I can’t believe 2012 is almost over and on the good note, the Mayans were wrong – so I guess I get to spend a few more years travelling. It’s been 18 months since we re-launched the Travel Project and what a journey so far. I have joined an amazing travel community, met some interesting characters, read pages and pages of great content, started to make some serious headway into professional blogging and broke into the top 1,000,000 most viewed websites in the world. To any new bloggers who may be reading this, I’d like to say it was easy but it has been a hard but rewarding slog.
This year also marked my very first Blogging Conference: Pro-blogger here in Melbourne. I’ve been spending the last four years blogging and wanted to finally work out if what I was doing was right? I learned heaps though and as a writer/blogger it allowed me to clear my mind and reposition what I wanted to achieve from The Travel Project.
So first things first, my last word press theme was broken beyond repair and I wanted to create a new site that would allow me to write the way I want too. I’ve realised my blog isn’t a magazine or a travel factual site, however a personal blog about the experiences of balancing life and travel (don’t worry this isn’t going to become a dear diary). Have a look around, I have made some site wide changes and also added a few new features such as a section for Photo Junkets and Daily Photos. I’m also really excited to announce that in the coming months I will be releasing my first ever E-Book – stay tuned for this!
Alas (I’ve always wanted to use that word), this all coincides with the ending of the Lonely Planet Blogsherpa program, as they officially close the doors on four years of partnership – this is a community wide change that will see all us Blogsherpas part ways. It’s a mixed blessing. The Blogsherpa program allowed a steady stream of visitors to The Travel Project and the prestige of saying I was a Lonely Planet Blogger, which was great when I first started blogging. There’s not many bloggers that can say they received an income from the very first post they released. However, increasingly I was finding the program frustrating and my work being underpaid for what they received in return. So all good things must come to an end.
The year ahead seems promising on the travel front. Niki and I have finally got a base here in Australia and I’m looking forward to exploring a whole new section of the world – The Pacific, Eastern Australia and South America. I’m also thirty this year, and I have always imagined celebrating it in some fantastic destination – here’s the shortlist: Santiago, Japan, Indonesia (Not Bali) or Hawaii. I will also be travelling to Tasmania and hopefully New Zealand along the way and not to mention the trips home to Western Australia (surely a road trip in there). They’re going to be some great stories in these adventures and I also promise that I will come back to my India trip which left me 10kg lighter and in a hospital bed at Kuala Lumpur Airport.
Looks like a busy 2013. I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank everyone who has become part of The Travel Project over the past two years. This wouldn’t be as fun or rewarding without you!