If there is one thing that almost 2 years of travel blogging has taught me, it's that there is no such thing as a typical week. As your profile starts to grow, so does you Inbox and it is always good to leave a bit of flexibility in your plans in case you get an opportunity that you just can't turn down; last week I found myself in that very fortunate position not once but several times.
In my weekly blethers I have tried to give you an insight into some of the people that inspire me and thanks to them I have been motivated to not only follow my dreams but also to have the confidence to take on the challenges required to get there.
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND INTERVIEW
Live radio is not something in my comfort zone but last week I put myself out there and achieved a personal triumph when I accepted an invite to chat about easy walking trails in Scotland on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Out for the weekend' show. I have done a few radio interviews before but they have been pre-recorded over the phone, not that they were any less nerve wracking.
Arriving at the BBC studios in Glasgow on Friday I wasn't quite sure what to expect and was initially a bit thrown when I realised I was going to be sitting in a studio on my own talking to a big yellow sponge because the presenter was actually in a studio in another part of the country!
Anyway, I wasn't quite as nervous as I thought and the whole thing flew by so quickly. I haven't managed to bring myself to listen back to it yet but if you want to hear me talking about easy walking trails you can catch up with my interview here (I'm on around 1hr 8 mins in).
ARTICLES FOR SCOTLAND NOW & VISIT SCOTLAND
Last week I also received commissions from Scotland Now and Visit Scotland to write some blog posts for their websites. Freelance writing is something I do quite regularly and it can be a good way to earn some money without compromising your own blog, Inevitably writing for someone else impacts on the time I have to write for my own readers, but again they were opportunities I had to take and you can read my first article for Scotland Now on '8 hidden gems on the Isle of Bute', which was published today here.
MY IMAGE FEATURES IN THE VISIT SCOTLAND LIVE POSTER CAMPAIGN
I was approached recently by Visit Scotland to ask if they could use one of my Instagram images in a new live poster campaign and last week I found out where it was going to be displayed and I was quite excited to find out it is initially rolling out across various railway stations in London from 18th March so please do get in touch if you see it at any of the following stations
· Liverpool Street
· London Bridge
· Kings Cross
· St Pancras
· Cannon Street
· Charing Cross
Hopefully the project will be heading to locations in Scotland later in the year. This is my image from Tobermory that they have chosen
MY FIRST INSTAMEET
Finally, i attended my first Instameet last week, basically an event for Instagrammers. It was being held in Dundee and it turned out to be a great day, visiting lots of city landmarks, catching up with familiar faces and making new friends. I also managed to meet some of my online acquaintances in person for the first time which is always lovely when it happens, I much prefer talking to a real person!
My highlight of the day was getting access to the top of St Paul's Cathedral which isn't normally open to the public. The views across the city and the river Tay were spectacular and well worth the long climb up. Blogging will always be my first passion but I enjoyed dipping my toe the into world of Instagram for the day. Here are a few images from the day.
Thank you to everyone that inspires me to keep blogging and keep pushing myself to achieve my goals!