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Welcome to the new blog – Stop Dreaming, Start Planning

Less than 12 months ago EsctheCity.com was launched with no more than a rather basic blue blog. A straight-out-of-the-wrapper type blog. The type you look back on and think ‘what were we thinking?!’

We also had a load of PowerPoint slides outlining our vague aim to build a “community of like-minded people who believed there was more to life than working in the City”. Rob and I agreed we’d ‘soft launch’ the blog by sending it out to 30 people. (It later transpired that he had actually sent it to everyone he’d ever got an email from!) – <oops, sorry about that mate – worked out for the best though! Rob>

Early interest

At first the blog was a bit of a catch-all for anything we found interesting and relevant (well almost) in terms of escaping the “City”.  There was my escape diary, Rob’s brilliant ‘How to’s’ and the comical rants from our very own ‘City Boy’. We also somehow managed to get a piece on Forbes.com!

Despite its shortcomings it served us very well and we quickly grew a following. By December 2009 we had our first 1,000 fans and it was at this stage we realised we’d better have a proper crack at it.

The next phase

So, with a tiny bit of cash saved we packed in our jobs and decided to give it a go. We worked full time and developed a brand new site. With a little help from our friend Chris Buckle the new site went live in March 2010.

The new direction

So nearly 1 year after the first blog was written here is the new blog. Rather than a catch-all career change / advice blog we’ve decided we’re going to use it as our opportunity to narrate the story behind the building of Escape the City.org. It will contain all the latest news along with it the highs, the lows, the things we learn and the things we fail to learn!

We hope that it may inspire others to also take the leap, show others that it is possible, share our learnings and of course entertain those who remain sceptical!

If you too are interested, join us on our journey.

Welcome to our new blog!

  • http://kitegreenland2011.wordpress.com Heidi Clover

    Congratulations on a great blog and a great campaign! We have half escaped the City, in that City Boy here still works four days a week in London while the rest of us reside in beautiful South Devon. We have found that even making a small change can lead to bigger ones; when we escaped the city we found a new community of inspiring people who believe that living a life of your dreams (which sometimes consists of doing crazy things) is not only possible, but essential. And lo and behold, next year we are going to cross the Greenland ice cap on kites (with the backing of City Boy’s firm!) Best of luck!
    Heidi (@kitegreenland11)

    • Rob

      Thanks Heidi. Greenland sounds very exciting. Best of luck to you too. Rob

  • http://dramaqueensguide.typepad.com Nicola

    You guys have been such an inspiration to me and I’m excited to hear all about the back-story of Esc the City. I left the City myself in April and am now working on my own blog about manifesting the life you want, trying to share my experience of just how tough it is to leave a comfortable but unsatisfying job. I look forward to continuing to be inspired by you both!

    • Rob

      Wow thanks Nicola. Not sure we deserve such praise (embarrassing!) but great to hear from you.

      Love your blog – looks great (Fancy completing an Esc Hero interview on our site? We would love to share your story… message me on rob [at] escapethecity.org.)

      Oh and congratulations on Escaping!