Sunday, September 1st 2013

You often hear travel bloggers saying “I started blogging as a way to keep my friends and family up to date while I was traveling”… And I suppose that was half the reason I set up The Gap Year Guru, but there was another reason, a much deeper and personal reason for me.

For years I set up blog after blog, with hundreds of different topics, but I never stuck with any of them! There was always a part of me that wanted to write and discuss all of the thoughts that were bubbling up inside my mind – But I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to say, where I wanted to say it or even who I was supposed to be saying it to?


I have always been a writer (and when I say a writer, I don’t mean that I was any good at writing, I just mean that I have literally had a billion diaries that I scribble all of me weirdest and wildest thoughts into). But sometimes it can get rather boring keeping all these thoughts to myself. I want to share them, I want to talk about my ideas with whoever will listen : )

I look at other bloggers who have been blogging for years, and I see the kind of relationships they have with their readers, and I think to myself ‘Wow, that’s the kind of thing that I want!’ I want to write and share with people who want to listen and share with me. I want to build friendships with people who inspire and motivate me to keep writing and sharing – and I want to inspire those people to do the same!

For me it wasn’t about keeping my friends and family up to date on my travels, it was about finding my voice. It was about getting out of my comfort zone and sharing a piece of me with the World.

I started vlogging last week, and I can safely say it is the most terrifying thing I have ever done! Firstly, hearing your own voice is just cringey! Secondly, when you click that upload button on YouTube, you get this sudden rush of ‘oh sweet baby Jesus I can feel the judgement already and it hasn’t even gone live yet!!’ – But these things are all just a part of the course. I’m trying really really hard to step out and STAY out of my comfort zone (God knows it is far too easy to jump straight back into your zone mannn)

I never really understood how hard it is at the beginning… When you’re putting a lot of effort into writing blog posts, when realistically nobody is reading them. And when it takes all day to record and edit a video and then you just about convince your friends and family to watch (I would like to take this moment to say sorry to all my FB friends who I have been begging to subscribe to me) :P haha! If you want to be taken seriously in the Blogging world, you have to be a pro at writing, organizing,and time management to name a few! I can admit to the fact that I am not a pro at any of those things! But at the end of the day its a long journey to a successful blog, so I just have to keep going & keep trying! :) I have a lot to learn, and a lot to do.

A huge thank you to everyone who has been following my journey so far, it really does mean so much to me. It is only the beginning, and there is much much more to come!

Do you have a blog that you think I would like to read? :)

Leave me a comment! Lets be Friends! <3 

  • The Kind Side

    We started our blogs for the exact same reason! To build a friendship with our readers and to discuss thoughts and ideas with others. Congratulations on your starting to vlog! That’s a big step & a very cool thing to do. It takes a lot of courage and my hat is off to you!

    I agree, I didn’t know how hard it would be to blog in the beginning either. A lot of work goes into it, but it’s a learning process. I think you’re doing an excellent job & I’m happy I came across your blog. Cant wait to read more!

    Zauni | The Kind Side

    • jessicaGlynn

      What a lovely comment thank you Zauni! :)
      Reading your introduction ‘ I’m just a person trying to learn how to love life, be a better friend, be happier, get my shit together, and hopefully make the world a better place in the process.’ – – I have officially fallen in love with your blog already! :D

      You’re dead right, its a long process but we learn more and more every day :)
      Thank you for commenting, I look forward to following your posts too!

  • Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    I think that the main thing needed in order to be taken seriously in the blogging world is to write about what you love. And clearly you’re doing it!

    • jessicaGlynn

      Thank you Nicole! You’re right, its very important to have passion for what you are writing about :)

  • Elle

    Glad you decided to enter the blogosphere and you’re doing what you love! I’ll be following your adventures closely.

    • jessicaGlynn

      Aw thank you so much Elle :) Its wonderful to have you ! How long have you been blogging for? :)

  • Rachel Sedaker

    I can relate to this- I’ve been writing ever since I got my first diary at age 7, and now I have a small trunk full of journals and diaries- any notebook I’ve ever written in. I love how blogging is a way to express oneself, and find other people who love to do the same. You have been doing a great job with you vlogs, and by the quality of them, it seems like you’ve been doing them much longer! I wish I could put together something as polished as that. :)

    • jessicaGlynn

      Rachel you just made my day! :P Have you ever wanted to start vlogging? :)
      Its true, blogging has been such a fantastic way to express myself and it has given me a way to release. Im excited to continue with my blog when I go home to Ireland and see where it takes me :)

  • leaner by the lake

    The first step is always starting, so you’re clearly on the right track. I blogged for at least a year before making a dent into any real readership numbers. It’s all about connection and making your space yours, in my opinion. Write about what you love and it won’t be nearly as hard as if you’re trying to fit a square into a circle.

    Looking forward to following you along here!

    • jessicaGlynn

      That is such wonderful advice thank you! And it came at the perfect time for me :)
      & a huge thank you for following, it really means a lot!

  • A

    I’ve left a graveyard of blogs and websites since nearly as long as their have existed websites, so I completely understand, finding your voice is tough. And keeping up with this crazy “blogging thing” is definitely tough too and exposing and opening. Good on you for keeping with it and I hope to follow it for some time to come. Reading all these blogs inspires me to really keep working on blogging and perhaps keep the one I’m working out with at least a foot out of the grave.

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