A Thank You To My Readers

As we start the countdown to 2015 I wanted to write a quick post with one very important message – thank you. For me 2014 has been a year of extreme highs and heartbreaking lows but my new found love of writing and the support of my readers has been by far my greatest highlight.

I began the year in a far away land, Australia to be precise. I’d moved out there feeling rather lost but delighted to once again be surrounded by the incredible friends I had made on my travels to
America. Going to Australia was one of the scariest things I’d ever done. I’d walked out on my job, packed a bag and flown to Oz via stops in Istanbul and Bangkok. When you do something like that it’s difficult to know if you’ve done the right thing. Abandoning every possible form of stability in search of an adventure. Some people thought I was crazy and maybe I was a little bit but no regrets, I had my reasons. There were days when it made my stomach turn wondering if I’d done the right thing but the following weeks of exhilaration, endless Melbourne sunsets and the manner in which new and old friends adopted me as an honorary Aussie, more than dispelled those fleeting moments of doubt.

When I returned home I was even more lost than before I left. I’d spent so long depressed in my bed (about three weeks to be exact) that I’d almost caused an intervention with my family – funny but true. This is one of the major pitfalls of travel – unbelievable highs to the inevitable ‘what now?’ This is when I discovered blogging. Not exactly a return to stability but a step in the right direction, in fact I was enjoying it so much I was reluctant to find a new job. Not many of my readers will know this but my blog was originally an ‘experimental food’ blog – it lasted approximately 3 hours. I realized the key to blogging was writing about something you are truly passionate about or at the very least something you have a little bit of knowledge about. Experimental food? Must have been the jet-lag.

When I started writing I was astounded by the feedback I was getting, it’s a wonderful feeling to know people can relate and genuinely benefit from your stories. The emails and messages I get from people unlucky in love and young writers starting out looking for advice leaves me completely blown away and incredibly thankful. It’s a real privilege to know your opinion can make a difference to someone’s life. Five months and 30,000 readers later I simply want to say thank you, to each and every person who took the time to like, read and comment on my posts, it genuinely means the world to me. I’m so happy to have discovered the blogging community and long may it continue.

Wishing every single one of you an incredible year ahead.

With Love

PTB

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11 Comments

  1. December 31, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    Crazy is good. It invigorates and regrounds us… often in new places with new views. Glad to learn you had an amazing experience!

  2. January 1, 2015 / 6:31 am

    Lovely post. Your writing is honest and heartfelt. Happy 2015 to you!

  3. January 3, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Congrats on the massive success Paul. I’d love to hear about how you have 27k views in 5 mos.! Wow!

  4. January 10, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Wonderful post; incredibly relatable. I love writing; it sets you free.

  5. January 10, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Also, moving from depression to such success, i dont know you, but i am so proud of you.

  6. March 26, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    What an amazing journey you have travelled!

    30.ooo readers is an incredible achievement in such a short time. I must say, I thoroughly enjoy your writing and the topic you discuss – your writing is a breath of fresh air!

    I’m sorry I’m a little late in catching up with some of your posts – life has been manic my neck of the woods – but settling down again now 🙂

    Keep writing & inspiring!

    Ps; this blog started out as an expeiremental food blog – haha! Funnily enough, mine started out as a fashion blog :-/ which too, lasted all of …. 3 hours!

    • March 26, 2015 / 9:57 pm

      Haha thank you Amanda and same to yourself your blog has done incredibly well and you’ve always been a reader that has stood out for me from the very start so likewise you’ve been very inspiring! Really grateful for your support, Paul

  7. March 26, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Ps; Sorry for the typos I’m writing this on my iPhone – tiny buttons + big clumsy thumbs =bad times!

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