How time flies! I can’t believe, 365 days have passed by since I started my travel & photography blog „Restless girl“! It feels like only yesterday I purchased ‘my little space’ on the internet still insecure in blog’s name and without clear vision where it will lead me. So here I am. One year later, a bit older, not much wiser and a few pounds heavier, I share with you, my dear readers, all the things I learned and realized in my first year of travel blogging.
‘Blogging world’ is changing…
I have always been passionate traveler and photographer, even before blogging stood out to me. I like going places, exploring the unknown, meeting new people and writing about all that in my travel diary (so old school, right?). That’s why I started my blog in a first place – to share my stories, adventures and photos from all over the world with the people who have similar interests like me.
Once upon a time, bloggers were just regular people who used social media to share their opinions, lives, projects and passions to those who listen. But it seems like that is not enough any more. ‘Blogging world’ is changing…
Social media has impacted our lives (not just blogging world) in so many ways. If you want to be a successful blogger, you have to share on social media every single teeny tiny thing about your life (not just travels!). You feel like you have to constantly be relevant on social media (post at least 35 Instagram / Facebook / Twitter… stories a day).
Also, social media creates bloggers who ‘painting’ an artificial, perfect picture of how life and travels should look like. A successful bloggers or social media influencers (how we call them these days), are mostly young, 20-something skinny models, with long legs and angel smiles wearing last fashion clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see beautiful people traveling around the globe. But that’s just not my thing.
For me, traveling was never and will never be a fashion show. Most of the time on my travels I’m wearing old jeans and dirty sneakers. Adventurous spirit, restless soul and itchy feet can not wear fashion clothes or look perfect after a whole day of exploring the unknown. That definitely don’t fit the today’s ‘blogger norms’, right? But for me that is traveling. That is a real thing.
Photo source: Pinterest
I choose life over social media
I choose real ‘old fashion’ traveling over a sugar coated fashion show that makes you a successful blogger. I choose to sleep in a tent over a luxurious hotel and have a million dollar sunrise view in a morning for free. I choose to eat a local food on the street over a fancy restaurant because it tastes so much better. I choose to meet a real local people, and photograph them over taking 2356 photos of myself. In the end, I choose life over social media.
Maybe that will make me a less successful blogger in the long run, but it’s something I feel strongly about. Staying true to myself as much as I can, focusing more on my true passions and what I’m really trying to say to the world, is going to have more of an impact than how many posts I have a day, or how many likes I get, or followers I have.
Travel blogging is so damn hard, seriously! Photo by: thetravellingfool.com
Blogging won’t make you rich (overnight)
You won’t get rich or famous with your blog overnight. That’s a fact. Ok, unless you are Kim Kardashian or involved in some kind of criminal activities. Like any other job, you have to invest a lot of time, energy and effort to start earning money from your ‘business’. In blogging world, besides being online 24 hours and posting 5695 photos / stories a day you have to be original and unique, offering your audience interesting and useful content.
To attract sponsors (read: money) you have to have many followers on social media as well as decent monthly visits to your blog = you’ll only earn income with your blog once you have a decent audience. It takes a lot of time to get to that point.
After my first year of blogging, I have to admit – professional travel blogging is so damn hard! But if you love what you do, with a little patience and a lot of effort you can ‘become’ Nomadic Matt, eventually.
Travel is made of people, no places
Travel is made of people, no places
After 5 years of wandering the globe with a camera in hand and meeting so many interesting people (and after 1 year of travel blogging) I realized that for me, traveling is all about the people. It’s about life and bringing the world closer.
Our world is a beautiful place full of wonderful people. Getting to know different cultures and their customs, meeting new, interesting people and helping the once who need our help the most are the main reasons why I’m so passionate about traveling.
A few weeks ago I started my new project „People of the World – Help by photo“. This project is about all the diverse people around the globe showing their beauty no matter the skin color, religion and ethnicity through photography. Read more about the project HERE.
Find a balance between trying to capture a moment and just enjoying it
See the world through your own eyes
Travel blogging is not easy. You constantly have to take photos and videos or learn new things to write an interesting content. Sometimes I find myself shooting hundreds and hundreds of photos and when I get home, I realize I didn’t even enjoy the moment because I was trying to capture as many images as I could.
It’s nice to take a break and see the world through my own eyes rather than a camera lens – sometimes you just need to put things into perspective and find a balance between trying to capture a moment and just enjoying it.
It’s important to relax and enjoy your travels, blogging should not be a reason why you travel or take photos or do anything for that matter. Travel, take photos, do whatever makes you happy – because of you, not because of a good post or nice Instagram pic.
Never stop exploring
After one year of travel blogging and 5 years of traveling, I know one thing – I’ve learned more about the world and myself than in the previous 25 years of my life. I’ve met such an amazing people who showed me what life is all about. I widened my horizons, stepped outside my comfort zone and opened my heart fully to all the new things that came and are about to come on my way.
No matter what happens in the future, I’m very thankful for all these years of traveling and I’m a better person today because of them.
And you, my dear blog, I wish you a happy birthday! Hope we’ll continue to inspire people to #neverstopexploring & to #followyourdreams.