February has been my usual England January – it’s been slow, tedious and I’ve honestly hated every minute of it. After the success of January and posting every single day about my travel experiences, I fell in love with the idea of travel writing, and knew from day one of being in Australia that I wanted my blog to grow as a travel website. February was all planned out; I had over 30 travel related blog posts either written or planned, but as soon as the month hit, I couldn’t bring myself to post anything about Australia. The passion became none existent and I struggled to write about anything other than lifestyle content. Considering the majority of my followers and traffic came when I began travel blogging in January, I believe you all deserve an explanation about what’s happening with this blog.
There are so many ideals and expectations portrayed by society and the media. We are always told that we should do this and we should do that; this is wrong and this is right, and in order to live life to the full, we must do things in certain ways. I’ve definitely been guilty of sucking up to things on social media platforms. I see quotes on a regular basis and blog posts telling us the ‘correct’ way to live our life, as well as explaining what’s expected from us when we hit our twenties and then slating people who have chosen to live their life the way they want to – it’s considered to be the selfish time of our lives. So I’m surrounded a lot by what I should and shouldn’t do – one of them being ‘settling down’.
I’m one of those people who gets overly excited when I’m invited out somewhere with friends or new people, soon to be followed by an instant rush of dread and panic when it all sinks in. To be honest, the thought of socialising and doing something with friends does genuinely make me happy, until I realise I’d much rather be spending the evening in; in front of a television and scrolling through social media. I wouldn’t consider myself as an anti-social person, maybe because I don’t want to be seen that way, but I genuinely prefer staying inside and doing something I enjoy over going out and drinking with people I don’t particularly care about.
“Why are you being so quiet?” – a question I am frequently asked on a regular basis. Whether it being from friends, family members, teachers or colleagues, I don’t think I will ever understand why my quiet personality affects so many different people. I do have an answer to this question though – I am a quiet person, that’s just who I am. I often choose to be quiet because I’d rather listen to other people than join in with a conversation I have no interest in and I tend to get lost in observation and within my own thoughts.
The beginning of February was a terrible month for me blog wise, and personally, too. After daily blogging all the way through January documenting my travel experiences around Sydney, Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, I gained more followers, traffic, likes, comments and everything in between – even smashing every goal I’d set for myself before the month even came upon us. So, when February came along, I was excited to write more, aiming higher and expecting even more traffic. Oh, how I was wrong. Maybe the title of this post is click bait, but bare with me on this one.