Sometimes it feels like I’m flailing around trying to keep on top of things. Okay, I’ll be honest, I pretty much constantly feel like that.
There are so many things I want to do, but with so little time to do it I find my to-do list getting longer and longer but my motivation to actually do it practically disappearing.
I love blogging, I love writing, and I love the interaction that comes with it, but I don’t like the pressure I put myself under to conform to the ‘travel blogging rules.’
Recently, I have been seriously slacking on the quality post front, and for that I apologise both to you guys and to myself because I made a promise (albeit an internal one) not to do that. I have let myself down, but hopefully I haven’t let you down (we are our own worst critics, after all).
I didn’t want to become one of those bloggers who churn out top 10 posts or just whack a mediocre photo up when they have nothing to say. But, alas, I can see myself heading towards the dark side.
So I’m staging an intervention.
I have a full-time job (read: 9-5) in the travel industry, which is great because I get to write, read, and daydream about travel all day every day. But it also means that by the time I get home I just want to do something un-travel related and, for the love of god, not look at a computer screen!
And, because I’m stuck in front of a computer for eight hours a day during the week, I like to peel myself away at the weekend and do ‘normal’, offline shenanigans at the weekend. Plus, I need to actually get out and about at some point to source material for this blog. Can you see the vicious circle?
Of course, I’m not the only one. There are hundreds of bloggers out there who have full-time jobs and keep their blogs running – or sprinting – in the meantime. I salute you. I really do. It feels like I’m struggling to get up the steepest hill in the world that’s also a boggy marsh and possibly a zombie stomping ground, so if you manage to navigate that then you are a superhero, my friend (quite literally).
I started this blog because I love to write and I love to travel. I love sharing my stories with you and hearing yours in response. Plus, I’m constantly astounded at the interaction here because, well, I just didn’t expect that when I started.
But I also find myself struggling to keep up with the rat-race of the travel blogging world. I’m never going to be a ‘twitter guru’, I cringe when I see bloggers posting updates on Facebook with the word like in speech marks (sorry, but I find it belittling and a tad degrading towards the readers), and I’m still getting over my fear of promoting myself online. It’s fair to say I’m not going to make it big in the travel blogging world anytime soon (or ever). I’m not pushy enough, I guess.
What I do enjoy (and love) is reading well-crafted and well-written travel stories that make me think, that make me daydream, and that make me want to pack up my things and get on the next flight. I like to be educated when I read a post; I like to leave having learnt something new. I like beautiful photographs and neat designs, too. So, this is what I will try and do with Wanderful World from now on.
I want to educate, I want to inspire and, most of all, I want to be proud of what I am publishing.
It’s difficult with a full-time job to write consistently lengthy, in-depth articles that are informative, entertaining, and educational all at the same time. So, for that reason, I will be posting less frequently. I won’t drop off the radar, don’t worry. But I’ll be cutting down to one super-mega-good quality post a week.
I know I would prefer to read a well-thought out piece once a week than a couple of vapid, take-it-or-leave-it posts per week, and I hope you guys feel the same and will stick around for the ride.
I guess I’m guilty of getting caught up in the travel blogging bubble which, if I’m honest, takes up a lot of time but doesn’t really give anything back in return.
Also, life got in the way. It has a funny habit of doing that. I understand that for many travel bloggers, blogging is their life (it’s their income, it’s their hobby, and everything in between), but I’m not at that stage. Not yet, anyway.
I don’t have time to tweet all day every day or research the latest Google Plus trends. Christ, I didn’t even sign up to Google Plus until a couple of weeks ago. I signed up and haven’t been back since – that’s dedication, right?
But, hey, I’m heading to Copenhagen tomorrow, so you can expect lots of fresh content in the next couple of weeks and, if you have any last minute tips, I would love to hear them!
In the meantime, all you full-time-worker-part-time-blogger-people like me should grab a ticket to Traverse 2013, a brand spanking new travel blogging conference that is hitting up Brighton in April. It’s specifically aimed at bloggers who have full-time jobs so the information will be easy to digest and will hopefully be able to make you less panicky about your blog taking up all your time and sucking the life out of everything.
I know I’m excited to find out if there’s some kind of magical method to make time for everything. There might even be a session on creating more hours in a day. I doubt it, though. You’ll have to come along and find out for yourself!
Apologies for the non-travel related post, but I think I needed to get this off my chest. A problem shared is a problem halved…… Right?
Hey, come on over to Facebook where I post in between blog posts…!