I am failing at this blog thing.
When I first arrived in Montreal, I went out for drinks with a few tech-y guys, Angus and Elliot. We ordered poutine at Mâche, and one of the guys mentioned to the server that I was a travel blogger. The server backed up, wide-eyed and intimidated. My drunk friends joked that if our meals weren’t free, I’d give them a bad review. We all laughed, the poor waiter fled like a cat on fire.
Then he came back a few minutes later with a business card and a menu for me to take home.
Blogger friends, we’ve got some power. It’s time to harness this energy like it’s the freaking SUN. SOLAR POWERED BLOGGING.
After examining my blog credentials, Angus and Elliot urged me to take the blogging thing more seriously.
I concur. This blog, my dear friends, is a total piece of shit.
It is disorganized. Chaotic. Sporadic. My “Portfolio” hasn’t been updated in months and I haven’t even started putting together my Media Kit.
I’ve been too busy. I created this blog as a stepping stone to better writing gigs and high-paying opportunities. I’ve always identified myself as a “travel writer” before a “travel blogger.” It worked rather well, and now I’m a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. I have a fancy press card.
You probably don’t care, but my Mom does.
In the past couple of months, I’ve scored:
AAANDDD some other big ass shit I can’t even talk about yet.
I’ve been too busy to blog. I am a blogging disaster.
I’m changing all that, however. I’m doing a complete overhaul of my website, modernizing it and optimizing it and all this sexy other “ization” stuff I can’t even pronounce. I’m gonna add some pretty little social media buttons, redesign my entire look, and smarten the hell up.
Because every word I put down on this blog matters. Yes, even that delicately placed “shit.”
I’ve even been accused of “not being a real traveller” lately because my domain is mostly North America. That’s because I’ve been working my ass off to pay off my debt, you jackasses. (Which actually should be taken care of by December 2012. THANKS AND NO YOU CAN’T BORROW MONEY FROM ME.)
I will make more time for blogging. I’ve been travelling non-stop since mid March and I’ve been living in Montreal since May 10th, and yet I’ve only had time to write ONE blog post about this wild city that tugs at my heart and sends me through bouts of withdrawal whenever I’m away. How can I leave here? I love this city, so much. It hurts.
(Actually, I’m in Ottawa until Friday. See how all over the place I am?)
I’ve been doing this blog thang for years and although I have great traffic and amazing followers, I’ve totally neglected my passion for blogging. So I’ll be writing openly and freely and consistently and if you don’t like what I have to say you can just STFU.
Oh yes, there’ll be a newsletter too. Something I’ve been vehemently against since everyone else started jumping on the bandwagon, mostly due to my insane RAAAGE every time one shows up in my inbox. And then after a few business-minded people talked to me about it and convinced me that, ya know, just cause I’M not into it doesn’t mean that nobody else is either, well…I figured I’d give it a shot. I’ll send you some nudes, or something.
Pumped for you to see CandiceDoestheWorld 2.0! I’m even gonna start doing video maybe!!!! When I get a decent camera!!!!! Exclamation marks!!!!!