How I Fell Back In Love With Blogging

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MT Victoria, devonport

It hasn’t been a secret that I have been in a funk for a while. Creatively anyway. I felt bad for mentioning it in videos and just couldn’t seem to find a way back up!

I started to dislike the content I was putting out there and just felt as though I had lost my umph. Not only that, but my channel stats had started to decrease, nothing major, but still fairly significant. I was just spiralling down. I never wrote blogs anymore. I started to hate the sight of my own website.

Something had to give.

I had decided to re-design my blog. Even though the layout of the last one was super easy to navigate, it just didn’t scream “ALY!”. So I temporarily deactivated my site and put it into maintenance mode whilst I tried to give it a massive overhaul. The process was painful. I thought taking on this project would give me the ultimate push back into my old self. But no.

Then one night, Scott and I were sat upstairs eating dinner and he peered up at my face between bites, not seeing the bright and bubbly Aly he fell in love with. But a sad, beaten, and tired girl trying so hard to find a way back out of this funk she had got herself into.

After clearing up, we walk back into our room and Scott says “I have a task for you” without turning around.

“A task??”

Scott continued to root around the room in search for something. Taking the maps off the wall only to realise the back wasn’t blank. I just kept thinking, what on earth is he doing?? He then pulls a roll of brown paper from the shelf and cuts it into large pieces and proceeds to blue tac them to the wall.

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In the middle of one, he writes “PsychoTraveller”. He turned on his heels and says “Ideas! Go!”

So that is how it began. I forced out the tired old topics I had already covered before on my channel.

Safety. Accommodation. Transport. Jobs.

Then, out of nowhere I grab the pen from his hand and started to scribble a million ideas on the paper. Ideas I had had years ago but pushed them aside. The dopamine was rushing through my brain as all these amazing video ideas just came out.

That was the moment I fell back in love with blogging. Well, actually it isn’t. I woke up the next day to three big pieces of brown paper.Β Video Ideas. To Do List. Brainstorm.

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I powered through emails like never before. I then took on my website. I overhauled it in 9 hours. Non-stop. I then proceeded to film 4 videos including my first skit and a hair tutorial (<coming soon).

I had no idea what had come over me. I loved it. I was feeling on top of the world. I was taking it on. IΒ wasΒ living the dream and I had pushed out the creative block which had been bringing me down for so long. I had to start doing what I wanted to do. What made me happy.

I want to do more skits. I want to maybe branch out and do some cooking tutorials. Skin care routines? I have skin! I could do that! I spent too long thinking “Urgh, no one will like that” “Yikes, I can’t even think about how I could go about doing that” Not anymore. We will be going Psycho and doing some cool, crazy and wonderful stuff!!!

I went too hard

Ever since those crazy 48hours of filming, blog designing and being a happy Aly again, my body crashed. For the past week I have worked from bed and only left to roll in front of a camera to film. It started with a 2 day migraine and has now developed into swollen glands, severe headaches, tight throat, the works. I am rarely EVER ill but when I am you can guarantee it is due to stress. It weakens my immune system and BANG. A little bit of this and a lot of that. However, you have to keep going each and every day!

I am just extremely fortunate that I can work from bed!!

This isn’t a blog post to complain about life. I love my life. So much. I am living the dream and helping those do the same. I just wanted to share this tiny tale of success which I have had recently. I’m on my A game. Just as soon as this headache leaves me alone! πŸ˜‰

What would you like to see from me?

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Hi! Name’s Aly! Originally from Birmingham, England, I have been discovering the world for over 3 years straight. I am a psychology graduate with a love for Pho and red wine. Whether I throw myself into a novel or from 14,000ft up out of a plane, I look at adventure big and small and say β€œLet’s do this!”
  • Elaine

    I like the new design! And maybe more blogs like city reviews and stuff like that

    • Aly

      Absolutely! And thanks! πŸ™‚

  • I’m so glad you’re back on a roll! Everyone gets that demotivational block. I am working through mine right now. I also think it’s great you allow yourself to branch out and do some hair/skin/cooking tutorials, because yes, people (or at least I) want to see that as well! And if other subscribers don’t, well, they can just skip that video. I discovered your channel a few months back and have loved every video so far. Keep on keeping on and hope you get better soon.

    • Aly

      So sorry to hear that you have the block too. It’s a huge spiral but it only takes one little thing to snap you out, so I hope that happens to you soon! Glad you’re liking the sound of different video ideas, you’re right, those who don’t like, can skip, and the rest of us can have a party πŸ˜›

  • good to see you are back! nice job you pulled through, at the end if its making you happy its a good choise

    • Aly

      Thanks love! Good to feel like me again πŸ™‚

  • I love the new site! I hope you feel better soon too. Sometimes there’s this pressure that you have to stick to something and you feel very narrowed down, but when you can be creative and play, it’s great πŸ™‚ I’d like to see stuff that you enjoy doing! The thing I love about watching your videos is your personality. Maybe with the skin care you could look at doing things that help in various climates for travellers? *shrugs* ^_^

  • Caroline

    Aly, I love that you can do so many different things-that’s why your channel is so interesting. You’ve never seemed like just a travel blogger. You just have a lovely personality and sense of adventure! You can both write amazing blog posts and shoot amazing videos. I’m glad you were able to get out of your funk, and just know that I will be happy to watch any video you put out as long as you, yourself, are enjoying what you do.

  • Deena

    I’m so happy that your mental funk is gone, and glad your immune system is getting better (i’m writing this after having watched your favourites video for this past month) I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your videos and blog. When I first got into youtube(like watching youtube videos, not creating them), a few months ago I secretly avoided your youtube because I was overwhelmed with watching all the same travel youtubers, but then I was like what the heck I’ll check it out. The only thing I regret is not having watched your videos sooner!!! Your personality, your creativity, your honesty are all so refreshing!! I try and tell everyone about your channel because I believe you deserve soo much more (followers)!! Whatever you create, know that your followers will like it, because we clearly like you and your ideas. You can create videos about whatever you want, you are not restricted to just talking about travelling, just as long as you are having fun and enjoy making it (or on the not so fun occasion you want to discuss negative feelings you are going through, which is totally cool too).

  • Kayla Yonkers

    You’re my absolute favorite travel blogger on YouTube! Your videos are so inspiring and make me want to travel the world! Although travel-based videos are my favorite, I’ve watched every video you’ve put out there, and will continue to do so even with other video topics. Don’t be afraid to take risks filming what you want and what you think is a good idea!

  • emily

    Hey Aly your YouTube videos inspired me to take the leap and finally follow my dream of doing a working holiday in Australia. I’ve also started a travel blog too so don’t question whether your followers like your content – we love it! Keep it up πŸ™‚ Emily

  • Melinda

    Hi Aly,
    I can relate. In 2014 I decided to go on a 6 month trip and write a blog. For the first 3 months I wrote hard out, I wrote about all the typical things and when my first paid job came along I was so excited. It was a sign that I was on the right track. Then the writers block came and my writing turned negative, I grew sick (literally) and tired. I travelled too hard too quickly and expected so much of myself that it overwhelmed me. So I stopped. 2 years later I realise what I’ve done wrong, I wasn’t prepared and I didn’t know myself or what I wanted to write about. I do now and am thinking about trying again, when you don’t succeed, try and try again right?
    I just discovered you by the way and love you stuff. You’re hilarious!
    Melinda