Hands up who was around when I use to film a weekly work diary? (Gold medal for you!) They started off well but when I took on a social consulting role to help pay for our wedding a few things for the blog fell by the wayside. This was one of them.
This week though I’ve been doing a bit of a blog audit (more of that tomorrow) and reviewing what content works well and what there needs to be more of. Two things I’ve found that need major addressing are the lack of personal content and lack of consistent content. So this new weekly series, titled ‘Checking In’ (geddit?) is basically my commitment to, erm, checking in with you readers more often.
Weirdly, this week I’ve been working for my husband. His company needed a copywriter to prepare an award submission for them and as all the decent ones weren’t available they turned to me. (Jokes.. I think.) It’s been challenging to write about technology rather than travel but also refreshing to switch things up work-wise. I’ve also massively increased my vocabulary and you can expect lots of ‘digital transformations’, ‘fuelled productivity’ and ’empowered employees’ in content going forward. (Possibly, maybe.)
Following on from the long overdue blog audit I completed this week, I spent the weekend swotting up and sparking ideas with The Blogger Course by my long-time blogger friend Monica, The Travel Hack. I will review this course in more detail when I’m finished (currently on section 7 of 12) but it’s already been a massive help by reminding of all the blogger best practise I’d forgotten or just got too lazy to maintain.
Stuffing My Face With
I’m continuing to explore my new home city through my belly and this weekend that (self-appointed) mission took us to Collingwood for dinner at Easey’s. Possibly one of Melbourne’s coolest restaurant venues, part of Easey’s dining area is found in a decommissioned retro train perched on the top of an office block. I’m pleased to report that rather than coasting on the coattails of their awesome venue, Easey’s also serve really good grub. Especially the cheesy burgers and chilli loaded chips.
I also checked out the gorgeous, greenery-filled cafe you can see above with Nicole from Bitten By The Travel Bug. It’s one of my favourite new cafes in Melbourne and I’ll be put together a list of the best of them this week.
In this line of work travel opportunities can be like buses. You wait all winter for something to rescue you from Melbourne and then 3 options rock up at once. Whilst I don’t want to be all vague-bookey with you, I don’t want to say more just yet as apart from a holiday to Bali that Justin and I have booked for October none of these projects are 100% confirmed and I don’t like to count my chickens before they hatch, if you know what I mean. Basically in 2 weeks I’m either going to be zipping all over the world or suffering from a case of SAD (seasonal affective disorder – it’s a thing).
I’ve got my grubby mitts on an advance copy of travel blogger Torre DeRoche’s second book. I was a major fan of her first book, Love With A Chance Of Drowning (check out my review here) and the writing of this follow up is just as delicious. I’m only a few chapters into her account of walking across India and Italy but it’s already got me yearning for frolics in vineyards and glasses full of Limoncello. God knows what I’ll be craving by the time I get to the Indian bit.
I updated and reshared an old post about how we don’t all have to quit our jobs and become digital nomads in order to live a life of travel and it’s really struck a nerve with you peeps. Feel free to weigh in with thoughts here.
Over to you – what food/book/travel adventures do you have the mix?