Sunday, 8 December 2013

My final blog post

This will sadly be my final blog post, well in this format anyway.

I have always enjoyed both writing and travelling.  Prior to starting this blog I documented my world travels which received positive feedback and in turn I was inspired to continue.
My stories started out simply as personal reminders for me to look back on in the future, I didn't intentionally set out to write articles for the pleasure of others.  I felt that writing about the amazing things I was doing every day would be seen as showing off or bragging, but soon realised that it is all about the way you approach a subject.

Travel writing in it's simplest form is writing about people, places and events.  How you interpret and record your experiences determines whether you are a travel writer or not.

The world is a fascinating place, the mixture of cultures, religions, history, landscapes and people make it easy to find interesting tales to tell.  I feel very privileged to have enjoyed some amazing once in a lifetime experiences, the best ones often being the spontaneous incidents that could never be replicated.
Every country has something unique to offer and travelling around Scotland excites me just as much as jumping on a plane to travel to a supposedly more exotic location.

When I first began writing this blog I wasn't sure of the direction I wanted to go.  Do I write a travel blog, post reviews, keep a diary, only write about Bute?  In a way I have tried out all these styles in an attempt to discover which path forward is right for me.
Moving to Bute has freed my mind and inspired me to start writing again.  I have been experimenting with this blog, a photoblog and social media to find out where my travel writing heart truly lies.

I've realised more than anything that I need direction and I need to write with a purpose and structure.  Until now my mind and blogposts have been a chaotic jumble which spill onto the screen, never knowing what the next story might be and more importantly what style I really enjoy writing in.
So I have decided that this experimental blog should be laid to rest and allow a new bigger and better project to unfold.  One that represents not only my interests but will hopefully be of interest to others.  After all we are approaching a new year and what better time to look forward?

I am very grateful to everyone that has taken the time to read my posts. I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts and to date there has been almost 17500 views of my little blog from almost 20 countries, not bad for a chaotic jumble of stories!

I'm pleased to say that this is not the last of my writing, in many ways it is only the beginning...

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