Today something wonderful happened!
My article ‘Five Reasons Why Everyone Should Live Abroad At Least Once‘ was published in the ‘Expat’ section of the British daily newspaper ‘The Telegraph‘. (Here is a link, if you want to have a look.)
It means the world to me!
You see, since I was 15 all I have ever wanted to do was to work in media. I had some small successes back home in Bulgaria in a couple of local radio stations first and a couple of national daily newspapers after that.
When I moved to England in December 2000 though my journalistic dream was abolished. As a non-native speaker of English, I felt I couldn’t compete in a country where newspaper headlines take years of cultural and linguistic knowledge to decipher and where radio jockeys speak not just fast but with a pronounced regional accent which sometimes would perplex even the locals.
Plus I didn’t feel like I had anything interesting to say. And, yes, there was a lot of self-doubt mixed in there, too.
Fast forward 14 years and after relocating to Italy in August 2014, I decided to start a blog to jot down moments in time I didn’t want to forget coupled with some thoughts that had been playing on my mind. This is how Rossi Writes was started.
Six months minus four days later, I have posted over 75 blog posts and hundreds of photos. It feels good to have a space where to ‘offload’ things in order to gain some much needed headspace. I have not only documented many happy memories of our life in Italy, but written a series of articles on our current hometown of Vicenza and explored in writing some of my fears and observations about life in general.
I have started to feel much more confident in my writing and in what I have to say. As such, I began approaching different publishers to see if they would be interested in my being a guest blogger on their pages.
Today’s article in The Telegraph is my first such collaboration. My second will be posted in a couple of weeks time in one of the leading British travel blogs. And I am currently working on a third submission for yet another publisher.
I enjoy it immensely!
Mainly because it gives me a chance to get back to something I loved doing – exploring a topic and writing in depth about it. But also because it makes me get out of my comfort zone, reach out to people and provide a read which is both of use to them and evokes emotions and questions in them.
Fingers crossed, I am planning to keep doing it for much longer.
If you have any comments about my articles and my writings, please, let me know below.
And if you are looking for a reliable guest blogger with lots of interesting stories to share in the areas of travel, expat life, self exploration and development, please, feel free to get in touch.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Some of my best articles so far are:
A walk in the park or travelling slowly
Six reasons why you should stop off at Vicenza on your way from Venice to Verona
Ten ways to feel at home when you move to a new country
A child is born
Coffee for one
Five reasons to visit Veneto beyond Venice
Venezia, Amore Mio
Art at your fingertips
Exploring Vicenza – zigzagging through the countryside