If you’re a traveller, keeping a blog can be a fantastic way to keep in touch with loved ones back home, share your travels with the world, and keep a sort of travelogue that you can review in later years to remind yourself of the things that you did on your trip(s).
The thing is, keeping a travel blog isn’t always easy. You have to find time to do it and manage to get connected to the internet, and even if you update as frequently as you can, you’ll often find that people complain that you’re not updating frequently enough.
But even if you’re just keeping a travel blog for yourself and your family, rather than for the purposes of making money during your trip (which is also possible), the benefits of keeping a travel blog far outweigh the negative aspects. The trick is to make things as easy on yourself as possible. Here are some tips:
Have a Sense of Purpose
Before you even start your blog, sit down and try to picture what your blog will look like and who your target audience is. If you’re keeping your blog for your family members, you’ll blog in one way.
If you’re keeping a blog to make money off it, you’ll probably blog in a different way, and you’ll probably want to market it more fervently. Decide what you want to and let that shape your blog, but don’t be afraid to change it further down the road.
This will all probably also affect your blog’s design. If you’re just blogging for your family members and friends, it can seem a bit excessive to pay for a customized theme, but if you’re looking to market it, it may make sense to pay a little more for a nicer theme.
Remember though: it’s all up to you how you do it, so don’t let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t do!
Get Everything Ready Before You Go
Rather than waiting until you’re on the road before getting everything set up for your blog, you should get started on it prior to departure. Once you’re travelling, you’ll likely find you have limited time or energy to devote to your blog because who wants to be sitting there figuring out templates when they could be exploring a new city?
This also means you can notify people prior to your departure and get the word out there, rather than having to spend excess time while you’re travelling updating social media accounts and everything else. And remember, this is especially key if you’re travelling to a place that’ll have limited internet accessibility!
Set Up a Schedule
There are two reasons you should be setting up a schedule. The first is that this will motivate you to get things out and posted. If you go for two weeks without posting and you’ve done tons of things during that amount of time, you’ll find both that it’s difficult to remember all the specifics of what you’ve done and that it’s often difficult to find the motivation to update now because you’ve got so many more things to keep doing and your commitment level has dropped.
Also, one way to minimize the amount of pressure put on you to get updates out more quickly is to let everyone know what your schedule will be ahead of time. Will you blog weekly? Monthly? Of course, it can be difficult to stick to that schedule: you might find that some weeks, you just haven’t done anything particularly interesting that you feel like blogging about, while other weeks, you might do tons of interesting things.
But if you at least have a rough schedule for how often people should be checking back for updates, you’ll find that their complaints go down; although they’ll probably always want to hear more!.
Investigate Options for Apps
These days, there are so many apps designed to aid bloggers in keeping things rolling. You can find apps that’ll help you find free WiFi hotspots (e.g. WiFi Finder), help you edit photos (Photoshop Express), stay on top of posting (Evernote), make it easier to publicize updates (Buffer), and make sure you stay on track if you’re using your site to generate revenue (Google Analytics).
But these are only some of your options; they’re really endless. Of course, when you’re blogging on the go, you’ll also want to make sure you’re using a great VPN app as well to protect your personal information. Unfortunately, hackers have a habit of targeting travellers! But if you take the necessary precautions, apps can not only help you with the logistics of your travel but also with the logistics of your travel blog.
Have Fun with It
The main thing to remember with your blog is that you should enjoy it, rather than treating it as a chore. Part of this means personalizing it to fit your style. For example, if you hate writing but love taking pictures, create a blog that’s predominantly (or entirely) focused on your photos rather than text.
Don’t worry about being overly formal, and although it can be good to get into the habit of writing, don’t beat yourself up about it if you were too busy doing something awesome to get an update out once or twice. It’s okay to take a day off work every so often. You’ll generally appreciate it more in the future if it was something you enjoyed posting at the time.
Although it can be difficult to balance travelling and blogging, it is entirely feasible. Make things as easy as possible on yourself while still coming up with something you’re proud of, and start by just getting yourself into the habit of blogging. You’ll likely find that your blog evolves over time and based on what you’re doing, and that’s okay! But starting out with a specific purpose and following through on something you know you want will give you a blog you’ll be proud to revisit long after the trip is over.
This is a guest post written by Jess Signet. She is a travel blogger. She has a blog www.tripelio.com where she writes about her adventures.