Why I blog – A back story and love letter
I used to scrapbook. I had the rolling bag with all the fun papers, stickers, crazy scissors, photo corners and more. I even went to Michael’s craft store when they had a sale on scrapbooks themselves. So, now I have a couple completely empty scrapbooks (but I still want to keep them–even though they are in the U.S. right now).
I liked the idea of keeping memories and looking at them in a fun way. In a way that instantly brought back the feelings and memories of that activity, moment, or place.
Eventually I moved to digital scrapbooks which was much less messy! I’m looking at you, glitter and tiny pieces of paper.
But I just couldn’t get away from creating memory books. Sometimes I wish I still did that. I scrapbooked all through college (very badly, but hey, it’s something!) and only stopped closer to when I left the United States. There are certainly some pages that just never got made. Hopefully one day I will finish those.
But now, we travel. That’s our life. Work, travel, blog. And sometimes we even make videos. I love traveling and I love talking and sharing. That’s why I created A Wanderlust For Life. I wanted to share but I also wanted it to be my scrapbook.
I love keeping memories. You learn quickly just how fast you forget things. And anyone who has gotten married will likely agree with me that some of the greatest and most epic moments are ones we don’t even remember. I’m sure there’s some scientific reason for this, but I’m just glad we paid for a photographer and videographer that day. Oh and I did make a scrapbook for that 😉
Once we moved to Amsterdam, I didn’t have a job. There was only so long we could pretend we we’re on vacation since we were living off of savings. So, I started reading travel blogs. And they inspired me to put effort into mine. I wanted to remember this adventure.
My first post after moving was about the Bacchus Wijn Festival. I was still jetlagged, it was too expensive, and we didn’t understand the local transit yet, but we went because it was a little adventure in our new home.
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That’s what it was for awhile…a bit of a travel diary. But it wasn’t very refined.
A Wanderlust For Life has gone through ups and downs. Sometimes it wasn’t updated regularly and sometimes I just didn’t know what to write. I can’t even say this has come naturally to me. Building a blog is difficult if you want to really run a blog, especially when working full time.
Between the idea generation, research, photo/video editing, linking, affiliates, courses, social media, emails, etc, it takes so much time.
After going to the World Travel Market in London in 2015 I met other bloggers. I met people like me but who were much further along. Some were nomads, some also worked “regular jobs”, some were super nice, and some I never want to speak to again. After meeting all these people, I saw the community behind travel blogging. For the most part, I liked what I saw. The community is motivating and it shows me what blogging can be.
A Wanderlust For Life is its own world. The people that follow and interact on this website, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat are the community around it. I adore that. When I give information, or advice that people thank me for, it feels great that people enjoy or appreciate my writing.
Here’s a look into who I am: I like to help people. Super vague, sure. But I like to be of assistance. I love helping tourists in Amsterdam. I loved volunteering in my hometown. I love putting people in contact with others when it’s beneficial to both. I love that.
Travel blogging in general can seem a bit like following the crowd. Being “too Millennial”. The thing is, that the older I get, the less I care about how others see things that make me happy.
Technically this blog started in the summer of 2013, but I started to love it in the fall of 2015. Since then, I’ve met amazing bloggers, worked with food tours, attended conferences, and collaborated with tourism boards. I enjoy the challenge of collaborations now!
My “why” regarding A Wanderlust For Life has changed over time. Started as a scrapbook. Turned into a hobby because I was bored. Then I wanted to see what it was–what it meant to me– so I tested myself to be consistent.
Now my “why” is about community and travel. I love creating content for this community. And I love the experiences that I have because of it. It tests my creativity. Running this website keeps me learning and I feel like I’m part of something.
To all of you that are reading this, thank you for being part of this community. I love reading and responding to your comments. I appreciate you thinking of me when you see something and sending me a Snap. I am so grateful that content on this site is helpful enough that you share it.
To new friends I’ve made through the blog or social media. I <3 you. You enrich my life in ways I didn’t know possible.
My promise to you is that I will keep creating in a way that keeps me sounding like me and not just another article (sometimes I forget I’m not writing for a professor). I will share my experiences and my favorite things with you so maybe you’ll find a new activity you love or place you didn’t know about.
Thanks for reading!