I am yet to write a post on ‘how to be a successful travel blogger’ – because I am yet to taste that kind of success as a travel blogger. I understand that travel blogging is challenging and success doesn’t come easily. But, I am certainly being a happy travel blogger in the mean time, which is more important.
The road to success is interesting – it is long and bumpy with many beautiful sights on the way. So, enjoy the small rewards while you still have a long way to go. Take short breaks and fuel up your engine with lots of zest.
Here are my quick tips on being ‘happy’ while success is still away -
Turn a deaf ear to naysayers
People around you will say all kinds of things. Filter what you want to hear and ignore what’s not important. I have often heard and read that a travel writer/blogger’s life is tough, there is no money-making and stuff like that. I am not saying that travel writing is a cakewalk, but it is neither a wild goose chase. There is a middle ground to everything.
Look around to get inspired
Keep looking around and follow the footsteps of successful writers/bloggers. Try and imitate their strategies, but be yourself! While you look for inspiration, retain your own individuality. Listen to your heart and instinct. Experiment, learn and do things your way.
Never compare yourself with another blogger
This is very important. If you sit down to compare your achievements with other bloggers, you are ruining your chances of doing some quality work. Never pay heed to early or intimidating success of your fellow bloggers. Simply do what you want to do at your own pace!
Stop and celebrate small accomplishments
Reward yourself for the hard work put in. Look at your blog and appreciate your own work! Take a break and chill out. Go back to your old posts and see if you can make them more worthwhile.
Consistency is synonymous with success. If you are consistent, you have already hit the bull’s eye. You can whistle and look forward to higher stats. People who show flashes of good work and disappear are not impressive. So, be there!
Pour in lots of passion and love into blogging
As long as you are blogging with lots of passion and love, nothing would affect you much. Make your blog look good. Design a nice header, put beautiful pictures and format your posts neatly. Proofread your posts thoroughly before hitting the publish button. Treat your blog like your child that you need to nurture.
Focus on good work
I agree that there are some highly frustrating times when your blog’s page views dip or nobody seems to respond to your posts. But, keep churning out interesting content and people will eventually turn to you! It is your self-satisfaction of doing something with honesty that counts more than anything else.
I hope my tips would help all those budding travel writers/bloggers out there. Well, I am not trying to be a guide or a learned teacher of travel blogging. I have been blogging for only a year or so and I have a long way to go. I need to learn a lot!
I just wanted to boost my own morale with this post and if that helps you as well, I am happy!