Out of the mist.

February 19, 2019

I’ve been stuck for a few months on the blog. The last piece I wrote was after completing the 8 day solo hike around Anglesey and it all pretty much stems from that.

The hike hit me hard mentally, I’ve touched upon it in the vlogs from the walk and I’m writing a piece about some of the specifics currently.

When I got home from Anglesey I was faced with 8 days of video footage, photos and notes.
I’d originally planned to shoot a nice video whilst out but when you’re feeling bad or in the driving rain and wind it makes filming (or indeed anything creative) pretty challenging. So the footage I came back with was bitty at best and spread over three different devices with random filenames, some dodgy audio (lost my micromuff) and lots of wobbly footage (lost my tripod).


It all just sat there. A massive overwhelming lump of bitty rubbish. When I came home all I wanted to do was spend time with the family doing all the things that I’d promised to myself whilst on the walk, things I’d do more of. Every time I opened the computer to go through the footage it just got me down.

October rolled into November which became one of my most busy work months and December is our favourite time of the year as a family with Christmas and a break for New Year. So yes, January arrived and I had pangs to write bits on what we’d been upto over Christmas, what plans we had for the new year, some new reviews and some extended features that I’d written. The problem was that it felt that I need to shift all the Anglesey stuff out of the way first otherwise everyone would of been left wondering what had happened, how I found it etc. It just felt wrong to avoid talking about it. So the need to create something new pushed me into going through the Anglesey footage and finally putting it together.

A New Approach

I’ve spent most of January putting it together and it’s definitely been a learning experience. I no longer am going to film so much on big trips away. Coming back with so much broadly shot footage is daft and overwhelming. I definitely need to be more concise and disciplined, have a definite brief/idea of what I want as opposed to “shoot everything and figure it out later” when filming.

Now I have a much clearer idea of how I want to create and share video of our trips and experiences, one which doesn’t overwhelm me and hopefully not paralyse me again. More concise, nice looking and tell our stories much better.

I’m excited to be creating again.

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  • Reply Claire Pitt February 19, 2019 at 12:32

    Every time I big up a creative project myself, that then fails spectacularly or I don’t finish it, I get stuck in the same slump! In reality, those that love following your adventures (creative, hiking, whatever) are just excited to see what you are up to next. I am glad you have shared it though! and looking forward to the new adventures 🙂

    • Reply Matt Thomas February 19, 2019 at 13:31

      Ah thanks Claire. Really appreciate others relating with it. I know all creatives go through these weird moments of zero mojo, no motivation so it’s nice to be reminded that you’re never alone with stuff like this. I think that a new thing with this trip is that I felt pressure in creating the content asap too, especially for Mind. I’ve learnt though now, I know what’s too much and what I need to do to make, hopefully better, pieces to share 🙂

      • Reply Claire Pitt February 19, 2019 at 14:26

        I am definitely interested to see what you make next and what you share! I can see how that would heap the pressure on, but glad that you learnt something along the way, even though it was more than a bit miserable for you. I had pondered about my recent effort to hike more and whether to share the pics and where (so close to setting up a new instagram account, but I talked myself down lol). When I first started blogging (over ten years ago) I had quite few American readers that loved following along vicariously when I first got into hiking then, so I have recently been reminded how much people love seeing our peeks into the countryside. Yourself and Sarah have massively inspired me to finally get back out there, so thanks guys!

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