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OBD: 2 Months in – A new blogger’s perspective

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I lie awake at night.  Spend my spare hours thinking about engaging topics.  Worry endlessly about networking.  Stress about content.  Tweak and then tweak again every feature on our site.  Speak with complete strangers.  What the hell is wrong with me…

This damn blog is what’s wrong.  I have OBD, in other words, Obsessive Blogging Disorder.

The problem is I LOVE IT!

I only started this blog about 2 months ago and already it consumes me.  I started it firstly for ourselves, so that we may look back in a few years to remember all the fun we had travelling when we are old and senile in our rocking chairs.  And secondly, for our friends and family so they can keep up to date with what we are doing around the world.

All of a sudden I realised that although our parents read our posts religiously (thanks Mums) they were not the only ones reading our blog.  People have actually given me feedback on facebook, twitter and in person!  Who would have thought.  And holy crap there are actually people out there, right this minute, travelling around the world making enough money from their own travel blogs!  Now I watch my stats counter (it barely moves) while having wonderful dreams of lying on a beach sipping on cocktails and making everyone else jealous as I watch the money roll in.

However, as everyone keeps telling me, the successes that a handful of others have found is purely done through hard work and persistence.  Sure it helps to be funny, have wild experiences and actually be an excellent writer as well but ultimately I think its a time thing.

So hopefully this bold realisation will help me step back, get back to my roots and write for myself, my family and my friends.  Hopefully this will lead to better stories, better travel and an overall better blog.  And recover my old sleep patterns.

Thanks for reading.  Now go share the max out of this post to bring me those successes!  Seriously, what are you still doing reading, GO, SHARE, PROSPER!

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13 Comments

  1. fourjandals

    September 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

  2. bronwen

    September 15, 2011 at 4:24 AM

    Love them!!!! Keep writing – you have a talent! xo

  3. fourjandals

    September 15, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Haha thanks Mum.

    • Jerick

      September 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      I love that your mum follows your blog. :))

      • fourjandals

        September 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        Yea she rules plus its the best way to let her know what we are up to haha.

  4. Dave and Deb

    September 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Good luck with your blogging career. I think you are doing an amazing job. Already you are engaging with fellow bloggers and making your mark. Having a love for it is the first step. If you love what your doing, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to succeed, you’ll always keep trying until you reach your goals…And then you’ll make new goals:-)

    • fourjandals

      September 18, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      Thanks Dave and Deb,
      Means a lot to get feedback and we definitely love reading about all your travels as well!
      Great advice and look forward to chatting and sharing with you guys again soon.
      Cheers
      Cole and Adela

  5. Lucy

    October 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    I’ve just come across your blog and enjoying catching up with your posts. I’m about 3 months into blogging too and glad to see I’m not the only one obsessing – is it wrong to think “What post can I write about this?” every time you do anything! Keep up the good work and best of luck with building up the site in the future.

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 4, 2011 at 7:25 AM

      Thanks for checking us out Lucy! Haha I love the name of your blog and you have some great photos too. These first few months I am sure are the worst I think for a new blogger as you can see all the successes that other people are getting and just want the same. And I am the same, always on the lookout for a story which sometimes makes travelling worse I think.
      If you need a hand with anything then let us know.

  6. Neil

    October 4, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Cant argue with a word of that post, its exactly how I feel about almost 4 months of blogging. Feels like I never stop looking at analytics, and constantly hope for comments on articles.

    You guys are doing a fine job though, keep it up and i’m sure you’ll get there!

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      Hey Neil thanks for giving us some encouragement. I think all us beginners need to keep supporting one another where we can as it makes such a huge difference getting little bits of feedback (even negative) every now and then. Its just a bit of give and take to get your name out there for sure.

  7. Duane and Kim

    January 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Hey guys – we are loving your blog! I cant believe you’ve only been blogging for 2 months. For the past 3 days we have been working on the set-up our own blog and we have found that once you finally made the decision to ‘just do it’ you are consumed by the excitement of getting your own journey and perspective out there and communicating with others. Again, well done – your blog is an inspiration!

    • Cole

      January 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Thanks Duane and Kim. Nearly done 6 months now. Those first few weeks/months are so hard. Who am I kidding, I think it will always be hard! Watching your numbers just stand at a few people a day is really hard but persistence and hardwork pays off. If you want any tips then get in touch we are happy to help. And hopefully we will see you on your travels!

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Crypto-Currencies: The Future In A Nutshell

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Bitcoin was considered to be a mere flash in the pan by many when it came out. Boy, looking back even just a few years, how completely wrong they were!

More and more, it is becoming an institution, and it seems to be a bastion of not only holding its value, but adding value, and this in a world full of inflation and economic deterioration wherever we turn!

Crypto-currencies are becoming more and more useful, not just as an investment, but as an instrument for daily life. Here are some situations where Bitcoin and its brothers and sisters come in very handy:

 

Travelling:

The fact is: if you hold Bitcoin and are a even a little bit savvy about your destination, you no longer have to pay tribute, er…. commission, to the money exchange places anymore. As of this writing at the end of the year 2017, most world destinations have people more than willing to trade BTC for the local currency. Even in surprisingly remote areas, you will generally be able to pull this off for the going rate, with no “spread” necessary.

 

Gambling:

Believe it or not, the age of the crypto-casino has arrived! And it’s not just Bitcoin that is in use these days, you can take out your Ethereum, Monero, Dash or Litecoin and party on with that too. Winnings can be deposited back in any of the above currencies, or converted to “hard (whatever that’s supposed to mean anymore) currencies if you so desire.

