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Recently I’ve noticed more than a few travel bloggers becoming frustrated. Frustrated about being passed over for blogging opportunities. Frustrated at being left off lists of “top” travel bloggers. Frustrated over feeling left out of the clique of “cool” travel bloggers who seem to be so much more successful than everyone else.

Someone said that travel blogging feels a lot like being back in high school. The kids who are deemed cool remain so, and it’s difficult for any newcomers to reach that same level of coolness.

I’ve felt frustrated, too. It’s not easy to always feel left out, or feel like you’re lagging behind with no chance of catching up. I think it’s especially bad when I put a blog post out there that I’m really proud of, and then it flops. Some days, I wonder who I’m even blogging for; I wonder if anyone is even out there, paying attention.

But I think this feeling of frustration is only natural.

The “cool kids” of travel blogging started in the exact same place that I am now. True, there wasn’t as much competition in the travel blogging market a decade ago as there is now. But everyone has to start somewhere.

So, on those days when I start feeling frustrated, I try to remind myself of a few things:

  • It’s not the end of the world if no one leaves a comment, or retweets my new post. Sure, it’s disheartening. But, in the grand scheme of things, one off day shouldn’t ruin my whole week. If anything, it should just inspire me to try harder next time.
  • Sometimes, it’s just dumb luck. I can write what I think is a brilliant post, but maybe I just post it on the wrong day. Maybe the people who would also view it as brilliant just aren’t around. And maybe the next day, when I post some silly Top 10 list, that’s the day someone like Lonely Planet decides to retweet my post. Often, I think it’s just one of those things that’s very hard to predict, and impossible to control.
  • There can be no success without failure. I’m really just a baby blogger when it comes to the travel blogging universe. I haven’t been doing it for that long, and yet I’m slowly crawling my way up in the ranks. The little successes — the RTs from Lonely Planet, the occasional big boosts in traffic — feel even better due to the little failures. If I keep at it and don’t let the frustrations ruin the experience, eventually those successes will come more and more frequently.
  • It’s not anyone’s “fault.” I cannot blame everything on the successful bloggers. I can be jealous that they continually get opportunities I would kill for, but I can’t blame them for being successful. They’ve worked hard to get where they are, and what I should be doing is taking note of how they made it happen for themselves.

Obviously I’m not going to become one of the “cool kids” overnight. Contrary to popular belief outside of blogging circles, travel blogging is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work, and even more dedication. It’s not something you can just half-ass and expect to be successful at.

I know that, in the end, I’m the only one who can make my blog as successful as I want it to be.

And no amount of whining or feeling sorry for myself is going to change that fact.

Are you feeling like this too? Are there days when you feel like you’re just screaming into a void, begging to know if anybody is even out there?

Well, you’re not alone. Believe me.

Giving advice on handling this sort of frustration is near impossible. But here are the best tips I can come up with to try and break into that “cool kids” clique. It’s my plan of attack, at least:

  • Post a variety of quality things. Some insightful, some silly, some practical. You don’t want to pigeon hole yourself into one specific sort of advice or writing. (Or maybe you do?) Especially when first starting out, I think a bit of experimentation with your writing can help you figure out what works and what doesn’t for your blog. But, no matter what, focus on quality. Proofread your stuff. Make people believe that you know what you’re talking about.
  • Stay true to yourself. Even though you want to try and hone in on what people want to read by trying a variety of approaches, you also want to stay true to yourself. Don’t write about something you don’t enjoy. And certainly don’t write about something you don’t believe in, just because it’s what you think people want to hear. Stay true to your own convictions; your voice will shine through.
  • Don’t make comparisons. No two blogs are the same, because no two bloggers are the same. You shouldn’t be comparing yourself to others, or feeling bad because you don’t feel like you stack up. If all bloggers were the same, what would be the point? Be who you are, and others will undoubtedly appreciate it.
  • Read and comment on other blogs. If you remain in your own little blogging bubble, it’s going to be much more difficult for people to find you, and — more importantly — relate to you. Read other travel blogs. Leave comments and share your insights. After all, how can you expect others to do the same on your blog if you’re not doing it yourself? Plus, reading other blogs can give you a sense of different styles, and perhaps help you figure out the sorts of things you do and do not want to write about yourself.
  • Be active in social networking. Start a Twitter account. Utilize StumbleUpon. Create a Facebook page. Engage with your potential readers, and forge some online relationships with other travel bloggers. Not only will you make some friends, but it’s likely that you can help each other out by driving new traffic to one another’s sites.
  • Be open to guest blogging. A good way to gain some free exposure when you’re just starting out is to write a guest post for another (perhaps even more successful) blog. Save something good for your guest posts, and you’ll likely be rewarded with some new readers.
  • Try new things. Never tried your hand at video editing? Not sure if travel photography is really your thing? Try it out anyway. Who knows, you may discover a new talent. And adding things like strong images and video to your blog will only make it more appealing.

And, most importantly:

  • Don’t give up. If travel blogging is really what you want to pursue, then don’t let those rough days get you down. Don’t let anybody tell you that you’ll never succeed. Because, if you’re serious about it, I think you can make it happen. You have to be persistent. You have to actively go after what you want. Eventually, it will pay off.

The frustrating days suck. But, often, at the end of those days, I get an e-mail from someone who has just discovered my blog, or a great comment, or a kind retweet from someone I respect. And those make all the difference.

So hang in there, fellow travel bloggers.

Because, yes, it seems there is somebody out there, paying attention.

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Do you sometimes get frustrated with blogging, too? How do you cope?

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255 Responses to Is Anybody Out There? Hang in There, Travel Bloggers

  1. It does seem like high school sometimes, especially on Twitter, but I think you’re doing great! You have great content and insights and the readers will come!

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  3. Alex says:

    Thanks for writing this post. Sometimes I need to be reminded that it takes time and patience to get where you want to be.
    Alex recently posted..Five Excuses We Make to Avoid Traveling

  4. Srinivas Rao says:

    Hey Amanda,

    It’s been great to connect with you on twitter over the last few days and this is something that I actually give quite a bit of thought to. My focus on how I do everything is entirely based on relationships which is why I’ve made a point to engage with people as much as possible when it comes to flightster. Fortunately I have fairly decent size personal networks because my BlogcastFM site and Skool of Life. My friend Stanford @pushingsocial wrote this great post the other day where he coined the term “kissing digital babies.” I thought it was the smartest thing I’ve read all week. As I’m putting together this list I mentioned to you I’m specifically trying to find smaller lesser known people who have awesome sites. The reason for that is it’s much easier to get somebody into you tribe when they are smaller and looking for tribes to join that it is to hit try and hit somebody really big who has already been around for a while. From one digital baby to another, consider this your kiss from Flightster ;)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thank you so, so much, Srinivas! Your support means so much! I love the “kissing digital babies” concept. It really makes sense, when you think about it.

  5. Great and honest post. One should never quit travel blogging because it’s not as “successful” as they want it to be. Serious?! Is that why travel bloggers get into it? If that’s someone’s take, then it will burn out quickly. There are some travel blogs that make a lot of money and people try to make that same type of money and what not, and it takes a lot of work and can take years. At the end of the day, I don’t care about someone’s page views, SEO, Klout, rank or whatever. I want to be inspired by travelers to travel and I want the writing to engage me. At the end of the day, you’re still writing for people and not search engines.

    Anyone who feels like they have to keep up with the Joneses, should press on knowing that they are their own voice and have their audience and if nothing else, you’re daily growing and becoming a better writer as you better your craft. Amanda, keep doing what you’re doing. You have a unique voice. I don’t want to be a cool kid. At the end of the day, readers don’t care about rankings, freebies, klout, or anything else. They want to be inspired by travel. You’re doing that, and others are. And it’s people like us that fight for the integrity of travel and good writing.
    Spencer Spellman recently posted..Two Night Giveaway at a Hyatt Hotel

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the honest feedback and support, Spencer! I agree – I don’t really care if another blog is making tons of money, or just has a core following of a few readers. If the content is good, that’s all I really care about. To be honest, I don’t even like the blogs of some of the so-called “cool kids!”

      I, personally, started blogging for myself. Eventually, I started to blog for myself AND others. I’m not making money. Like you, I write for people, and not search engines. (Love how you put that, by the way.)

      Some days, I can’t lie, I’d love to be a cool kid. But I’m not, and, at the end of the day, I’m okay with that.

  6. Suzy says:

    Great post Amanda! It can be incredibly frustrating as a travel blogger I think, especially when you see others getting recognition constantly. I try to ignore the “top 10 most amazing travel blogger” lists. In the end, they are somewhat useless posts to me. It’s important not to compare yourself to others or get down about no comments,etc. Usually when I get discouraged, I get an email or comment that turns that all around. It can feel like high school popularity all over again only if you let it.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I agree with you that it’s not worth it to compare yourself to others. Sometimes it’s difficult not to get discouraged (we can tell others not to as much as we’d like, but it still happens!), but, the same as you, when I’m discouraged I usually get that little boost from an e-mail or comment that makes me feel better. We all have our off days, but just have to remind ourselves that the good days come around again, too!

  7. Jenny says:

    Don’t get discouraged! Just keep trying. Try different things. Try to figure out why one post was popular and another wasn’t… I’ve had posted posts that I spent a lot of time on, that nobody reacted on. Try different marketing techniques… half of blog success is great marketing!

    Not everyone is an overnight success either. Some take a while to climb up the ladder, some happened to have the magic formula right off the bat, some just have the right personality that people are generally attracted to… you never know.

    What I do know is if you continue to put out great content, people will come. Fact of the matter is, you have a great blog, and what looks to be like a really good following. So keep moving forward.
    Jenny recently posted..28 Tips for Traveling With a Laptop and SLR Camera

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks so much, Jenny! I wrote this post as much for myself as for other bloggers out there who I know feel the same way sometimes. What you’re saying is good, solid advice, and I appreciate it!

