Things I’ve Learnt About Travel + Lifestyle Blogging Over The Years…

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

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice post πŸ‘Œ

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed 😊

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  2. Vansh Tiwari says:

    That WordPress New block editor line was funny though! Keep Experimenting.

    True! There’s always a room for everybody, you just need to be yourself, don’t try to copy anybody should be the simple motto in order to proceed.

    Creation involves much more time than imagined, there are lot of things a blog post went through before labelled as published.

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    1. Absolutely! I completely agree with your points – everyone always has something unique to bring to blogging!

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      1. Vansh Tiwari says:

        Completely True!

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  3. Rebecca says:

    My five-year blogiversary with this blog is coming up, but I’ve been blogging on other of my blogs for nearly eight years. My other blogs were the first I started with, and they’ve definitely changed a LOT over the years; once I created this current blog, I already had a solid idea of what I wanted it to be (i.e. travel) and had the mistakes and lessons learned from my previous blog not to have it changed it too much over time. However, even though this blog is about travel, the topics I’ve written over the years weren’t planned, and I think no matter how much you plan, things will change as previously intended as time goes on…I don’t know if that made sense to you, haha! Engagement is important, and it’s always great to get Likes and Comments on your post, but I absolutely hate bloggers who Comment and Follow as means to get me to check out their blog: I find that very disingenuous, and I end up just ignoring or removing their Comments. Write because you want to write, and I’m so glad you still remain enthusiastic about it!

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    1. Oh wow! Congratulations on your blogging milestones, those are fantastic achievements! πŸ™Œ

      And yes so true! Interacting because you genuinely want to interact, rather than having other motives – thanks so much for reading! πŸ’“

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  4. arv! says:

    It certainly takes time to build a blog even when you know about what you want your blog to build into.

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    1. Absolutely! It took me a long time for sure

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      1. arv! says:

        It does for most bloggers!

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  5. Simone Says GO! says:

    Makes me smile to hear you’re tinkering around new WP features – that enthusiasm is so great.

    With every post that I write – or read – I’m learning more about writing styles and still playing around with mine. Mostly it’s storytelling, occasionally a guide
    format… Figuring it out as we go is fun!

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    1. Very true! By learning on the go, I feel like there are so many cool ideas which come to life on posts πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

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  6. Cherryl says:

    Yes, so many people (who don’t blog) really underestimate the amount of time and effort that can go into one blog post. It’s not always as easy as it looks.✨

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    1. So true ! Totally agree 🀝🀝🀝

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  7. Emily says:

    I was reading this and nodding my head in agreement the whole time! People don’t realise how much rereading, deleting, redoing, rereading for the 117th time before uploading we do πŸ˜‚

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    1. So true! And even then after the checks I still find the odd sentence that doesn’t make sense in a post πŸ˜‚

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      1. Emily says:

        You’re not the only one πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ x

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  8. Emily says:

    Off topic, but I love your style! You always dress so nice 😍

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    1. Awww! Thank you so much you’re so sweet! I love fashion!

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