A to Z Blogging Challenge: B is for Broken Heels

Welcome back to my A to Z Blogging Challenge for 2019. I’m currently trying to write 1000 words per day, every day in April, with the theme of my wish list, but yesterday didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. I managed about 750, but that’s still pretty good. That was my A is for Abbey Road piece which you can read here. Today, I’m moving on to writing B is for Broken Heels. You might think that sounds like a weird thing to put on my wish list, but bear with me. It’s not as weird as it sounds because Broken Heels is the name of my new blog. Read on to find out more.

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For a while now, I’ve noticed that there is one particular post that keeps my site’s hit counter ticking over and that’s a post about selling old shoes online. I started to wonder if maybe I could make something of this. This was a popular topic and people were consistently both returning and discovering my site in the hope of finding out more about this lucrative business. For a while I went down completely the wrong road and thought that I had to sell old shoes. The universe was telling me to, wasn’t it? Well, no. Not really. So I gave it some more thought.

I came up with the idea that I wanted to start an online market place for selling old shoes. That’s why people were finding my article. They wanted a site, like Ebay or probably more like Sofia Gray, where they could sell their old shoes to those who wanted to buy them. Similarly, there was a community out there of consumers. We’ll call them consumers for the purposes of this blog. In November last year, I bought a domain name and started building a store. It lasted around three days before I shut it down. Here’s why.

I realised that it was a GDPR nightmare. It’s as simple as that. I was going to be collecting names, addresses, credit card details and perhaps more importantly, I was finding out their dirty little secrets. Legal issues aside, I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that, no matter how much money I would have made. So, the idea is someone else’s for the taking. I’m not going to run with it. I do, however, have a domain name and I had no idea what to do with it, so I let the name sit in my brain for a while and I waited for my grey matter to come up with something. And it did!

Broken Heels is going to be the name of my new travel website. It’ll be a very niche type of travel though. It will be Ayrshire. That’s where I live. It’s my home and it’s where my family have lived for many generations, on both sides. I know this part of the world like the back of my hand and it is gorgeous. I can assure you of that. There’s so much to see here and it was the home of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns. The county is filled with little picturesque hamlets, lush green hills and dramatic coastlines. You want Scottish islands, luxury accommodation and some of the world’s best golf courses? We’ve got them.

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I’m also going to add in some international pieces, when I have time, but they’ll be mostly based on where I’ve been in the past. I don’t foresee a lot of international travel in my future. I mean, I’d love to, but I just don’t have the money and Luke is still very young. We’ll see what happens and if the opportunities arise, I will grab them with both hands. For now though, I’m happy to focus on Ayrshire.

Broken Heels is the perfect name for a travel site because when you do a lot of wandering, what happens to your heels? They break! And to be honest, when you are depressed, you feel like your heels are broken. It would be nice if something positive could come out being down and broke and not being able to travel the way I used to. I feel like it suits me. My target audience is anyone who loves Ayrshire, and mothers with young children in the local area who are looking for information about fun things to do on days out.

Broken Heels consists of nothing but a homepage at the moment, but it does exist and I’ll be adding to it regularly once I’ve finished university for the academic year. I’m also still building up Rock Paper Spirit and trying to get my DA to 25 before I move on and expand my blogging empire.

Tomorrow I’m writing about C is for Cyprus, a country that is permanently on my wish list. It’s just occurred to me that the first three posts are about travelling in some way. That wasn’t intentional and I didn’t realise until now, when I was typing this paragraph. That’s interesting. Travel is obviously still a passion of mine, even if I can’t get out of first gear and leave the area. Just as a little footnote, if you’re interested in reading my first post, it’s here.

If you’re visiting and you’re an A to Z Blogging Challenge participant, please don’t forget to leave your link in the comments so I can visit your site. It’s really important to me that I visit as many sites as possible during the challenge! And if you have a minute, please don’t forget I also have an A to Z Blogging Challenge going on over on my author website which focuses on the craft of writing and my topic is the A to Z of Nanowrimo.