Hey, Max here, just so any followers, viewers, subscribers, friends or family that visited my site recently and wondered why it is bare, this is due to me changing my whole approach. I am very new to blogging so I went about it all the wrong way. After some very honest feedback from some close friends it was brought to my attention that I went far too fast with my site which is so true. In just 2 weeks I had turned my meaningful travel blogging site into an online magazine, it was all over the place.
Yes, I had great content but what was I thinking?
The main reason for my blogging site is purely to inspire through my raw experience when facing fear, travelling far and dreaming big. From now on I am going to put my heart and soul into each post and draw out the very best from my travels, journey and adventure and I want to add value to all viewers. I not only want to share so much but I want to give my viewers what they want at their pace so tips, guidance, advice will be given. I will also be giving away free books to any followers and subscribers.
I feel I should start only with my travels as this is where I really have some mind-blowing stuff to share, eyes to open and heads to turn I have some truly epic stories.
My first post will be about my world records, survival story, pushing myself to the absolute extreme and defying my own physical and mental expectations. This was when I completed an intense 15 day or so walk in Nepal climbing above 5,500 metres in just 4 and a half days. I may look relaxed laying down here but this was about day 3 at 8am and I was already mentally, physically and emotionally drained.
We (me and Ram) kept walking until it was dark. This whole experience brings me chills just thinking about it and it is about time I shared it on a blog rather than my ABC News interview soon after. I was saving it only for my book but the build up, extra emotional value (which my book will lead up to, fulfil and surpass) and how it puts all the pieces of my book together will already make the story in my book even more of a page turner.
With the back ups of my live ABC News interview after breaking these records, a signed certificate of proof as well as signed statements from the trekking company I went with I can promise you my first blog will be immense. I will be transported back to the desperate time when I was up in the Himalayas ready to curl up and die but me and my guide pushed each other until we saw a light and were saved by a local man but we had made it to a safe home, finally. Altitude sickness, food poisoning, a ripped shoulder muscle, unimaginable blisters, tears and fears, it’s all in there plus more. We still had a full day’s walk after this but we finally made it in the late afternoon where I put up with the pain one last time to put my bag above my head and man, it felt good.
My second blog will take me back to when I lived in the remote rain forest of Brazil for 6-months. The night I decided to go camping deep in the jungle I had a fright that I never forget when something I fear greatly jumped on my shoulder. I was with a well known and respected snake, spider and you name it, he handles it bloke who is also from the UK, Chris Knowles. This was a night we will never forget. The jungle really does come alive at night and this night will be one me and Chris always remember and laugh about (now). From fresh puma prints, huge spiders, creatures I didn’t know existed to mammals right near me as I tried to sleep, scary sounds and I even had a painful fungal infection, what a night that was. This actual rainforest, The Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil is the 3rd most biodiverse place on the planet for wildlife. These are just a few of the photos of some of the creatures from that epic night camping in the remote rainforest.
These two introductions to my journey, path and story are the first of many so this time I will be concentrating on just one thing, Epic Travel and everything that comes with it.
I will have a nice little ‘about me,’ a sweet little ‘introduction’ about the book I have written and I will link a story from the actual book too. It was a great learning curve understanding that rushing something defeats the purpose and the real me was lost.
I am so passionate about the immense journey I have had, what it has done and what I had compared to what I now have, that my main book (launches in 4-5 months) plus my soon to be published ebooks will be completely free to followers and subscribers of steppingoutmax.com. My main book – Stepping Out – All or Nothing has cost me a fair few thousand dollars but my passion to inspire overrides any financial cost as I feel I have a great gift to give, so my site and books will certainly give an immense gift. I want to reach out, communicate with and inspire the people that purely gain from any or all of my content.