  8. Andrea says:

    It can definitely be frustrating and disheartening at times when you feel no one is reading or you’re aren’t getting more visitors etc. But I think if you are persistent over time, things can click into place and your blog can take off. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself :)
    Andrea recently posted..Vienna

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I think being persistent and not giving up really is the key! Also, you have to believe in yourself. When it comes down to it, we are all our own worst critics, but also our best chances to succeed!

  9. I like your positive “plan of attack.” But I must also suggest that you ACTIVELY pitch editors/websites to get those blogging opportunities. Similarly, if you want to go on press trips, INTRODUCE yourself to the PR people who run them. Send letters of introduction about yourself; include your blog stats and info about your “reach.” don’t expect them to “find you.” You find them and say hi.

    You don’t get anywhere in this travel-blogging world without proactively going after EXACTLY what you want.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the advice, Kara! And I think your suggestions fit into the whole “no one can make your blog successful but you” mentality. You can’t just expect things to fall into your lap.

      • Precisely! If you are truly writing for yourself, that’s awesome. Enjoy, travel, write.

        But if you do want to capitalize on some of the opportunities (ad sales, trips, writing gigs, partnerships) offered to travel bloggers these days, it’s all about being proactive. No whining allowed! ;-)

        • DangerousBiz says:

          I try to approach everything (blogging and otherwise) with a can-do attitude. But we all have our off days where we “fall off the wagon,” so to speak.

  10. Laura says:

    Nice post! Persistence is key, even if there are days when you want to give up :)

  11. Andrew says:

    First off, reading through the comments on the post, I recognize faces and names of some of my favorite bloggers. This is akin to in high school on the first day of a new semester realizing that all the nicest people are in one class together.

    I imagine that the idea of being successful in blogging is pretty much the same as what would have worked in high school. This goes both ways. You can be loud and flashy and such and people may pay attention. Think start football star or head cheerleader style. Or can you do your own thing, do it well, put energy into it, enjoy it for it’s own sake and show it to people that appreciate it. Well, I imagine it would have worked in high school; but at that age insecurities are rampant. Not that we get rid of them as we get older, but they should hold less sway on us. As you say, be true to yourself and your passions.

    You do good stuff here. Enjoy the wonderful group of people you do have following (even if some of us get really busy or wrapped up in our own lives and miss a post or two). I’m so far behind on my RSS reading, I doubt I will catch up. Doesn’t mean I dont appreciate my favorite sites and writers.
    Andrew recently posted..Trying to Do Too Much

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Good high school analogy; I think that really sums it up nicely. Thanks for reading, Andrew! I know what you mean about getting behind, though – I’ve been there! I’m glad you found time to read and weigh in on this one. You always leave very insightful comments.

  12. Andrew says:

    Oo oo .. I wanted to add to the Dumb Luck section too. While sometimes I have a post or two that I though was well written yet ignored. I get more times a post that I thought was awful and just filler become one of my most read. Go figure.
    Andrew recently posted..Trying to Do Too Much

  13. Gillian says:

    I sometimes think they’ve found the secret key somewhere and I just haven’t found it yet! I’m getting out there and it’s getting bigger but I haven’t found the ‘secret’ yet. There are so many approaches though…I’ll just keep trying too!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I don’t think I’ve found the “secret,” either. But, like you, I’ll just keep at it! The way I look at it, as long as I still enjoy doing it, that’s all that matters. If there ever comes a day that I’m blogging just because I feel obligated to, or because I feel pressured to, then that’s the day I should stop.

  14. Matt says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing! I agree, it can be very frustrating at times. I too am trying hard, but it’s difficult to reconcile the fact that you can’t MAKE anyone read your stuff. So I just keep going on, trying my hardest and hopefully I’m reaching at least a few people. That’s why I start the blog, to help others get out there and see the world.
    Matt recently posted..Friday Photos – Three Perspectives- Childhood in Israel

    • DangerousBiz says:

      And I think that’s really the best you can do, Matt! If you put out good, quality stuff (which I think you do!) the readers will come. (At least… I sure hope so, because that’s my philosophy, too!)

  15. I understand this dilemma first hand. We start blogging for the love of it, but when we see other people benefiting from their blogging with free stuff and making money, it makes us think that we want that, too.

  16. Jaime D. says:

    Thanks for a a great post!!! Being 100% honest w/ ya I so feel the same way sometimes too (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t). I am a baby blogger too (I just started mine a few months ago). The thing is I really don’t let it get to me though, I will think about it but just brush it off. Afterall I know Im posting once a week sometimes twice a week hell sometimes I go a few weeks w/o posting. When I do post I just make sure its 100% ME & am being honest with my self. Also I always remember some of the cool kids have been doing it for years and well hell I am just in the planning stages of my RTW trip, I havent even left…lol!!! Anyway I love the advice you give cus that is what I tell myself and I dont get discouraged, down the road the readership will pick up.

    Oh & the cool kids can only be cool if we allow them too. One thing that pisses me off about the cool kids is that they don’t ever participate in #TNI or interact as much on Twitter with the rest of the community. I love interacting with everyone on Twitter (HELL I TWEET TOO MUCH) but you know what its those relationships that you build on twitter that are gonna help ya down the road.

    Oh and us BABY BLOGGERS (as I call us) need to stick together.

    XOXO
    Jaime D. recently posted..THE CONSEQUENCES

  17. DB – You are a mind reader! All the above is so true.

    I have wrote some posts that I thought were great and no response. Other posts have surprised me with their response. Like you say, focus on the positive things that happen with your blog. Whilst I want to appear on a top blogs list one day, I am carrying on because I do love to write. it also enables me to connect with people that I would never meet in real life, if I did have my blog.
    Natalie – Turkish Travel Blog recently posted..Haci Bektas – Seek And Find

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Haha, you weren’t aware of my wicked mind-reading skills?? ;)

      I know a lot of bloggers can relate. Hell, these sorts of things can apply to any area of life, really. I like your point about blogging enabling you to connect with people you would never ordinarily meet. That’s so true! One of the things I love about being a blogger.

  18. Kieron says:

    Great post Amanda – a lot of the previous comments have summed up our thoughts perfectly!

    We’re new to the travel blogging scene (less than one month in!) and at the moment we’re just having fun expressing our thoughts via our blog. The majority of the community has welcomed us with open arms but we see exactly what you mean about the “cool kids” – the ones who have thousands of Twitter followers, rank high on those top bloggers list, etc and it’s very hard not to get jealous.

    But so long as _someone_ is reading, we’re gonna keep going! I guess when you start worrying about making these lists, that’s when you’re gonna start getting frustrated and burnt out!
    Kieron recently posted..Keeping travel a secret from work

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks so much, Kieron! And wow, you guys are only about a month into blogging? That’s awesome! You’re doing amazingly well from the looks of it!

      It certainly IS hard to not get jealous sometimes. But staying positive helps a lot, I’ve found!

  19. Kirstin says:

    It’s the same in other communities too! When I started my blog about almost two years ago, I was trying to be a food blogger and didn’t anticipate that I would spend so much time away from a working oven. All of the stuff you’re saying could be applied to that community as well, there’s the group of top food bloggers and there were the rest of us struggling to get any sort of recognition. Now that my food/oven situation doesn’t lend itself nicely to posting regularly about cooking and baking, I’m attempting to squeeze myself into this community. It’s tough! But I’m trying.

    So, yup, let’s stick together. Great post!
    Kirstin recently posted..Kirstin climbs nature- part 2

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Kirsten! I’m glad that other sorts of bloggers outside the travel realm can relate, too!

      As frustrating as it gets sometimes, the travel blogging community is fantastic. So many great people out there doing great things, and willing to support one another (as evidenced by all the comments on this post!). It’s really the community that keeps me at it.

  20. Tran says:

    Some days can be pretty lonely. On those days, we try to remember the advice of a friend: “If it were easy, everybody would do it.” Stay strong!
    Tran recently posted..Traveling Pole to Pole- 2 Guys- 1 Goal You Decide

  21. Judging by the number of comments you have here, I’d say you’re in the cool club. I asked a buddy of mine, who runs a small business selling Flip Flops what’s the secret to his success. He said tenacity. You have to keep going, even when you don’t want to.

    When you think about it in life, you have 2 choice: continue or give up. I’ve been blogging for 15 months. 1 post a day M-F. It has paid off. You can’t give up.

  22. Jools Stone says:

    Good timing and thanks to Andrea of Inspiring Travellers for pointing me this way. Am just about to write a highly self doubting post which also aims to ‘fess up about a few tings too and questions the interest in my nano-niche: train travel. Good idea or bad idea?
    Jools Stone recently posted..Comment on Trains- Art and Eateries at London’s St Pancras Station by Amy

    • DangerousBiz says:

      We all have those moments of self-doubt. Writing about it actually made me feel better. And all the feedback I’ve gotten has been amazing. If it’s something you feel the need to write, then do it!

  23. Brooks says:

    Great post and really encouraging. I’ve just started writing and blogging (evident in the fact that I’m still in the single digits with posts and they’re still choppy) and besides wrapping my head around twitter, wp, etc. I’m also struggling with the idea of self promotion. I didn’t decide to start writing to promote myself, but to figure out who I am and where I’m going. But, it is a way to interact with a really phenomenal community comprised of others going through some of the same changes I am and their feedback has been immeasurably valuable and encouraging.

    As for the cool kids, never been one, never will be one, and am cool with that :) That being said there are really some wonderful people in this community (some are deservedly very popular) and I thoroughly enjoy reading about their adventures because of their pure love of it, not because their good at networking, tweeting, etc.

    Anywho…Keep on keepin on, I dig ya!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Brooks! And I know what you mean when you’re talking about trying to reconcile just blogging for yourself, and promoting your writing. The travel blogging community is awesome, though, which is lucky. Most of them truly want to see others succeed, too!

