As of today (July 30th), I am celebrating my first anniversary of blogging on Rebecca Goes Rendezvous. While it might not be such a huge accomplishment for other, more-seasoned bloggers in this massive online-writing platform, I am still glad to be here to continue what I love about traveling, poetry, and random life musings from my twenty-something mind.
So what’s the backstory of this blog? Essentially, I created Rebecca Goes Rendezvous in the wee hours of the morning, spending until nearly 4 am to make sure that every detail– color, design, overall flow– was just how I envisioned it, before the blog went live. I wanted to make a good impression, so I suppose that brought out my perfectionist side, which I *ironically* mentioned in my first ever post on this site.
Although I had (have) been blogging for three or so years before launching this blog, I decided to start Rebecca Goes Rendezvous as a more-personal endeavor. In other words, I was (am) using my actual name, which I would’ve never imagined revealing in other blogs. It’s strange, because while I like sharing my travels and thoughts with others, there are certain aspects about myself which I prefer to keep guarded. Besides, I like to retain just a hint of mystery to keep people guessing!
In addition, I also wanted to make a blog to focus more on what I really liked to write about, namely, travel and poetry. Both aspects were what I had initiated conceived, although it turned out *slightly* different than expected. True, it’s very much a travel blog, but it’s also very much about my experiences teaching abroad in France. Perhaps I had been inspired by the other Anglophone assistante(s) and lecteurs/ lectrices whom I had been following and, having had just finished my first year as an assistante myself, I thought that I had some TAPIF knowledge that I could give to others just starting out. That said, I wrote posts dedicated to that topic. As for poetry, I haven’t shared as much as I would’ve liked, but I hope to share more in due time.
Nearly 200 posts and 500 follows later, I am surprised just how much this blog has grown since its inception. There are no signs of stopping anytime, either– besides sharing my past adventures with you, I also want to continue sharing my current ones at the same time. It’s my goal to incorporate both past and the present stories, as means of showing that adventure can happen anytime, let alone being treasured at any age– child and adult alike.
In honor of my one-year “blogiversary,” I have made some changes to my blog. Not only have I changed the theme for a crisper, streamlined look, but I have also added my social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram) as widgets for easier connecting. I’ve changed my Gravatar photo, updated my “About Me” section, and added a “Places I’ve Been (So Far)” page (under the new “Reflections” section) to keep tabs on travels near and far, geographically and time-wise. Notable change, yes, but I consider it a representation of moving forward, as I prepare for the changes that are to happen this upcoming year (and otherwise).
Besides appreciating your readership and support, I’m also incredibly grateful for the blogs that some of you write. I don’t think I’ve said this, but I truly believe that some of you have a great talent for writing– from the vivid stories to the personal ponderings, some of you write so well that it almost seems effortless! Something to greatly admire, as well as aspire, to polish my own writing craft on this blog. While I could point you all out in this post, I’ll just let you bask in your glory in anonymity… you know who you are!
Thank you for a lovely one year– expect more adventures and musings to follow soon. À bientôt!