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I started to write this post way back in September, and then abandoned it because I wasn't sure about the kind of response it would generate, but after having yet another friend look at my social media feed and exclaim "how lucky your life is!" I think I owe this to the world.
This is one of the most personal posts to come out of Nomadic Lives, and I hope you guys will enjoy it.

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Graduating from travel blogging to writing a book

Well, I finished my book about Greece.

At the end of the day, I could blog all my life, but for me, the only enduring thing is a book. I'm old-fashioned like that. If I want something I can show my friends, my kids, that summarizes a trip, a stay, a place, then a blog won't cut it. It's like a twitter stream; it's too ephemeral. And everyone has one.

A book however, takes a sustained effort of concentration and research, etc. And one thing I've begun to realise is how much it can change after you publish it. You can treat it like a website like that. So, following the Lean methodology, I put up the least viable book - using Amazon's cover creator while I wait for the guy I want to do the cover to be available, and sans photos, while I wait to learn how to do that. If someone buys it, and I update it, then they'll be notified.

Or should a book be updated like that? If you're finished travelling, and you're describing an event that happened, why update it? Well, mistakes, for one. I have a lot of language stuff in there that may occasionally be wrong. Another reason is to update it to a version that includes photos. Another might be if you re-read it and groan at some stuff that just feels wrong to you later. I say remove that if the technology exists that allows you to.

Do people still regard a book as as a more-or-less finished item when it gets initially published? Or should writers occasionally improve and enhance a book when they can.

What if you built a community... and nobody came?

OK, that's a little extreme, but isn't too far off from what we have here. After cleaning up the link-litter and other spammy stuff, this community the proverbial ghost town. The owner of the community hasn't been seen on any online platform since May, so I'm left with the question of Now what?

Google plus is stuffed to the gills with dead or abandoned communities, and I really don't want to be party to that. I asked for the moderator mantle. I forced through the strict no-thin-content policy. So unless I'm kicked out by the vanished owner, I'll do what I can.

You can help. We need conversations and communications to make this a true community. We need questions. We need ideas. We need activity that goes beyond "hey, look at my blog post!". Or maybe we don't, and this community needs to die. That's OK, too.

What do you think? Looks like we're on our own here...

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Photo Essay: Street Roti

For the Saturday Showcase, I'll kick things off with something new for me. Photo essays are pretty popular on travel blogs, so I'm giving it a shot. The topic: a singular type of tasty veggie-friendly treat we indulge in quite frequently here in Thailand. 

This story was written in three parts. It started life in text form, then promptly was relegated to DRAFT when I couldn't figure out how to end it. It was revived when my wife found it AND suggested we eat one for inspiration. I took photos of the process and when we returned (and cleaned my fingers from the messy goodness), I completed the story based on the photos taken. 

Did it work? Maybe. I'm not a good judge of these, as I usually skip them when they show up in my feed. But I'm not writing for me, now am I?

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My twist on product reviews for the Saturday Showcase!

You've got a little more than 23 hours to share your original piece of travel writing with this community. I'll kick things off with a little adventure we had in Phuket recently.

I find most product reviews really, really boring. And that's not what people have come to expect from my writing. So if I can tell a story where a product plays a central (or at least anecdotal) role, it's going to resonate more with my audience. Even if I go a little over the top on the product mention, as I've done here. Hopefully for the intended humorous effect!

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There aren't many coastal beaches on the east coast of America that feel wild. With nary a hotel in sight, it's easy to forget that you're within a few hours of several major cities and millions of people. It's a special place.

There's another reason I want you to read this. I know that readers want stories and that the personal touch goes a long way toward connecting with readers. My problem is that my teens, and even my husband, do not appreciate being featured on my blog. That has left me writing more generic-style posts - tips, travel guides, etc.and wondering if it's worthwhile to continue. I'm finding it hard to respect my family's privacy while still being interesting. Has anyone else experienced this?

For this post, I tried to combine a basic state park guide with a bit about our personal experiences, but I'm not sure I pulled it off. Anyway, I appreciate all who take the time to read - makes my day, really.

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Hi guys,

Here's a post about somewhere I have always been fascinated by! As I've said on here before I am new to travel writing so any feedback would be great thanks!
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