My second first blog post

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Hello, I’m Carolyn – better known as @theslowtraveler on Instagram, the one who’s completely obsessed with plants and facades.

Welcome to my “new” website/blog.

I gave up on my first blog sometime last year. It didn’t really have a purpose. People weren’t really bothered about what I was saying – I wasn’t really bothered about what I was saying. It was a bit self-indulgent.

Why am I back, then? Well, a few reasons:

  1. I spent the last couple of years travelling around Asia and Latin America. I’ll share tips on full-time, long-term travel: how I did it and how you can do it too.
  2. Around March 2016 my Instagram account took off, finally, after a LOT of trial and error. It required hardwork and perseverance – and a broken rule or two. I want to tell you how I made it happen: what’s worked for me and what hasn’t.
  3. Maybe you’d like to buy some of my travel photography? My very first online shop is now live.

So here’s to not giving up second time round – to a more purposeful blog. Because, let’s face it, we all need to know how to shoot the perfect Instagram facade.

Thanks for reading my second first blog post. I hope you pop back soon.


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22 thoughts on “My second first blog post”

  1. I think, as a restart, is very promising 🙂
    I can’t wait to know your instagram tips, read from yours travels and I really love your photos, they are amazing!!!
    (Sorry for my awful English)

  2. I Find your insta very interesting and have been following it for a few months now.. delighted to see am gonna get to read more about all that’s in there.. waiting for your future blogs…

  3. Eagerly anticipating the posts about your Instagram journey! Your photography has a distinct vibe to it (that I love), so I’m sure that helped launch your success. 🙂 All the same, the intricacies of Instagram marketing are a mystery to me, so I’m excited to find out how your cracked the code!

    1. Thank you, Leandra. And it was also a mystery to me up until around March this year – so, I’m happy to help people in similar situations where I can! Watch this space!

    1. Hi Savitri! Thank you, I’m happy you think so. I had a brief look at yours the other day. Your Instagram tips are really informative. Hope it’s going well so far x

  4. Your website is looking great 🙂 I’ve got a couple failed blogs behind me, and thinking of re-starting myself. Now it’s too cold to type much 😉

    1. Hi, Dee. Thank you very much. Good to hear that. This was a failed blog, too. Better luck this time around. You definitely should … Why not! 🙂

  5. Congratulations dear Carolyn! I love your pics and words and now looking forward to a little more behind with your blog! Wish you joy with it, big hugs Niina x

  6. I’m looking foward for your tips and texts around here, Carolyn. Wish you luck! Live your insta! I’m passing for a similar moment trying to start a blog and I know it’s hard. 😉 keep going!

  7. Hi Carolyn,

    I follow you instagram and it’s gorgeous! I am a first year MFA student at Oregon State University and I am planning to travel long term post graduation. I am looking for advise, especially on trip planning and finances. Also, will you please suggest a DSLR for beginners? Do you use lightroom for post processing?

    1. Hi, Mohana. That’s wonderful to hear. And what a great experience to look forward to. It might turn out to be the best thing you ever do … It’s the certainty the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ll try to get some travel-tip type posts out before your graduation! I started with a Canon 110D and I loved it. It served me very well and is really easy to use. Editing wise, I tend to do all of my editing in Camera Raw (I like subtle editing), then for Instagram I usually use VSCO which helps me keep a consistent aesthetic with my account. I hope that helps for now!

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