There are so many opinions floating around in the world regarding blogging. Many interested in travel ask themselves, “should I start a travel blog?” My short answer is yes. Yes, you should.
However, this would not be an interesting blog post if I just gave you the short answer.
If you are considering starting a blog, more than likely you probably should. There are some things that you should consider when deciding to start a blog. It is one of the aspects we covered in our previous post on 4 ways you can start to live a travel lifestyle.
Should I Start a Travel Blog?
Most likely, the thing that is holding you back is what other people are thinking. It is time you stop caring about what others think about what you do. They probably do not even consider what you do, or they would support what you do if they are truly valuable in your life, or they are going to try to tear you down if they are dead weight in your life. It is time to surround yourself with those who are valuable in your life.
Once you have what people think out of your mind, you need to truly consider if travel blogging is for you. Do you truly enjoy writing?
Blogging is all about writing, so if this is not what you enjoy then maybe you should explore another area of content creation. Instagram for photographers, YouTube for videographers, and starting a podcast for those who are good at speaking are different avenues of content creation that you could explore.
However, ultimately whatever content creation platform you choose, my opinion is that you should always have some sort of written content being produced on a regular basis. Reading is always going to be here to stay. No matter how much you read about blogs being dead, they will never die. There will always be an audience that would prefer to read the content as opposed to listen or watch.
Keeping a blog helps you remain relevant and show up in search results as you consistently update (search engines love websites that update with new content regularly).
If you do not have the time to commit to creating and maintaining a travel blog, then you are probably better off not doing it. Starting a travel blog does require a significant amount of time. There is much more behind the scenes things you need to consider. Customizing your website, writing content, creating a posting schedule, promoting your posts, creating pages, and engaging on social media are all things that require your time and presence.
You should budget at least two hours per day that you can dedicate to your blog. If you do not think you can do this, then maybe it is better to create a social media account where you can treat it like a micro blog. Instagram is actually really great for this. If photography is your thing, and you do love writing, but you do not think you have the time to maintain a blog, write a micro post with each photo you publish on Instagram. This can really help you cultivate a following that you can later translate into a following on a blog down the road.
Whatever you try to invest your time in, make sure that it is worthwhile.
A blog does not actually cost you that much to maintain.
- Web Domain (Your URL) – About $10 USD per year
- Web Hosting Services – About $10 USD per month
- Marketing Budget – $0 to $ insert dollar value here
There are other expenses that could add up like paying for themes and plugins on WordPress, but ultimately you can really keep your costs down pretty easily.
Purchasing your domain is easily and it needs to be renewed each year. You can do this on a service like GoDaddy. Simply type the domain you want in the search bar, see if it is available, and buy it.
Your web hosting services provide you with server space for your website. If you go to HostGator, they provide you great prices and support for your web hosting needs.
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Your marketing budget can definitely be $0. You do not need to spend money to get your content out there. Focus on search engine optimization. This is getting more organic traffic to your website from visitors who are looking for certain topics in search engines. Learning how to optimize your website for this can be key to gaining momentum with your blog.
The next thing would be to register for social media accounts, but only the amount of accounts that you feel you can remain active and cultivate a following on. Never spread yourself out too thin. If you think you can only do one social media account while maintaining your blog, then only focus on the one. You can always branch out later, but you will never get the time back that you invested if you decide later you want to scale back.
I hope this helped answer your question, should I start a travel blog.
Like I said from the very beginning of this post, yes you should.
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