  24. Great post Amanda. And I think you highlight a lot of the keys to success here. You can’t give up, you can’t allow feelings of frustration and jealousy at others success get in the way of your travels- nor the cool club group.
    I always think these things
    Cool means being yourself when everyone else is trying to be like everyone else. Find your niche, do what others aren’t
    Find those who are where you want to be and learn from them. Find out what they did and then do better and more.
    Instead of thinking why not me, instead think If they can then there is no reason why I can’t. They don’t have anything I don’t have- they either just no more than me now or they have had more time.
    Help others along the way. Period!!! Make a difference in people’s lives and they’ll keep coming back regardless of where you sit on the list.
    Also, I have encountered some, need I say, jerks along the way- I use them as a powerful motivator for me to move forward to kick them out of the park.
    Caz Makepeace recently posted..Daily Travel Photo- Old City Wall- Dali- China

    • DangerousBiz says:

      All fantastic advice, Caz. Thanks! I strive to do all the things you mentioned. It does take some reminding every now and then, though!

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  26. Erica says:

    Poor Shaun has to deal with the brunt of my freakouts in this area. I *literally* brought up the highschool analogy the other day. I was never popular in highschool – I was in art club and anime club. Am I doomed in the blogging world? lol

    Keep it up. There is a community of people who feel the same way and want to be there to support. <3
    Erica recently posted..Road Trip to Burning Man- Pacific Coast Highway

  27. I’m so glad I found you on Twitter via @yTravelBlog RT. Thanks for an inspiring post for all of us travel bloggers out there!
    Marianne Schwab recently posted..Traveling With Pets

  28. Audrey says:

    I don’t know if this helps, but you’ve got the right attitude and approach. Dan and I have never been part of the “cool travel bloggers” and have been disheartened when we go to travel blogging conferences and people say, “Now, who are you & what’s your blog again?” But, we were the underdogs chosen for the Gap Wanderers in Residence program so I do believe that hard work (we’ve been at it 3.5 years) and perseverance do pay off. Fortunately, high school is just high school – stick with your goals and the petty stuff becomes unimportant.
    Audrey recently posted..Panorama of the Week- Every Döner Tells a Story- Don’t It

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks so much for the words of support, Audrey! It really means a lot. You and Dan have something great; I love reading your blog!

  29. Sally says:

    Wow. And I thought I was the only uncool blogger hanging out back behind the bleachers!
    I started blogging almost 4 years ago, but I had no idea there were actually other bloggers out there until I joined Twitter earlier this year (Okay, so I KNEW there were bloggers out there. But I never really read many other blogs and I certainly didn’t know people were getting famous doing this kind of stuff). Although I do love my Twitter (a bit TOO much judging from the hours I fritter away on that thing), the whole popularity contest of it all does get to me.
    I guess it all depends on WHY you blog. I blog because I want to write. Sure, it’s great that I’m able to reach more readers than I did before back in my Twitterless days. And, sure, I’d love to be popular and make money off this blogging thing (wouldn’t we all?!), but it would probably have to come at the expense of my writing style. You see, I’m not exactly a top travel blogger kind of girl. My posts are way too long. I blather on about cookies. I don’t post on a regular basis. Any “travel advice” I do give is not to be heeded. I have no idea what SEO means. And, honestly, I’m too stubborn to change (and too busy eating cookies to deal with the hassle).
    I’m pretty resigned to the fact that I’m destined for a life of unpopularity (it’s not exactly like it’s a NEW thing… let’s just say I was never exactly the cheerleader type). But it is frustrating to see who has become popular. There are some popular bloggers out there who deserve every little bit of their fame — they are amazing writers who post insightful, engaging pieces. But, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. I’ve read more than my fair share of hackneyed top ten lists. I don’t want to read that stuff, and, frankly, I’m surprised anyone else does.

  30. Christine says:

    Thanks so much for writing this. This is exactly how I’ve been feeling lately and it’s nice to know I’m not alone. One thing I think that helps me is that as flattering as it is to have my content read and shared by other people, writing is first and foremost to me a personal thing I deeply enjoy. Of course, getting recognized for it only adds to the enjoyment of it, but if I keep in mind I’m doing it because I love it, then I think everything will take care of itself naturally. Clearly, sharing and commenting on the work of others is the best way to build a community and we all need to put in the work to see results. Anyway, great article–I loved it!
    Christine recently posted..Getting A Haircut Abroad- A Dreaded Necessity

    • DangerousBiz says:

      As evidenced by all these comments, you are not alone! I, too, write because I enjoy it. But, like you said, it is nice to be recognized for all your hard work.

      Thanks for reading!

  31. Karen Bryan says:

    Don’t pay too much attention to what goes on the travel blogging community. Concentrate more on your readers producing interesting, informative, entertaining and inspiration content to attract them to your blog and keep them coming back.
    Karen Bryan recently posted..Walking around Deia in Mallorca

  32. Matt says:

    As the Tweets and Comments show, there are plenty of people here reading and following your blog. :-) Excellent post Amanda. As much as I like comments, tweets, mentions and the like, at the end of the day I’m blogging because I enjoy it and in many ways simply doing it for myself.
    Matt recently posted..November Update- Links- &amp An Epic Trip to the Airport

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Matt! And, at the end of the day (and beginning, too), I blog because I love doing it, too. But, the feedback never hurts!

  33. Adrian says:

    I know what you mean and sometimes, we just need to be reminded that we are all unique and need to find what works out for us. Blogging after all is a learning experience and it is about sharing knowledge and skill with the others who need our help. That’s what makes it enjoyable!

    Great post. Keep them coming!
    Adrian recently posted..David Archuleta Showcase at Zouk with SingTel and Nokia N8

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for reading, Adrian! I agree – blogging is such a great learning experience. That’s part of the reason I love it so much!

  34. Great to hear a reality check on how much hard work blogging can be, anyone in this game who’s successful has been working hard and consistently over a number of years – I believe that you should stay with your passion while also responding to what appears to excite your audience. And if no-one’s commenting then the best thing is to get out and start commenting yourself – it’s a kinda reciprocal thing
    Heather on her travels recently posted..The Eiffel Tower – Icon of Paris or tourist trap

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It totally is a reciprocal thing! I try my best to read and comment on all sorts of blogs throughout the week. I do have my favorites, but I’ll read just about anything that sounds interesting and throw in my two cents! I know how great it is to receive feedback on my blog, so I try to give that back to fellow bloggers.

      And yes, hard work is the key to success, in any endeavor.

  35. Dawn says:

    The response to this post shows that there are many people who can identify with your situation and
    understand. I’m in a slightly different position – still trying to convince the “powers that be” that a blog would be a valuable addition to our website!

    It also shows that there are a whole lot of us reading you! I am subscribed to your feed and always enjoy seeing that you’ve posted. Sometimes I read it on the reader and sometimes I visit so I can comment.

    Travel blogs succeed because they give glimpses of what the “ordinary” tourist misses. You’ve covered many places that I never would have thought to put on my list of places to visit and yet your blog has shown me what I would be missing.

    Keep writing, keep blogging!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thank you so much, Dawn! I always like reading your comments, and I’m tickled to hear that I’ve opened your eyes to some new places! The response to this post has absolutely blown me away! But it just goes to prove what a fantastic community we’re a part of. (I sense a post on that coming this week!)

      And a blog WOULD be a valuable addition to your organization’s website! Working in the media, I can’t stress enough how important it is for businesses to embrace blogging and social media! People want to feel like they can relate to you; like you’re reaching out to them specifically. And building up a blogging audience is a fantastic way to build trust and loyalty.

  36. This is a great article for me. I just started up my site about 2 months ago. Not only the article but the comments were helpful too. Thanks!

  37. Nancy says:

    I know where you are coming from. When I first started I had a little more time than I do now and networking came easier. Now that I’m busy, I find I’m out of the loop so to speak. I feel like I ‘don’t belong’ because I’m not able to post an article a day or a week for that matter. Nonetheless, keeping my chin up and getting the occasional comment & contact keeps me at it. It’s a passion. I’m following it.

    Cheers :)

    Nancy
    Nancy recently posted..All I Need to Know…

  38. Gary Arndt says:

    As one of the people who I guess would be a “top travel blogger”, let me give you some insight:

    1) I’ve been doing this almost 4 years now. It takes a lot of time to build an audience. I didn’t really get any traction until I had been doing it for 2.5 years. You have to be prepared to blog in obscurity for years if you want to really make something out of this. 9 months into my travels I had less than 100 RSS subscribers and visits per day.

    2) There are way more travel blogs now than when I started. More competition means it is harder to stand out.

    3) Most travel bloggers just network and market to other travel bloggers, which means that they all share the same basic pool of readers. If you want to grow, you have to get an audience larger than the travel blog community.

    4) I’m always surprised at how few new travel bloggers ever bother to ask for advice. There is a lot of very bad advice floating around from people who call themselves experts. There isn’t a whole lot of experimentation and data gathering to find out what works.

    5) The ‘clique” is sort of self inviting. At any point have you reached out to talk to any top travel bloggers? Have you met any in person? I’ve become good friends with many people with much smaller blogs than mine just because I’ve met them in person and have hung out with them. Its impossible to know every blogger. I only accept guest posts from people I’ve met in person and I’m probably 10x more likely to retweet someone I’ve met in person.

    6) Work smarter, not harder. You need goals and a plan and a means of executing that plan. I set blogging goals every year that I have no idea how I’m going to achieve and work over the course of the year to try and achieve them.

    7) Kara is right. I’ve found the hard way that PR people are seldom going to come knocking on your door. It doesn’t matter how much traffic you get because they really don’t care. Its all about networking and who you know.

    Also, Audrey is totally full of crap :) Her and Dan are totally the cool bloggers :)
    Gary Arndt recently posted..Daily Travel Photo – Hiroshima- Japan

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for stopping by, and for the advice, Gary. I really do appreciate it.

