1 Month Blogging: Update and What’s to Come!

Today marks the 1 month blog-versary of the re-launched Just Chuckin’ It after a 4 month hiatus taken right before my departure from New Zealand. Even though we only celebrate 1 month anniversaries in middle school relationships, I wanted to tell you about some gnarly things I have in store for you, so read on!

Thank You!

First off, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has taken the time to read posts and even comment on them. Though the articles are written half for my own enjoyment, I also write for the people who are looking to find the mojo to travel.

When I came back to the blogging world, a lot seemed to have changed. Many of you who read the blog or follow my social networks know of the disdain for generic “Top 10” posts and other rubbish I have been seeing flood StumbleUpon’s travel category.

This blog will NEVER be filled with articles written for ads, clicks, or guest posts for link-love.

Above everything else listed below, the one thing I will not change is the goal of this blog: To inspire non-travelers to escape the lives they are unhappy with and live gnarly.


What’s To Come

More Lifestyle/Self-Improvement Posts

Live Gnarly

If you have had a chance to skim over the “About Me” page, you would have seen that I plan on dedicating a large portion of this blog to lifestyle and self-improvement. Many of us have been through hell and back before finally traveling, and some of us have yet to reach that goal. There have been a few posts written on this topic, but you can expect about one a week.

It isn’t simply reading about travel and the best ways to prepare, but it also takes an inner growth and a change in your life to fully accomplish this. I have lost family, worked every labor job imaginable, fought with conservative family about my dream, been through turmoil and still traveled. I want to share this with you so you can travel too.

Since I am currently not traveling (but working toward it), it makes perfect sense to focus on how I am accomplishing the goals I’ve set to enable myself to go on my upcoming trip so you can use the tips as well.


More Travel Stories

There are so many (mis)adventures to tell from New Zealand alone and there will be heaps of posts to come. Even though I am not in the country, tales still wait to be told of the guerrilla hammock camping, the extreme adventures through rapids and over mountains, the ravishing beauty of the country, and everything else experienced on my first trip abroad.

Oh, and the 68hr train journey across the United States and the time spent in California was never written about, for shame!

Travel Guides

If you click on my “Guides” page, you’ll see a really cool hand-drawn map and nothing else…so I plan to really get my guide section filled with some awesome information.

Though I have only traveled to New Zealand, I can still boast that I am a United States citizen that escaped the corporate prison. How the hell did I escape? Well, it was with a dash of daring and a whole lot of cunning.

Trust me, I am very new to the travel lifestyle as well but I have learned so many lessons thus far. There will be guides coming on how to save money for travel, how to plan your first trip, what to pack, and all of the other crazy but important things you need to figure out before a trip.

Since I did live and travel around New Zealand for 8 months in some of the most obscure ways (hitch-hiking, illegally camping) I have tons of tips and tricks for you about this beautiful country!

Video Blogging

One of my hobbies/skills is with filmmaking and videography and this blog only has a couple of travel videos at the moment. That bugs me, but now that I have bought an awesome DSLR, I plan to be pumping out video guides and video tours on most destinations I hit.

Video: Whangarei Falls, and So Do I.


Keeping up the Hand-Drawn Theme

Hand-writing and drawing seems to be a dying art, biting the dust to the digital world. I am very proud of the hand-drawn theme strewn across this blog and my other networks (have you scrolled all the way down and seen my travel map yet?!) and you can be damn sure I’ll keep adding fun designs and comics to articles.

On most of my photo essays I have different hand-drawn frames for every photo, and even though it takes 4 times as long, I hope you enjoy that bit of extra elbow grease put into them.

What the Hell Happened to the Old Blog?

The four-month hiatus came as abruptly as my decision to leave New Zealand. Like a magician, I was there one minute and gone the next.

Well, what had happened was…

After returning stateside to New Zealand, finding a job was the number one priority. Somehow in this terrible economy, I was lucky enough to find two jobs, retail and restaurant, and immediately life became hectic.

Going from the backpacking lifestyle to balancing two schedules became a crazy task, and left me very little time for writing. Being that I didn’t want to just post rubbish as filler until I had time to write, I decided to take down the blog until I could put the proper energy into it.

Then disaster struck.

My domain and server provider had promised that they created a back-up of the database files. I was still a noob when it came to this aspect of blogging, and naively I trusted the promise they made. Well, when I was ready to re-launch the blog, it turns out they never saved anything. All of my previous 300+ posts were gone and all of my past interactions with readers were gone. Worst of all, I had gotten into the habit of writing online instead of offline first, so I lost 90% of the posts I had written forever.

So there is a lot to catch up on…


Weekly Post Schedule

Sure, I got back into my passion of writing after a break, but I still am not writing nearly as much as I want to. So, to remedy this and hopefully help me keep this blog updated with new and nifty stories, I have created a semi-daily schedule of posts.

Monday – Weekly Photo Mojo

Monday’s suck and it usually marks the beginning of a work week. So, to pump you up with some travel mojo, I will start off each week with an awe-inspiring image from somewhere around the world to hold you over until you travel.

Tuesday – Travel Tale (Open)

Adventures, mis-adventures, travel horror stories, and awesome backpacking tales wait to be told. These open days will be just for whatever tickles my travel fancy that day, whether it be a video, photo essay, or short story.

