A new direction for Not A Ballerina’s travels

In the midst of an internet crisis – yes, it’s a first world problem but I had to survive with barely any internet at home for ten days, and I’m afraid to say it was not all that fun – my blog passed its seventh birthday. Suddenly this lack of enthusiasm for blogging I’d developed over a couple of months made sense: a seven year itch! My blog and I were going through a rocky time in our relationship.

It has been seven whole years (and a bit) since I sat down at my little desk in Germany and typed the first post, not really sure who would listen, apart from my mother, of course. Back then, Not A Ballerina started as a place to share other stories I had published, some in small online magazines, some in print, some on large multi-author blogs which went on to pay my mortgage quite nicely for some years. I didn’t even see the blog as exclusively about travel, as you can tell from the title, although certainly 90% or more of my published work was (and still is) a clear reflection of my obsession with travel.

Over the years, as I continued to travel, then as I settled down a little more back in Australia to start a family and spent more time looking through old travel photos than planning new trips, Not A Ballerina became a place to describe recent trips and to reflect on past trips. Nostalgic and sentimental should be two of my middle names (although ironically, I don’t even have one middle name!), because some of my favourite posts are those on my memories of travelling around Europe as a nine-year-old or Australia at twelve, both in a campervan with my family.

But now I’m changing tack again, a little. There are more than enough bloggers telling you all the insider tips on destinations the world over, and they’re doing it better than me because they’re on the road as we speak. I get to travel a couple of times a year, but the combination of having a toddler, a business, and living in the most isolated city in the world means that I definitely can’t compete with the modern full-time travel blogger who can go wherever they want, whenever they want. (I’ve done that, too, but unfortunately, pre-blogging!)

Not A Ballerina is going to become a collection of longer posts, of hopefully more meaningfully-written stuff that makes me feel truly happy to write it, and it’s going to be about the wider implications of travelling, a topic that’s really dear to me: why travel is important, and what travel has taught me. Hopping on a plane or train and heading to somewhere new and possibly exotic isn’t just a frivolous act: it can be life-changing, or at the very least, it can break a little chink into the armour of your view of the world and open your mind to other possibilities. I hope you’ll stick around for the ride with the new Not A Ballerina. New look coming very soon to match the new direction. I think you’ll like it!


  1. Yes, this sounds good. I don’t travel as much as I used to (and I don’t want to either) although I haven’t really thought of a theme, as such, for my blog. It’s just mostly vaguely travel related.

  2. Jacinta says:

    I can’t believe you don’t have a middle name!! We’ll have to rectify that….

    • I know. I made sure my son got one. In primary school when we played that game (Red Letter?) where you needed as many names as possible, my friends let me use my cat’s name for a middle name. That was great, because his name was Ginger Meggs, which had four Gs, and meant I could often win.

  3. Sounds interesting. Congratulations on having the guts to step outside the square and make the change! Can’t wait to see the changes.

  4. It all sounds very exciting Amanda. They say a change is as good as holiday!! I love your writing so I know your stories will be great…looking forward to your new look!!

    • Thanks heaps Jenny 🙂 although I have never quite been able to agree with the “they” who say that about change and holidays … I think I’d usually pick a holiday every time!

  5. Can’t wait to read your new style blog!

  6. Congratulation on your 7th blogging anniversary Amanda!! I missed my first anniversary because I was travelling and not able to reach a computer easily,and not much time either!
    I look forward to your new blog adventure.
    We still have to meet up regarding the box, let me know what are the best days for you.

  7. Amanda @ Farsickness says:

    Happy Anniversary!! And I’m looking forward to the new direction!

  8. I think this is a good idea Amanda – go for it- will be interested to see your new direction

  9. Thanks Nicole – I hope it does turn out to be a good idea – starting to feel the pressure now that everyone’s commenting on my announcement!

  10. Happy Anniversary. Interested to see where you go from here.

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