Last night when I went to sleep after a long day of work – I slept being a travel blogger. But this morning when I woke up yearning for the mountains all over again, the only thing I didn’t want to do for a while was to blog. This sudden flip of who I want to be has been itching my head all day long, making me feel restless about myself…
“Do I really want to be a Travel Blogger?”, is all I am asking my heart, again and again…
Maybe this thought has come into my mind too soon, as I am not even there yet in my blogging career. But then, yes, I am there enough to be wanting to make a decision now. After three years of rigorous blogging, today is when I have actually started to feel like a blogger, and certainly it wasn’t easy. But I hardly noticed the struggle because I was traveling my heart out. I was on the road, busy planning my trips and looking for the next memorable experiences of my life. The adrenaline rush to travel in my body was so high, that I didn’t even realize when all this time passed and suddenly, from a no one on the road, I became someone on the road.
After almost 100 posts, meticulous SEO, hard-disks full of pictures, and days and nights of logging each and every detail of my trips, people have finally started following my blog, and once in a while share and appreciate my work too. Slowly I have reached a point where I can pitch in for free travel offers, FAM trips and paid collaborations – things that are certainly the ultimate goals of every travel blogger, and naturally were mine too.
But somehow still, this morning I didn’t want to be a travel blogger, maybe because, all I wanted today, was to get lost in the mountains and do nothing at all. I didn’t want to log my itinerary, I didn’t want to write about the places I am going to or what I did there, because all I want is to kiss the wilderness, and be invisible.
And this very feeling makes me wonder – wasn’t this how it all started? Wasn’t this why my blog was conceptualized in the first place? Wasn’t my urge to travel, the only reason that made me into a travel blogger? So why am I fighting it…?
For a lot of new-age travel bloggers my age, it was the very need to travel that got them into blogging eventually. Lets be honest, it was a simple decision, based on a single thought ‘we are already doing the former, so why not do the latter too?’. And for most, this is how the journey started. But this story in no way is a disguise to urge you to do the same, and then promise you that you can follow our path to success. Trust me, you might end up hating it…
Fact is, that travel and blogging about your travels – are two different worlds all together, and if you think you are good at one of the two, doesn’t really mean you will enjoy the other too. Travel is an experience for your body and mind, which is highly personal to each individual engaging in it, but blogging about your experiences has to be an equally happy choice too. To be a good travel blogger, traveling is not enough, until you possess an urge to document it and share it with the world in a purposeful way.
Google it up, and you will see endless articles on how established travel bloggers have lost their thrill in travel, the moment it became their paid profession. Because sometimes when you are paid for it, you are on deadlines, minute to minute SM deliverables, and its no longer a vacation, as it is now a job. Therefore, its important to every once in a while, ask yourself, what you enjoy more – Travel? Or the blogging?
If blogging is your choice, then it won’t be that difficult. But for nomads like me, who yearn to travel as per our own strict bucket-lists – striking a balance is significant. And once again, #InMyOpinion, the rules to it are simple –
- Be clear about what you want to write about, your writing style, and how much are you willing to edit it for paid projects.
- Do not accept a project simply to promote, but be ethical about it. Write what you experienced.
- Do not accept a FAM trip, simply because its free, but wait for your most wanted one.
- Accept it, not every trip needs to be written about – keep your blogging profession separate from your personal passion to travel.
- Once in a while, a detox of social media on a vacation – helps!
- Do not travel to blog, but travel first, and then decide to blog about it or not.
No one asked you to not blog or not to travel, but do it because you enjoy it, and be conscious about when you are overdoing it. Be truthful to yourself as to why you are on a trip, and follow that truth. Because when I woke up today confused about being a travel blogger or not, it was because, it was my time to TRAVEL.
By Shraddha Gupta, Founder & COO of Streettrotter
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