Wednesday – Hump Day (Motivational) Post

Dedicated to self-improvement posts, each week I will write something geared towards motivation, inspiration, or self-improvement from material I’ve read or success I have had. It’s time to get off your ass and start chasing your dream, and this will be where to find out how.

Thursday – Travel Tale (Open)

Adventures, fail tales, horror stories, and backpacking stories wait to be told. These open days will be just for whatever tickles my travel fancy that day, whether it be a video, photo essay, or short story.

Friday – Travel Photo Essays

I love visuals, and Friday’s will be dedicated to assaulting (peacefully) your retinas with photo essays from my travels around the world. In the near future, you can expect plenty of stunning images from New Zealand and across the USA.

Saturday – (Open)

Adventures, fail tales, horror stories, and backpacking stories wait to be told. These open days will be just for whatever tickles my travel fancy that day, whether it be a video, photo essay, or short story.

Sunday – Best Articles of the Week

When I’m not traveling, I am reading about it. Each Sunday I will be compiling all of my favorite travel articles to share with you. This will include, but not limited to: Mis-adventures, photo essays, travel tales, and travel inspiration. It will not include “Top” posts of course.


Even with this schedule, I will still only post something I believe is worth your time. Since I am working my ass of with two jobs to save for travel and training for an extremely physical mystery trip this summer, I will do my very best to keep up with these posts.


Some Stats

Statistics for bloggers are like a crack addiction. For me at the moment, it’s all about making as many friends, buddies, acquaintances, and connections as possible to spread the travel inspiration. You all deserve the life of travel you want, and these stats show me that I am doing an alright job helping with the motivation.

100+ Comments

In 30 days I have had over 100 comments on the blog which is stellar. That means that my writing is somewhat meaningful and connecting with you which is my goal.

3,000+ Views

The clicks don’t mean anything to me besides connections. If I can connect with thousands of people, I can potentially build an army of dreamers and travelers. That’s awesome.

1000+ Twitter Followers

I freakin’ love to tweet, and the fact that you enjoy my twitter musings is awesome. Totally rad to have everyone along for the adventures.

280+ Facebook Likes

You like me, you really really like me! I use the Facebook page to post update, ramblings, and inspirational images and I’m glad to see people dig it!


Again, I travel to live the life I want, and I write to inspire you to live yours.

What posts have you enjoyed most? What is your favorite thing about the blog? What would you love to see more of?




  1. Toni January 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I am SO glad you’ve come back into the blogging world lovely – you’ve been missed!! I can’t wait to read your lifestyle/improvement posts, travel tales (particularly of your illegal camping in NZ haha) and just your general awesomeness!
    And your sketches and artwork on here are very much appreciated – I think they kick butt!! 🙂
    Looking forward to following your journey!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you darling, glad you love the drawings and I’m definitely not ditching that side to it. I’m happy to be back too and I just have to keep at it, and I’m especially looking forward to bring a lot of those motivational posts 🙂

  2. Lyn Midnight January 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    We do like you! You’re a fellow multipassionate like me. I didn’t realize it before I saw all of your passions in one post. *highfive* So I love the fact that you’ll be doing vlogs and I agree about sketch art.

    I’m looking forward to all of that mojo coming, and I’d love a guest blog from you one day. Although now that I have a separate travel blog, I’m confused about guest articles, lol. How do people deal with this shit?!

    That thing about your old blog sucks, but you know, I believe that every fresh start is a blessing. You got a chance to reinvent and you did it with style. 🙂 Live Gnarly and Prosper, my friend. Muah.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Lyn, it does seen like we have so much vibe and common interests/outlooks on life…I dig it. I really really need to do more videos since that is something I have always been passionate about. I have been looking at is as a fresh start to my blog and I just need to keep at it, AND I really want to guest post for you someday as well!

  3. Flora January 20, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Awesome stuff Ryan, I’m glad you’ve come back fighting! Personally, I’m loving the hand drawn element to your newly revamped site and I think you’ve got a whole new lease of blog life by being forced to reconsider what you want your blog to be about.

    Now I’m just excited to see what you get up to when you finally hit SE Asia!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      I’m so excited to escape again and find new ways if blogging to spark interest and inspiration in others. Thanks for the comment and compliment Flora!

  4. Lilian January 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Hey, I post photos on Mondays too! I love your blog and can relate to so many things you write about like being new to travel and saving to travel. I have a feeling I’m going to visiting a lot more, especially to read about your misadventures – makes me feel less bad about my own 😀

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Ahhh, Lillian, there are no travels without mis-adventures it seems. That isn’t a bad thing, and I want to read about yours too! Glad to have you along for the travels!

  5. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) January 21, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Keep Calm and Live Gnarly — love it! Hang in there, Ryan! Glad to see you’re still pursuing your travel dreams. Can’t wait to see where they take you. I don’t know the degree requirements for teaching in Korea, but I have heard that people seem to make quite a bit of money while they’re there. Oh, and I love the hand-drawn illustrations. They really add to the character to the blog.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Awesome Ellen, thank you so much for the rad compliment! I really love doodling and I’m just happy I finally found a nifty outlet. It seems like I’ll be going somewhere to SE Asia, but to where to teach I do not know for sure yet. It seems to be a popular outlet for a lot of backpackers though and I m super excited for the new adventures to come!


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