This is it, guys.
The moment has come.
The moment to hit that awfully intimidating button “publish” for the very first time.
I have been working towards this moment for more than a year now, and what a year it has been. The idea of starting this travel blog first popped into my head when I had completely lost direction of what I wanted and where I should be headed next. So, I did what every sane person would do in such a critical time: I started reading travel blogs.
Ok, I admit, that would probably not have been the best solution for everybody, but it worked for me. Sparked by some of my favorite blogs, I started working on an entirely new project that combined two activities I love doing: writing and traveling.
What’s in a name?
The first real challenge came in thinking up a name, something I unfortunately cannot take any credit for. While I was struggling with finding the perfect name, ‘Clumsy Stray Cat’ was suggested to me. And I never strayed from it. Yes, I totally came up with that lame pun myself though. Sorry.
Lame puns aside, I do want to talk to you guys for a bit about the ‘Stray’ in Clumsy Stray Cat. For me, it links back to two of its meanings. The first one is, as you might expect, ‘to wander’. The second meaning is ‘to deviate from a course’.
I like to think that using a word that means ‘to wander’ in the name of a travel blog sort of explains itself. As you can discover in my about page, I have always had a severe case of wanderlust. And let’s just say that this, combined with my tendency towards clumsiness, can make life quite the challenge sometimes.
The ‘to deviate from a course’, however, is a bit trickier. I don’t really think of myself as someone who goes against the grain just for the heck of it. Still, I have always felt like many of my hopes, dreams, and aspirations strayed from the so-called life script of studying, finding a job, earning money, buying a house, marrying, having kids, etc. Seriously, if given the choice, I’d just want to become a mermaid, you guys.
Doubts and determination
Having decided upon the name, anything seemed possible. At least at first. The closer I came to publishing my first blog post, the more I was plagued with doubts. What if I write something I come to regret later on? What if I embarrass myself? Or perhaps even worse, what if nobody ever reads this?
Then again, if you made it this far, it means at least somebody read most of my very first blog post. We all have to start somewhere, right? Right? And even though doubts had kicked in, I was determined to make this travel blog the start of something new (obligatory High School Musical reference, duh).
In that way, pushing that awfully intimidating button “publish” for the very first time introduces the next chapter of my life, one where I’ll be sharing stories with you.
Enlightening stories. Serious stories. Fun stories.
And… clumsy stories.
Which is exactly what I’ll be doing this week. To celebrate my launch (let’s all HURRAY), I’ll be sharing three travel stories in which I manage to display some of my best clumsy stray cat behavior. There’s many more to come, but we all have to start somewhere. And I’m SO excited about these beginnings.
So, long story short, I would like to invite you to follow me and my clumsy feet all around the world. Welcome to Clumsy Stray Cat!
So, what do you guys think? Want to follow along?