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Inspired by all those inspiring (my highschool teacher would have marked this unpretty double wording but hell, stylistic analyzing times are over!) end of year roundups of blogs and posts and websites and shops and instagram pictures – I decided to add my own mustard. My German friends will understand that. The dictionary says, you English speaking guys say “put my two cents in”. Is that correct? Well, you’ll guess what I mean.*
Here we go with the first edition of my new Inspiration In A Nutshell (I adore this expression) blog series. Every now and then, I’ll present you a number of my favorite posts in whatever way travel related (I know, couldn’t have put it more specific).
May it be a delicious put-together of local food in Ulaanbaatar, inspirational talk about personal travel stories, experienced recommendations of useful travel gadgets, the tales of a passionate Carribean love affair, a photography documentation of the Base Camp track, best tips and tricks of travel blogging, another list of must do’s, confessions, why-to-go’s. Anything I find worth sharing but would probably cost me your subscription if I posted them all. Except my parent’s of course. Who recently signed up to Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest when I told them I easily lose 500 followers a month. Hey, so I’ll never get under 2, that’s something, isn’t it?
Anyway, let’s start! Since it’s the first edition coming together with end of the year, and since I’m only just starting to jump into this whole blogging business – this is gonna be a roundup of my year’s favorite blogs instead of particular posts. Be warned for potential emotional touches. It’s Christmas for heaven’s sake.
Inspiration In A Nutshell – My Favorite Blogs of 2016
I can doubtlessly say that my most surprising and favorite discovery has been Susan’s McVagabonds. She once so eloquently said to me “reading your blog is like following an inner dialogue”. It’s so peculiar how two people how are as far away to know each other as possible connect over reading each other’s elaborating of countless travel experiences and wandering thoughts. That whole thing has started by us commenting on each other’s posts without ever messaging. Now we’re grabbing some German Glühwein by the end of the week – oh God, I love fate. What I like so dearly about the blog is the fun, the wit, the honesty, and the authentic feeling of reading from someone who has found her true voice. Giving you the feeling you’d actually be there as well.
The business of starting a blog is a tough one. Next to finding your way through the infinite WordPress maze, think about what you wanna write and how often, how to use SEO and social media and promote your blog… What, you need to promote? It’s not like someone reads your article, falls in love with you, shares it all over the world and you go viral in a week?
– Well. Marketing is a whole mystery in itself. There’s this 80:20 rule of promotion : actual writing, which I don’t agree on, but anyway. Janet of Journalist On The Run has been one of my main inspirations this year and has taught me so so much. Without her guidance I’d still sit at my window waiting for free traveling opportunities. Her solo adventures and her way of following her path (the last one #CorkToCapeTown), of honest posts (why that trip didn’t work out in the end) and great courage, is a big part of what has kept me running during the grey autumn days.
About two years ago, my direction of more independent and adventurous travel increased, and I started doing so by roadtripping and couchsurfing my way through Sweden and Finland. Kim has been my first host and introduced me to a whole new lifestyle I immediately was fascinated of. She is this inspiring woman who was hitchhiking from the Netherlands to Iran and further, who dares to look behind scenes, and manages to keep laughing although the police had just taken her passport and was gone. Who follows her dreams instead of society rules and confidently finds a way to make that work.
It’s one thing to follow posts of a blog you like, but another if you get a glance behind the scenes and observe someone’s development and passion. Breifne, author of “Pedal the Planet”, and I both participated in a blogger challenge to work on how to finally make one’s enthusiastic writings heard in the wide web. While we all proceeded with the challenges and were able to find a little success here and there, I feel that Breifne has been one of the most determined participants. He kept helping and sharing his tips with us, while his own social media accounts as well as his private ambitions seem to go through the roof – and hell, he earned it!
I haven’t discovered this one until pretty late this year. You can imagine how many tons and tons of blogs I’ve read during the last months, but I gotta say that many become more and more alike. I try to see the people behind, I honestly do, but often I don’t succeed. However, with Brown Gal Trekker I have found a passionate, honest, confident woman talking about her mountain love and the ways she wants to share this with the rest of the world. She talke about her challenging journey and how it has led her to her own freedom, has founded an enterprise and a non-profit-organization and stands up for equality – nothing but an absolutely impressive woman!.
Need a laugh and some uplifting stories? This gay travel blog by Stefan and Sebastien will brighten your day, no matter whether you’re straight, gay, bi, somewhere in between or somewhere completely else. They’re able to tell their stories with such delightful yet modest humor and heart-warming romance, that regardless how dark the times and how grey the weather, you’ll find those rose-colored glasses again. And who wouldn’t enjoy detailed insights into gay Tango lessons in Uruguay or gay sauna adverts?
If you read Punita’s texts, you’ll get the feeling of being right there, smelling the salty ocean’s air or hearing the exotic tunes of a mild Portoguese evening or feeling the rough surface of ancient stones in a historic middle eastern village. She takes you onto her very own journey of how she has found her path and is confidently following her dreams, with such great storytelling skills and eloquence, that I unnoticed lose half an hour just clicking through her website…
A free-spirited, happy, and pretty untypical blog. This fellow Christina has got me started on my own first blog series (that still is in work – is there ever gonna be a point of having enough time to write?). Her hilarious and yet immensely helpful Blogtoberfest was one inspiring bowl containing a lot of inspiration, a brilliant marketing move and her personal story of finding her own voice (and hell, she’s got a funny one!). Dreamer, adventurer, geek, and still fashionable traveler, she’s always a good choice of satisfying an urge of wanderlust.
And now what?
Now? I’ll keep an eye out for inspiration, of course! So as to relieve you of fighting your way through the travelblog jungle to find those outside-the-box attitudes and writers of passion instead of sponsored-traveling-opportunity-hunters.
Got some suggestions? Have some pure inspiration up your sleeves that waits to be shared? Let me know which eloquent tales have made you smile! So we can all come together in a happy dance 💃
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*if you scrolled down now because you couldn’t guess – sorry mate, that’s as clear as it gets. It’s a grey cold dark rainy December day, and my patience in explaining figures of speech is currently as bright as my non existing desk lamp.
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