First Bite

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog for quite a while. However, it wasn’t until about two weeks ago that I seriously considered it, after attending a meet up hosted by the one and only Nomadic Matt, who recently moved to Paris to follow the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the like, before his upcoming book tour in the Sumer. Chatting to him and a few other travel enthusiasts ignited my deepest desire to give travel blogging a try, because if not now, when? Giddy and excited, I got to bed just before midnight, promising myself to make this dream a reality as soon as the sun rises.

However, it only took several clicks on the internet for me to hurriedly bury the idea back in its box. I was swamped with information on the cost of running a blog, the specialist knowledge needed to operate WordPress and the necessity of finding a niche. On top of that, the fear of people I know reading my blog and passing judgements on it overwhelms me. I quickly gave up the idea and stuck to my anonymous blog on Tumblr, which I write for no one in particular.

Two days ago, a friend messaged me after reading some articles I wrote for an established travel blog and kindly sent me a piece that she had written several years ago, which earned her AU$40. Seeing that, I immediately registered myself onto the same platform and eagerly await my first assignment. If it wasn’t a pre-requisite to own a blog with a registered domain name, I probably would never have plucked up the courage to start this one. It only took about five minutes and less than 20€ for me to finally do it and since I set it up 6 hours ago, I have not left my laptop once as I frantically googled “how-tos” and customised the website. Despite the unnecessary delay, I am relieved to finally have my own website and, although fear still looms over me, I am ready to give this thing a go, because if not now, when?

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