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Hello Internet, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.
My, oh, my it’s been a while! How’s everyone been doing out there in the big wide world of web?! Have you missed me? Was it horrible? Good.
In a bizarre way, writing this feels like I’ve just been released from a five-month stint in prison and this is that ‘Guess who’s back‘ Facebook status everyone seems to write. If you don’t know anyone who’s ever spent five months in prison, the similarity may be lost on you but what can I say? I’m from the Valleys, and if we don’t have three children or 9 months jail-time under our belt by the time we’re twenty, have we even succeeded in life?
That’s quite harsh and I probably shouldn’t have written that as I really am quite fond of those little mounds of greenery I call my home but hey, ho.
What’s everyone been up to?!
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed yet another accidental blog and social media hiatus from yours truly over the past month or so. Bet you’re wondering what that was all about, huh? Either that or you didn’t actually notice and now you’re reading this and just sort of thinking “Oh hey, I remember her!”
Well, as you may be able to see on the screens in front of you, I’ve been a busy little worker bee behind the scenes making the blog all snazzy and colourful and different. It’s quite pink which, for those who know me in real life might think a bit odd, but the green colour I wanted made me feel sick if I stared at it too long. And the last thing I want is to initiate a global plague.
I’ve wanted a more customised design for a really long time now – it was just finding the time to sit down and sort it out that was the problem. Turns out, all I needed was a cheeky bit of writer’s block and a few days of being well and truly snowed in with nothing else to do but sit and fiddle around with a staging site.
There are a few kinks I still need to work out, a few pages I need to work on, and mobile optimization is high on my list of things to do, BUT I’m really happy with how it is right now and would love if you’d all just have a bit of a click around and let me know if you run into any major issues (broken links, things that don’t match up etc.). I’d especially love if you could check out my continent pages (specifically South America, Asia or Europe as the others are still in progress) and tell me what you think, as I spent way too long choosing little icons for them and want validation that it was worth it!
So why did I spice things up?
It may seem like I’m forever changing the site’s design and triumphantly announcing that THIS IS THE ONE, but as I mentioned a little earlier on, I’ve always wanted something beyond your typical blogger template. Something a little more unique. It just seemed the right time to get the ball rolling and ignite that fire of creativity.
Especially as I signed up for an unofficial blogging challenge on Facebook that entails publishing a new post every single day in April.
Yep, that means that from this Sunday for four whole weeks I’ll be pushing out brand new content each and every day. A small step for the blogging world, but one helluva giant leap for Rhiannon-kind!
I’m planning to use this coming month as a way to experiment slightly with my style of content creation. Up until now, this site has very much been 90% my own travel experiences and 10% mildly useful content that might help you not get lost. Although I certainly don’t plan on losing my online voice (as I am kind of hilarious) and will most definitely continue to recount my own tales of self-destruction here, I want to be a little bit more than just another personal blog and really add to that 10% of useful content. Maybe push it to 15%, who knows?! So we’re talking a few more guide-style posts, maybe a hotel review here and there, the works really. I’m also planning on open a new interview feature relating to using foreign languages while travelling, so if you speak a second language or have ever just found knowing the basics of another language (je suis vert) useful on holiday and would like to be featured, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
All of this just in time for…
If you follow me on Twitter (and if you don’t, you kind of really should…) you inevitably will have already heard (because I haven’t shut up about it for 48 hours straight) that I’m going to New Zealand at the end of this month.
I fly on the 24th of April, land on the 26th and will be flying home on the 13th May. It’s a bit of a short one when you consider the fact that I’m making a 70-hour round trip to the complete other side of the world, but it’s the trip of the lifetime I didn’t know I needed!
New Zealand hasn’t ever been on my radar for anything other than Hobbiton – that is, until my best friend moved there and Air China had £420 return flights and everything else just gloriously fell into place! I’m hoping my two weeks there will be enough to cement my decision to move there on a working holiday visa this Summer (big decisions!), and although we’ll be somewhat restricted to the North Island on this trip, have you ever seen New Zealand? It is beautiful. All of it. It’s incredible. I cannot wait.