Thursday, 26 September 2013

How To Be A ‘Happy’ Travel Blogger

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.

Be consistent

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!

25 comments:

  1. I agree 100% with not comparing yourself to another travel blogger. Each of us have so much to offer our readers that it doesn't make sense to measure yourself compared to others.

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    1. Exactly! Thanks Freya for visiting my blog :)

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  2. Indeed, wonderful tips, Renuka! and photo looking nice..
    Great Informative post.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words :)

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  3. Nice informative post! thanks for sharing your experience..

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    1. You are welcome, Ajay :) And thank you for visiting my blog!

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  4. Great tips. I have to admit that it is sometime hard to keep the smile on my face, to be happy blogger. It is a tough world out there and bloggers face their specific difficulties. Sometimes I also feel isolated form the rest of the blogging community. And most of the time outsiders don't really get it, don't really understand me and my world of blogging.

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    1. Thanks Laura! Yeah, I can understand what you are trying to say. But the best thing about blogging is that even if you don't see success immediately, it is still fun and enriching!

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  5. All valid points, but i'd argue if you are happy, you're already more successful a blogger than many!

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    1. Thanks Iain :) You are right - if you are happy, you're already successful. That's what I am trying to say that 'success' is an end result of something that you are doing with happiness!

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  6. Great post and valid points. It is hard work and there is also a lot of networking in it. E.g. Try to read, what others are doing and comment genuinely on their work. The comments should be meaningful and informative. If there are any forums, participate. At wordpress, there is a photo challenge for almost every day of the week, Choose to participate and this will bring visitors via the links. Be regular and stick to your routine

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    1. Thanks so much, Die :) Yes, you are right that it's important to read what others are writing and also participate and build network.

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  7. it is a very inspiring post. I couldn't agree more with that. Determination and feeling passionate about something is so important as well. When I slowly start to burn out, I look around for more travel inspiration and never compare myself with others as everyone is different and unique.

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    1. Thanks so much, Agness :) I am glad to know that there are many like me!

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  8. Wonderful post for budding Writers/Bloggers and quiet encouraging :) Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This is a really great article, thank you for the tips! I will keep them in mind for my future posts, ciao!

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    1. Thanks Raffaella! I am glad you liked it :)

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  10. It's easy to get bogged down in the negative stuff sometimes so I'm pleased you found the ways to combat them, great advice!

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    1. Thanks so much, Becky! Travel blogging has more plus points than minuses! So it's a great world :)

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  11. "It is your self-satisfaction of doing something with honesty that counts more than anything else" ........loved the quote

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    1. Thanks so much, Samanvay :) Yeah, travel blogging is challenging, but it has taught me a lot! So, it's a success already!

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  12. Hi again, i like this article, wandering around to learn how to write a travel blog thanks for this nice share

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