It might sound super cheesy to say but travel-writing, blogging and content creation still gives me the same excitement it did when I first started in 2016. By no means would I ever call myself the expert in travel blogging, as I learn new things constantly and have only just fully explored WordPress’ new block editor haha, however I’ve definitely gathered experience as I’ve been writing for 5 years. Solo-travelling? 7 years. I really wanted to write this post because I’ve spoken to a few travel accounts on Pinterest and Instagram who’ve mentioned they wanted to start a blog so it got me thinking! What would I tell someone who was starting out today? Here are the things I’ve learnt about travel & lifestyle blogging over the years…
There’s always room for new bloggers, yes even in 2021
Let this be your sign to start if blogging is something you’ve been thinking about. Of course, you’ll probably stumble across bloggers who seem like a copy-and-paste version of each other but in my time, I’ve seen many new writers push boundaries, trial new content and put unique stamps on topics. You’ll never be ‘just another blogger’ if you’ve got your own spin. Sure, there are some things most bloggers will do as a standard but there really is no universal approach to blogging, as everyone’s personality is different, which applies to both writer and reader. If you want to read more about some tips for blogging in 2021, you’ll like this article: Becoming a Travel Blogger in 2021?
Most bloggers are working things out as they go along
But Yaz, isn’t that a generalisation? Perhaps. However the truth is embedded somewhere in that sentence. Some bloggers might switch between website hosts during their journey, others might try expanding to various social media platforms and a few may even re-brand every now and then. These things are often unplanned for the majority. You’ll also have to remember trends change all the time, as do reader needs and topic of interest. Bloggers don’t always know which trends are going take the world by storm so there is a lot of trial and error, even when you have your own style for blogging. In my lifetime, I’ve tried both planning content in advance and spontaneously writing, but a mixture between the two works best for me. It ensures I don’t get overwhelmed, but still gives me some structure.
Unfortunately, you’ll occasionally bump into a blogger who only cares about the numbers
My readers, who have become online friends, are the area of my blog I cherish the most, I adore catching up with you all, interacting with you and stopping by for a chat on your posts. You can imagine the eye-rolls I give when I see some bloggers viewing their readers purely as numbers, never replying to anyone or keeping hush when someone asks where the location of the picture taken is. Don’t be that person who doesn’t make an effort with others. You know what’s better than high numbers on a post? The genuine friendships that come from it, at least for me anyway!
Content creation is a lot more time-consuming than you’d initially think
Of course, it depends on the type of content being produced but for a lot of lifestyle and travel bloggers, writing is not the only form of creation behind a person’s page. You might see videos, photos, polls, quizzes, PDF guides, E-books (you get the idea!) which can take days, weeks, or even months, to produce. If you’re interested in how I have time to travel/write whilst working in another field, I’ll leave this post for you: How I Travel Whilst Working Full-Time: Travel Blogger Insight
Now let me ask you – What’s something you’ve learnt about blogging over the years? I’d love to know!
Until then, see you in the next post