“But how?” I asked my friend Carl as we take a sip of sangria inside a pub in Katipunan. It was the summer of 2016 and smirking at me he replied, “just start tonight when you get home.” So I went home kinda drunk thinking what am I going to name my blog. I didn’t know exactly what the hell happened that night but I ended up with marronisgoing.
I am fortunate to have traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the Philippines and honestly, the main reason for this blog is to share the travel guide, itineraries, personal reviews, and budget breakdown to my close friends and family.
Somehow, it was tiring to reply to each photo comment or personal message answering things like that. So this website basically started as a travel blog.
Fast forward to 2020, this blog is celebrating its 4th year anniversary.
BECOMING A BLOGGER
When I started blogging, I was 100% clueless about it. I wasn’t even good at writing if I’m being honest with myself, I didn’t know jack shit about themes and templates, and I don’t think I was that passionate in terms of telling my story. But you know what happens when you follow Nike’s slogan and just do it? You actually gain some unexpected love and skills from it.
You free yourself powerfully to the fundamentals of sharing your adventures. And it is liberating AF. Although writing personal stuff can be a bit scary at times but when you started owning it, no one in the world could actually take it away from you. That shit is liberating.
Through the years, my readers grew from ten people (who are my close friends) to thousands. I started engaging audiences from Asia and the Pacific, North America, Europe, and some few from South America and Africa. Which is a complete surprise for me and is leaving me joyful in high spirits!
Now I can say that writing, apart from my many interests, is something that I always wanted to do for the rest of my life. It is a passion that I didn’t know at first but eventually blossomed in silence and developed out of my focus.
FUTURE PLANS FOR MY BLOG
I am very much thankful for all the closed doors and unanswered prayers that lead me straight to discovering this path. I am even more grateful for being deported this year and from getting cut out of my job recently because of COVID-19. The whole lockdown and enhanced community quarantine have given me the time to learn all the skills relating to blogging.
Although there are still a lot to learn, I am hella decided to be more serious about growing this blog. For the past few weeks, I have been silently guiding myself on how to earn money from home with the power of the internet and it is so exciting for me because I am not a ‘tech savvy’ my whole life and I think I am finally learning now.
If I pulled this laptop-based lifestyle off, my plan is to travel long term and be a complete nomad just like my travel blogger idols. So this time I won’t be afraid to shoot for the moon, because as what they say even if I miss, I will definitely land among stars.
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.