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Starting a Travel Blog: Why and How!

Starting a Travel Blog: Why and How!

Why I’m Starting a Travel Blog

I am probably the last person you would expect to be starting a travel blog. My Facebook activity over the past five years has consisted of a few photos and the obligatory ‘thanks for the birthday wishes’ post once a year. I’m not someone who feels the need to share every small detail, or come to think of it any details at all with the world. I’m starting this blog because I enjoy writing and I have a terrible memory, so I better document this journey in case I forget it all! It is mainly to entertain myself, but hopefully I can give my potentially tiny audience a taste of the travelling life and maybe inspire some people along the way.

How to Start a Travel Blog

Assuming starting a travel blog would be easy, I dived right in and purchased a hosting plan, a WordPress theme and a domain. The one thing I didn’t have was any kind of ability or experience in setting up a website. I had a few teething problems, but after too many hours spent scouring message boards and how-to guides, I was finally set up. With the technicalities sorted, I started to read up on creating a successful blog.

Why I'm starting a travel blog

Build it and they will come (If you nag people on social media enough)

It was a soul-crushing moment when I discovered the most important aspect of having an audience of more than just my mum and a few travel-curious friends is having a potentially annoying social media presence.  I need to get twitter, follow as many people as I can, comment on other bloggers’ posts and basically be that person you wish would stop posting about irrelevant things on Facebook. This could be a challenge. I have built up five years of goodwill by almost never posting, so hopefully this will all be received with some sort of curiosity.

What to Expect From

Destination guides, lists (the cornerstone of any good travel blog), advice, adventures, pretty much anything travel related and probably some things that aren’t. I prefer sweeping (possibly inaccurate) generalisations over research and facts, so if you are looking for a Lonely Planet replacement you have come to the wrong place!

Do you think starting a travel blog is a good idea? Do you have any tips for new bloggers? Let me know!

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Jon Algie

A travel blogger from New Zealand who hates talking about himself in the third person and has no imagination when it comes to naming websites.