Happy 10th birthday to Not A Ballerina! It’s my blog anniversary!

Well, here we are: the blog is turning ten. I’ve been blogging here for a whole decade!

In past years I’ve celebrated my blog’s birthday with cake (and quite often, by forgetting to celebrate the blog anniversary entirely). This year, my blog’s birthday – 28th June – falls somewhat awkwardly on a day when I’ll be overcoming jet lag in London then flying to Iceland late in the evening. I’m writing this in advance, and hope I remember to celebrate properly on the day.

Happy 10th birthday Not A Ballerina

How Not A Ballerina has changed over the years

When I started back in 2005, few people even knew what a blog was. (I barely did!) There wasn’t really any social media (can you imagine life without it now?). And I lived in Germany, the other side of the world to where I am now in Perth, Western Australia. Since then, I’ve written many hundreds of blog posts, visited another dozen countries, started a business and – most influentially – had a child who’s becoming a real travel-lover.

So, suffice to say, I’ve learnt a whole lot of things about being a travel blogger in the past decade. I started off with pretty much no clue about where the blog was going, and then a few years back I realised where that should be:

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.

When I asked my readers (kind of self-indulgently, but I really wanted to know what they thought) about how they felt about Not A Ballerina, I got some answers which totally made my heart sing:

I like your blog because you report about the actual culture of places you’ve lived and visited and are not trying to sell anything. You are one of the few people who are still looking for genuine interaction.

And another said:

I like the way that you present an idea to readers, giving us different perspectives to consider for ourselves. So many other travel blogs/sites simply TELL us where they think we should go and what we should do… As if we will all somehow experience travel in the same way?!

So I must be doing something right and I hope I can continue to do this thing right for at least another decade, or even more!

Happy 10th birthday Not A Ballerina!

I’m mid-way through a year of celebrations for Not A Ballerina’s blog anniversary and this month has been especially fun as I’ve been receiving gorgeous postcards from readers wishing the blog a happy birthday (you can see some of them in the image above). My blog says thank you (and so do I!). I hope you’ll stick around to see what the next decade brings in terms of travels, learnings from travels and whatever happens with blogs in the future – who knows what I’ll be writing about in 2025 when the blog reaches 20.



  1. Happy 10th birthday – a huge milestone!

  2. WOW! 10 years, that’s like 100 in blog land — big congrats, and three cheers to 10 more years of travel blogging 🙂

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