This week marks my 6 months travel blogging! My first post on this blog was April 10, 2017!
You can find that post here if you are interested!
I honestly did not have high expectations getting into this “business”. My only hope was that I would make enough money every 3 years to renew my website domain!
I am glad I did not enter the travel blogging world with any other expectations, or I probably would have given up by now! I know I am still new, but here are some things that I have learned so far!
- Social Media matters! I had rather enjoyed having just a facebook! I was never interested in Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any of the sort! With travel blogging, you need them all! There are even some I have still yet to look into that I probably need as well, such as Stumbleupon, Flipboard, Bloglovin, etc. These are big ways to get your blog post shared and noticed.
- Followers are not easy to come by! If it were not for the help of multiple facebook groups, I would have about 20 followers on each of my social media accounts! I am a loner who does not know very many people. It takes the help of these facebook groups to gain followers, which actually helps you gain your more “real” followers. Let’s face it, people do not jump to follow a page with only 20 followers!
- It is VERY time consuming! In the beginning I thought, “Sure, I can sit down once a week and write a blog post, no problem”. That is not all that it is. You have to be active on all twenty of your social media accounts, interact daily with other social media accounts, interact with other travel bloggers in groups, learn web site design and terms, create custom images, write blog post, proof read your blog post, read other travel blogs along with sharing their post and commenting and hope they return the favor.
- Travel Blogging makes traveling a bit more difficult! Remember those days where you could just travel, go to these awesome places, and just relax? Sure, you can still do that to an extent, however, now you got to take notes, write down itinerary’s, take instagram perfect pictures, and make it a trip worth blogging about, that someone will want to read about. All the while, you are still needing to keep up with your website and social media accounts! You’ll be amazed by how many followers you lose by “disappearing” for a week!
- I know nothing about websites! I went into this thinking it would be easy creating a website. After all, I grew up in the “Myspace” days and learned HTML to design my fab profile! It is not the same. From hosting, to word press, themes, SEO, google analytics, site back up, hackers, spammers, plugins, ads, affiliate links, and the list goes on, I had no idea what I was doing! Honestly, I still don’t, and I am shocked that you even found this post!
- I am a horrible writer! I have a million thoughts in my head, but the second I sit down in front of a computer, nothing comes out. Frustration then follows, and I often throw something together so fast I am scared to even share it. My hands type faster than my brain works, so I am a typo pro. Not to mention, I space out when reading, so proof reading my blog post are almost pointless! Let this be an explanation for any typo’s you find on this blog. Please forgive me. My writing abilities are not why I am here anyway. I am here to share my travel experiences with you, to give you tips and reviews. I am here to let you know that if a single mom of two, with bad luck and limited income, who works full time and also attends college, can travel as much as I do, anyone can!
- It is not an instant money maker! Sure, you read about many Travel Bloggers who travel the world living off their travel blog. It is possible eventually, with the right plan, hard work and steps. I have yet to figure out how to make a dime off of this site! I do not suggest starting a blog just to “make money”. Start a blog because you have a passion and you want to share it with others. Write about what you love because you love doing it. If money follows, great, but if it doesn’t, at least you are doing something you love!
My site may not be the fanciest out there, my post may not be perfect or typo free, but I love this little blog so far! I am excited for the next six months on this journey and the many trips that are ahead!
What have you learned travel blogging? Do you have any advice for a beginner? Share with me in the comments!