Earlier I posed the question, "What would you like to read more of on The Drifters Blog?" There were six options to choose from. Have you voted yet?
What Are Each of the Categories Like?
To help you out in deciding which subject you'd like to see more of, I've gone through The Drifters Blog archives and pulled out some of my favorite examples from each topic.
Please take some time to check out the samples posts from each category below, and if you're ready to decide, just cast your vote in the poll by clicking on the link here or at the end of the post!
One of my favorite travel essays was a post I wrote when my younger sister gave birth to her son, Micah Kai while I was away in Borneo Malaysia.
The mix of emotions that I felt at that time transcribed fluently onto the page, and it's been the post that I've connected with the most.
Read "News of a Newborn Nephew & a Wedding Anniversary" and vote for more TRAVEL ESSAYS if you would like to read more like that.
Food is one of my greatest joys in life! When traveling, you can really get a sense of the place and it's unique culture by tasting it's food.
One of my favorite food posts is an article I wrote about the local Taiwanese food I've grown to love here. Living in Taiwan, I've discovered a lot of tasty and intriguing dishes. This post on Taiwanese food is one that I go back to a lot.
Read "Taiwanese Food in Four Courses" and if you enjoy this topic, please vote for EXOTIC FOOD to be featured more!
I'm beginning to realize more and more that I enjoy writing about local culture. As a native son and part-indigenous person, I especially connect with aboriginal cultures or traditional ways of life.
One of my most popular posts is one that I wrote while traveling through Eastern Samar, Philippines. The Waray-waray people of that area are known for their strength and fearlessness, and it was a memorable experience.
Read "Tarukog & Palauan - FInding the Familiar in Guiuan, Philippines" and vote for LOCAL CULTURE if you'd like me to write more about similar subjects.
Language is something that I've always been interested in. Although I'm not very good at learning a language until fluency, I enjoy studying the basics of languages and the building blocks used to put them together.
One language that I've managed to somewhat stick to is Mandarin Chinese. After a couple years of study and a few years of using it with friends, I'm able to get by using it in a Chinese speaking country. Years ago, when I first started learning Mandarin, I wrote about what it was like.
Read "Mandarin 101: Served Taiwanese Style" and vote for LOCAL LANGUAGE if you would like to read more articles like that.
One of the best ways to see what it's like to travel or live abroad is to hear first hand from the people who are doing it themselves. That's one of the reasons why I started the "Chat With an Expat" series, to give readers an inside look into expat's lives and see whether or not it was something they could do, too.
I have quite a few friends around the globe who are expats, and but one of my favorite interviews was one that I did with a good friend in living in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. If you've ever wanted to move to a foreign land, this is a great series to follow.
Read "TalkTalking English with a Mug of Mare's Milk in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia" and vote for TRAVELER INTERVIEWS if you enjoyed it.
I've done a couple of carnivals in the past, in which posts from other bloggers are featured as content. Some of these carnivals took off, while others got so complicated that I couldn't be bothered with continuing them.
One carnival that I started recently took off with a bang and continues to have a show of support still. "Drifter Tips: Travel Smart" is a blogger roundup/carnival series where other bloggers share their tips on a specific question of the week, and also link up their own posts about travel, food or language tips. It's beneficial for both the bloggers and my readers.
Read "How to Make & Save Money While Traveling or Living Abroad" and vote for BLOG CARNIVALS if you would like to see more posts like it.
So if you haven't done so yet, please take some time to help me out by choosing which of those six subjects you would like to see more of here on The Drifters Blog.
Which Category Do You Want To See More Of?
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...