Digital Life Tales
Digital Life Tales
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Recently I have written my first articles, and they have been about my transition to working with creating content. However, I will try to dig deeper, doing more research and I hope that more people will find it interesting and that I will reach a wider audience. Admittedly, I need something more pithy to increase my following.
In depth articles about a variety of subjects
Weekly, I post on my social media and my blog site www.johnboyter.com. I try to plan ahead what I am going to post in my blog. It is also a day-to-day blog, so I quickly pivot if there is a topic I find interesting or a new challenge turns up. The term digital storytelling covers the short stories and instant commenting on social media and the increasing instant visual storytelling. Sometimes, my writing can have a therapeutic effect. If it’s an unpleasant challenge. I try to turn it around and find something positive.
I started on a nomadic lifestyle 20 years ago in 2000 but eventually decided to live in the Dominican Republic, where I have lived as an expat for 15 years and had a local real estate business. Just after high school in 1988, I worked for my family’s business, the Pressalit Group in Aarhus, Denmark, for 5 years, including a 2 years trainee period in Hamburg, Germany. Then I started at University in Copenhagen and finished my law degree in 2000. My experiences traveling during the pandemic, my future travels, the nomadic and expat lifestyle, and the challenges and rewards that come with that, I cover in my writing.
The online business I am building and the equipment and tools I choose to work with are all to show that I can write and tell stories from anywhere. I have gone through five very different main phases shaping my background for writing: in the family corporate business, at University, traveling as a nomad, expat life with a local small business, and recently, starting a new phase working remotely with online content creation.
My purpose with my writing is to be entertaining, and maybe the reader can learn something from it or be inspired.
I have started a more day to day short text storytelling around personal stuff, travel, locations, people and experiences which I post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and I will now add it on Patreon where I have just set up my account as a Creator. Now, the storytelling is from my life in the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo and Las Terrenas. From April it will be about life in England and Denmark when I am there. The content for Patreon I will develop more in the coming months. I post my day-to-day content typically around 2-3 times a week. I will increasingly use photos and videos and implement a YouTube channel. And I will add extra creative content only on Patreon to encourage Patrons to subscribe to my account. It will be a challenge.
Please follow my short storytelling and videos on my Patreon account.
I am writing my first ebook, and it starts when I was in Miami in March 2020 on a visit, and the pandemic started unfolding. I will cover issues around mental health from my own experience with a period of severe depression and gradually improving but experiencing setbacks before eventually recovering. I describe the decision to close my business in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, restructure the business which my partner has continued as a real estate broker, and then start as a solopreneur with a location independent online business with blog and writing.
During the pandemic, I traveled internationally from Miami to Santo Domingo, then from the Dominican Republic to Denmark via Miami and London, staying three months in Denmark, and finally back to the Dominican Republic via Hamburg and Madrid. The ebook will include how I am developing my business through writing and traveling, the tools I use, and the process. I elaborate on learning about digital marketing. In Santo Domingo, I owned and managed a coworking space, which focused on virtual office solutions with meeting rooms. Now I embrace the concept of “work from anywhere,” a transition I describe.
I have started working on an ebook. First I publish a short preview. Based on feedback and advice from my contacts I then expand on it and publish a full version in 1-2 years time.
First, I am writing an ebook in the self-help genre. Later, I will experiment with more creative writing, maybe poetry or short stories. I have also considered writing a novel. Locations for the stories could be in all the places I have been spending more time in the last 20 years: Cuba, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, and Miami in the United States. As inspiration for my writing, from July 2022, I will be traveling to Denmark and England, where I have family as I am part Danish and part English. And during 2022, I plan to visit Spain to look into possible future residency there.
Then I plan to travel to Miami in 2023 and other parts of the US before returning to Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic. On the LinkedIn Learning platform, I am following the learning path Develop Your Writing Skills, including a course by Shani Raja, Writing with Flair: How to Become an Exceptional Writer, and following his principles of simplicity, clarity, elegance, and evocativeness. I am working on using that method in my writing. I have increasingly been using digital marketing and will blog about my continued learning and strategy, methods, and tools, including my learning around copywriting.
I review the tools I use and the creative workspaces I visit in my digital storytelling. My following on social media is international, and I grow my audience steadily. I work with hashtags, keywords, and international SEO to increase traffic. My target audience is international and comprises digital nomads, expat entrepreneurs, and business travelers, all having common interests around travel, digital marketing, and personal development. Please follow my blog and my social media.