Blogging looks easy. Travel blogging especially may seem like nothing but one big holiday, but you would be mistaken to think that it’s fun and games in running a successful blog. While much of the success of your blog depends on hard work, there are certain character traits that every good blogger possesses or has developed over time that make them well suited to the world of blogging. If you are interested in starting up your own blog, here are a few personality traits that well help you along the way.
Alright, you don’t need to know how to program video games, but at least a basic understanding and interest in technology is an absolute must if you are considering becoming a blogger. You simply can’t get around dealing with certain tech-related issues, like choosing where to host your blog, what kind of service to go with, whether you want to use a paid service like this one for the more premium features, or will dip your toes into the blogging pool with a free service to begin with. You will have to develop basic coding and photography skills and stay on top of technology trends in the blogging world.
Your traffic will not soar overnight and your first post is unlikely to go viral. Building your blog will require a lot of time, patience and even money. Be sure that you are willing to invest in your blog and think in long-term measures. It is tough to begin with, but over time you will begin to see your hard work pay off.
A Thick Skin
You can be one of the most successful, most well respected bloggers and you will still receive insulting or even hateful comments. Don’t let them get to you! It is simply part of the job. Learn to understand that you have no way of knowing what drove this person to leave that comment, but they don’t know you so their comment is more a reflection of some dissatisfaction they are experiencing than a genuine comment on you. But whatever you do, don’t engage with nasty comments!
Travel blogging may look like an endless string of days spent frolicking in the sun and eating exotic food, but it is hard work. On top of that, it is all up to you to make it work. If you don’t write that blog post, no one will tell you off, but you and your blog will suffer in the long run. Don’t be led astray by the feeling of freedom by not having a boss or strict working hours. Develop your own routine and stick to it.
This is probably the most important one. Be passionate and show it! To write a travel blog you have to truly enjoy travelling and trying new things. Your passion will show in your blog and keep readers coming back.
If you think travel blogging is an easy way to travel the world and get paid for it, you are in for a rude awakening. It might be a good idea to start off by writing travel posts for other blogs to see how much you enjoy it. But if you have a thirst for adventure, an interest in the unfamiliar and a desire to share it with the world, then blog away!