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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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  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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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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Top Outdoor Survival Skills you need to stay Safe when Traveling

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Traveling is great, but you need to stay safe while doing it. Make sure you have what it takes for that by learning some top survival skills.

What to pack for the Camino de Santiago?

Organize your backpack

This doesn’t seem like much but it’s vital for preventing accidents. Place the bigger, heavier items at the bottom of the backpack, so they don’t destabilize you when you’re walking. Otherwise, you can end up with various pains and strains, or even fall down.

The things you need fast, like a pepper spray, water or a multi-tool should be kept handy.

Improvise a shelter

Find a bigger log and support it on a rock or on a bigger tree, then cover it with a tarp/ rain jacket. Make sure there’s plenty of room underneath for you.

Use a knife to cut some branches and brush for covering your improvised tent. You’ll probably need a pocket knife sharpener too, considering how many branches you need cut.

Improvise a sleeping bag with some branches and dried leaves, over which you can throw a blanket. Make sure your shelter isn’t in a valley or downhill, in case it rains. Instead, look for natural protection from a cliff wall that would guard you against the elements.

Don’t take cover in caves, there might be wild animals inside. Also, get rid of all the insects hiding under your shelter. Packing a tent and sleeping bag would be the ideal choice, though.

Stay hydrated

Bring a water purifier wherever you go. There are different kinds, some that use tablets and some that look like straws. Either way, these are great if you don’t have a potable water source nearby.

You can also collect rain water or heavy morning dew. Plants can provide a good source of water too. Tie a bag around a bigger bush or around a bigger branch filled with green leaves. The leaves will “sweat” right inside your bag.

Find food

It’s better to have some power bars or cans wherever you go. But if you don’t, you can always improvise a fishing pole out of a long, flexible stick and some rope. Or you can set another trap for critters, but that would take some time if you don’t have hunting skills.

It’s better to eat bugs and insects, like termites or larvae. These are rich in calories in protein. Just stay away from flying insects, colorful ones or obviously poisonous ones. Don’t try to eat spiders, bees or mosquitoes.

Avoid eating plants and mushrooms, if you don’t know exactly which one is good. But if you see an animal gnawing a certain plant, it could be comestible.

Make a fire

If you don’t have waterproof matches, you need to use friction, with a couple of dry sticks or by rubbing some batteries on a piece of steel wool. You can also use your eyeglasses above your kindling if the sun is shining bright.

After you’ve produced the spark, transfer it on your tinder nest and keep adding branches, from small to big.

Other things you need

With that said, you should always take a few survival tools with you, like the ones we mentioned here. A satellite phone, a map, and a compass would also help you, even if you have a GPS. And never forget your First Aid Kit at home.

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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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