Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare yourselves, for soon I be taking you with me on a journey as I complete a Buddhist Pilgrimage, ON FOOT in beautiful Japan. I will walk, Henro style around the circumference of Shikoku Island, and meditate in 88 temples. I have already completed a cycling journey of over 1800 miles down America’s Pacific coast in 55 days, living on a shoestring budget of $8-$11 a day in America of all places, so I know I can do this. In fact I almost went back in September of 2011, but I had squandered my money on bullshit and so opted for the cycling trip instead. The main reason I cycled in the US instead of going on my pilgrimage in Japan? The cost of the flight. I had enough money to travel and live in America or Japan (I am a shoestring traveler after all), but getting to Japan was so expensive that I ended up postponing my pilgrimage to another time.
Well, that time is now.
In an effort to draw tourists back to Japan after the earthquake and radiation scare, the Japanese are launching a campaign where they GIVE AWAY 10,000 (yes ten thousand) round trip tickets to bloggers. The only catch is that winners must blog and write about their experience in Japan using their blog or other form of social media. Japan wants to promote a vision of its country that is safe and enjoyable, not the media driven fears that Japan is an earthquake ridden, nuclear radiation tsunami waiting to happen. That being said, who wants to see me complete a Buddhist pilgrimage on Shikoku Island? Because I will need your help to pull this off.
The contest begins sometime in April (possibly March) and I’m going to need to build this blog into a decent readership by the time April (ironically my birth month) rolls around. I have had troubles with blogs in the past. At times it seemed that I had no interaction with my readers, ergo it appeared that I had no readers. This caused me to lose my drive for writing. I write mostly for you guys. I found out later that that wasn’t the case, people were reading. But they didn’t post so I had no way of knowing that they were there and the blog died out.
Also if anyone has any tips, tricks, and methods they would like to share be it about traffic, blog content, layout design, it is greatly appreciated. If you guys, help me win this; you’ll get to follow me on the trip of a lifetime.
By the way, now that you’re here, take a look around. Constructive criticism appreciated, constructive being the operating word.