      I know how tough travel blogging is; in fact, the fact that it’s a challenge makes it more appealing to me, I think. I know success isn’t going to happen overnight, and I’m okay with that. I just have to keep working at it.

      And I definitely know the importance of networking. As with a lot of professions (journalism is the same way sometimes, I’ve found), it really is a matter of who you know, as opposed to what you know. Which gets frustrating sometimes, but hey, that’s life!

      At the end of the day, I love what I’m doing. And, for now, that’s good enough.

      But, on those days when I start feeling a bit down, I just remind myself that bloggers like you were in my shoes not so long ago. And to see the success you’ve had, and to know how much you love what you’re doing… well, that’s inspiring!

  39. Val says:

    Wonderful article! I’ve been having the same kinds of frustrations lately because I’m not really a “travel blogger” just kind of a “life blogger” who blogs about travel when I’m doing it.

    I’ve considered transitioning into a travel blog (since I am planning a RTW trip) but then I stepped back and realized that wouldn’t make me happy and it isn’t why I started blogging in the first place. I know no one else really cares to see photos about what I made for dinner but, you know what, I care, and I blog for personal reasons, so I will post it! It’s been hard lately to see successful travel bloggers all around Twitter knowing that I will never get as much traffic or comments because I don’t write with a niche or write advice and just write about whatever I happen to be doing. But I keep to having to remind myself that that’s OK.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Val. Don’t be discouraged by others, or think that what you’re blogging doesn’t matter. YOU care about it, and I’m sure you’re not the only one. Stay true to yourself. If you don’t think travel blogging is for you, then don’t go there. You don’t want to enter into something just because you think you “should.” You have to be excited to do it; to want to do it. Because otherwise those feelings of frustration will only eat away at you. So yes, it’s absolutely okay to just write about whatever you happen to be doing — it’s your blog, after all!

  40. Annie says:

    You hit the nail on the head and got straight to the heart for me! I didn’t start my blog to make money. Ads and sponsored posts weren’t my idea of what I was doing, but I admit that I still feel like the loser kid in school often when a number near 10 (comments/tweets) excites me then I click over to someone else and see the number in the 20s or more. Sometimes I wonder if I’m not writing the right stuff but I think you make a good point here, how can I write about something if I don’t know it? I have to stick to what I know and right now I’m still fairly new in the blogging and travel world so it can only go up from here! Thanks for the great post and honesty, it’s ALWAYS a good thing to know you are not alone!

    For the record, I always thought you were one of the cool kids and have been inspired and impressed with your blogs progress over just the past short months! Keep it up!!
    Annie recently posted..Third Time’s a Charm… err Second

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Aww, thanks so much, Annie. I’ve certainly been feeling like a cool kid these past few days with all the fantastic feedback this post has gotten. … it’s weird! But I’m just glad to have voiced an opinion and given some (hopefully good) advice that lots of others can relate to.

      I didn’t start this blog to make money, either. (In fact, I’m actively NOT making money as we speak! Haha.) But I obviously can relate to getting excited over a higher number of comments or Tweets than usual. I do my best to not compare myself to others, though. It’s tough sometimes, but I can’t turn myself into something I’m not. I can’t write about backpacking through South America or getting ripped off in Asia simply because I haven’t experienced those things. I just have to write what I know, and hopefully make it interesting and entertaining enough that others will want to read it!

  41. What a great article on a topic that’s so near and dear to our hearts. Thanks for sharing the closet-love!

  42. akafix says:

    You’re absolutely right. I am a new blogger and I did ask myself this question of whether there was anybody there to “hear”. But, after a few moments of panic (rather than frustration), I realised that I liked what I was doing. It makes me feel good, I have the opportunity of “traveling” also virtually to places where I cannot travel myself, I see beautiful pictures, I read nice stories and that’s fun! So, indeed, the most important thing is to not give up. Thanks for the insight.
    akafix recently posted..Italian Christmas market of Arco Italy

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You’re very welcome. And you seem to have a good handle on things! If it makes you feel good, then I say who cares about anything else?

  43. Rebecca says:

    Like you said, isn’t it funny the pages you get the most hits on? This post has very little to do in the way of actual travel and its got a million (almost:-)) comments!

    Great to hear there are loads of people in the same position as you (us). And great! a million more blogs to add to my RSS feeder:-).
    Rebecca recently posted..New Zealand – 2 Days in Auckland

  44. Lisa E says:

    I admire you for writing this. I’m also a new kid on the block, so to speak (have had my site for 3 months), and I get it. Like others have said, I think it takes time and patience. Also, it’s good to learn from others who have been at it for while.

    Meanwhile, though, I love your site’s name and think you’re doing really well. Keep up the great work!
    Lisa E recently posted..SWF in Syria 1- First Date &amp Still Smitten

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks so much, Lisa! I only moved into this cozy self-hosted site in mid-July, so I haven’t really been in the game for very long, either! But you’re right, trying to learn a thing or two from others who have been doing it for years is always good.

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  46. Dominique says:

    You must have been reading my mind :)

    It is encouraging to see all the support and encouragement you’ve gotten here, though.

    I do get discouraged about the lack of comments, LIkes, or RTs I get out there, but then I look at my stats and realize that most of my traffic comes from searches for a specific topic–and those probably aren’t the people commenting, RTing and Liking posts as a general rule. Still, it gets lonely sometimes.

    It’s a mystery why some of my posts draw so many hits. The posts I get the most hits on month after month? One is about a pickle store I stopped into on the way home from Indiana, the other one is a story I did about a memorial headstone for Michael Jackson in a Detroit cemetery! I wrote both of these posts over a year ago, and they are still my top two posts for hits each month.

    Go figure.
    Dominique recently posted..Michigans Langley Covered Bridge weathers changes over 120-plus years

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It certainly is crazy the sorts of things that end up being super popular, isn’t it? I never expected this post to explode like it has! But it’s reassuring, knowing that almost everybody out there feels the same way sometimes.

  47. Ted Nelson says:

    Excellent post. I just started my new blog a couple of weeks ago, so I can sympathize with the frustration. The words of encouragement and advice are very wise. You definitely succeeded with this post as evident with all the comments.
    Ted Nelson recently posted..Adventure travel in God’s country wherever that is

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Ted. Hopefully the words of encouragement (and the many, many supportive comments on this post!) have inspired you to keep at it. They’ve definitely inspired me!

  48. Mitch says:

    Thank you for posting this! I had a bit of a hiatus on my blog over the summer months and then I saw my stats! I was absolutely dumbfounded that people all over the world were actually reading some of my posts! That was nice to see.

    I am looking forward to growing my audience and seeing where it can go! Can’t wait until the next trip.
    Mitch recently posted..Road Trip- The Sequel!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reading, and for your feedback!

      It’s always nice to realize that people are paying attention, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re just writing for yourself, it still feels good to know that somebody else cares, too.

  49. Shane says:

    It is true that the accolades are fewer and further between when starting out but they can be so much sweeter for that. Though used to our two older websites getting praised in high profile publications I get the same thrill when a previously unheard of blogger comments on the newer ‘baby’ blog, retweets a post or just says something nice about us.

    In a way I am glad that getting established is hard work. Those that aren’t serious about their blogs or are just doing this because it is the ‘in’ thing will quit and those with determination and passion will be rewarded by still being around in 5 or 10 years time, having made a great deal of new friends on the way.

    Judged by the number of comments you are getting here I hope you are feeling good about yourself and your blogging future too.
    Shane recently posted..Why I Live In… Amsterdam

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks so much for the input, Shane. I completely agree with you on your second point – I’m glad this whole travel blogging thing is tough, too. I love that it’s a challenge sometimes. But it’s something I’m passionate about, so the fact that it’s hard work doesn’t bother me too much, because I love doing it.

      And yes, I’m feeling pretty good right about now in regards to my blogging future. Let’s hope it keeps on getting better and better from here!

  50. flip says:

    ‘everyone has to start somewhere”… true… i remember when i was starting…no one bothered about anything on myblog… until we get to build good realtionships with our fellow bloggers… thanks for sharing such a great post… very helpful especially for those who are thinking of starting a blog…
    flip recently posted..Meet the Nomads- Akila and Patrick

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Even though we probably wish we could start right at the top, the truth is always that SOMEONE has to start at the bottom. But I think coming to terms with that is just part of the whole process. Plus, if you start at the bottom, the only way to go is up, right??

  51. Megan Eaves says:

    Great post and lots of wonderful feedback! I just wanted to join the ranks in saying that I am definitely with you in how cliquey the whole travel blogging scene can be, and it is incredibly frustrating, especially, as Emily @Travelated above said, on Twitter, where it feels just like high school. I have found if you just ignore the incessant brown-nosing that other people are doing and keep trucking at RTing posts you think are worthwhile and putting up great writing on your own site, you eventually gain ground. But the most important thing for me has been to completely ignore what other people are saying to each other on Twitter and just focus on the actual posts people write! Off to find you on Twitter now…!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Megan! Twitter can indeed be a little clique-y, but it really is a great resource, as well. I find so many awesome blogs and posts through Twitter, and have also had some good conversations. I just try to focus on the content, and not get caught up in any of the “brown-nosing,” as you call it. It seems to work out well for me!

  52. Adam says:

    Great post as I’m sure pretty much every travel blogger has felt this way at one time or another. I know I feel like this on an almost weekly basis. Should I really be doing this? Is there any way I am going to break through? Am I working my ass off for absolutely nothing? Should I just give up?

    All are thoughts that cross my mind often. But you’re totally right. Then I get a great comment, a spike in traffic, and some great feedback for what I’ve been doing. It’s all about persistence. Remember that even for people like us who have started within the last few months/year, it just takes time. And even though there are several who are years or even a decade into this game, we’re all still trying to figure out the best ways to be successful. Blogging as a career is definitely in its infancy, and I think we can only go up.

