It’s hard for me to believe that I have been writing for Pattaya Sanook for a little over 1 year. I originally started the site to provide some useful information to travelers to Pattaya and showcase some of the wonderful opportunities that this city has to offer. I didn’t have much more of a plan than that.
I didn’t post very frequently, and some months would go by without a single new article. The traffic to the site was minimal, and most days I think I was the only one visiting. Yet here we are a year later and I’m getting almost 9,000 unique visitors every month, which gets me excited. Except for a few articles, I receive very little engagement from the visitors and it’s a quiet little site about Pattaya.
I’ve written around 100 posts and pages about Pattaya at this point, and have covered a lot of things to do in Pattaya, restaurant reviews, hotel reviews, and more. I’ve stayed away from discussing the nightlife in Pattaya, except from a high level. There are sites and forums dedicated to that, and much better suited to it than I am.
As I look to the future of Pattaya Sanook, I realize I need to take the site in a new direction. There are only so many restaurants I can review, hotels I can sleep at, and attractions I can visit. The number of potential articles I can write is limited. While I will continue to cover those elements, I want to add in some more personal stories, anecdotes, and my view on Thailand. This means while the focus will remain on Pattaya, I’ll be covering more about Thailand and it’s numerous destinations.
I’d also like to engage with the community of Thailand bloggers that are out there. When I first started to visit Thailand there was a number of blogs I used to read regularly that kept me motivated and inspired. Most of them have retired as people have moved on from their Thailand experiences, but I’m sure there is still a vibrant community out there which I plan to find and engage.
Blogging can be a very lonely endeavor. I’m also hopeful that I can create a community around the blog, having readers comment on posts and partake in the conversation. I believe adding a more personal touch to the posts through my experience should help that.
As I look to the second year of running Pattaya Sanook, I think a redesign needs to be in the works. While the current theme of the site works, it is not ideal. I’ve been looking around at new themes and soon as I find one I like I will start getting the site ready for a relaunch.
I look forward to taking Pattaya Sanook in this new direction and hope that 2017 is an even better year with more visitors and relationships being formed. Hopefully, my writing and skills with the camera will continue to improve as I write and photograph more. I might even start using the spell check 😊