I was tagged the other day by Jaklien from Passport and Toothbrush to do my own Confessions of a Blogger post. So firstly, thanks Jaklien! How it works (I think – I googled it) is that I pick nine of the ten available questions from the post of the person who tagged me. At the end, for the tenth question, I ask my own. Also, from what I gather, is that one of the nine questions you pick has to be the one the person who tagged you asked. Anyways, here it goes:
1. When did you first start blogging and why?
Just this past February. I would journal my ‘travel feels’ before I had given much or any real thought to blogging about them anyway. Honestly, I began blogging because I thought it would be kind of fun and I really liked talking about travel. I also had a few people tell me that I should start after they saw one of my travel journals. My mom was probably the biggest component in convincing me to start this blog. My one auntie (technically my 2nd cousin, but I call her my auntie) also put up with me sending her a few travel pieces that I had written and encouraged me to share them through a blog or other medium. So did my friend and former travel buddy, Michelle. So yeah, there’s the when and why
2. When did you become serious about your blog?
Just in the last couple of months actually. I feel like I’m finally learning the ropes of the whole travel blogging world and not just posting dry little articles about the specific sites I’ve visited anymore. I really do like blogging and I would love to see exactly how far I can take this newly found hobby that I’d love to be able to turn into something resembling a living somehow.
3. What was your first blog post?
4. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
Actually blogging and putting myself out there. I’m a natural born über-introvert and meeting new people is almost always an uncomfortable experience for me – even online. I second guess myself at everything I do to the point where I actually suffer anxiety over the smallest of things that most people wouldn’t even blink an eye at. So, publishing my thoughts and opinions online for all to see is a huge challenge every time I click that ‘publish’ button.
5. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
On the heels of that last comment, I’d have to say getting positive feedback from my readers. Also when I’m able to form a sort of travel blogger friendship due the all the other travel bloggers I’ve been afforded the opportunity to ‘meet’, electronically speaking, largely because of my blog. In terms of what was the most rewarding, that first comment on my blog by someone who wasn’t my mom or someone that my mom told to go comment.
6. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
I’ve only encountered criticism (and by ‘criticism’ I mean a condescending note questioning my IQ followed by a racist remark after they assumed that I was part of a particular ethnic group – which, ironically, I wasn’t) once and it was pretty damn discouraging. Literally made me doubt everything else I had ever written or planned on writing and I didn’t blog or even tweet for about a month after that. I know, I know I need to toughen up, but it still hurt. On a more ongoing basis I’d say when you post something that you put a lot of work into and think is the bomb and then nobody comments.
7. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
The whole wide world! Isn’t the world just an amazing place? Who wouldn’t be inspired by what it has to offer? On a more specific and less cliché note, I find a backwards sort of motivation in that blogging helps/forces me out of my comfort zone that I am all too content staying in. Because, I love to travel which in and of itself catapults me out of my comfort zone and, at the risk of sounding totally cheesy, blogging about it motivates me to stay true to my passion for travel.
8. What do your friends think of your blogging adventure?
I don’t think a lot of them really know or care actually. I think I’ve probably bored them all to tears before I even started this blog talking on and on about my travels, haha. The friends and family that I know read it, are awesomely supportive and it’s a great feeling to know they’re there for me through even my most boring blog posts
9. (Jaklien’s question) Where do you dream your blog will take you?
I don’t know to be honest. Hadn’t really thought about it that much until quite recently as I didn’t realize exactly how far you could go with a travel blog in terms of a career. I guess I’d just like to see it open doors for me in the world of global travel. I’ve seen articles about how some travel bloggers make an actual living from their blog and related ventures and if I could somehow manage do pull off the same thing with mine then I think that would be absolutely fantastic!
10. My question: What doors has blogging opened up for you?
Alrighty, I do thee tag:
- Lauren of History Research Shenanigans - who will know exactly where my header photo was taken
- Aryn from Driftwood & Daydreams
- Marsha The Travelling Historian
- Andy from Backpacking Diplomacy
- The Alyssa behind Alyssa Writes