 

The online casino industry has always been at the cutting edge of implementing new tech, and they are certainly not going to be left behind as far as digital and/or blockchain currencies are concerned.

Paying for Goods and Services:

More and more merchants are starting to accept BTC and other cryptocurrencies these days. And it’s only going to get more and more common. In addition, you can get debit cards that withdraw from your BTC accounts, although there is sometimes a service charge for this feature.

B2B transactions are also more and more being conducted using this medium, both for reasons of convenience and security.

We predict that in the future, it may well be possible that BTC and/or other crypto-currencies will be more common than government-issued currencies in much of the planet. Frankly, they are a superior instrument in so many ways, their rapid and explosive growth is hardly even surprising anymore.

 

 

 

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Air Mattress Camping Guide – What Are The Best Picks?

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Have you ever gotten up one morning feeling like you’ve just slept in the wilderness? If so, I bet you felt pretty uncomfortably. But imagine if you did sleep out there in the bushes and grass! What if you had to spend another night there? If you’ve tried getting even 40 winks of sleep out under the stars, then you know of the intense pressure that it puts on both your back and joints.

Of course, a good night’s sleep is crucial to the success of any outdoor experience. But do you think it’s possible to have enough sleep on hard ground? Well, yes! You’ll only need a good air bed mattress. Last year, I decided to take my family on a camping trip, and I was in the hunt for different air bed mattresses. I went through several products and finally through a simple comparison at try mattress; I came up with a list of comfortable air bed mattresses. Take a look!

 

The SoundAsleep Dream Series

Tossing and turning in your sleeping bag is neither fun nor exciting. It destroys your outdoor experience and makes you long for your bed back at home. So, what I love about these mattresses is how they get rid of these constant back, forth and round movements which affect a lot of experienced campers. The coils of the bed keep you perfectly asleep all through the night.

As an outdoor community, we love its incredible features which make it ideal for almost all kinds of environments. Some of the things I like about it include:

  • Efficient internal pump for better deflation and inflation.
  • A firm grip at the bottom that holds it in place throughout the night.
  • Water resistant top with extra thickness.

 

Light Outdoor Camping KingCamp Light Air Mattress

Here is a portable, lightweight, and long-lasting air bed. When I first came across it, a few aspects caught my eye. First, it’s a budget-friendly mattress that puts together the comfort of camper designs and the portability needed when it comes to packing. Other impressive features include:

  • Efficient mobility
  • Perfect convenience
  • Comfort

However, it took me quite some time to pump air into it. Of course, I did not like this, but you get used to it. I bet you’ll have no issues.

 

Sable Inflatable Camping Bed

The Sable camping bed is one of the most advanced air mattresses that I’ve come across. It’s entirely constructed with coil beams that give it extra comfort and support. What shocked me the most is its versatility and flexibility, factors which I think have made many hikers and campers love it too!

Also, it only takes 3 minutes to pump these mattresses, which works perfectly for you if you’re in a hurry. Besides, it’s a firm mattress that can hold close to four people! As if that’s not enough, despite such strength, it still folds down quickly for better storage. Because of these fantastic qualities, its price tag is slightly above the other products on this list.

Camping and hiking in the wilderness are some of the best outdoor experiences. So, why should you spoil the moment by using an uncomfortable air bed? From the above list, you can choose the most suitable mattress for you, your family and even friends!

 

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Vaping: Good for the Environment?

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People often think of vaping for many reasons. It could be anything from simple fashion sense to loving the flavor of the vape to using it to quit smoking or to be able to get their nicotine without having to go outside etc. Indeed there are many reasons why people vape.

But one thing that’s often overlooked is that vaping is actually an ecological net positive compared to traditional cigarettes.

Source Materials:

It all boils down to source materials. Vape juices are made from pure high-quality essences and pharma grade nicotine (ingredients often subject to high level lab scrutiny) and vaping is an extremely efficient use of resources because of this. On the other hand, tobacco cigarettes rely on one of the world’s crops most known for its destructive impact on the environment, both in the amount of water it consumes, and its negative effects on the quality of the soil. The French actually destroyed many of the most fertile lands of Haiti over the years by turning it into a big tobacco plantation.

The Litter Factor:

There is no second hand smoke to speak of from vaping. We all know, of course, about the effects of second hand smoke from regular cigarettes. And another lesser known fact is that cigarette buts are actually the number one cause of litter in cities all over the world, accounting for approximately 80% of all street litter in major cities.  This is not just like a piece of gum or  paper in the street, or even food garbage. These are harborers of nasty bacteria, and contain all the same chemicals cigarettes contain. This of course can wind up in the water tables etc.

The Manufacturing Process:

Vape kits, of course, do contain things like batteries, which need to be properly disposed of at the right time. However, the footprint of the tobacco manufacturing industry is massive and nasty by nature. And the industrial wastes from cigarette productions include such substances as toluene, methyl ethyl ketone, ammonia, and sulphuric and hydrochloric acids. As you can see, cigarettes are a problem much deeper than it would appear on the surface.

So if you are a habitual cigarette smoker, switching over to vape is not only healthier, and may be the means to end your nicotine addiction, it’s also a positive move in an ecological sense. If you didn’t have enough reasons to stop cigarettes by now, you now have one more big one.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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