This is a confession. I’ve become somewhat disillusioned with my blog. Since setting it up and an initial splurge of creativity, I haven’t been posting regularly. Why? Writer’s block for starters. A bit of laziness – when you’re on a beach in Thailand it’s all too easy to chill out rather than flex your intellectual muscles and put pen to paper. And lastly uncertainty about what I’m trying to achieve. What is the usp of my blog? Why would anyone want to read it? How do I make it useful and fun and interesting and informative and personal?

Lazy: it's easier to chill by the pool than write a blog post

Lazy: it’s easier to chill by the pool than write a blog post

This much I know. I don’t want to be one of those listicle bloggers – I hate all that “7 of the best lattes to be found in Penang” or “14 things to do in Sydney with kids…on a budget…in winter”. Even more strongly I don’t want my blog to be a self-indulgent, pointless personal journal – like an internet version of the dreaded photo slideshow families members have to endure when a relative returns home from a gap year or overseas adventure.

My brother taking the mick out of my "amazing" travel stories

My brother taking the mick out of my “amazing” travel stories

But what DO I want my blog to be? This is something I’m going to have to work on, I guess. Another complicating factor is that I’m starting to write professionally on adventure travel for a few magazines – so often (to guarantee the publishers “exclusivity”) I can’t blog on the same topics/adventures. What I do know however is this. I’m going to start over a new leaf. No more writer’s block. No more procrastination. I’m going to post at least once a week. And I’m going to (a) focus predominantly on adventure hiking (my main passion – such as posts like this) and (b) combine personal (and hopefully inspiring) stories of my adventures with useful, informative guides and fact files that may help others follows in my footsteps. That’s a promise. There we go – I started with a confession and ended with a promise. I’ve gone full circle. Fingers crossed it all works out and is a positive way forward.

Adventure hiking will be the focus of my blog

Adventure hiking will be the focus of my blog