WHEN THE ADVENTURES STOP

I feel like I’ve been struggling a little lately with my own little corner of the internet. My heart is completely in it but that doesn’t stop me from feeling like I’m in a rut. My problem is that Wanderlust Pulse is primarily a travel blog but my adventures have stopped. What on Earth do you write about on a travel blog when your adventures stop?

As cheesy as it may sound, I feel like blogging is in my blood. I’m not popular, most months I only average about 400 views but the feeling I get when I hit ‘publish’ is what makes me come back and post every week. I don’t have a huge amount of followers so primarily, I am blogging for little old me. Even if I didn’t receive a single view, I would still be sat here tapping away. When I think about it, I’ve been blogging on and off for about a decade. It all started on LiveJournal where even then, I wrote about my adventures and as a teenager, poured out a lot of my emotion. A handful of people I spoke to online followed it but I never let anyone in the real world know about it. It was my own personal diary where I could get out my feelings, jot down my stories but it didn’t really matter whether anyone actually read it. Writing calmed me and being able to read back over my words helped me reflect.

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After the LiveJournal days, I started a blog a few times but always got embarrased when someone found it or even just at the idea of someone finding it. Safe to say, they were all quickly deleted. When I started this job as a holiday rep, I considered trying to start up a blog again. I knew I was in for an amazing journey and wanted to document it but I chickened out. It wasn’t until later in the season whilst bored at work that I finally thought ‘fuck it!’ and created Wanderlust Pulse where we are right now.

I don’t know what changed but I felt more confident about it. I have never hidden this blog from anyone and now will openly talk about it. This blog is a part of who I am and I am not embarrased in the slightest. I love documenting my travels, expressing my opinions and this little hobby of mine fills me with so much joy.

Wanderlust Pulse was set up as a travel blog because that was (and still is) the biggest part of my life at the time. I particularly wanted to provide a space where there was advice on becoming a travel rep. Before taking on this job, the most I knew about it was from my impression of a rep I had during a week’s holiday. I honestly thought he did one welcome meeting a week and spent the rest of the time sat around in the sun. I had absolutely no idea what this job actually entailed, how hard it could be but also, what value it can add to your life.

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Around writing about rep life, I have wrote about the destinations I work in, my day off explorations and my between season travel. I have focused a lot on the places I visit and the adventures I have but what about when those adventures stop?

This is the position I currently find myself in. I have now been in Cyprus for 7 months which means it is now more my home than a novelty. I have explored all the places I wish to explore and feel I have exhausted the country. I have seen and done so much on the island that now, I don’t feel like I am missing out when I prefer to come home from work and relax rather than explore. However, this doesn’t make for interesting content…

Whilst I am not doing as much currently as I usually am, there is still so much I want to talk about on this blog. I want to share my beliefs, my opinions, my worries and my life. I want to share me, all of me and not just the travelling side of me. My life isn’t all as action packed and spectacular as it may seem. Whilst I get to do amazing things and see amazing places, I am still a normal girl working just a minimum wage job trying to find her way in life. I want to share all this and really make this blog, me. I feel however, that I have backed myself into a corner and created myself a travel niche. I have prevented myself from writing things or publishing things because I felt that it didn’t fit with the Wanderlust Pulse image.

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I have had a realisation that this blog is for me and only me. I do it because I enjoy it, not for money, not for readers, not for followers, not for anyone else. I don’t have millions of followers who I am going to jeopardise by writing what I want and even if I did, whilst I really appreciate every single reader and am grateful for every single comment, I don’t mind losing this in favour of writing whatever my little heart desires.

This space will always be Wanderlust Pulse and will always have a strong travel element but it is also where I can do what I want and talk about what I want. I have a desire to explore the world but everything in it, not just the destinations and that is what Wanderlust Pulse means to me. Just because the travel dries up, doesn’t mean my content has to. I need to stop worrying about going against my niche and realise that niche is me. As far as adventures go, life is the adventure.

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This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way. All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.

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23 thoughts on “WHEN THE ADVENTURES STOP

  1. jasmincharlotte says:

    Aw this is a lovely post. I’ve always enjoyed keeping my blog a strong piece of me no matter what kind of topics I’m focusing on. I used to do a lot of travel content but I love mixing it all up now. Looking forward to what you have to share! xx

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  2. Hels says:

    Good for you. I love reading your corner of the internet – I don’t really tell “real life” people about my blog, but I write because I love it, and because it lets me be creative. I’m really enjoying all your new posts, both travel and the more personal ones and the opinion pieces, and I can’t wait to read your next posts 💜💜

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    • Stephanie Dring says:

      Thank you lovely. I still don’t actively promote to real life people but I mention it if it comes up in conversation and I don’t mind talking about it if I’m asked. I used to get so embarrassed but now I’m quite proud of it which is nice xx

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  3. dianamariak says:

    This was such a sweet post Stephanie. I feel the same about blogging- it truly is for you, and it’s so much more enjoyable that way! I don’t think you need to be a huge blogger to really enjoy it or have it be worth it. I really admire your positive outlook on blogging. I’ve had the same feelings too- and I always feel so strange when in one place for too long. Must be that wanderlust 🙂
    http://mylovelierdays.com

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  4. Finding Kate (@_findingkate_) says:

    Fantastic post! I know what you mean about accidentally creating a niche, and then it becomes so easy to get swept up in the views and whether or not people are reading. Good for you for realising that this blog is just for you! I would love to see more content about ‘you’ and your life – I absolutely LOVE your travel content but it’s always like having a cup of tea with a friend when I read your posts, so I’d love to see more about you!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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  5. Kayleigh Zara says:

    I’m the same really I write for myself and if I make money from it or get views then that’s an added bonus x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

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  6. Katey says:

    This is such a great post and I can totally relate to this. When I started my original blog, I wanted it just for me. Unfortunately all my friends and family found out about it (I still don’t know how, as I never told anyone), and now I’ve started a new one. I also find it hard when I want to write but can’t!

    Femenish

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  7. themymanylovesblog says:

    I feel you on this! I’ve been in a massive rut in my personal life at the moment and the blog has been on the back burner and I’m really missing it!

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