A few months ago I was tagged to participate in a blogger questionnaire by five of my fellow travel bloggers (Bonnie, Jacintha, Emma, Erin and Jaklien) and it really got me pondering the question, why do I blog? It’s not an easy hobby, particularly as a travel blogger. When we go places, I have to be conscious of the story I want to tell later even as I’m experiencing it, and careful consideration has to be made when taking photos not to miss anything important. Then, all of this has to be held in my memory until I can find the time to sit down and write about it, which sometimes isn’t until a good deal later.
And let’s not forget the time element. Those who do not blog cannot grasp how astonishingly time-consuming it can be. Not only do I have a perpetual backlog of photo editing, writing, and publishing to do, there’s also the self-promotion and responding to readers’ comments to tackle, among other duties. Some days I spend hours on the computer, and believe it or not, that isn’t how I prefer to spend my free hours. Some days I feel like throwing in the towel and just traveling like normal people do – experiencing new places, taking a few photos, and then essentially forgetting about it.
But it’s when I get to that point that I’m reminded why I do this, and it’s because I love to share. I get so passionate about everywhere we go, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower in Paris or a town in Tennessee so small it doesn’t even warrant a map dot, and I have this overwhelming desire to share my enthusiasm for travel with others. I can’t think of a better way to do this than blogging. If something I’ve written can convince even one person to choose travel and experiences over material things, then all the time spent getting that article ready for that person to read was worth it.
So if you’re a reader and something a blogger has written has inspired you, tell them. Even the writers that get paid to blog need reassuring every once in awhile that their words aren’t falling on deaf ears. That’s even more true for those of us that do it for free.
And now to answer the questions…
When did you first start blogging and why?
As The Wanderblogger, March of 2013. We had just received the news we’d be moving overseas and I knew this would be an experience I’d want documented.
Have you had any past online presence?
Prior to The Wanderblogger, I wrote a family blog so small that I wouldn’t even call it an online presence.
When did you become serious about your blog?
Beginning in August of 2013, I made a conscious effort to write three times a week. I suppose, for me, that counts as serious.
What was your first blog post?
As The Wanderblogger, it was announcing our moving news. First ever, though, was about our return to Tennessee after living in Florida for three years. (Ironically, I made a promise at the end of that one to never leave. Ha! Guess I broke that one.)
What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
As I mentioned earlier, finding enough time to write. I need a 36-hour day.
What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Because I want to have things to write about, I do more than I used to. It’s so easy to become complacent and think something will always be around to do or see later, and that may be true, but you won’t always be around to do or see it. Blogging was my original kick-in-the-butt to go exploring. Now I do it because I love it!
What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
For me, it’s falling behind – realizing I have too much that needs doing for the blog and not enough time to do it. That’s when I get discouraged and want to quit.
What is your motivation to blog?
To share, to inspire, to open people’s eyes and minds to the joys of travel and new experiences. The world is such a beautiful place and it’s a shame when people don’t make an effort to see more of it!
Where do you dream your blog will take you?
More like, where do I dream of taking my blog! I’ve got so many places on my travel wishlist that it would be much easier for me to list the places I don’t want to see. I hope to keep enjoying as many new places as I can and then sharing all of it here!