April 9 2021 marks the 4th yr of Erik the Hungry Traveller (ETHT) as a PH Content material Creator. Effectively, I actually by no means would have imagined the web site I created out of impulse would develop and attain the viewers it has reached now.
You see, I began the weblog as a result of I wished to attempt one thing totally different. A choice that my former self would have by no means accomplished…
Doing the surprising turned the theme for the web site the previous 4 years.
This Filipino Content material Creator is Increasing the Platform and Conserving it Actual!
I’m not going to lie, I wished the ETHT model to thrive. After I began the web site my thoughts went via numerous prospects! Am I going to be well-known? To be wealthy or to be the speak of the city. Lastly, I get to indicate these naysayers that I’m higher than them. I can doubtlessly be one of many high Filipino Content material Creator -s !
Submit! My weblog was reside and I saved on writing about my solo travels. My buddies appreciated my submit – properly I pressured them to love it. Don’t get me began with my household. However apart from them the weblog by no means actually had any traction. Nobody out of my inside circle learn my weblog.
Weeks turned to months and months was a yr. ETHT had some “fan base” however let’s be trustworthy it was nowhere the recognition I wished it to be.
There was some extent the place I gave up, I felt like a joke. One other initiative I attempted and clearly failed at. Effectively, the great factor is I had one yr for my weblog area to run out. I had nothing to lose so I did the surprising. I attempted once more.
By no means Give Up on Your Ardour!
Writing is my ardour. I get pleasure from writing and it’s a approach for me to specific my feelings my thought. I anticipated that writing a weblog could be simple. I do know the fundamentals – learn how to write a sentence, subject-verb settlement. I believed that was it.
That was the place I failed the primary time. My Ego was too huge for my present expertise. Some humble pie I acquired to eat. However via that realization (not being nearly as good as I believed I used to be) began the breakthrough for a greater Erik the Hungry Traveller model!
Lengthy Hours of Analysis and Youtube Movies: Being a Filipino Content material Creator is TOUGH!
I hated going again to formal schooling and I knew from Day 1 of my Human Assets job that I hated being in HR as intense as I hate the style of uncooked garlic!
However I needed to work- I needed to preserve the HR job although I hated it however it introduced cash and funded my travels. This was the explanation why I devoted my time to studying the technical facet of running a blog.
I needed to study each the literature and technical points of running a blog and web site design. This was all for my aim to make running a blog my most important occupation and bidding adieu to Human Assets.
Quick Ahead to 12 months 2 of being a Filipino Content material Creator
I studied the craft and improved my writing. I spoke from the center. That was what I used to be happy with. What I put out to the world was genuine and oozing with ardour. I had enjoyable doing the weblog. Then individuals began to note.
I acquired gives to go to lodges and eating places principally in Manila the capital of the Philippines. Individuals began to note the weblog!
Then Feedspot a preferred RSS reader acknowledged the weblog as among the finest Male Blogger Web sites within the Philippines. I shared the highlight with different well-known bloggers and magazines. Then different recognitions and gives got here.
I acquired the chance to collaborate with mainstream media and even went so far as nearly closing a take care of a cab-hailing firm + a global financial institution collaboration (I’m not certain if I’m allowed to reveal however go determine). It was a TVC that ought to have been aired in all of South East Asia however didn’t materialize as they went in one other artistic route. They launched the product however the citi dwellers didn’t seize the advertising for the product collaboration (get it… wink)
Anyway, regardless of that missed alternative. I by no means gave up! The truth that they observed me and my expertise was greater than sufficient. I used to be on my approach to turning into a recognized and well-known author/blogger.
Then COVID Occurred.
All of it went downhill for me when COVID 19 began. For somebody whose weblog was aptly named Erik the HUNGRY TRAVELLER. I used to be f*cked! Journey was restricted, you weren’t allowed to exit of the home, and eating places had been closed.
I hated that yr! Sure, we are able to all speak in regards to the optimistic results of the pandemic however let’s be trustworthy. The earlier yr introduced extra hurt than good. And irrespective of how we sugarcoat and keep a optimistic outlook, evidently, the yr was extraordinarily shitty!
My Worst Writing and Supply of Inspiration
If I had been a singer-songwriter I must declare my third album (my third yr) because the worst album I’ve ever created. I misplaced contact with actuality and I turned too determined to slot in and to vary the idea of my web site. I gave away my artistic freedom in change for reputation.
Sure, I acquired observed particularly from the Cebu Philippines market, which I by no means bothered nor cared to give attention to through the previous years. However trying again at my work. I hated it! I hated the truth that I turned too mainstream. That I submitted to the whims of others who additionally had vested curiosity.
The writing was good. However it was not the genuine me. However now I do know higher.
April 2021 : ETHT is again!
The 4th yr of Erik the Hungry Traveller as a PH Content material Creator. I wished to jot down however by no means actually acquired any good inspiration from January to March of this yr. Plus once I back-read most of my submit final yr it despatched shivers to my backbone. It was simply not who I’m nor the entire idea that I wished Erik the Hungry Traveller to move. This was primarily the explanation why I misplaced all my artistic enter.
Taking a while off to look again and reassess my weblog helped quite a bit. It made me understand my strengths and that I’ve been holding again my potential all alongside. The insecurities combined with how the pandemic modified my psychological wellbeing turned me into somebody I’m not.
Again to Fundamentals and Conserving it Actual
Don’t get me incorrect I nonetheless want to be a recognized and revered meals and journey blogger. I nonetheless have that intense have to make running a blog a full-time job.
With that stated, I wish to do it on my accords. Listening to my intestine and taking the path the place I really feel and assume is the precise one for the model. I began this weblog with the eagerness in my coronary heart and the need to constantly enhance.
A Rebranding Till It’s Secure to Journey Once more
This complete submit in its entirety is only a rant about how to not lose your genuine self regardless of all of the noise going round. 2021 is approach higher than final yr however I’ve accepted the truth that touring isn’t going to occur for me this yr.
Thus anticipate inevitable modifications for the web site. Effectively for one Erik the Hungry Traveller will now be ETHT. I nonetheless am a Hungry Traveller however for practicality, enlargement, rebranding, and shortening the identify it’s ETHT transferring forth.
The Adjustments for the ETHT Model
I nonetheless am to speak about meals, eating places, and even lodges however the web site will now additionally discuss Wellness and Psychological Well being.
As somebody who has been a psychological well being ambassador I’ve at all times wished to speak about wellness on my weblog however by no means actually had the chance to take action till now. And with my Life Coach accreditation that I lastly acquired this yr, I can say I even have the authority and credibility to the touch on subjects on Life and Being Wholesome in Thoughts and Spirit!
Incorporating my skilled background on psychological well being brings in additional dynamics for this web site (I hope) and it additionally grounds me on my function on why regardless of final yr’s unlucky flip of occasions I nonetheless determined to proceed my ETHT journey and profession.
Associated Put up: Meals Critiques Executed by ETHT
4 years of ETHT! Extra targeted on the Philippines – Cebu
This new chapter for the ETHT model shall be targeted on enjoyable but thought frightening and high quality posts. I now know the place I want to head and I’m now extra centered and targeted on my platform. So I do hope for my viewers of 4 years you do nonetheless get to stay round as I embark on a brand new yr! A yr of extra significant and genuine insights!
Lastly, from the underside of my coronary heart, I actually am very grateful to all those that visited and cheered for this web site for 4 superb years. Onwards we go!