A new direction for The Road Chose Me
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
Exactly eleven years ago today, on the 19th of May 2009, The Road Chose Me was born.
We’ve come a very long way in that time.
I vividly remember my brother Mike and I throwing possible names around, testing each one to see what stuck. Mike was on cloud nine having just returned from hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, and I was dreaming and saving for my upcoming expedition. We spent a few days hiking and camping around the Rockies in the first snows of the season, and of course visited many hot springs.
I just found the email I sent to my friends and family asking for input on the possibles, listed here:
- My life is a choice
- My life as a choice
- Living, my way
- Living, a way
- I don’t know but I’m doing it
- Slow down and live
- Slow down to live
- Going my way?
- Going, my way
- Need a lift?
- Life is a choice
- Life as a choice
- I choose life
- I choose to live
- The road chose me (I like this one)
- Road of lessons
- Driving south
- Headed south
- I choose my fate
- Fate is a choice
- ZenFun (My brother loved this one)
My Mum suggested:
- One of life’s Journeys
- Everyday’s a Choice
You can probably see I was feeling extremely trapped at my desk job, and I was desperate to escape!
In the eleven years since The Road Chose Me launched, I’ve posted exactly 600 blog entries and uploaded 4,102 photos from my two major expeditions. I’ve spent thousands of hours writing and editing photos, and fought more terrible wifi to get it all uploaded than I care to remember. Thanks to you this site has received 4,668 comments and has seen over 2.7 million page views.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing my passion with you all, and the challenge of creative writing and photography. I was extremely proud when my first articles were published in magazines, and holding the first printed copy of my published book was a feeling I’ll never forget.
Blogs were already “old news” when I started blogging in 2009, and now more than a decade later they’re a dying breed.
For a lot of reasons, I’ve decided to take The Road Chose Me in a new direction.
From now on, I’m focusing on video to document my expeditions, and share DIY articles, advice, tips and tricks with you.
My goal is to teach you everything I’ve learned, and continue to inspire and encourage you to get out there on your own adventures.
Yes, there are more continent-scale adventures on the horizon for me – and I will film and share them with you – but you want to get out there and have adventures of your own, and I’m going to teach you everything you need to know!
These videos will all be free, on my YouTube Channel creatively called The Road Chose Me
I’ll publish two videos a week, every Monday and Thursday.
If you’re not already, please head over and subscribe, it really helps my channel grow and get more attention.
I’ve also started a Patreon page where you can pledge a monthly dollar amount. For as little as $2 a month you’ll help me create videos with all the information you need to get out there. Of course I’ll throw in inspirational videos from my own adventures and vehicle builds too!
At the higher support tiers you’ll receive exclusive rewards, and you’ll be helping me get back on the road on even bigger expeditions.
There were many, many days I looked forward to getting online to see the comments from you, and I genuinely appreciate it.
This is not the end, simply the beginning of something new!
Thanks for all the support and encouragement over the years,
Also, here’s the announcement video: