Today is one of these days where I sit in front of the computer and ask myself… Why am I investing so much of my time in this thing?
It started by chance.
By working in the travel industry I have met many travel bloggers before and I have always been curious about their job. Of course – having worked with them – I knew that it is a damn hard job.
To travel is my passion and I noticed so many people asking me about destinations, experiences, ideas and images. So I thought: why not write about my travels?
I started writing (very timidly at the beginning). I created a Site. It looked good and I asked myself: that’s a blog… I am managing it… so… am I a “travel blogger” now??
Yes – I decided – I am a travel blogger now!!
After the first enthusiastic moments I found myself immerged in a completely new world. I started reading about Facebook Pages, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, Google Analytics, YouTube, Buffer, Instagram, Guest blogging, traffic, SEO, trackbacks….. and I got lost in an infinite jungle!! I started reading and reading and registering to so many new sites and social media, I didn’t even know they existed before.
I started spending long nights in front of the computer in between 20 registrations that somehow always fail and 50 blogs that give tips about blogging, but – wait a minute – where do I find the time to write my articles?
Do I have to write articles or do something in order to have at least one reader (outside of my family)?
Well, you have to have PATIENCE. Nearly 90% of the bloggers stop doing it in the first 6 months. That’s what the smart “blogs about blogging” say. The beginnings are veeeery longsome. And frustrating somehow.
So I decided to forget all the technical jungle for a moment and start with an “easier” part. I started telling my friends & family about my new activity. They will for sure be my first and most affectionate readers. At least, that’s what I thought.
I want to share some of the reactions with you.
– The most common reaction is: you are a WHAT? A travel blogger! So what do you do? I write about my travels! But why??!
(Well… until today, I feel embarrassed about this question. Why?… )
– There are the ones that do not take you seriously. “Yeah! A travel blogger!”
(I try to ignore these)
– And then the ones that ask you (with a worried face) “Is this your main business now?”
– There are the ones that are happy for you and tell you that they will support you however they can but then… you notice that they never read or like anything you write
– There are the ones that are happy for you and tell you that they will support you however they can and… fortunately they really DO SO.
– And then there are the ones that tell you that it is to “intimate” for them. It is like getting to know too much about my private life.
(Come on guys! I only show you that part of my life that you are allowed to see! I’m not giving you the secret password for my private webcam. And anyway: aren’t you the Big Brother generation?)
– There are the ones that tell you “ok – but don’t tweet from the airport or you will have your apartment robbed”
– And then there is someone that loves you, understands the frustration, and asks you to create an account for him in order to be able to like your posts
(Isn’t that cute? But that’s not really what that’s all about)
They all know now. I think that I will go back to the technical part. And I trust you: bloggers out there!!
Does anyone of you bloggers recognize some of these reactions?