I’ve been thinking a lot about Petite Adventures lately. I mean, I always think about it but over the last few months, I’ve been thinking about the big picture and what I would like this space to be.
It all started at the TBEX Conference in July in Stockholm. I’d spent a few months working on this blog, trying to grow it into something, and I was attending the conference to learn from the best, those who’d been there, in hopes of finding the secret formula for success. On that very first morning, I barely even made it through the first session when I realised I wasn’t the target audience for this conference.
Over the next few days, I sat in session after session, listening to great speakers who were trying to teach me how to turn my blog into a business by doing X, Y, and Z, I couldn’t help but think: That’s great, but that’s not what I want. I admired their success stories and I took copious notes, but the whole time I was stuck with the thought: That’s not what I want.
That is until Spud Hilton’s keynote session. The travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Hilton spoke about writing, he talked about some of the pieces he’d written and how they came to be. But mostly, he talked about writing, and how to write a truly great travel piece, and I was inspired.
That’s what I wanted.
I started my blog because I love to write, and I wanted a space to share my stories and experiences. And, that’s what Petite Adventures started out as.
Oh, I had such good intentions!
But over time, and after reading far too many articles, I was convinced that in order for my blog to grow and to be successful, I had to write a certain style of blog, one containing guides and lists, and my heart just wasn’t in it. And, anyone who knows me knows something is wrong for me to not be wholeheartedly behind writing a list!
For the past few months, I’ve pushed on. I’ve felt uninspired and have taken a few days (weeks) off here and there to try and find that spark again. And occasionally I would. It would be in those moments when I just sat down and started writing, with no outline, no products, no affiliate links in mind, just me, my slowly dying computron and my memories.
Going to TBEX helped me realise that my goal for this blog is not to turn it into a business. My goal for this blog is to be a platform for me to hone my skills and share my stories in hopes that someday, someone will come along and offer me the chance to write a book. A book filled with stories, (mis)adventures and my experiences of living and travelling around the world. I don’t dream of writing a book of lists or guides, so why would I fill this space with that type of content.
So, I’ve decided to make a change. I’ve decided to forget all of the things I’ve read about making my blog a success and to just start writing the posts that I want to write, the posts that make me smile and make the flame inside of me burn bright. Most importantly, I want to write the type of posts that I would want to read. Because if I don’t want to read them, I can’t expect you to.
Over the next few weeks, the content will start to shift. There will still be the occasional guide, interview or list (oh, there will be lists, because I really do love them), but for the most part I hope to share more stories, more of my personal experiences and all of the good and bad adventures that come from of living and traveling abroad.
So, dear reader-friends, I hope that’s okay with you. I do hope that you’ll stick around for this next phases of Petite Adventures.
Happy a great week!
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