Firstly – did you miss me?! Doubtful. With the amount of travel blogs and sites out there on the ole interweb, I doubt my silence even registered. However, that’s about to change (I hope).
You see, there’s been a good reason for my silence. Well, 4 good reasons in all honesty.
- My health. If you’ve been following my journey, you know it’s been a tough one to get my head around and so I needed some ‘quiet time’ though thankfully things seem to be turning around for me.
- I’ve launched a new website! It’s called Reclaimingyourfuture.com and it’s a personal development site for all the people that want a little real advice and comfort when life gets a little tough. It’s a sort of ‘anti self-help site’ 😉
- I’ve become totally disullusioned with the travel blogging world
- I’ve finished my ebook about Africa! It’s been on the back-burner ever since I returned from the continent that changed my life but now it’s in the final stages of being proofread and edited and I can’t wait to share it with you!
For anyone that’s been following my journey, you will know that within a few weeks of arriving I became very ill and after a relapse in February I made the extremely saddening decision to return home from my indefinite travels in Australia. Thinking I would be back in Australia within a few weeks, my world collapsed when I was diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease and told I would be on drugs for the rest of my life.
It’s taken a great deal of mental strength (or should I say lack of it) to understand a condition which is random both in its cause and progression but I’m slowly getting used to the idea that breakfast now consists of drugs as well as cereal.
I have, however, recently had some more positive news about my health (update soon) which I’m extremely grateful about!
My new website
It’s been a while since I posted purely travel-related content and I naturally seemed to distance myself from it as I discovered that my true passion wasn’t travel writing at all but personal development writing and so I’ve created a new website called Reclaimingyourfuture.com. It has honest pieces in which I talk about advice, failures or difficulties in the hope that it helps just one person reading – I deemed my writing on here as ‘personal words’ but in truth, I think most of what I have to say is personal; it’s simply a wonderful bi-product when someone sends me a heartfelt thank you message saying they can relate.
And so, I realised that I had far more to say on a personal, advice level than I ever did travel-wise, particularly because I am currently back in the UK until I work out my new move and partly because of reason number 4…
I’m done with travel blogging
I just can’t be doing with the ‘schmoozing’ of it. The cliques of consistent people going on so many campaigns, tours and ‘quick breaks’ that their surnames might as well have been replaced with hashtags. Am I bitter or jealous? No. I couldn’t think of anything worse than going on trips with no personal meaning sharing that time with fake people that just want to network instead of getting to know each other on a deeper level.
But I can’t bring myself to network online either. When I first started this site, I went on to every ‘big’ blog and commented etc to ‘get my name out there’ and sure, it worked (slowly) and I got more likes and followers etc but now that I’ve started my new website, I’ve realised more and more just how fake that is and how little I want to repeat the same pattern of leaving ‘nice photos’ as a comment when really, every big blog you comment on is already in a clique of their own in the first place.
So I’m done. I’m done with the egos. The fake and fragile ‘friendships’ (including all the bloggers (who I considered friends) who have stopped connecting with me now that they have become bigger than me). The constant hashtags. I want to write on my own terms and in my own parameters and I’m struggling to do that currently so bear with me as I attempt to reconnect with myself and you as a travel writer and work out what that means for both this site and my Facebook and Twitter accounts.
I have a book coming out!
It seems like every other blogger and their partner has or is writing an ebook right now and I think that brings a misconception that they’re easy to write. Sure, if you’re dedicated, have the time etc then I’m sure you can write one within a couple of weeks or a month depending on the subject and depth. Mine has taken 2.5 years to finish.
I could tell you that there’s one good reason for that but in all honesty, there are a few. I became quite unwell mentally and it took a long time to recover, I also had a full time job and lost motivation, I moved to the other side of the world to start again. But in it all, every now and then I would open my document and continue to write a few words, sentences or sometimes even pages at a time and I felt good for it; not just because I was writing a book I felt passionate about but because I was battling my own demons to complete it.
So what’s it about? In short, overlanding Africa. Before I backpacked from Cape Town to Nairobi, I was blown away by how little information there was to research in terms of what I needed to pack, what I could expect from the countries I was visiting or even how overlanding worked; my book attempts to overcome all of those issues and I’m excited to bring it to you! I’ll keep you posted!
And so, there you have it. My news. Things are about to change here and on my social media channels and I look forward to having you along for the ride…