Hey beautiful people! How are you today? You know me, I’m generally a fun and happy person but lately something’s been bothering me and I just needed to get it out off chest and share it with you.
I’m sick and tired of the exaggeration on any level. It should be quality over quantity. Nowadays it seems fashionable, for example, to order a gigantic slice of pizza or a ginormous 12-patty burger. But, what’s the point of it despite the overwhelming feeling of sickness afterwards; that’s IF you manage to consume it.
The final drop, and what led me to write this article, was a video of a 2,2KG milkshake I came across. What on earth? Why?
Oh right… I forgot. It’s all about Instagram, isn’t it? You gotta be instacool, instafamous, instaGiveMeABreak. I know so many people who have fallen into that trap. Ordering stuff just because it’s nice for Instagram! Paying for macarons even though they hate their taste… but you know… They’re Instagram’s favorite sweet, so……. 😉
On the other hand, same goes with travel blogging! It seems to be the newest trend, making me ashamed to even say I am “one of them”. Every other post is titled “How I managed to quit my 9-5 job and travel the world” or “Get paid to travel”. Spoiler alert: they lie. Or at least they say half-truths.
Yes you can make money EVENTUALLY. But….Those posts are either some stupid pyramid schemes or they mostly say that you need to work as a nanny abroad or an English teacher in a forgotten village somewhere in China and then somewhere in Thailand – yada-yada-yada, or basically start your own travel blog. I won’t bother explaining why the first two apply to mostly young and qualified people with no immediate plans of starting a family. I won’t even comment on the pyramid schemes that also require you to pay first – then struggle to find more people in order to get your investment plus a small profit back and also become that person we all hate when they call us. I will just tell you about travel blogging because this is what I know and do.
You cannot make money out of travel blogging if you do not invest first.
Invest in trips, in a website, in social media, in brand awareness, invest in growing your numbers.
Are you the person that thinks that travel blogging or any kind of blogging is easy and just because Lauren Bullen & Jack Morris can do it, you can do it too, by just taking cool pics?
Don’t think like that! Don’t just be a mediocre, hobbyist blogger because you’re saturating the industry. If you’re gonna be a blogger, treat it as a business and profession by actually putting out good work and investing your time and money into it as you would any business. Don’t let the trend of the year seduce you. Don’t do that globe tattoo on your wrist or try to go to every city in the world just to say you went – go wherever you truly enjoy, even if that means returning to the same city over and over again. It won’t make you less cool. It will make you genuine and true to yourself!
My advice? Find something you are really passionate about it and do that! If that is blogging, then I am happy to help and share everything I’ve learned so far with you! By all means, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Bare in mind:
All things that happen repeatedly, get boring, lose their charm, and become harmful! A 12-scoop sundae does absolutely no good to you – on the contrary. Another average travel blog with blurry pictures is everything but charming. And for the love of God, another “How to Contour like Kim Trashdashian” is old news!
You know what we need in life? “Παν μέτρον άριστον” – moderation is the best thing.
That said, even if most bloggers have started doing videos, I try and keep delivering good pictures instead. I will keep my private parts private. I will keep writing reviews only for good products and not just any product even if that means less clients. And finally, I will keep traveling the way I do. With comfort, whenever life allows me to and in the places I want and not those that are “cool” each year.
And hopefully you’ll appreciate it!
Kindly share your thoughts whether you agree or disagree – maybe you have a different perspective and I would definitely like to hear it.