Simply Adrift is One – My Blogging Story

9th March 2017
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Simply Adrift is one so I thought I would tell you my blogging story.
Simply Adrift is one so I thought I would tell you my blogging story.

Yay! Simply Adrift is one! I thought I would share my blogging story with you.

One year ago today I posted my first blog post, which you can read here. It wasn’t a very inspiring blog post to be honest, but since I didn’t have an audience yet I didn’t actually expect anyone to see it. For the first month I posted old book reviews I had edited just to get some content on my blog and to stop it from looking empty. This gave me free time to write other blog content and to connect with other bloggers.

Simply Adrift is not my first blog. I used to have another book blog called Miss Book Reviews, which I’ve just linked to so you can check it out since it’s still around (Cringe). It was on a free wordpress.com platform so I was very limited to my layout and how to make it feel like it was my space. I learned a lot of things the few years I ran Miss Book Reviews and I loved it.

The reason I stopped blogging at Miss Book Reviews was because I started to feel like all I was doing in my life was blogging and working. At the time I worked night shifts so my social life was non-existent, during the days I would blog, so I had a lot of time to blog and hardly any time seeing friends or going out and doing other things.

The reason I stopped blogging […]ย was because I started to feel like all I was doing in my life was blogging and working.

I became unhappy in my life and decided I needed to step away from blogging so I could force myself to do other things with my time. Lest I spend my 20’s blogging and working in a low paying job. This resulted in me going backpacking around Europe for three months, having the time of my life, gaining confidence and happiness, and then moving to London because I simply couldn’t return to New Zealand to do the same thing I had already been doing for the last three years.

Related: 5 things I’ve learned since moving out of home and across the world

While I was travelling, I started a travel blog called Jordon’s Travels (Which I’ve also just linked to), to blog about the places I had been so my family and friends could keep up to date. I tried to turn that into a lifestyle blog but suddenly realised I had no interest in blogging about lifestyle topics, I simply had no passion for it.

This resulted in me going backpacking around Europe for three months, having the time of my life, gaining confidence and happiness.

Settling down in my new life in London and going out all the time meant I actually had no time at all to blog. To be honest, for the first year and a half, I didn’t touch my laptop to blog. I didn’t open it, I didn’t use it unless I needed to book flights to go travelling somewhere, and I definitely didn’t blog. I was so busy. However once my life settled down and I stopped spending all of my money on partying, socialising, events etc, I started to miss blogging.

For the last few months of 2015 I started to research self-hosted blogging. What did I need to know? How much did it cost? How much were blog layouts? What would I call my new blog? What was the content on my blog going to be? I out-researched myself and ended up not starting a self hosted blog at all. So yep. That can happen.

At the end of January 2016, the name ‘Simply Adrift’ popped into my head. Honestly, it just popped into my head all of a sudden and I thought ‘Hey, that would be a good blog name’. That week I set up my own self hosted blog and decided to just wing everything.

That week I set up my own self hosted blog and decided to just wing everything.

So here I am a year later, still feeling like I’m ‘winging everything’.

The past year has been a lot of fun blogging. I’m so glad I decided to start Simply Adrift! Sure I haven’t been blogging as often as I originally intended to, and I’ve been in a major blogging slump for months. But I’ve met some cool bloggers and have found new blogs I love to read, I’ve learned a lot about self hosting and even expanded my knowledge on simple coding.

So here I am a year later, still feeling like Iโ€™m โ€˜winging everythingโ€™.

This is my blogging story. I hope the next year will be just as awesome! Thanks for following Simply Adrift, it means a lot to me.

What’s your blogging story? Is the blog you have now your first ever blog?

Always,
Jordon

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25 responses to “Simply Adrift is One – My Blogging Story

  1. I love this story! Thanks for sharing it all and congrats on one year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hahaha I can relate, I must’ve started 5 blogs before finally landing on Quartzfeather, the one that finally stuck. Speaking of blog b-days, Quartzfeather’s is on the 20th of this month!!! It’ll be turning two! *screeches* Maybe next year we should do some type of collaboration for our blogiversarys since they’re so close. Congratulations on reaching one year!
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  3. Happy blogoversary, and thanks for sharing your story! Iโ€™ve been blogging on and off since 2005. My current blog isnโ€™t my first and probably wonโ€™t be my last. I wish I could travel like you have. That would be awesome.
    Aj @ Read All The Things! recently posted…Discussion: My Reading ProcessMy Profile

    • I think blogging for a few years before getting in to the groove is common. It definitely helps you navigate how blogging works best for you and also what blogging platform you’re most comfortable with. I learnt a lot from my previous two blogs. I don’t want to take them down because they have good memories!

      I think travelling when you’re a bit older or in a stable job position makes it easier. Or sometimes it makes it harder, especially if there are life commitments or your job won’t allow the time off. I guess travelling isn’t accessible to everyone! I hope you get to travel to the places you want to go to at some point!
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  4. Aw! Happy Blogiversary!

