Hey, fellow travel bloggers, I have a question for you.

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First of all I just wanted to say, I’ve only been writing my travel blog for about a month now, but I’m loving it. Not just writing about a subject I truly enjoy, but also from reading your blogs.  I try to read at least ten a day and I must say I am really impressed by so many of them. The photography, the excellence of writing and the overall quality of your blogs is very professional. Which leads me to my question:pexels-photo-346885.jpegHave any of you ever thought of ‘turning pro’ ? By that I mean have you thought of monetizing your blog. If you haven’t, why not? What criteria or threshold would you need to consider it? What are your thoughts overall about people who do? I’ll put my answer in the next paragraph.

Short answer for me is no. At least for the long foreseeable future. I’ve been at this just a month. I am barely an embryo. Right now my only focus is coming up with posts people enjoy, trying to find “my voice”  and building a community. Would it be nice? Sure, possibly. Maybe if I made enough to fund my annual vacations that would be great. But I am almost scared to do more than that because sometimes it’s best not to turn something you love in to a business. I’m a bit conflicted, but like I said I’m an embryo not even a full fledged baby. So it isn’t anything I have to decide on anytime in the near or fairly distant future anyway.

Would really love to hear your thoughts And again , I must say i don’t know any of you personally, but definitely feel a kinship through your amazing blogs’

 

 

18 Replies to “Hey, fellow travel bloggers, I have a question for you.”

    1. Well said Adrien. I am wanting to believe that if there comes a time I should monetize my blog, I will instinctively know it. Until then it’s just putting the cart in front of the horse. Thanks for your comment.

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  1. Globetrotter,
    First of all, thank you for following my blog!

    If I can stick with blogging, I’m hoping to be able to produce some side income from it (https://jamcafe.blog)! in the future for a few reasons.

    1.) I’m currently leaving my permanent employment at an ecology center to pursue my passion, which is to do seasonal ecological field work in our astounding natural areas. This means that my income will become less stable, as work in the spring and summer is abundant and work in the fall and winter is scarce.

    2.) This process of leaving my cushy job, comfortable apartment, and freeing myself of most of my possessions has revealed what I have to offer others, both professionally and socially, which could potentially produce income. For example, I realized my potential to become a hiking guide and hope to use my blog to advertise and lead interpretive plant identification walks and hikes and ask people for donations or charge a fee.

    3.) I truly enjoy the gear and other products that I use in my life and recommend them to people anyway, so I would be proud to become an affiliate for a company that has really great values, such as REI.

    I’m currently struggling through basic setup such as formatting, tagging, and plug-ins, so it will take me a while to navigate monetization too.

    Cheers,
    Jamela

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    1. Thanks Jamela. It really is my pleasure following you. I am glad to read you are following your heart and making this bold move. Ecology is so very important to the future of our world. It sounds like you have a good niche which will serve you well. I am certain you will succeed. Thanks for posting.

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  2. Hello, thanks for the follow. I am like you, new at this. I haven’t thought of monetising as that’s unknown territory to me. Right now I am focussing only on writing and sticking to it. I am enjoying the support and community feel here. Good luck with your blog. We can both celebrate one year blog anniversary at the same time next year.

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    1. You’re welcome L,L& I. The learning curve for setting up this a blog is quite long. There’s so much to figure out. It’s cool we started about the same time, I like having a classmate. If you ever have any questions about the process just ask. I may not know the answer, but it will probably be a question I am asking too.

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  3. Thanks for the follow! I’ve been enjoying your writing, and the photos in your latest entry on Sicily are bellisimo. As for me, becoming a pro travel blogger is sadly unlikely. I’m set in my middle-aged ways with a small but comfy house and a dog who would be very unhappy if I were to leave her for more than one or two trips per year. That said, if anyone has an interesting opportunity for a slightly used archaeologist/librarian in a warm climate, I’m all ears. 🙂

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    1. Hi Regina thanks for commenting. I used to think it was just a kind of reverse ageism that almost all the travel bloggers who are making a living traveling are in their 200 and 30s. But it makes a lot of sense too. As time goes by you have more to keep you in one place, work, mortgage , children/grandchildren et al. If I could have a couple really good weeks of traveling a year that doesn’t put me in to the red, I could be happy with that. PS my pleasure following you.