    Great post and comments!
    Adam recently posted..La Boca Picture Post

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You’ve summed it all up wonderfully, Adam – we all feel like this sometimes, but it’s those of us who keep chugging away at it who are eventually going to be rewarded. (At least, i certainly hope so!)

  53. As I scrolled down to this comment box (and scrolled and scrolled) I realised you’re prob on your way to the ‘cool’ list with all these comments – and well deserved. Nice post that we can all relate to no matter how ‘popular’ we are. Like you said, we all started at the bottom with the basics. Goodluck!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Haha, thanks, Chloe! This post has gotten such a huge amount of great feedback… I had no idea it would be so popular when I posted it! But I’m glad to be putting content out there that seems to strike a chord with so many others. There’s no way anyone can feel alone out there after reading all of these encouraging comments!

  54. Ted Beatie says:

    Thanks for this! I’ve been trying to build my travel blog for the better part of a year now, and I still get only 40 hits on a good day, and I’m sure some of those are me and don’t even count. It does get frustrating, but I try to remind myself that I post and I take photographs because *I* enjoy it. And yes, the occasional comment or email saying that I was inspirational in some manner makes it all worth it. It’s just hard to remember that sometimes.
    Ted Beatie recently posted..Putting your trust in the man with the knife at your throat

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Everybody will tell you that as long as YOU enjoy what you’re doing, the traffic and number of comments you get shouldn’t matter. But, let’s face it, as much as we love writing and blogging, we also like to feel like others are reading and paying attention, too. Interaction helps fuel that sense of accomplishment. The frustration, I think, is only natural. Hang in there, Ted! No one ever said this travel blogging thing was easy. (Or, at least, if they did, they clearly had no clue what they were talking about.)

  55. Isn’t it great, when you wear your heart on your sleeve, how everyone comes out of the woodwork to admit they too have felt similarly, or come to rescue with some great advice!
    Goes to show the importance of being genuine ~ Being *you* can’t fail to strike a chord ;)
    Linda ~ Journey Jottings recently posted..Australia through Artist’s Eyes

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You’re so right, Linda. Being honest and true to yourself will never lead you astray. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  56. Not long ago I wrote a post about this feeling of being left outside. It is not an easy feeling and it does take you back to the days where popularity competitions was an every day frustration. I remind myself every day that I’m doing it because I enjoy it, and because, let’s face it, it’s good for my business. I would love more people to comment and less spammers to take a ride, but this takes time. And just as our business is still young and struggle against the big players, so is my blog; I’m sure the day will come when it will change. Got to have some hope :-)
    Merav | AllWays Car Rental NZ recently posted..15-000 Feet 60 Seconds Free Falling

    • DangerousBiz says:

      There’s always hope, as the response to this post should prove! Some days it’s hard. Other days it’s a little easier. But the challenge and the hard work necessary just proves to me that this is something that’s worth it. Keep at it!

  57. Great post, Amanda! I’m glad to hear I wasn’t the only one thinking I was back in high school. :) I’ve realized though, that there are a lot of truly kind travel bloggers out there, it just takes a little time to find them. Once you have found a core group of people, it feels a lot less lonely. I want to say that I appreciate you always being one of those bloggers that I’ve felt were easy to reach out to. I think you will do well with your blog if you keep that attitude.
    Christy @ Ordinary Traveler recently posted..10 Free Things To Do In New Jersey 5

    • DangerousBiz says:

      My follow-up post to this was about how the travel blogging community is truly amazing. The outpouring of support and encouragement I’ve gotten from this post has been unbelievable. Thanks for reading, and for all the support you’ve shown my blog! I appreciate it so much.

  58. Norbert says:

    This is a great post Amanda; and you couldn’t have written it any better. I have been there, asking myself why and for who am I doing this. But like you said, never give up… As long as you know is something you want to do and that you feel passionate about, give your all to it and some day your persistence will pay all your efforts. Great success takes time to develop.

    I have posts that I thought were great and they flopped. These things happen even to the greatest writers out there. We might not have hit a jackpot with that specific post, but still it is part of the legacy of your little blogging empire. So, in the future it might be an important part of the message you’re delivering to your readers.

    Keep doing that great job!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thank you so much, Norbert! I’m just going to keep chugging away, hoping that eventually it will pay off. Though, in small ways, it’s already starting to. Regardless though, I enjoy my “blogging job” more than my real job most days. So I know I’ll keep at it.

  59. Thanks for putting into words exactly how I feel sometimes. By these comments, I see that we are not alone. You also got some very encouraging and helpful comments from the “cool” kids — we all know who they are! Thanks to them for good advice, too.

    I think that this post should actually get you a solid position in the popular crowd. Don’t forget those of us who aren’t there yet! Congratulations on a very meaningful post and eliciting such a great response.
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Three Months in a New York Minute

    • DangerousBiz says:

      This post has taken on a life of its own! Haha. But yes, it’s gotten some great feedback and advice from all sorts of bloggers that is so great to get.

      And I’m definitely no “cool kid” yet, but that’s okay. I’d rather stick with all the “little guys” for now anyway, because they’ve all been so, so supportive. Thanks, Cathy!

  60. I agree totally! I think you should write a travel blog because it’s what you have a passion for doing, and not compare your blog to others. Do what you enjoy doing and go with it!

  61. Excellent article! I can relate to your same feelings about travel blogging and agree with all of your tips. I like the point about staying true to yourself. The biggest reason that I am travel blogging is because I love to travel, take pictures, and share things with others. You’ve got an awesome blog here, keep pushing!
    Migrationology recently posted..Egyptian Hospitality- Grand Arrival in Cairo

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the kind words, and for stopping by! I too blog because I enjoy doing it, and enjoy sharing my travels with others. But I think staying true to yourself is so important because, especially in the blogging world, people come to your blog because of YOU. And if you start trying to be like someone else, I feel like the readers can sense that and it cheapens the whole experience. Plus, what fun is it trying to fake a personality?

  62. Ayngelina says:

    It’s funny because @mobilelawyer and I once had a talk about how there seems to be generations of bloggers and I’m very close to the people who all seem to have started their blog at the same time I did (10 months ago) because we were the only ones commenting on each other blogs.

    An online relationship is just like any other relationship. It takes time and it’s a give and take. I’d say I have very healthy comments but if you look back a few months you’ll see I was getting 4 comments max on a good day.

    I have 100 blogs in my RSS that I comment on regularly and I’m still on the road. Those are 100 blogs that I’ve somehow formed a relationship with over months. Just as Jaime said, give it time and you will see your generation at the top of the list as my generation comes back home and forgets to blog.

    It’s all a cycle and if you give enough, your turn will come.
    Ayngelina recently posted..How to watch football like an Ecuadorian

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Ayngelina. I like that idea of blogger “generations” — it makes sense.

      It definitely is a give and take, but I’m confident that I give enough — of my time, support, and comments — to the blogs that I regularly read. And hopefully that gets reciprocated!

      Ever since this post, I’ve seen a pretty decent increase in traffic and comments. Which is almost ironic, really, when you think about it. But hey, I won’t complain!

  63. Lynda says:

    Love this post – and it’s all true. It is hard to not get jealous when you see the top guns getting ranked so high and receiving so much fb, twitter, comment loving and then wondering how it’s not happening to you even though you’re pretty much doing the same thing. At the end of the day though, you just need to stick in there and keep doing what you’re passionate about and hope that people just as passionate agree with you :-)
    Lynda recently posted..The Chronicles of Sydney II

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the support, Lynda! And you’re right – following your passions and being persistent can go a long way! And, at the end of the day, if you’re enjoying what you’re doing, the rest hopefully won’t matter so much.

  64. amanda this is SO incredible! i’m just getting here via suzy guese’s best of. i love this! when i started in july of this year i didn’t even know how to tweet, but was encouraged to finally get going by a good friend already in the swing of it. i realized quickly that NONE of my other family or friends used twitter. holy crap what a deficit to start from- ha ha. initially i felt like a fly on the wall, then progressed to the girl standing close to the other kids waiting for an opportunity to jump in. i made lots of twitter mistakes and under-appreciated gestures (due to plain ignorance of what they meant) that i would deal with very differently now. finally i got into a groove and am so grateful for the amazing group of incredibly friendly, supportive and inspiring people i’ve *met* (you included!). of course a host of insecurities and challenges remain, but i’m hanging in there. awesome encouragement and great tips here for mitigating the “flight” in fight or flight. cheers to you! :)
    Lorna – the roamantics recently posted..Hit the Road to Holidayland- 7 Fave Christmas Songs

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Lorna! I’m glad some new people are discovering (or re-discovering) this post in various year-end round-ups. Hands down, it’s my most popular post ever on this blog, and the amount of encouragement and feedback it’s garnered has been amazing! I never expected it, but it’s so awesome.

      I’m glad to hear that you finally feel like you’re getting into the swing of things! It definitely takes some time, and it’s not always easy (as this post aims to communicate), but I think it’s completely worth it in the end. Hang in there! I think you’ve already got a great blog going (in fact, my boyfriend was reading over my shoulder last week and commented on the catchy title of your blog!), so if you just keep at it, I know you’ll succeed!

  65. Katie says:

    Can’t believe I missed this post the first time around – I’m glad I caught it on Suzy Guese’s end of year post! As someone who just started this summer, I can so relate to this. It can be frustrating to write what I think is a great post and get almost no hits on it, but then at the same time, I get so excited when someone I don’t know “in real life” actually comments on something! I just try to remind myself that it’s all a work in progress and that I won’t appeal to everyone so I need to focus on what I know and love when I’m coming up with new posts.

    p.s. I also love the high school analogies…they’re so true!
    Katie recently posted..Home for the Holidays

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m so glad I submitted this post to Suzy’s year-end round-up! It seems quite a few people are reading it for the first time, which is great! I love being able to encourage my fellow bloggers.

