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) 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!
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