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  4. I never really thought about monetizing my blog. I started blogging so I can share my travel experiences and itineraries with my friends. I don’t have a lot of time to maintain it because of my job so I just post whenever I can. I love writing and traveling and I’m glad to be able to do both.

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    1. Thanks for posting Cogitoesoterica. I would imagine keeping a professional (as in monitized) blog would probably more than a full time job to maintain. I don’t ever want this not to be a labor of love. It would be terrible to get to the point where I thought ” Oh God, I got to do another post tonight” I think you’re reservations are entirely spot on.

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  5. I’m just not too savvy, in the area of marketing. I generally lack any desire for easy potential monetary gain to the point of laziness, frankly. With advertizing and sponsorship there is an exchange: you have to be willingnto give them what they want, and this extends tomyour followers. Without a huge following, it seems insensible and very work intensive to pursue such a task, and I think it may detract from the content and complicate motivations, as you mentioned.
    That said, it may have been possible for me to get some sponsors, if only in the form of free or discounted gear, but I already had what I needed, for the most part. Someone would likely have to approach me with an offer for anything to happen, but I don’t anticipate getting popular enough to pop up on anyone’s radar. For me it is good practice and keeps my family from worrying!
    Thanks for the questions, they are good ones.

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  6. I think you bring up a good point on the exchange that happens when you accept advertising or sponsorship. Part of me would feel like I am not being “loyal” to those who are kind enough to follow my posts. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel I was trying to pull “a fast one” on them by doing so. I would only able to endorse things I believed in and things I felt like my readers could afford themselves. I have said from the very beginning that I din’t want to create envy, only to inspire others to have the courage to travel themselves. Very well thought out response Bipedalgunnar, Thanks.

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  7. I think for most people who start a travel blog, monetization is more of an afterthought, like your idea of “hey, if I’m lucky that might finance some of my travels at some point in the future, maybe”, but if that doesn’t work out, oh well! I think the main reason for that is that getting a blog off the ground is hard work, and people who set out with monetization in mind might expect quick results and get discouraged more easily when they realize it takes more time than they thought. They also run the risk of failing to build an appealing blog, because if they tailor their content to maximize revenue it’s usually pretty obvious and I don’t know about other people but it tends to put me off. Then, lastly, there’s the fact that for many embryo/baby bloggers (love that metaphor btw!) with limited resources and who are uncertain whether their blog will have any kind of success, WordPress is not particularly conducive to monetization. So maybe some bloggers would like to but are unwilling to take the financial risk of upgrading until they have secured a following? But yeah I agree with many of the others about not being particularly eager to turn an enjoyable hobby into what’s basically a job.

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    1. Every person who has made money at running a travel blog talks about how hard it was to get it moving and long before they even got a dime for doing it. I would story to you, it’s kind of appealing but I got miles to go before i would even consider it. Right now i want to focus on the “Two C’s” content and community. I have to build both before I would even be eligible. Plus, I don’t want to go to all the trouble of building readers to suddenly say “hey now that you’re following me, here buy something” yuck. So for today and
      tomorrow and the foreseeable future. I am just writing and reading everyone’s blogs and it’s a real kick for me. PS How are you? you haven’t posted in a bit. Loved your vietnam blog.

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  8. Exactly! Also I’m fine, the second part of the Vietnam post went up earlier today, if you’re interested ^^ Because my sister is in uni and I work full time, we are trying to stick to a schedule of one post per week so as to maintain activity while not running out of material too fast. She just came back from San Diego and I still have Cambodia to write about though, so we’ve got a couple weeks all lined up. Thanks for asking!

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