    My blog is the first one I’ve ever had. I actually started on Instagram with a bookstagram account and wanted somewhere to talk more about books and other interests. So I started my blog. I didn’t know ANYTHING about blogging, I also didn’t read any blogs prior. I had no idea what I was doing. I think it’s been about 2 1/2 years now? I could be wrong lol I’d have to check when my first post was. oops. Blogging is really time consuming though! I’ve gone through slumps too and thought about shutting it down but I keep going. I like all the people in the community ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Ohh that’s a cool evolution, starting from a bookstagram. Blogging definitely is very time consuming! I really wish it was my 9-5 rather than my actual 9-5. I have more fun blogging that working lol. Blogging slumps are the worst but I’m really glad you didn’t shut your blog down, I really love reading your content.
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  5. What a great blogging story! Your blog certainly doesn’t look like it’s only one year old–it’s so shiny and professional!

  6. Congrats on your blogoversary! ๐Ÿ™‚ My blog is turning 5 next month, and I still feel like I’m winging it, lol!

    • Eee I remember when I first started following you and your cousins on your blog back when I was running Miss Book Reviews. It feels so long ago! That’s awesome you’re still enjoying it and still keeping it going. Haha winging things is a lot of fun.
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  7. Happy Blogiversary, Jordon ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Reaching a year is so exciting!! This is the first time I’ve ever “blogged” if you exclude Tumblr and LiveJournal, haha. I feel like this is different though because on those other sites I would just reblog things or talk about my life whereas with this blog I’m creating actual content. I loved hearing about the story behind your blog and all the traveling you’ve done! It sounds like it would have been so wonderful.

    • Thanks Lauren! That’s cool, I’ve never actually used tumblr but I used to have a LiveJournal which I used all the time as a diary (awkward).

      Honestly, I still have the LiveJournal and reading back on the posts makes feel so old. The things I wrote about were weird! However I actually made a penpal off of LiveJournal who I still keep in contact today, so that’s weird. We went from talking to each other on LiveJournal, to being friends on MySpace, to writing each other letters (Which we still do occasionally), to being friends on Bebo (Did you ever have a Bebo?), to facebook friends. Its’ weird but we’ve never met each other in person, only skyped, messaged etc and I consider her to be a close friend! Haha that’s my LiveJournal story. I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years since I had that LiveJournal. Wow.
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  8. Aww thank you for sharing your story! This is my first blog too and after a couple of year sometimes I still feel like I’m winging everything. But as long as you do it as a fun activity and not a chore then its great. And mini breaks help a lot!
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    • I definitely feel like blogging is changing in terms of style, approach, content, and demand. There’s so much involved in self hosting in my opinion, you can do as much as as little as you like! Whatever works for you and whatever you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ Mini breaks are great to gather your shit together haha.
      Jordon @ Simply Adrift recently posted…What I’ve learned as a self-hosted blogMy Profile

  9. Okay, I know I already freaked out on Instagram once I realized who you were but AHHHHHH! MISS J?! SERIOUSLY?? Like on the one hand I feel totally silly that my mind is flipping out about realizing who you are but on the other it’s like finding a long lost friend. Not that we were totally close before or anything like that, but you were one of my favorite bloggers when I first started blogging at A Bookish Heart and then I got sort of pulled away from blogging due to my studying in London and whatnot and once I looked for you again you were more or less gone. But I just remember feeling like I connected with some of your personal posts and discussions that you would randomly post so ahhh… glad to see you’re back!

    Anyways, it’s totally understandable why you decided to step away from your old blog, and taking three months to backpack around Europe sounds like the perfect way to hit the reset button! I think it’s awesome you’re living in London now (if all goes according to plan, I’ll be moving back there in a year. I never would’ve left if I had the chance!) and that you’re blogging according to your own plans. Because really, yeah there’s a “right” way to do things if you ask certain bloggers, but I feel like ultimately the best way to do things is the way that makes you happy. If you can only blog once a month, so be it. No harm in winging it if it means we’re keeping our sanity. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anyways, now that I’ve found you again, expect to see me around a lot more. (Should I apologize for that? I feel like I’m coming off as some weird stalker but I promise I’m not! >.>) And thanks again for finding me on Instagram! I probably would’ve never made the connection otherwise ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • ASTIIII! Haha no I totally agree with feeling like it’s finding a long lost friend! Our book blogs back then feel like they were sooo long ago. I’m humbled that I was one of your favourite book bloggers back then, that’s so lovely to hear. You’ve definitely been one of the bloggers that I’ve been following since the beginning. There are a few others that I still follow even now and have been keeping tabs on and it’s so cool that they’re still around doing this! I love that you’re back with your own blog. I’m really excited to see what content you will be posting ๐Ÿ˜€

      Backpacking around Europe was the best time of my life. Most likely because I didn’t have to work at all and I could just have fun and see these amazing places I didn’t think I would get to see. It changed me into a more confident & positive person. I love living in London. I’m always trying to pop over to Europe for a week here and there. Eee I saw you’re getting married? Congratulations! That is super exciting! I will definitely still be here in London in a years time so we have to make plans to meet up!

      Haha no, I’m really excited you’re going to be around so don’t apologise! Yay!!
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