"Hi, my name is Geert, I'm a travel blogger ..."
.. that's how I introduced myself last Saturday, when I went to my first TravelMagic Meetup.
But It didn't feel like I was a real travel blogger, it felt ... like I was a phoney, a poster ... a fraud. And I guess, in a way, I am!
Instead of gradually building out a reader audience of my own, I cheated my way into the world of travel bloggers by taking over a well established travel blog without having to proof myself as a great travel writer.
So far, I haven't published any stories of my own yet since the passing of the torch last month ( has it really been a month already?!) but I've been thinking really hard about what I want to achieve with this blog.
Having said that, I felt that a redesign for Inspiring Travellers could give me the fresh start I needed to be able to really call this blog my own.
So instead of focussing on new content the past month, I focussed on a new design, which I'm thrilled to officially launch today:
So far, not all the pages have been completely transformed to the new design and there is still a lot of things that can be approved on (If anyone has a good idea for a logo, let me know!) but I really like how it turned out.
Hopefully, you like it too!
I thought this might be a good time to also share with you a little more about myself and what's been going on in my live.
This year has pretty much been a transformational year for me, both on a professional and personal level.
Professionally, I got fired from my job as a hosting manager at the marketing agency that I worked for the last 12 years and personally that provided me with some time to think about what I really want to do with the rest of my life.
These days you hear a lot about people suffering from burnouts and not being happy with what they do professionally and perhaps it sounds like a big cliché to say that getting fired was the best thing that could have happened to me, but in hindsight it certainly was!
Since then I made some really important breakthroughs in my life. I started my own business as a freelance online marketing consultant and made room to pursue the things that really make me happy, like travelling the world, singing in a band and photography.
So on that note, I want to go ahead and put it out there that I plan on travelling more in 2015 and try to inspire you with in-depth articles on destinations, tales about my ‘off the beaten track’ adventures, beer from around the world and plenty of photos each month to go along with that. Giving you as much ideas and inspiration you can handle!
In the meantime, I would love to hear what you would like to see from me in 2015 and thanks again for your support of this website and for sticking with me while I learn how to become a real travel blogger.