Day 1 | Make It Meaningful Again
The Idea Came When I Started to Lose Passion
When I started this blog over a year ago, I had every intention of filling it with helpful posts for newbie solo travelers like myself, and eventually trying to leverage it to travel for free. I’ve been following tons of travel bloggers over the years, and every once in awhile one of them gets lucky and their site takes off. They are approached by sponsors who want them to travel the world for free for a few years, writing about cupcakes and pretending to be outdoorsy before they inevitably get tired of traveling full time and settle down to neglect their blog and watch their following dwindle. I’d seen it all before. Still, I thought, maybe, I could be one of the lucky ones. I could put out click-bate articles about my favorite restaurants in Europe, and the most beautiful temples in Asia and eventually one of my pieces would go viral and I would become the next Nomadic Matt, right?
However, after a year of false starts, and struggling to find motivation to write what other people want to see, I had an epiphany. Why don’t I just write something real and meaningful to me? Why don’t I write for myself and not worry about who reads it or what they think? I have a friend who used to ask me why I write the blog, and why I dedicate so much time to my Instagram. I thought, maybe, I wanted to make a career out of it eventually, and I told him this. He literally laughed in my face. The way he saw it, I was just being conceited and wanted to be a celebrity, and that really isn’t what I wanted. I am not a person who wants to be the center of attention or someone who would enjoy being recognized on the street, though that was what I thought I wanted and that was what I was trying to achieve. I don’t think I had thought the whole thing through, and I started to hate the facade I had built around myself with my social media and decided to get real.
It started first with my Instagram. If you follow me there, you probably noticed that I stopped including quotes on my page, and I started to write about real topics that I think are important. I didn’t announce the transition, I just made the change. I just couldn’t pretend to be someone I’m not any longer. Coming up with the idea for the blog transition was harder, as I was hesitant to migrate from a solely travel based blog to more of a lifestyle platform, but I feel like including my followers in all of my interests is more authentic. Y’all can get a better sense of who I am as a person, instead of seeing a face on a screen who seems to gallivant around the world constantly, because that isn’t real.
Make it Meaningful Again
Eventually, I came up with a little challenge for myself. I am going to write every day. They won’t be long, detailed posts, and sometimes they will only be photos, but every day I am going to share something that is meaning to me. This could be discussing a piece of news that I think is important, a new recipe I tried out, or where I spent my weekend. Over the next two months, I will probably be boring you with my preparation for my move to Australia, as I leave on the 27th of February. I guess I shouldn’t assume it will bore you, if you are planning a Working Holiday in Australia, or just making an international move, it might come in handy for you.
Some of you may not be interested in the direction that this blog is going, and if that is the case, all I have to say is thank you for being here while you were. For the rest of you, I want to get to know y’all and for you to have the chance to get to know me. If you got here from Instagram, welcome, and I hope you enjoy this peek into my life! If you want to talk about anything, don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments or via email. My door is always open.
P.S. If this post wasn’t real enough for you, the photo at the top of this page is of my hometown of Spokane, WA. I took it from the top floor of a mall parking garage, where I climbed a fence, (that was clearly marked “No Climbing”) in the snow, to get this shot.