      It sounds like you’ve got a great attitude toward blogging – realizing that not everything you write will appeal to everyone and accepting that. It’s tough to do, I know! The key really is just being persistent and keeping at it, even on the slow days when you feel like nobody is paying attention. Because, guess what? Somebody probably IS paying attention, and you’re definitely not alone!

  66. Nice blog ! Brings out the sentiments of the travel bloggers. The pic of battery park is amazing !

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thank you, Sankalp! Glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for the compliment on the photo. It’s one of my favorites I took in NYC, and I thought it kind of complimented this post nicely.

  67. Ryan says:

    Hey Amanda,
    I just came across your blog and I really love this post. I do think the most important thing to do is to keep going and focus on relationships, be yourself, and try new things. This is something I find myself telling… myself. :) Also, I think I saw “Findlay” Ohio somewhere in here… Is that where you are? ‘Cause I know where that is, and have been there many times!
    Ryan recently posted..How I Accomplished My 2010 New Year’s Resolution and What I Learned In The Process

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hey Ryan! I’m so glad you stopped by, and happy that you could identify with this post. I know it’s not always easy to keep your chin up when blogging gets tough, but just being yourself and keeping at it really is the best advice I can give!

      And yes, I live in Findlay, Ohio!

  68. Dina says:

    Reading this post make me happy, and hopeful too. We haven’t been producing many articles lately, since we were on national parks a lot, and then family events hit. Haha, is that an excuse? Well, glad to know I’m not alone, glad to read this post. It’s easier to deal with worries if we can spell that out! Btw, love the photo illustration.
    Dina recently posted..How well traveled are you in your home country

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You’re most certainly not alone, and I’m glad this post could give you a little hope! Thanks for reading, and I’m glad you liked the photos I chose!

  69. This post is exactly what I needed. I started by blog as a means for my family to keep track of me on my travels, but now I want it to be so much more. My blog is only a few months old and I feel like I still have so much to learn. I think, as bloggers, we take offense that people must not like our thoughts or ideas if they don’t read our blog. It’s certainly not the case, but it can often feel that way. That’s again for this uplifting post. :)
    Captain and Clark recently posted..I thing Ive got myself an admirer

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m so glad I could offer up something encouraging for you to read. I think we all need that from time to time. Good luck with your blog!

  70. I think Gary pretty much summed up the reality of travel blogging. And Audrey and Dan ARE cool.

    We have had the opportunity to meet Gary, once for dinner in NYC and traveled with Dan and Audrey for a week or so in Argentina. And having met them and many others does change our relationship with them. I am not a big commenter on blogs, but if I do comment, it is most likely because I either know them or have a connection with the article. It’s not because I don’t have the time, but more so because I am like that socially in person as well. But, my point is, relationships are very important.

    It’s also about time and beating the competition. We are coming up on 2 years of blogging. When we started, the market began to get crowded, relatively speaking. And now, it’s flooded. This is all do to social media and the continued proliferation of the Internet. Google is king and Google likes you to be around for a while and likes you to have a lot of content. Many of the travel bloggers out there now will not exist after they finish traveling. That’s probably a good chunk of people. Ayngelina described this pretty well through travel generations.

    Another thing that takes a lot of time and focus is SEO and other technical things that many writers dislike. Once I had the time to learn about and focus on SEO, things really began to change in terms of traffic. It’s the challenging side of blogging for many of us, but it is an important part.

    Most importantly, as almost everyone has pointed out, stay positive if you enjoy what you are doing. When we enjoy something, we have a higher rate of success. And time will always remain a battle, but it will believe it will happen.
    Jason Castellani recently posted..Mendoza Argentina Wine Pictures

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the words of encouragement, Jason. And I consider myself lucky, then, for you to have commented on my content. :)

      I know this whole blogging thing is tough. But, if it were easy, then everyone would be wildly successful at it, right? I’ve been at it for less than a year, but I’ve already come a long way. For me, this isn’t something that’s just going to fizzle out once I’m no longer traveling (partially because I’m not even traveling at the moment!). This is something I want to pursue – maybe even as more than just a hobby someday.

      But, until then, I’m just going to do my thing and keep enjoying it. And that’s enough for me right now.

  71. Sheryll says:

    Thanks for re-posting this on twitter today, I really needed to read this. Thanks for the reminder that patience and persistence are key :)
    Sheryll recently posted..Hoarders- Episode 304 – Sheryll

  72. Damn I’m late to this party by the looks of it. I blog for me, just me. I started it all to document my travels for myself and my friends/family. I also wanted to give a bit of help to people looking to do the same as me because I was frustrated about not being able to find some of the information.

    It’s never been about trying to make money, just about telling my story.
    Chris – The Aussie Nomad recently posted..How Much Did It Cost – Brussels Budget

    • DangerousBiz says:

      And that’s really the best way to go about it, Chris! Just blogging for yourself, first and foremost, is the best approach, in my opinion. And, if others decide they enjoy reading the story you’re telling, well then that’s an added bonus.

  73. Anthony says:

    Amanda, I’ll try to condense my reply as I have so many opinions on this. Firstly-what an excellent article. I love how you turned it solution focused after you outlined potential problems. I can relate to a lot of this, except I never get jealous. I know that cool kid of blogging has worked damn hard to get where they are and deserve to be where they are. “Good on them” I say.

    I agree with Aussie Chris, I blog for me as I enjoy it BUT truth be told I do get frustrated when I have low comments and traffic….and I shouldn’t-as you have stated above. My favourites were “stay true to yourself” and “don’t give up.” Simple but effective advice for any arena :)
    Anthony recently posted..Hogmanay New Years Eve in Bonny Edinburgh Part 1 of 5

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m so glad you responded well to this, Anthony. :) It’s been great to receive such fantastic feedback on what was originally written as a mini-rant post with some tips tagged onto the end. I think everybody gets frustrated with blogging at some point – even the “cool kids”! So it’s always nice to know that other people feel the same way.

  74. Amy says:

    I just started blogging about our upcoming journey to Asia with my husband and two children. Thanks for this post….I’m just starting to find out how vast the travel blogging community is!
    Amy recently posted..Unschooling Update

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Well good luck with blogging, and with your upcoming trip to Asia! The travel blogging community IS vast, but it’s also incredibly supportive and fun to be a part of. Just stay true to yourself, blog about what YOU want to blog about, and you’ll be great.

  75. AnnaTrouble says:

    153 comments, 71 re-tweets, and 135 stumbles for this entry alone, and this blogger complains she’s not a popular one? Or not popular enough? What a joke!
    AnnaTrouble recently posted..Show Me Japan Vol1 Issue 11

  76. Kate D says:

    Thanks Dangerous Biz! This is a reassuring read :) And you’re right in your other post, already I’m seeing that other travel blogs are so friendly! Me and my blog team are in a slightly different position because we’re doing a blog connected to our business, but it’s still the thing we look forward to contributing to at the end of the day – a chance to be creative, and connect with others. And I’m learning so much about new fangled technology, haha!
    Kate D recently posted..Acting in a foreign language

    • DangerousBiz says:

      So glad that you connected with this post! Blogging comes in all sort of different types, but most people, like you said, are still looking to get some sort of connection out of it. Good luck with everything!

  77. Jason says:

    Nice post about travel blogging and your points on how to do it well are right on. (As another commenter pointed out, however, it’s tough to complain about a lack of comments when you’ve got 73 of them!)

    It seems that travel blogging is an exercise in “manual labor” (literally). Assuming a minimal level of writing ability and personality, success in the travel blogging sphere depends on using your hands — tons of commenting and lots of activity in the social networks.

    Enjoyed your post and judging from your number of responses, you are doing great.

    Jason
    Jason recently posted..Why We Left Suburbia

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Jason. And yes, I realize I look a bit silly with this post now that it’s gotten so many comments. But I really wrote it to show support for my fellow bloggers and tell them to hang in there when things get tough. Judging from all the awesome feedback on this, it looks like I got the message across! :)

  78. Jessie says:

    As a (very) baby travel blogger, I really appreciate this advice! It can totally be disheartening when I facebook a new post right above someone else who has shared a video of a laughing baby or some other 30-second youtube clip of mindless entertainment, and they’re the ones who get 15 “likes”. But even with these eye-rolling incidents the internet is a great platform and I think we’re lucky that at least we’re not struggling for attention in the print media world the way we would have 10 or 20 years ago.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I know what you mean about Facebook. I still struggle with finding an audience on there some days. But, I agree with you that the Internet is a really great platform. Best of luck with your blog!

  79. We have a pretty new blog and just had this conversation the other day. You laid it out much more eloquently than I did verbally, however! :-)
    The one that really gets me is the “dumb luck”…sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re an excellent writer or a hack…it’s the dumb luck of being in the right place at the right time.
    Just found your blog today and will definitely be returning!
    Steve Waiksnoris recently posted..Bikes and Wine in Mendoza- Argentina

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Steve! Welcome, and thanks for the comment. I wish you luck with your blog! Hang in there. I’m sure you’ll strike one of those “dumb luck” moments, too. :)

  80. Maria Pavel says:

    I guess it’s hard to be really known in this blogging niche because there are so many places out there to visit, and one person can’t cover all of them in a lifetime. But i’m sure people read these blogs when they look for specific information, rare places that not many traveled to.
    And more importantly, the way you write can have a major impact. It doesn’t matter if i don’t intend to visit Tibet, if you make your story interesting you can be sure i’ll read it and enjoy it.
    Maria Pavel recently posted..CNA Training in Arizona

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yup, you’ve really said it! The world is so huge, and nobody can really hope to see it all. And, at the same time, there are sooo many travel blogs out there to choose from. It takes a lot of hard work to stand out from the pack!

      But I agree that often it’s all about the content. If you are producing interesting, engaging content, I’m likely to read it and respond positively to it, no matter what the topic is.

