-provoking posts and all the support

Prakash for his thought-provoking and lovely poems and occasional comments

Pancake Bunnykins for the lovely participation in MMC

Rob and Diane, an expat couple for going through my posts and leaving very thoughtful feedback.

Rosalyn of Mission to Mars for all the lovely comments and support

Rajiv for the occasional encouragement and inspiring film photography 

Rocio for common love for India, all the lovely comments and the perfect Spanish omelet recipe I am going to get

Rachel for all the help during the BU 101

Rashida for the cool stories from Jamaica and nominating me for a blog award

Ruchi for the inspiring travel stories from the US

Rajiv a very helpful blogger friend who helped me in planning trips and by giving motorbike tips.

Rosanne for being a wonderful blogger friend and actively participate in MM challenge.

Satyender for the amazing travel stories from Himalayas and all the likes and constant support.

Shruti for the lovely words and encouragement

Sima for the inspiring stories from Spain

Souzapalooza a fellow Disney fan who supported with her lovely comments.

Sandy for the encouraging comments

Svetlana for the inspiring stories from her solo trip around the world and amazing pictures

Shashank for the kind comments and appreciations

Samjoth for all the hearty conversations, friendship, encouragement support and for the marketing 😉

Saana for her awesome travel stories from Finland and Europe

Spanish Wood for the regular likes and comments and awesome photography in her blog.

Shoma for encouragement and travel stories from India and abroad

Secret Parade for nominating me for an award

Surlene for the  comments and support

Soumya for the amazing very short yet profound stories and for remembering and referring me for a Blogging assignment.

Suyash for his awesome travel stories, inspiring NGO and occasional encouragement

Tish for joining in the MM challenge

Trina for sharing similar spiritual and travelling spirits

The doctor who always supported with likes and comments 

Upen for the rhyming encouragements.

Uma, a multi talented person from my home state, for the kind comments

Vibha for coming up with inspiring travel pictures

Vivek for the encouragement and feedback from Vipassnaa

Vyom  for the friendship and constructive criticism

Yuliya for wonderful travel stories with toddlers and for all the support

The Awesome Flash Fiction Team

It all started with sweetykannoth

Continued by Soul n Spirit

Then they joined

Kevin who writes very effortlessly

Ruth the gorgeous young poet

James who creates amazingly amazing plot twists

Saya who took the trouble of editing the parts into a pdf

Wandering StoryTeller who was an expert in creating “twists”

Sona whose descriptions were vivid enough that one could actually feel it

Manvi who enthusiastically joined on the first invitation itself.

Fren the doc who is an expert in palindrome poems

Austin a wonderful writer who always brought some interesting elements into the fictions

Abirami the awesome teen writer in the team, probably the youngest.

Yinglan who writes almost every day to exercise the writing muscles!

Dr. Ko who comes up with quite innovative ideas. (even designed a few new stuffs for the stories)

Phaena who joined during the last few challenges who soon became confident to write in the subsequent chains.

Toby who got an itch to write amazing stuff and does the same every single time

Priceless Joy aka PJ who always came up with lovely story ideas

My sincere thanks to all these wonderful people. I am really sorry if I miss any names by accident.

Consider this as a greet and meet opportunity and make some new friends, if you haven’t met someone mentioned here.

Thanks a lot to everyone again.

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Written by : trablogger
Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.
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