When, how and why did Don’t Stop Living start?
As today is the 27th August 2022, this blog officially started FIFTEEN years ago today on the 27th August 2007. That’s when I wrote my (now cringeworthy) first ever blog post, simply called Welcome to Don’t Stop Living. However I am not a tech geek and that was purely the date when the blog went live and I hit “publish”.
“I write this alone on my bed, I’ve poisoned every room in the house” – Richey James Edwards.
However, it was actually July 2007 when I drafted the first blog post and came up with the idea of a travel and lifestyle blog about my journeys, called Don’t Stop Living. I started the blog because I was inspired by two fellow backpackers I met – Mike and Lee in the Planet Traveler Hostel in Toronto, Canada. They were both English backpackers with travel blogs. Before I had met Mike and Lee, I had never even heard of a travel blog!!
Mike Burkimsher’s Blog: Ball of Dirt/The Long Way Home
Lee Price’s Blog: One Life and One World
Here is a photo of me in Toronto in 2007, taken by Lee, the day I had my notebook out and was writing my diary and physical notes. This was where the travel blog all began.
I met Lee and Mike in the Planet Traveler hostel in Toronto. Weirdly Lee and Mike didn’t keep their travel blogs going after 2008.
“In the blink of a young girl’s eye, glory days” – Bruce Springsteen.
Before Don’t Stop Living, What Writing Did I Do?
I have always been writing in some shape or form. I write every day. I love to write. As a 10 year old I wrote a football fanzine for Glentoran with my best mate Michael McClelland. By the age of 23 I had written for about 10 different football and music fanzines, including editing my own football fanzine, “Here We Go…Again”. At University I wrote for the magazine there, Nerve. I also worked in PR in London, writing press releases for companies and placing articles and products into newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and even online. Then I quit the PR world of London in June 2007, booking a cheap one way flight to Toronto. As well as all that, I write poetry. I have well over 1,000 unpublished poems – I really want to get them released soon. I have 4 physical books released, have another few on the way and have also released two e-books. Here are some photos of me writing down the years.
“I need a job so I want to be a paperback writer” – The Beatles.
Don’t Stop Living is ALSO the name of an album I wrote and played guitar on back in 2001. Here is a photo of that cassette tape album –
Don’t Stop Living blog, my social media and my books are littered with quotes and anecdotes from others. I copy from my heroes because everybody does that. Noel Gallagher is a genius and one of the biggest influences on my life.
“I’ll put on my shoes while they’re walking slowly down the hall of fame” – Noel Gallagher.
Changing Faces of Don’t Stop Living 2007 – 2022
In those last FIFTEEN years, the front page of Don’t Stop Living has changed many times. Here are some of the previous looks. I’m happy with the way it is now, the redesign was done expertly by Hannah Henderson, The Useful Human so thanks Hannah! Thanks also to Trevor Warman, a fellow backpacker and blogger who alerted me of Hannah. You can see Trevor’s story at Nomadic Backpacker.
Why is my blog called “Don’t Stop Living”?
“Don’t Stop Living” – Unknown Toronto-based High School graffiti artist, 2001.
– broken my leg
– broken my ribcage
– broken my collarbone
– had about 10 visas declined
– been illegally deported
– been illegally arrested
– been illegally held in “custody”
– been hit by a train and was unconscious in hospital for the first 24 hours
– been to court in a country I wasn’t born in
– been on over 5 different types of medication for depression
– visited therapists, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists
– not contracted COVID ever
– lost 6 phones
– had a laptop stolen due to my flatmate’s negligence
– lost 3 cameras
– been in a crash in Gorno Badakhshan
– had 9 backpacks lost by airlines
– had over 20 flights cancelled
– missed over 10 flights
– missed over 10 buses or trains
– split up from every girl I was with
– been to weddings in four different continents
Thanks to anyone who has followed my journey and enjoyed it. Here are a few other ways to connect with me:
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– Subscribe to Don’t Stop Living videos on YouTube
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– Follow Don’t Stop Living on Instagram
– Follow Don’t Stop Living on Twitter
– Get me on GooglePlus
Safe and happy travels!
Here are a few other posts to learn more about Don’t Stop Living
Sunday’s Inspiration: Top 5 Tips on Becoming a Professional Travel Blogger
The World’s First Ever Travel Blog Country: Enter Don’t Stop Living, the Independent Country!
This is NOT a Travel Blog!! The Real Truth About Don’t Stop Living: What does “Don’t Stop Living” really mean?
2 thoughts on “This Travel Blog, Don’t Stop Living is Fifteen Years Old Today!!”
Thanks for the mention. Glad it worked well with Hannah.
Greetings from La Fortuna, Costa Rica 🇨🇷 102nd country loyal.
Hi Trevor, thanks for the comment. 102nd country is epic! Loads of cool stuff in Costa Rica, including the John Lennon Statue and the famous Hemingway Inn. Safe travels. Jonny