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A New Blog: Why Do I Start over and What Can You Expect? – Marnix Buijs, Freelance Magazine Writer, SEO writer, and Digital Marketer

A New Blog: Why Do I Start over and What Can You Expect?

February 14th, 2019 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “A New Blog: Why Do I Start over and What Can You Expect?”

Half a year ago, I wrote my final blog post for the Seeking Me blog. For those of you who don’t know, that was my blog on a different domain. Now, I have re-posted some on this new blog, here on my personal website.

Since the busiest period of my life is behind me now, I thought I’d start blogging again to show my writing, interests, and experiences. If you want to follow me on my journey, you should read (or at least scan) this blog post to find out what I will be writing about on here.

 

Freelancing

At first, this website came to existence to show my work to potential clients; a place where I refer them to. Now, I’m going to turn this into a website that is for (potential) clients, readers, colleagues, like-minded individuals, and everyone else who wants to know more about everything I will discuss in this article.

As a freelancer, my focus is on magazine writing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) writing, and digital marketing. I’ve worked with several publications of significant size, and I loved it which is the reason why I decided to focus more on that aspect of my freelance business.

 

Digital marketing

My passion for digital marketing has grown over the last few months because I came to the realization that a big part of companies’ marketing strategies now involves online marketing. This comes in the form of social media marketing, on-page/off-page SEO, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), influencer marketing, direct e-mail marketing, e-books and much more.

 
 
 
 
 
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To grow my knowledge into the industry of digital marketing, I started working with several agencies who specialize in SEO and all forms of content marketing. If there’s a company that’s looking to fulfill a full-time role in this industry, I would even consider it (before I wouldn’t).

Writing about topics related to digital marketing also helps me expand my knowledge since I have to do research to write these articles.

 

Health & Fitness

An area that has always been of interest to me is health and fitness. Five years ago, I started my fitness journey, and I’ve learned many things along the way (including how to get yourself injured).

In the beginning, I didn’t give an F about my health, the only thing I cared about was building muscle. After a while though, I started to develop an interest in my health as well. That’s also when I made the radical decision to become vegan, and I’ve never looked back since.

I’ve helped many people reach their fitness goals, and I even gave advice in some areas to improve their health. Mostly mental and holistic health.

Lifehack has been a super useful platform for me to grow my knowledge and personal brand within these areas (although my profile on there is outdated).

 

Food & Cooking

Who doesn’t love food, right? I mean healthy food of course – it’s okay if you eat vegan pancakes for breakfast though.

Since I moved out of my parents’ home, I’ve started to experiment with cooking, trying different combinations of food that make me feel good (and not exhausted).

As someone who is vegan, it can be challenging to balance your diet if that is not your main priority in life (which it hasn’t been for me for a while now). I’d love to dive even deeper into this subject which is why I started writing about it for several publications.

Vegan food avocado and beans

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Travel

Last but not least, I finally started living the digital nomad lifestyle (which we’ll get into in a second) and travel to my first city on the list. Living the digital nomad lifestyle has been a goal for me for over two years now, and I’m happy to say that I’m finally living it (although not in ideal circumstances).

 
 
 
 
 
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I’d love to step into this industry and maybe even get paid to travel somewhere – that would be awesome, right? 

I’m currently in the process of partnering with a company that’s in this industry, but I won’t get into further details. Soon, I’ll start sending out pitches to travel magazines to see if they are interested in a story written by me and go from there.

 

Personal Life

Guess where I’m living right now.

Where would you go if you had the chance to go anywhere in the world? Where would you go when you’re used to living your whole life in a country with not much sun? (hint)

Okay, here it comes.

via GIPHY

I live in….. BALI!!!!

Yeah, it’s pretty awesome if I may say so myself.

The first location on my list of 25 countries to live in the next few years of my life (or at least that’s the plan for now). See here the complete list:

List of the top 25 cheapest countries to live in as a digital nomad with a new blog

Pretty big list, huh?

By the way, I have no clue or whatsoever if it’s even possible to live in all those places, but I basically searched for countries with the lowest cost of living on Nomad List and put them on a list.

 

Random Rant

I found out that I’m quite the adventurer because I heard a lot of people talking about wanting to do the same but coming up with excuses like “it’s not the right time for me” or “I don’t know how I could do that.”

If you’re one of those people, please know this: I didn’t know shit either. I just set a goal to do this crap and figured out how to do it on the go. It’s called entrepreneurship.

“An entrepreneur is someone who will jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.” – Reid Hoffman

Maybe you’re not someone that likes to take risks, in which case I think you don’t really want it.

Don’t feel like you have to do something awesome like this if you don’t feel good about it. You’re you, and you should do what you think makes you happy.

Okay, enough ranting for today.

 

I feel better than ever.

When I arrived in Bali, I had not the experience I expected to have. I was overwhelmed by the number of cab drivers who were trying to pull me into their taxi after a 15-hour flight, so I fled to the toilets.

My first experience in Bali was an anxiety attack, thanks, guys!

In the toilet, I locked myself out of the crowd and took a few deep breaths.

When I felt a little better, I changed my clothes (I was still wearing a winter coat) and splashed some water in my face.

While in the men’s room I was thinking about what I was going to do and what someone on the plane told me. “You’re probably gonna get ripped off by a cab driver” is exactly what she said.

I made peace with the fact that I was going to get ripped off. Why? You may ask.

Well, if they feel that they need to rip me off, they are probably struggling with their life. My happiness is not going to change by losing any monetary amount – except for when it means I can’t buy food anymore – so if he thinks that he will feel better after ripping me off, be my guest.

Anyway, I exited the men’s room and pointed to a cab driver and said: “You! You’re going to bring me to this place, my friend!” And that’s exactly what he did.

He grabbed my suitcase and off we went to the place where I would spend two nights with a local (a man who taught me everything I needed to know).

Almost one month here, my mental health has been better than ever, and I feel more spiritually connected than I’ve felt in a long time.

“In solitude, I find my answers.” – Kristen Butler

 

The Future of This New Blog

What can you expect on this new blog?

So, what I will be writing about is all the topics related to the expertise of my work, personal experiences (like the one above), and any other subject I find relevant for you to know.

A lot of times this will be related to my mission in my current career as a writer:

“I write informative and engaging content by combining my own experience with research to help others live a healthy and fulfilled life.”

Sounds good to you? Then keep following me here, on Instagram, and Facebook!

Any questions? Feel free to shoot me an email at marnix@marnixbuijs.com, and I’ll do my best to answer it.