It’s been an eye-opening year for me in so many ways. In January I joined Twitter. Well, I’d joined twitter in March the year before actually but couldn’t be bothered with it…yeah I know, I’m a dumbass. So in January I sent a tweet. Then I got a reply. Then I got some followers and the rest is twistory 😀 I have made some amazing connections because of it and it reminds me why it’s called a SOCIAL network. Yes it’s a great marketing tool blah blah blah but it’s the social side that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with!
I can now call Kerri, Lauren, Monica, Julia, Jennifer and Sheryll friends and hope to make many more over the coming year. I met up with Monica at the World Travel Market, went back up to London the next week just to meet Sheryll and her boyfriend (yeah, I travelled 6 hours across country just to meet them lol) where I also met Oneika
and am due to see Kerri in April when I go to Edinburgh for the first time. I hope to meet Jennifer early in the New Year and keep my fingers crossed that my one day I will meet Julia and Lauren somewhere halfway around the world where they’re getting drunk and kissing their boyfriends faces off (pass the sick bucket).
2011 was also the year I began to write on here properly and fell in love with it. Travel is my new passion but, as I’ve said before, writing is something that I feel I was born to do in some capacity (whether it makes me successful or not) and above all other aspects of blogging be it advertising, networking (and all the other boring crap), it’s my avenue to write that keeps me coming back for more. I’d be lying if I said that your support didn’t mean anything either. Truly, you are often the reason I keep ploughing ahead when I begin to doubt myself. You supported my honesty when I told you my story, laughed with me when I told you about peeing in a bush and joined me in custard pie throwing when I found a hater. I couldn’t ask for better readers.
This was the year that something very important happened too…I didn’t just go to Africa; I went to Africa and found myself. I travelled overland from South Africa to Kenya and saw everything from elephants to leopards including the most stunning sunsets I have ever witnessed in my life. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and jumped into the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls before microlighting over them, took a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti and climbed a sand dune in the middle of Namibian Desert for sunrise. Even talking about my adventure brings tears to my eyes knowing how complete my adventure made me feel. I left my heart in Africa and I ache to go back.
So what does 2012 hold?
Not as much big travel as I’d like but plenty more talk of Africa, a quick stop in Edinburgh and a crap load of trips to London and elsewhere in the UK to meet fellow travel bloggers, to meet YOU! Next year will be all about meeting and making new friends/connections whether it’s on or offline.
I will also start to take my blog more seriously. This year I simply ‘dipped my toe’ into the awesomeness that is the travel blog community and it’s taken me a long time to realise the amazing potential and opportunities of it so it’s time that I took advantage of that. That means that my site will undergo a huge redesign in the early part of the New Year, updating some necessary crap and, more importantly, adding new features! Can I get a ‘oooooohhh’ – why thank you 🙂
I’m also going to be all over the internet like a pervert on Kim Kardashian (minus the pervert bit and I’ll swap Kim for Paul Walker but you get my drift). I’ll be writing guest posts, being interviewed and adding my opinion to stuff that really does matter so keep a digital eye out for me!
2012 is going to be the year of Me (because I’m selfish like that) and I will hopefully tick off some bucket list items and life goals so don’t forget to stalk me on Twitter and Facebook to talk about travel, men and life as a quarterlife crisis sufferer! Go on, you know you want to 😉
What does 2012 hold for you? Nb If you’re about to leave for a RTW adventure, don’t tell me; I couldn’t handle the jealousy 😀