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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J. M Barrie, Peter Pan
This is my 4th attempt at writing this article because I really want to get my point across correctly. It’s important to me that the reader understands where I’m coming from so they can grasp what this article is all about. I even took a different approach. I wrote this article down in my notebook first, so I could get away from the glow of a computer screen. Right now, I’m sitting in our apartment kitchen in Croatia, exhausted from a long day of cellar and wine harvest work and honestly not in the mood to write. I’m covered in dirt from head to toe, sitting in my boxers, drinking a cup of Earl Grey tea, and listening to a baseball game. I’m sure I stink to high heaven and am long overdue for a shower but I have to get this done because I have a 5:30am wake up call for harvest. This first paragraph is really just me delaying the inevitable fact that I have to write this article tonight before bed. It’s my job, it is my life, and, even though at the moment it’s buried deep inside me, I enjoy writing these articles. Let’s stop procrastinating and let’s talk about why Ashley and I are unquestionably terrible travel bloggers.
Two and a half years ago Ash and I sat down in her parents kitchen and created “In Pursuit of Adventure.” We had a name, we had an idea, and we thought we had finally done it; we had finally figured out how we were going to support our career as world travelers. We were not little kids dreaming about what they wanted to be when they grew up, we had left Neverland and were already grown up. We were adults looking for that second star on the right because our Neverland was to be full time travelers, and “In Pursuit of Adventure” was how we were going to stay straight on till morning. Let me digress from this Peter Pan metaphor and just say we had our exit plan from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
These grand ideas fed a pipe dream on how we were going to travel across this world inspiring other people to travel. We were going to show people that we could all live a life full of adventure. We could not wait to share the stories of beautiful, kind, and generous people who are apart of breathtaking cultures. We wanted to debunk the idea that this world is a forsaken place and show how one should not be afraid to leave their front door step. We were going to change the world through our travels and our blog, to be a voice of a generation. We had stories; we could inspire people and we had both traveled extensively. It’s just a blog right? You write, you post, and people follow. How hard could writing a successful travel blog be?
Turns out it takes hard work and a lot of it, no way to beat around the bush. It’s something we had to learn and are still learning. Is that not the key to all success in life? How hard you have to work is always on a learning curve. When you start something you never know how hard you have to work in the beginning. Ash and I had no idea what we were doing when it came to creating a blog. I have a com degree with a focus in screenwriting and Ash has a degree in classical Greek and Roman archaeology. What do we know about building a website, let alone how to market and sell ourselves to create a loyal following? I’ll admit we really suck at it; we don’t suck at putting in the work (at least not anymore), what we suck at is selling and marketing ourselves to create a following. After two and a half years of travel blogging we only wrangle in about 2,000 views a month. We don’t need to lie to you or ourselves, that’s not very good. Especially when you are apart of blog communities and you hear about the 6 month old blog raking in 10,000 views a month. I mean good on them; they earned that, but how in the hell did they do it? It’s something we have been trying to figure out for a while now, with little to no success.
*I am going to stop here. If you are one of our 2,000 views a month we want to thank you for all your support and hope that you keep coming back. I mean we really need all the readers we can get. So thank you for believing in a sinking ship. We love all of you and appreciate the support and don’t worry we will never stop writing*
The only answer I can come up with is that we are undoubtedly terrible at travel blogging. I’m not worried about our writing, and I think Ash and I have a quite delightful personalities (only a little bias). I mean yes, we miss a photo opportunity here and there and maybe don’t always finish an article on time because we went out to dinner instead. We’re only human. Anyways, we have now reached the fundamental question of this whole article, “So why do Ash and I suck at travel blogging?”
This is the point of the article where I should take a deep critical look at our work ethic, our personalities, and come up with an answer. The article will reveal to us the problem thus giving us the answer to fix that problem. Well, I’m going to let you down. I don’t have it. I have no idea why we are so bad at this and I’m done looking for it because I just don’t care anymore. Why do you think I had such trouble writing this article?
Then why keep travel blogging, you may ask. Why destine yourself to something you not very good at. Well to put it quite simply, I enjoy it and it is a way for Ash and I to keep a record of where we have been and what we have seen in this world. It’s like a time capsule on how we view the world. Twenty years from now it’s going to be interesting to look back on how we looked at this world. I think that is kind of neat. Maybe we don’t need to stress ourselves about our blog, and maybe we don’t need such an emotional attachment to it. Even if you’re bad at something it does not give you a reason to half ass it. The faith is still alive for our pipedream; I believe that this will be our career and that somehow we will change the world. The only thing that has changed is the fact that we now know how much work it’s going to take.
The blog might not be successful and the numbers might show that we are failing but to hell with the numbers! The blog is successful because the blog kept our dream alive and still is. I’m sitting in Croatia and we’ve been traveling around the world now for 5 months. Was that not our original dream, to be world travelers? The blog helped drive us to quit our jobs and finally just go out and travel and live our lives the way we want to. We found our Neverland that we had been searching for.
Ahhh like a light bulb turning on, there is the answer. Why do we suck at travel blogging? Because it is not our dream, it is not what we live and breath. What we live and breath is traveling and we are willing to do whatever it takes to stay out here traveling. The blog is fun and we enjoy it, and will continue to write and work hard on it because maybe one day it will support our travel habits. Until then, Ash and I will do whatever it takes to keep traveling because that is what makes us happy. Is that not what is truly important in life? I love that at the end of day I don’t go to bed hating myself. I’m happy and grateful for what I do have. Would I like a little bit more, of course and that’s why we keep working. Our life and our blog make us happy and is what made us finally go for our dream. So, we might suck at travel blogging but we’re not going anywhere because it’s our driving force, our excuse, our escape plan that keeps us traveling. We have our compass oriented “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning”. How about you?
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Make sure to comment below because I would love to know what you thought of the article? Also, what is your Neverland and how are you going to find it?