I toyed with the idea of setting up a blog for quite a while. Before I moved to London I always kept travel journals to document my adventures and I even created a small blog on WordPress.com before my first trip to Europe, but after just a few posts it fell by the wayside. For me it was never a case of not having the technical know-how, I’ve worked full time as a web developer for almost 10 years so I’m well aquainted with things like web hosting, domain names, SEO and HTML. I just never really had the motivation to maintain a blog.
It wasn’t until last year when I was faced with the possibility of being exiled from the UK once my youth mobility visa expired that I realised I wanted to have something to look back on and remind me of all the things I’d gotten to do in London. I did have tonnes of photos but I no longer felt like that was enough, sometimes the memories associated with them can fade a little as time goes on.
And so this blog was born. And if you’ve read my blog before you may know that, thankfully, I did manage to secure a new visa and wasn’t booted out of the country. I’m still enjoying writing about my travels and life in London and one of my aims for this year is to blog more frequently.
When the topic for this month’s travel link up landed in my inbox I got to thinking and realised that even though this blog is quite young I’ve still discovered some unexpected benefits along the way:
Becoming awesome at time management
There’s a lot of work that goes into each blog post: researching and fact checking, selecting and editing photos, writing the post, editing and proofreading. It can be quite time consuming and sometimes it’s difficult to balance with a full time job and social commitments. You end up making the most of your spare time, whether it be jotting down notes on your commute or drafting up a post during your lunch break. Being able to manage my time efficiently is a skill that is also very useful in my day job where I often have to juggle multiple projects at once.
Blogging also forces you to get quite creative. With such a huge community of bloggers often talking about the same kinds of things, you want to look at ways you can put your own unique spin on a post. Sometimes ideas pop into my head at the most random times so I always try to have a notebook or at least my phone nearby so I can jot things down. I love having a creative outlet.
Connecting with like-minded people
Before I started my blog I only followed a couple of travel blogs but now I’ve been opened up to a whole new world of people who love to travel as much as I do, as well as other antipodeans who have settled in London. When you’re a world away from home it’s always nice to connect with people who grew up the same way you did, who understand your “language” and miss the same things that you do.
I am constantly inspired seeing what other bloggers are achieving through this platform and of course I have a never ending source of inspiration for things to do in London and new places to travel to all over the world.