People keep asking me why I don’t have an “about me” page on my blog. The main reason is that I am a private person and don’t like the attention that my work sometimes brings me. I’m flattered and very surprised when people recognize me on the streets, but in preference I prefer to work anonymously. Which is why I have a rule to turn down any requests for interviews. I know it sounds strange to say I am publicity shy as my name is everywhere on my blogs. But, unlike some other bloggers and people on social media, I chose right from the start to use my real name in order to be accountable for what I say and do. I think there are too many “bar stool” experts on forums already who hide behind anonymity.
I often get asked by people how much money I make from Twitter and Facebook. The quick answer to that is “zero”. The same goes for the majority of my websites. Yes, it is true that I am sometimes invited on TAT media trips but they don’t pay me for it. In fact, it is often the opposite as I usually have to take unpaid leave from my day job as a teacher. The way I see it, they are helping me visit places that I cannot normally afford on my own so that I can share pictures from around Thailand with my followers. However, I am under no obligation in promoting any place we visit. And if you follow me, you will know that I’m sometimes critical if there’s something I don’t like. I also enjoy doing many road trips by myself around Thailand as I have had my own car for many years.
You won’t find any advertisements on my websites. Nor any affiliate links or sponsored posts. I don’t accept payment for endorsements or promotion of events and attractions. If I like it, I will tweet or post about it for free. The simple reason is that I enjoy what I do and I like helping people. I also love traveling, finding new places, taking photographs and sharing them with my online friends. I am very happy with my life and consider that I have the best job ever.
I know some people don’t believe that I do all this for free. Maybe it’s because they would never do it and so don’t understand why I would do it. But it was the way I was brought up; to do volunteer work and to help others without expecting anything in return. My parents set a good example for me in their countless hours of volunteer work, and I followed in their footsteps. Naturally I am honoured when I receive praise for my work. It certainly encourages me to work harder. But that’s not why I do it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I apologize if I didn’t actually tell you much about myself!