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Speaking for myself, the definition of success is happiness. As simple as that. Being happy is one thing the common ailment known as “money” can’t actually buy you. Granted, you can have some short term fun if you have plenty, but true happiness comes from within. I know many very wealthy, miserable people.
Let’s talk blogging. To me, the definition of a successful travel blog is to be happy with what you’re creating, enjoying writing for your regular followers and most of all creating a readable memory of the enjoyment I’m experiencing along my journey. I have a successful blog.
I started my blogging in 2015. The purpose at that time was simply so that mine and Kirsty’s parents as well as my daughter could share our adventures with us, so to speak. A few blog posts later, new followers appeared who were genuinely interested in various aspects of our travel. The numbers grew and grew.
With blogging, consistency is the key. I’ve not been overly consistent with my posts over the years but what I have put out there has gained considerable interest. Since Kirsty and I went our separate ways, I have continued to blog the travels of myself and Ted.
(Anti) Social Media
Creating a social media presence wasn’t actually my finest idea. By doing so, my audience then started to include people who aren’t specifically interested in what I’m doing, but instead was drawing the negative vibe of what I call anti-social media. People who spend their lives aimlessly scrolling through farcebook, twatter, YouTroll, etc. just looking to be keyboard warriors and drag people down. I’ve been fortunate as far as I’ve had minimal hassle from these pitiful people, but I have friends who have been plagued by internet trolls for years. Not a path I intend to allow myself to take.
I have removed myself from YouTube and Twitter. On facebook, I have a closed group. I do not use my personal facebook profile, I post nothing on it, it’s simply a tool to enable me to run my group and be a part of a couple of other groups I find of interest.
I do like Instagram though! For the time being at least…
Private, from now on
Something I have been thinking about on and off for a fair few months is do I want to keep blogging for the entire world to see, or would I prefer to keep it all relatively private. I’ve decided on the latter. No more will my van advertise my website/blog either. My life is my own and I shall share it with those who I choose. My decision wasn’t overly straight forward – when travelling alone, blogging is a good way to share your adventures with others. By going private, I will have the best of both worlds.
This is my final public blog post. Whilst I very much enjoy creating blogs, there’s no need for the public world to be reading them. I fully intend to continue blogging, and those subscribed to my blog (see below) will still receive an email notifying them of new posts. However, random visitors to my site will find no blog at all.
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Turn dreams into memories. Stay well and be happy.
Richard (& Ted!).