Happy New Year! Goodbye 2017, and welcome to 2018 from outdoorstype! It’s been a year of continuous improvement for the site and I couldn’t be happier with it! The site is now getting around 5-600 hits per month (not bad having come from nothing eighteen months ago).
When I commissioned the site I had grand ideas of an active blog, blossoming e-commerce, fighting off interest from guest contributors, and a whole heap of content stuff. It turns out I’ve had to build the thing myself. It even turned out that I had to assume ownership of the domain and arrange my own hosting! Interestingly enough when I did that the traffic increased. Crazy I know but it’s not hard and it’s better to have control. That, and just keep writing.
The e-commerce side that I’d hoped would make me rich in less than thirty days didn’t work out, so it’s faded into the background while I focus on writing. I’m eligible for a Diploma of Professional Writing but I’m going on to complete the final year to achieve the Advanced Diploma.
2017 has been ground breaking. I earned money from my writing and had my work published in print. This site and my YouTube channel keep getting subscribers and views every day. They’re not at the point of monetizing yet but they will be in the next year or so. I don’t want to bore anyone with crappy ads just yet.
There’s been articles on fishing, camping, a series of articles on other bloggers (much thanks to them for being involved), and a whole heap of links to articles I’ve written for other sites. I’m really giving a bit of everything a go.
This year the family has been to Merna Mora, a fully furnished camp site on a remote sheep station in the Flinders Ranges. It’s an amazing outback experience in easy reach. We went on a ten day, four thousand kilometre, road trip to Bellingen and Coffs Harbour in Northern NSW. Staying at the top of the Gleniffer region is hands down the most far away from everything amongst primeval rainforest you can get while still being in touch with civilisation. We stayed in Murray Bridge, at White Sands on a houseboat, and visited Big Bend on the Murray River (not forgetting the summer holiday to Marion Bay on the Southern Yorke Peninsula). I jumped out of a perfectly functioning aircraft and definitely think I should do it again in 2018! The Aleblazer series of walk articles was born. I went fishing a few times and honestly don’t think I caught any fish at all. I’ve been to a whole heap of lookouts and a few second hand bookstores. I’ve driven a very, very long way. Sometimes just to get a decent baguette, a proper latte, and a bottle of actual champagne. I learned how to run my own business and was reminded that nothing worth doing is easy.
What’s with Travis the Seagull? The girls have always had a habit of naming random animals wherever we travel and they still remember their names. It’s a great way to recall a story. This is Travis. Travis is a Seagull who joined us for lunch at Tooleybuc (NSW) after we’d crossed the Murray River border from Victoria in October 2017.
2018 will see me a complete collection of short stories for publication and achieve the Advanced Diploma qualification.
Things might go a bit quiet here…turns out getting published for real is a thing. You never know if you don’t write.
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