My first year of travel blogging is over… and what a year it has been! I’ve learnt so much – and have also realised how little I knew when I started! I can’t quite believe it has been a year already to be honest – it has flown by! So how has it been?
I think the main thing I have learnt this year is that blogging is much harder work than I thought! I guess, like most people who don’t blog, I thought you just wrote a bit and took some pretty photos… I hadn’t realised how much time and effort social media alone would take. And it has been a steep learning curve – I’d done very little on social media before I started blogging so it was all pretty new to me. But, in spite of the time it takes, I’ve found the social media side of things great fun – it’s been fantastic to see other people’s photos and learn about their lives and interests. It’s been truly inspiring!
But what I’ve enjoyed the most has been writing about my travels and sorting through all my old holiday snaps. I’ve re-lived some trips and adventures that I had pretty much forgotten about until I found the photos! And I hadn’t realised just how many photos I had until I started looking though them – I have boxes full of old film photos and a 1TB hard drive full of digital images (not to mention those on my phone and laptop!). If I live to be a hundred I’m not sure some of them will ever see the light of day again unfortunately…
I have also enjoyed the writing side – writing has always been important to me – even from being very small, I would fill notebooks full of lists, my thoughts and ideas, etc. I still have books full of my poems, notes from my travels and general scribbles going back many years… I am hoping to go through them all eventually to extract the good stuff (I’m guessing that a lot of it will be rubbish!) and make use of it. I’ve got a travel book in me somewhere I’m sure!
But my proudest blogging moment of the year was definitely seeing two of my travel pieces in print in a glossy magazine… one on Dubai (below) and one on New York – one of my favourite cities in the world. Oh, and getting a mention in one of my favourite magazines, National Geographic Traveller, was amazing too!
So, would I do it again, knowing what I know now? Of course I would! I just think that maybe I’d have learnt a bit more about what was involved before I jumped in… but that’s the story of my life!