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The Unconventional Route is about doing things:
- Exerting yourself
- Playing with your belly button
- Awaiting the perfect moment to put all your self-help wisdom to work.
The goal is to have fun actively improving ourselves while filling life with extraordinary stories.
If you like the sound of that, join my newsletter for a fun new challenge to your status quo every 14 days:
Meet the Guy Behind the Blog
I’m Chris, a 37-year-old from Vancouver, Canada.
I like nachos, wine, beach volleyball, basketball, and being outdoors in warm weather.
I dislike living in cold places where I can’t work outside, strong wind, cars, fashion, and being told what to do.
What if I don’t want to be unconventional?
The definition of “unconventional” I ascribe to here is this:
Not bound by what is usual or the way most people do things.
That does not mean you have to be unusual and do things differently than the way most people do them. It just means being open to the possibility that there may be better ways to do things—then trying some of those alternatives.
Why should I listen to anything you say?
Rule number one here on The Unconventional Route is Think for yourself, so I welcome and commend your skepticism.
Plus, I have zero credentials other than a BCom.
All I can say in my defense is that my life’s pretty sweet. I love my job, rarely get into it with my wife, have nearly as much energy as my toddler son, am financially stable and physically super-fit, etcetera. I like to think my life keeps getting better, too.
So some things are working for me. Mostly luck, no doubt. And what works for me may not work for you, but at least some of it may be worth considering.
In any case, I get most of my ideas from all the books, articles, and podcasts I take notes on.
What’s in this for you?
I truly, honestly love the challenge of figuring out how to get you off your butt and out of your comfortable grooves to attempt extraordinary things.
But I also truly, honestly need to eke out a living.
I earn income from this site by renting out space on it to the highest-paying advertisers. The ads are ugly, but the paychecks are not.
I also make a bit of money from:
- Commissions on some things I recommend. (Though I avoid focusing on these affiliate earnings because I’m worried the money will bias my opinions.)
- Leading the occasional group challenge.
- Private coaching. For a free sample, grab a 20-minute Challenging Chat with me.
A Brief History of The Unconventional Route
With nothing better to do in Colombia, we explored. And we found tons of cool places that other blogs and travel guides didn’t mention. So we wrote about it.
Within half a year, enough people were reading our site that we were able to plaster it with ugly ads to make money. And we kept feeding the beast—exploring more, writing about it, and selling slices of our readers’ attention.
Then in 2020, Kim moved on to something she’s more into: bringing people closer together over food.
Untethered from Kim (blog-wise, at least), I expanded The Unconventional Route’s scope from an off-the-beaten-path travel to off-the-beaten-path life. Life’s a trip, after all, right?
The blog has had its ups and downs. Today somewhere around 100,000 people visit the site every month—or bots, I suppose. 5,000 subscribe to my Consider This newsletter for every-14-day challenges to their status quo. And more and more people are signing up to join group challenges that I’ve started to lead.
Who knows what’s next for The Unconventional Route? Whatever happens, it’ll be an adventure.
What Am I Up to Now? (Nov 25, 2022)
Enjoying summertime down in Cape Town, South Africa. This is Kim and my fifth straight year “snowbirding” down here. Aside from the rolling blackouts and unsafeness of walking alone in the dark, it’s a magical place: 5-star beaches, people, food, wine, and adventures for a 3-star budget.
Well, it used to be affordable. This year, we had no choice but to rent an apartment that costs even more than our apartment in Vancouver, so I’m feeling the pressure to monetize this blog better.
That means honing in on the problems I can help you with and offering wonderful ways to solve them:
- Personalized coaching to push you to find and do things you’re uncomfortable with but will pay off in the long run.
- Group challenges for motivation and accountability.
- Content that
- And who knows what else? (Maybe you can help me?)
I’m also working behind the scenes on a very exciting project (to me, at least): Splitting out the personal development content from this blog into a separate website. I hope to launch it in early 2023.
Other Things I’m Doing:
- Researching, Writing, and Taping: Finishing up the first ever Month of Discomfort cohort and preparing for December’s Advent-ure Calendar challenge. If you’re reading this before December 24, join! It’s free.
- Watching: The Challenge and the last season of Gomorrah. Struggling to find movies worth watching.
- Reading: Lots of biographies. Inspired by David Senra’s Founders podcast, I’m looking to draw my own conclusions, lessons, and inspiration from people who have lived extraordinary life stories.
- Struggling With: Growing my newsletter. I get really good engagement and feedback from subscribers, but not enough people are subscribing in the first place. I feel it’s because I lack credibility, but don’t know how to build it.
If you’re up for trying something new and unusual, start with the following two steps:
Join around 5,000 people who get a new rut-bucking challenge every 14 days in my Consider This newsletter.
Reply to the questions you’ll get in the automatic welcome email upon subscribing. If you do, I promise to write back.
Better yet, follow the link in the welcome email to book a free 20-minute “Challenging Chat” with me, in which we’ll:
- talk about a rut you’re in,
- brainstorm steps you can take to start getting out of it,
- agree on an action that I’ll hold you accountable to doing.
Do it. It’ll be an adventure.
I look forward to meeting you!