  81. Nicole says:

    What a great article – just what I needed to read! I only started my blog a month ago and am enjoying the ride so far. Im trying to remain patient as I know it’s going to be a long haul to get where I want to be so thanks for your insights, it’s definitely made me feel better about the direction Im headed. After all ‘If you build it, they will come!’
    Your blog has just been added to my ‘must read’ list!
    Nicole recently posted..Cocktail Drinking Around The World

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Nicole! I’m glad you stopped by, and so glad that this post has motivated you and made you feel better. That’s exactly why I wrote it all those months ago! I’m glad to see it’s still resonating with people.

      Good luck with your blog! As you said, enjoy the ride.

  82. Mark H says:

    You capture the feeling so well….
    Mark H recently posted..Thermal Wonderland Rotorua- New Zealand

  83. Trond says:

    Great article Amanda. My wife and I started blogging last year so friends and family could join us on our journey to South America, but now I catch myself going through the same mental crap you speak of like getting upset when no one leaves a comment. How did this happen?!! The writing was supposed to be fun and now, sometimes, it’s stressful. Thanks for reminding me to write for myself and not worry about that shite.
    Cheers!
    Trond recently posted..29 – Photos Galore of Ecuador – Part 6- South to the Peruvian Border

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks so much! I know it can be tough at times; even I need to remind myself some days to just take a deep breath and not take it all too seriously. If you start stressing out about comment counts and traffic stats, you kind of take the fun out of blogging. Good luck with your blog (and your travels)!

  84. Sophie says:

    Swallowing the fact that it’s hard and you want have followers very quick is a good start.

  85. Abi says:

    I feel as though I’m just coming in from the dark – where are the posts about frustrations and “cool kids?”

    I didn’t go to high school in the US, so I’ve always found these comparisons a little confusing. At my school, the cool kids were pretty much those who never excelled at anything. They were cool at school and then, a year later, nowhere…
    Abi recently posted..Hot Sizzle &amp Sake- Yaketori in Tokyo

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Ah, well maybe high school elsewhere is a bit different? I don’t know, all the “cool kids” at my school were the ones who were good-looking, popular, good at sports, often smart, etc. Though, I admittedly have no clue where most of them are now…

      • Abi says:

        The more I think about it, the cool kids were the ones who smoked, took drugs, skived off and got arrested. Anyone who did well at exams or at sport was desperately uncool…Anyway…As many before me have said, don’t worry about coolness. It looks as though your blog is going very well, anyway! But for those who aren’t where they want to be yet, keep writing, keep studying the technical stuff and keep on going. It takes time and effort. (And PS – enjoy the moments when noone seems to be responding. That’s when it’s much easier to experiment and make mistakes. Further down the road, everyone will notice every little slip – up!)
        Glad I found this post – and all the responses. Happy blogging!
        Abi recently posted..Hot Sizzle &amp Sake- Yaketori in Tokyo

        • DangerousBiz says:

          Thanks, Abi; and good advice! Taking advantage of that freedom to experiment a bit is really important. You can’t be “successful” if you don’t try some different things every now and then!

  86. Neil says:

    Excellent post, just what i needed to read. I’ve only recently started blogging about my travels and i’m still waiting for my first comment, but i’m sure it’ll come. I’m enjoying the process of working on my site, so what have i got to be down about? I appear to have an article featuring on the ytravel site some time next week, so maybe that will kick start a few things, until then i shall do as you say and contine with my work, and smile at the memories the process brings.

    Cheers,
    Neil.
    Neil recently posted..Volunteering – is it worth the money

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Well it sounds like you definitely have the right attitude about it, Neil. As long as you’re enjoying yourself, it’s no use stressing about the comments or pageviews or anything else. If you work hard enough, those will all come in time.! :)

  87. Olga says:

    Great post! I completely understand this feeling. I always say continue to do what you love, and if people pay attention, that’s a bonus. Thanks for the great advice. I have only had my travel blog for a month, but I am going to keep at it because I love it! :)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Olga! You seem to have the right attitude about the whole travel blogging thing — keep doing it as long as you love it, and look at everything else as an added bonus. When you’re doing what you love, it will show through your work, and people will respond to it. You just have to hang in there for a while first. Good luck with your travel blog!

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  89. Emily says:

    It definitely is tough seeing other bloggers being way more successful, especially when it sometimes feels random and when you work so hard. And particularly when quality is not always the indicator of the most popular blogs. I love Kara’s advice, that sometimes being proactive is the way to be successful. I agree that it can definitely feel cliquey. A lot of people blew me off at TBEX in NYC even though I’d been blogging for a year–they just weren’t interested in talking to me or ignored me when I approached a group to say hi/introduce myself. It sucked and made me question whether that was a community I wanted to be a part of. But I did find some cool chicks who were really open to making new friends, and one of them has continued to be a good friend and blogging ally.

    To be honest, one thing that concerns me about the travel blogging world is that so many of the bloggers have started writing for bloggers. Posts about how to improve SEO, get free trips, succeed with social media, etc. Maybe it’s because so many travel blog comments are from other bloggers, but I worry that it would turn off regular readers who arrive there and think, “Wait a sec, this is a travel blog for travel bloggers? I don’t want blogging advice, I want travel advice/stories.” That’s something I avoid like the plague since I want to appeal to regular travelers who want some information or inspiration. I know it works for some people, but that trend concerns me.

    Anyway…I’m glad to hear from one of the other commenters that the food blogging community can feel like high school, too. I guess it’s normal for weird social dynamics to happen when a group gets large and competitive. I like your advice of just being true to yourself and continue putting out good work. People are obviously paying attention with this many comments :)
    Emily recently posted..The Time I Knocked Over a Baby in Italy

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the great comment, Emily!

      While the travel blogging community for the most part is warm and welcoming, there are always going to be exceptions. And there are always going to be days where we feel like we don’t fit in, or get frustrated with the whole thing. I think this is only natural.

      As for blogging about travel blogging, I think there’s definitely interest in posts like that (and I’ve done a few myself that have been pretty successful), but I try to avoid doing them too often. Shaking it up every once in a while is fine, I think. But I would never want to do a blog post on blogging once a week or anything.

  90. Leslie says:

    Love this post! Whenever bloggers congregate, it does feel a bit like high school. There’s a ton of gossip and jealousy. I admit, I am not immune to it! I think the same is true for any creative field where people’s job is to promote themselves– like writing, stand-up comedy, art. This is a good reminder to hang in there; good things will come :)
    Leslie recently posted..My 7 links: The top stories in Downtown Traveler’s first 8 months

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Leslie! And yes, I think in order to really fit in to this travel blogging community – and to be sucessful in it – you have to have a bit of an enlarged ego. You have to promote yourself, talk yourself up, and make other people believe that what you’re putting out there is worth reading. If you lack a lot of self-confidence, that’s often hard to do!

      But those of us who love doing this enough, and who want it badly enough, will indeed hang in there and sift our way through all the gossip and cliques to find our place in the community.

  91. This sure did get a lot of comments- found it because of your My 7 Links post, so I guess it was worth jumping on the chain letter. I enjoyed reading the blog and it sure did get a lot of response. Even some “A List” travel bloggers. Good job!
    santafetraveler recently posted..My 7 Links: remembrance of blogs past

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yes, this post continues to get traffic and comments — which is almost ironic, considering the topic! (In fact, some recent commenters have even pointed this out.) But I can say for sure that, when I wrote it, I had NO IDEA it would get such an overwhelming response!

  92. Manuela says:

    Great post!! So glas I found it. I “started” a blog a few weeks ago, I say “started” b.c. I pretty much got everything set up then when it was time to actually write I got so nervous about things like this I just made myself “too busy”. So freaking lame, but you’ve inspired me! Thanks!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Don’t let the nerves get to you, Manuela! If blogging is something you really want to do, just do it. Write for yourself first, and worry about everyone else later. It’s no use stressing yourself out about it, otherwise you’ll never truly enjoy it!

      Good luck!

  93. Claire says:

    Judging by the amount of comments on this post, you are doing fabulous!! But yes, I get frustrated so very often too, But then I need to remind myself that I started writing my blog for myself and for my own memories and outlet. And I have been proud that I have kept it up for three years, despite not being in a consistent mode of travel. But it doesn’t hurt when I see someone has added themselves to my list of readers or when I get a comment!
    Claire recently posted..Misery and Illness Love Company

    • DangerousBiz says:

      We all need those little reminders sometimes – even I do, despite the fact that I know I’m doing well now. But you’re right – the little things like comments or RTs or Facebook “likes” never hurt!

  94. td says:

    At the end of the day you write for yourself. And that’s what really matters.
    td recently posted..Cafe Havana, Ubud, Bali

  95. I’m having a particularly frustrating and disheartening blogging day and just happened upon this post- I couldn’t have found it at a better time, and I very much appreciate your putting it out there. It’s incredibly difficult to put in so much effort, follow all of the advice and “rules,” and put yourself out there through your writing to have no one react or notice at all. It’s incredibly exhausting but at the end of the day, I have to remember to do it for me.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having a frustrating blogging day. :( But, if it makes you feel any better, we’ve all been there! Many, many times. I hope this post gave you at least a little hope! Hang in there. It will get better!

  96. Meggie says:

    Thank you very much for this insightful post! As a new travel blogger, I’m still feeling my way around this new world that is the travel blogging community, which can be intimidating to an outsider. It’s refreshing to see an honest, down-to-earth view of the community. Thanks again, and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Well welcome to the neighborhood, Meggie! I know that this community can indeed seem intimidating in the beginning. But don’t let that get you down. There are a ton of super friendly travel bloggers out there who love to help each other out. Don’t be afraid to reach out! And good luck!

