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I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I swear the years are going by faster and faster – didn’t I just publish my five-year anniversary post? But somehow six years have passed since I first put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard) and started sharing my travel stories and photos On the Luce.
July means only one thing – birthday month! Mine was last week and this week it’s the blog’s turn. It’s five years and 400 posts since On the Luce was launched back in 2011, and it’s been quite an adventure along the way. As ever I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for reading and following along. I’m hugely lucky to have such a great group of readers and really appreciate all your comments, shares and messages. So here’s what the last year on the blog has been all about – and what’s coming up in year six.
This week sees an important landmark for me – it’s five years since I gave up my job and went freelance. Before that I’d been working in London for almost 10 years. I had a job and a company I liked, but couldn’t shake off the bored and restless feeling, so decided to see if I could make a go of it myself. And somehow I’ve made it through five years! So to mark the occasion I’m diverging from my usual travel talk to share 10 lessons the last five years have taught me – whether the easy way or the hard way – about freelance life (illustrated with photos of some of the places I’ve worked along the way).
July is a month for celebrations – with a family wedding and a series of birthdays in the last few weeks the prosecco supply is in danger of running low. And among the milestones is a big blogging one as On the Luce reaches its fourth birthday. Back in 2011 I was setting up my little WordPress.com blog and amazed when I actually started getting page views and comments. Four years later On the Luce has grown up a bit, but I still love exploring the world, photographing everything in sight and sharing my travel tips and stories with you.
I don’t normally blog about blogging, but I’m always interested in getting a glimpse behind the scenes into bloggers’ real lives – is it all glamour and excitement, or are they trying to write a post whilst cooking dinner and trying to get the washing on too? I was nominated by the lovely Clare from Need Another Holiday to share some insights into my writing process as part of the ‘blog hop’. Blogging is very solitary a lot of the time, so it’s been fascinating to read other blogger’s answers to see what they’re working on and what inspired them to start blogging.
It’s that time of year again – when I dig out the Champagne glasses and crack open the bubbly (any excuse) to celebrate both me and this blog reaching another birthday. The last three years On the Luce have seen 244 blog posts, 1451 photos, 19 countries covered and 7636 comments – phew! And this year has been the busiest and best for the blog so far – as well as doubling the number of monthly visitors since last year (welcome everyone!), it’s also opened up new opportunities for me, like the chance to work with some great travel companies and tourist boards to try out new destinations and even a totally new way to travel.
As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip each month – anything from a local day out to an international trip. After January took me to Manchester, I stuck with the chilly, northern cities theme by heading even further up the country to Newcastle. The north-east of England is a part of the country I know shamefully little of. My only previous trip to Newcastle was 12 years ago and involved a six-hour drive from London, a big night out, then a six-hour drive back.
What inspires your love of travel? Inspiration can strike from anywhere – from the setting of a favourite book or a new dish tasted in a restaurant, to a conversation with a fellow travel-lover or a fabulous photo that catches your eye. Any one of them can spark off your interest and get you planning a trip to somewhere new. To find out more about what inspires us to travel, Easyjet Holidays have been asking bloggers to share who, what, when and where their love of travel comes from as part of their Inspiration Initiative. So what are the sources of my travel obsession?
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