We’re going to dive head first into a subject that’s been circling the internet. After reading countless blog posts, Facebook ‘how to’ posts and such, I’ve come to the synopsis that I do not want to be a full-time travel blogger. It [honestly] seems to be painted as the ideal solution, and the ultimate goal for many travel bloggers. Well, it is not for me. Let me tell you why.
I’ve been blogging for about five years. Over that time, my blog has changed and morphed into several different identities. In the beginning, I started a blog called Key Changes that was dedicated to providing encouragement and career suggestions to inspiring young career seekers. It was my passion at the time, and many good things became of it. For one, it opened many business doors, giving me insight into having a business and started me on the path towards WordPress development. From Key Changes, I went to The Artistic Brunette, which I still hold this snazzy little name. I’m quite proud of it, and it summed up my creative personality at the time.
Now, I transitioned into a full travel and expat blog called Hello Megan Marie, and I’m loving the way it’s going. It’s turning into a fantastic resource of information for expats, Berlin seekers and overall travel dreams. It’s the type of identity that fits me right now. It’s perfect.
However, as a travel blogger, I feel the increasing pressure to become famous, land crazy page views and ‘be found’ on Instagram. What happened to writing for writing’s sake? What happened to writing to simply help others? What happened to writing to share experiences? This is why I write my travel blog. Because of this, I might never land thousands of pageviews.
I might not make a living at travel blogging. I’m okay with this, and this is why.
- If I chose to monetize my blog completely, I worry I’d lose my integrity as a blogger. I’d become focused on building pageviews and pinnable content. I’d stop storytelling stories, silly expat mistakes and my unique experiences. It would become programmable and simplistic. I can’t read another “10 Amazing Things To Do in London”. I believe people want creative and authentic content.
- My travel experiences would change. If all my trips were “paid for” by a company, I would never be on holiday. I’d potentially be working the whole time, creating Instagram stories, editing pictures, thinking of ways to word a blog post and making notes in a journal. Yes, the trip would be paid for, but would it be travel anymore? Would I experience what I want to experience, or would I experience what I think others would want to see [in order to gain page views]? It’s all very tricky.
- It would simply take the fun out of it. Writing and blogging about my experience is fun. If I turned my passion into a business, would I still enjoy it? It might be yes for some, but for me, I don’t think so. I market and write all the time. I don’t need to continue to be that structured in my hobby life. I believe, sometimes a hobby should stay a hobby and a career should stay a career.
- There’s just as many opportunities in marketing that don’t involve me starting a business from my blog. Yes, I’d love to be self-employed, and be able work my own hours and be bound by no boarders. BUT. The world is changing. In more and more ways, the world is giving us opportunities to have this lifestyle without going self-employed. If I did go completely self-employed, I’d much rather build my services in web design, photography and graphic design. You should check it out.
There you have it. That was my one page showdown on why I don’t want to go full-time into travel blogging. These are completely my own reasons, and I feel, the best way to continue providing you with great, quality blog posts on my behalf. I want to hear your opinion. Would you go full-time into travel blogging?