5 Reasons You Should Start Your Own Blog
Dave and Deb are on a mission to prove that adventure is for everyone. They’re not uber-athletes, adrenaline junkies or ultra-rich, so that’s what their blog is about – adventure travel for everyday people. They’ve recently been dog-sledding in Banff. They went on a lobster safari in North Wales. And Deb took a solo trip to India.
Caz and Craig are doing the same thing — only with two small children in tow. They write mostly about traveling in and out of Australia and occasionally about things like homeschooling the kids on the road and building memories that shape their character.
Meanwhile, Dave Dean and Dustin Main have an entirely different approach. With the help of a couple friends, they’re blogging about travel gadgets and electronics and the best equipment to take on the road when you roam.
There are lots of reasons why you should start your own blog. It’s fun. It’s flexible. The income potential is substantial. And there’s no boss or editor telling you what you can and can’t write.
Johnny Jet says that he used to have a paralyzing fear of flying and was actually afraid to leave his house. That was all before he started a blog.
As a college recruiter, Johnny – whose real name is John DiScala – was required to travel around the world for his alma mater, Loyola Marymount University.
In 1999, after getting help in overcoming his fears, he started a blog.
In 2000, a travel editor at USA Today stumbled upon it, and put him on the cover of the Life section.
The (now) wildly prosperous, internationally-known Johnny Jet visits about 20 countries a year, logging more than 150,000 miles, and is considered to be the go-to guy for travel advice by most major publications.
He’s consistently one of the top speakers at events such as the annual New York Times Travel Show and has journalists tracking him down to get his take on everything from the hottest destinations and the logistics of overseas excursions to safety and the best credit cards for points.
“I just wanted to share my experiences with anyone who cared to listen,” he says. “Writing online regularly is a fast, straightforward and relatively simple way to find like-minded travelers. You’d be amazed at how quickly people find you and want to communicate about the same things you’re interested in.”
One of the best things about writing a blog is that whatever you’re interested in, chances are there are thousands of others who feel the same way.
You can cover whatever topics you feel like writing about. Some blogs – like Dave and Deb’s — solely focus on travel, sharing the journey and offering practical information on how to make the same kind of trip happen.
Others combine hobbies and interests with travel – such as the popular Bacon is Magic blog that explores foods around the globe – or target a specific demographic, such as traveling solo or backpacking with a pet.
Unlike Johnny Jet, who says he had to “wing it” when he created his website, you have access to tools like the Money-Making Travel Blogs program to help you launch the blog you’ve always dreamed of creating.
Here’s why blogging about travel makes sense:
Blogging connects you with the world
Unlike writing for a publication that targets a specific readership, blogging is available to anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet. Your topics will resonate with adventurers and armchair travelers on an international level, reaching them in a way that few other media can accomplish.
Blogging serves as or expands on your resumé
Editors at major travel publications check out writers’ blogs for a variety of reasons: to get a better idea of the writer’s style, to find out where the writer has been traveling, to look at photographs that might fit in with their needs, or to get a sense of the writer’s discipline and commitment. Of course, an editor can’t check out your blog if you don’t have one. In addition, many bloggers have tales of getting a surprise call with an offer of work from an editor who found them by trolling for travel writers online.
Blogging makes your writing better
Not only does blogging give you an opportunity to practice your writing skills on a regular basis, it also provides feedback from your readers. This invaluable resource can help you figure out what travelers are looking for in a story, or what kind of information meets their needs. At the very least, blogging furnishes you with a sense of community and that there’s “someone out there,” which can help you stick to a posting schedule.
Blogging sets you up for cross-promotion
From the first post, your blog is another social media tool. You can reference your blog and its contents through other social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition, you can link to your accounts on those social media sites from your blog. It’s a win-win in terms of getting your message out to a wider audience.
Blogging can be lucrative
Just seven months after he started his site, Johnny Jet quit his day job and has since done little else but travel for a living – while getting paid to do it. “I never imagined that something I was doing for fun would turn into a career,” he says. “I just didn’t ever plan to do this. But once I got established and it was clear that I was going to keep offering my tips and information regularly, that’s when I was able to turn it into a money-maker.”
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