April 9 2021 marks the 4th 12 months of Erik the Hungry Traveller (ETHT) as a PH Content material Creator. Nicely, 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 completely different. A call that my former self would have by no means performed…
Doing the sudden turned the theme for the web site the previous 4 years.
This Filipino Content material Creator is Increasing the Platform and Preserving it Actual!
I’m not going to lie, I wished the ETHT model to thrive. After I began the web site my thoughts went by quite a lot of 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 probably 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 preferred my put up – properly I compelled them to love it. Don’t get me began with my household. However aside 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 12 months. ETHT had some “fan base” however let’s be sincere it was nowhere the recognition I wished it to be.
There was a degree the place I gave up, I felt like a joke. One other initiative I attempted and clearly failed at. Nicely, the great factor is I had one 12 months for my weblog area to run out. I had nothing to lose so I did the sudden. I attempted once more.
By no means Give Up on Your Ardour!
Writing is my ardour. I take pleasure in 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 – the best way to write a sentence, subject-verb settlement. I assumed that was it.
That was the place I failed the primary time. My Ego was too huge for my present abilities. Some humble pie I obtained to eat. However by that realization (not being pretty much as good as I assumed 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 Sources 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 rationale why I devoted my time to studying the technical facet of running a blog.
I needed to be taught each the literature and technical facets of running a blog and web site design. This was all for my objective to make running a blog my principal occupation and bidding adieu to Human Sources.
Quick Ahead to Yr 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 pleased with. What I put out to the world was genuine and oozing with ardour. I had enjoyable doing the weblog. Then folks began to note.
I obtained affords to go to inns and eating places principally in Manila the capital of the Philippines. Folks began to note the weblog!
Then Feedspot a well-liked RSS reader acknowledged the weblog as top-of-the-line Male Blogger Web sites within the Philippines. I shared the highlight with different well-known bloggers and magazines. Then different recognitions and affords got here.
I obtained the chance to collaborate with mainstream media and even went so far as nearly closing a cope with 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 and marketing 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 abilities was greater than sufficient. I used to be on my method 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 have been closed.
I hated that 12 months! Sure, we will all speak concerning the constructive results of the pandemic however let’s be sincere. The earlier 12 months introduced extra hurt than good. And irrespective of how we sugarcoat and keep a constructive outlook, for sure, the 12 months was extraordinarily shitty!
My Worst Writing and Supply of Inspiration
If I have been a singer-songwriter I must declare my third album (my third 12 months) because the worst album I’ve ever created. I misplaced contact with actuality and I turned too determined to slot in and to alter the idea of my website. I gave away my artistic freedom in change for reputation.
Sure, I obtained observed particularly from the Cebu Philippines market, which I by no means bothered nor cared to deal with 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 12 months of Erik the Hungry Traveller as a PH Content material Creator. I wished to write down however by no means actually obtained any good inspiration from January to March of this 12 months. Plus after I back-read most of my put up final 12 months 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 go. This was primarily the rationale 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 Preserving it Actual
Don’t get me fallacious I nonetheless need to be a recognized and revered meals and journey blogger. I nonetheless have that intense must make running a blog a full-time job.
With that stated, I need to do it on my accords. Listening to my intestine and taking the course the place I really feel and suppose is the suitable one for the model. I began this weblog with the fervour in my coronary heart and the will to repeatedly enhance.
A Rebranding Till It’s Protected to Journey Once more
This complete put up 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 12 months however I’ve accepted the truth that touring will not be going to occur for me this 12 months.
Thus count on inevitable adjustments for the web site. Nicely 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 Modifications for the ETHT Model
I nonetheless am to speak about meals, eating places, and even inns however the web site will now additionally speak about Wellness and Psychological Well being.
As somebody who has been a psychological well being ambassador I’ve all the time 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 obtained this 12 months, I can say I even have the authority and credibility to the touch on matters on Life and Being Wholesome in Thoughts and Spirit!
Incorporating my skilled background on psychological well being brings in additional dynamics for this website (I hope) and it additionally grounds me on my goal on why regardless of final 12 months’s unlucky flip of occasions I nonetheless determined to proceed my ETHT journey and profession.
Associated Submit: Meals Evaluations Performed by ETHT
4 years of ETHT! Extra centered on the Philippines – Cebu
This new chapter for the ETHT model shall be centered on enjoyable but thought scary and high quality posts. I now know the place I want to head and I’m now extra centered and centered 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 12 months! A 12 months of extra significant and genuine insights!
Lastly, from the underside of my coronary heart, I really am very grateful to all those that visited and cheered for this website for 4 wonderful years. Onwards we go!