Today is the 13th of May, 2018… It’s my 2-year blog-a-versary!
It’s such a strange feeling to be writing this, as I honestly can’t remember what it was like not having this blog; what it was like to sit at home and not be on my phone or computer, editing photos, replying to emails or writing blog posts every week.
It feels like Travel for Difference has been a part of my life for, well… forever! And I guess that’s pretty special.
For me, today is a day that makes me feel incredibly grateful. 2 years ago I published my first blog post with the intention of transforming my space on the web to one that people could turn to for a slice of sustainable inspiration.
2 years down the track and I feel like that’s exactly what I’ve achieved!
I must admit, I did start out with the thought that one day it could be a job. But I didn’t have my hopes very high, as I wasn’t even sure if writing numerous blog posts every week was something that I wanted to do in the long run.
But now, regardless of whether I make any more money, I can’t see this being something that I’ll ever stop!
They say that statistically, 95% of bloggers don’t last more than 6 months. So hey… I feel so damn proud to be one of the 5% who stuck with it!
Simply inspiring one person is a success to me. I’ve always believed in “leading by example” – I don’t want to “influence” people, I want to encourage them.
The last 2 years have proved to me, that no matter your dreams, you can turn them into a reality if you try hard enough. But I’ve also learnt that privilege has a lot to do with that!
It’s been a tough 2 years to say the very least, and it’s been very far from all sunshine and rainbows… There have been many, many, MANY days where I’ve felt like throwing in the towel; that it would be much easier to get a 9-5 job that would give me a steady income and a balance between life and work.
But what always stopped me was remembering all the incredible things I’ve had the opportunity to do; last year alone I went on so many trips without worrying about the ramifications that come with a normal job.
I’ve seen far more of the world than the average 22-year-old, and boy oh boy do I feel privileged!
Every single day, I get so many messages of kindness and I’ve made connections with so many incredible people that I would never have otherwise. Even though some days are tough, all it takes is for me to look at my inbox and remember where I get to call home and my day is instantly turned downside up.
There’s no doubt that there have been moments where I compare my blogging journey to those of others, but I always try and remember that I’m on my own path.
It’s so easy to focus on what I haven’t achieved, but especially in the last couple of days, I’ve come to realize that I need to turn that around and focus on how much I have achieved.
I don’t like to stress about numbers too much, but since the start of 2018, my traffic has basically tripled – and I’m so so proud that my hard work has paid off.
If you’re a fellow blogger reading this post, all I ask is that you don’t compare my journey to yours. It can be so hard; I’ve read posts like this in the past and compared my numbers from head to toe, questioned why I’m not reaching similar marks…
But as I’ve said before – “It’s about building a community, not winning a popularity contest” – so go out and kick your goals!
And if you’re one of my loyal readers, thank you!
Without you, I wouldn’t be writing this post and I’d still be working in a field that I began to loathe.
If you’re in a situation like I was in, where you know what you want but you’re too afraid to chase it… Let this be proof that with hard work, dedication, realism and a good dose of privilege, anything is possible!
So anyway – In the last 12 months I’ve learnt that the internet is filled with so much love and kindness, and all I can hope is that I’ll be here in another year’s time to tell you that life has only gotten better!
Lots of love to you all… Compassion over Comparison ♡
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