It doesn’t seem that long ago that I decided to start a travel blog and start documenting the build up to first year of backpacking and now here I am, back in the bleakness of the UK 5 months after I spent a year in Australia. As they say, time flies….
I managed to write quite a bit about my travels and areas I thought would be of others peoples interest, especially to other backpackers and travellers but I still didn’t manage to write anywhere near as much as I would have liked to. I’ve re-written the My Story page on my blog since I got back because I felt had things to add and it got me reflecting on why I started this blog and what I set out to achieve, so here is a little reflective update about what I’ve learnt about travel blogging and what I’ve managed to accomplish.
It’s addictive! – This is one of the biggest revelations for me since I started blogging, when I was travelling I was constantly inspired by things to write about and always on the look out for ideas. And once the ball gets rolling and you start interacting with other bloggers you’re opened to this world of inspirations and ideas for your writing!
It’s time consuming – If you want to be a successful blogger and make it your main occupation then you need to dedicated a lot of time into your blog. I never had the intention of making it a full time job when I started my blog, I found it a way to keep a track of my travels and inspire others and when I started getting positive feedback from other travellers and/or aspiring travellers it motivated me to keep writing about what I was up to in the world. I did spend quite a bit of my time when I was travelling to write for my blog but it became something I loved doing and I fitted around my travels plans – that’s the beauty of having your own blog!
It’s rewarding – depending on what you want to get from blogging, some parts of it can be rewarding. As I said before, I had no intention of making a full time job of blogging and constantly trying to promote it but it’s still been a rewarding experience for me and it’s helped me feel like I’ve accomplished things that I never thought I would. I’ve been lucky enough to become a part of a blogging community with other bloggers from all over the world and that’s rewarding in itself knowing that people from all sorts of cultures, communities and countries have become regular readers of your blog! And I’m even in contact with a few bloggers at the moment about Guest Blogging which is a whole new side of the blog world that I’ve been introduced too, so that’s exciting. I’ve also been contacted by a few different surfing schools and academies inviting me to stay with them in return for me to write about my experience with them which is AWESOME because they’re from places that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting yet! I’ve also received quite a few lovely emails from people that have felt inspired to travel after following my posts and goings-on and that’s what the ultimate aim of Backpacking Hans-Solo was all about so that’s an awesome feeling in itself :)
It’s developed into a passion – true love! – Yep, writing especially about travel is now something that I absolutely love doing and finding the time to do. Even after the tens of thousands of kilometres I’ve had to carry my laptop around, taking the time out to write and re-write posts, edit photos and post on a pretty regular basis, it’s been super worth it when I read the feedback from readers, family and friends. Plus it’s a reason for me to keep visiting places!
New goals? I always intended on updating my blog a little more often than I did when I was in Australia but sometimes backpacking life got in the way a bit and I found myself with no wifi or electricity to charge my laptop, which I don’t regret and wouldn’t change for anything because it was those experiences that were some of the best for me! But now I’m home and have a little more focus on what I’m doing and where I’m going I can set myself a few more goals of writing more frequently and taking the time to expand and reach out to other bloggers more. There’s no doubt I’ll have more to write about this year, especially with the opportunities I’ve mentioned above and joining a writing/blogging development programme is also going to motivate me to write more often and update my blog a little more – all hail Blogging 101! (The inspiration for this post!)
Are you new to blogging or do you have any motivational or development tips!?