  97. Jill says:

    I love how encouraging your posts are, especially this one. These are some really nice, solid pieces of advice for a beginner travel writer. I like the part about staying true to yourself the best. That and I love the point that you should retweet and help out fellow travel bloggers by sharing their work with others. The travel blogging community is quick to offer help and assistance to others, so even “bad days” don’t feel so bad when you know you have a forum of kind, encouraging people to rely on!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post, Jill! Thanks for reading and for leaving such a nice, encouraging comment in return!

      I think staying true to yourself is great advice no matter what the situation. But especially when writing, keeping your voice above all else should at least help you feel more confident in what you’re doing. And, yes, in general, the blogging community is amazingly helpful. Whenever I’m in need of advice, I always know I have plenty of people to turn to.

  98. NLM says:

    Always good to get an upbeat encouragement. Thanks!
    NLM recently posted..Incurable Amnesia–I Like it!

  99. It’s important to stay positive – a good attitude will help you keep your focus of writing good quality posts about your exciting adventures. Like you said yourself, ignore the “cool kids” attitude that some might have and you’ll power through and be successful.

    I’m in the process of interviewing travelers (and travel bloggers) about their current and upcoming trips. If anyone is interested in being interviewed for our blog, shoot me a message to info [at] budgetyourtrip.com. We’re always interested in showcasing new bloggers and travelers that are doing something amazing with their life.

    Hang in there Amanda, your blog is great!
    Bryan @ BudgetYourTrip recently posted..Skott and Shawna from Get Up and Globe

  100. Always worth remembering your travel blog is NOT aimed at other travel bloggers. Check out your traffic metrics, see who’s reading. Your really need to aim your site at the general public who are not travel bloggers. Maybe your site will inspire them to be one some day (you’re doing great work in this section of your site). Don’t judge your success against other travel bloggers. Sure you could copy them and their advice on becoming “successful” but success is a relative measurement. It’s whatever you want it to be. Whether it’s money, notoriety, traffic, praise, etc.

    If you’re blogging just to beat other bloggers in “top blogger” lists then you may want to rethink what you’re blogging for. Blog because you love to travel and share that advice. The more focussed you are on what you think “success” is the more you’re likely to achieve it.
    Luxury travel blogger recently posted..Best markets around the world

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yes, I agree that a travel blog should not be geared towards other bloggers (unless of course the blog is about travel blogging… then that’s different), But even if they aren’t meant to be your main audience, the truth is that bloggers do tend to read each others’ stuff. And they also tend to be pretty supportive of one another. And, on the “off” days, sometimes it’s nice just to know that somebody else is out there who understands what you’re going through.

      This post definitely wasn’t written for my general audience, but I’m still glad I wrote it!

  101. Thanks for your words of encouragement. I am just starting out (my blog has been up for only a couple months) but I am determined to make it succeed.

    It is hard some days, though, when I have been working so hard at this for the last couple months, and I only have a relative handful of readers so far…

    How do I know if I am on the right track with what I am doing? What milestones do you think I should be looking for down the road? It is just so hard to know what to expect and what to be able to look forward to…
    Shanna Schultz recently posted..One Day In Boston

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It is hard when you’re just starting out, Shanna – it may not seem like it now, but I was right in your shoes not so very long ago. My advice is to just stick with it if you really enjoy what you’re doing.

      As far as milestones and benchmarks, I really can’t give much advice there, since “success” is defined differently by everyone… But when you’re on “the right track,” you’ll know – your traffic numbers will begin to rise, and you’ll be getting more comments and interaction on your blog. Interaction is really the key!

  102. Dayna says:

    I’m only a year or two late to the party, but THANKS for this post Amanda. It’s funny reading all of these comments now, as so many of the other bloggers that were once struggling are flourishing and others have simply stopped posting or lost patience. I just happened to find this on your sidebar and realized I’d never read it.

    I try to be like you and stay on the positive end of things – thank goodness we’re getting traffic at all, thank goodness we are slowly gaining readers, thank goodness for the handful of experienced and wonderful travel bloggers that do lend a hand to new blogs that aim to create great content. It’s a slow process, and I knew that when we started Wanderlusting a few months ago it would probably be years before anything paid off.

    Just look at yourself though! A little over a year later, and I’m the one feeling honored you commented on my post about Romania. Thanks for being one of the kids that is more concerned with being a nice kid than a cool kid… it shows (and you were cool in my book before anyway)!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It’s always great to still get comments on this post, even though so much time has gone by since I published it. I’m glad this gave you a little boost after reading it, and it’s good to hear that you share my positive attitude towards blogging. It’s how I approach mostly everything in life, and I’ll definitely say that having a good attitude helps me get through the rough days much easier! I don’t see the point in being anything but nice, unless you give me a reason not to be. ;)

  103. This is a great post, made all the more epic from the comments now spanning 2010, 2011, 2012!
    Nate @yomadic recently posted..Hong Kong Street Photography – Photo Friday, the “After” Edition

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Nate! It’s been amazing to see the comment count on this post grow, and also amazing to realize that it’s still helpful to people even after all this time!

  104. Thank you for writing posts like this! I knew I looked up to you for a reason and that was before I read all your amazing, helpful and encouraging posts! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    Heathers Harmony recently posted..What I didn’t know about buying a one-way plane ticket

  105. Timothy says:

    Stumbling on this post rather late (2 years late – almost), but I enjoyed reading every piece of advice you’ve given. Sometimes I too wonder if anyone out there is really reading (and appreciating) what I’ve written, and if they find it good enough to share it out with others. Sometimes, calling it quits looks like a viable option. But the occasional email or comment from a reader (or fellow blogger) reassures that yes I do have an interested audience, and that I should stay in there.

    I have a feeling though that bloggers doing it on the road – sharing their round the world trip experiences etc. – find it easier to get a larger audience than the less mobile ones. But there’s an audience for everyone, if you know what to do, and do it for long enough.

    Thanks Amanda.
    Timothy recently posted..The Top 10 Destinations You Must Visit in Kenya – Part II

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You are very welcome, Timothy. And yes, I know that it seems like the permanent nomads have an easier time gaining an audience. But, if it makes you feel any better, I’ve built up this site while largely NOT traveling and living/working at home!

  106. I guess I can’t really call myself fashionably late to this particular comment-party…but in my defense, I just stumbled upon this blog post and the endless and fabulous comments. You clearly hit a true note with this one.

    I’ve been blogging for awhile now and have shifted from five-days a week to about three-four, but there are definitely, most assuredly (!) days when I wonder why I am still doing it.

    I swear that it’s precisely on those bad-hair days, a random email will show up and thank me for my writing. I know I shouldn’t need that little external validation, but sometimes I really do.

    As for the high-school stuff? I haven’t encountered anything but positive feedback from any other bloggers that I’ve connected with.

    That being said, I’ve been on some press trips where I wondered if I was going to have to push that one writer from the bus…you know the one? He’s the guy that persists in showing up late to every event because really, isn’t it all about him?

    But I digress!

    Thanks for a great post and a fun blog. I like your spirit and attitude. Wishing you all the very best.

    Take care,

    Colleen
    Colleen Friesen recently posted..Keys to Beauvoisin

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I love that people still stumble upon this post after all this time, and that’s it’s still relevant! I had no idea at all when I was writing it. Haha. Thanks for the great comment, and good luck!

  107. Liselle says:

    Hi!
    I stumbled on to your blog by accident, but am loving what I’ve seen here so far. You’re post about blogging when not traveling and spreading out travel content was really helpful for me. I’m enjoying cruising around your site!
    Great writing :)
    Liselle

    P.S. Is the name of your blog from The Lord of the Rings?
    Liselle recently posted..25 Signs That You’re A Travel Addict

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Liselle! Welcome! I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog and that you are enjoying it.

      And yes, the name of my blog was indeed inspired by a Lord of the Rings quote!

  108. Kyle says:

    I love your approach and it is definetly one I try to follow with my travel blog. Finding your own voice is a challenge unto itself so I like to think that it takes sometime for others to find mine too. haha I don’t know if that makes sense. Just seeing that you have visitors on your site from all over the world is an amazing feeling! Even though the traffic isn’t huge yet and there aren’t a ton of comments, I like to think that there are people out there reading my stuff and that alone makes it rewarding. Patience is a virtue.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Patience is indeed a virtue – and it’s essential for bloggers like us to have! Just concentrate on finding your voice, putting out great content, and having fun with it. The rest will come in time. :)

  109. Joy says:

    Hi there! I just realized you posted this in 2010. Social networks are never ending aren’t they? Is StumbleUpon still a big one for you? Seems like Pinterest is a big one now. It was encouraging to read this post!
    Joy recently posted..Maybe I Don’t Like Traveling

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Haha, social networks are pretty amazing, aren’t they??

      StumbleUpon still sends me traffic, yes, but it’s definitely changed over the years!

  110. Jamie says:

    I just started creating some more public content for a travel blog that I have only ever shared with my friends before Monday. Suddenly I am wondering why am I doing it and does anybody care. I don’t know the answer to these and as of yet, I don’t know how much I care. I will continue to experiment for the next couple of weeks but whatever I find, I really enjoyed reading this post. It seems that you have come a very long way since this post was made. Congratulations and thank-you for this little boost. For the next little while, I’m still hanging :)
    Jamie recently posted..How to Hitchhike a Boat

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Well I hope your experimentation helps you figure out if this is something you want to be doing or not. If I’ve learned anything from blogging these past few years, it’s that you’re only as successful at it as you are passionate about it. Good luck!

  111. Anne says:

    Great post!! I just found your blog, and I love it! I’m a loyal follower of many different travel blogs and yours is definitely one of my new favorites :)

    I agree though, everyone works their way from the ground up, and you can’t give up. I myself am the babiest (is that even a word?) of baby travel bloggers haha! I’m only in college and get hardly any traffic but I love writing and traveling and I know I won’t quit. Thanks for the optimism!
    Anne recently posted..Southern College Football Craziness

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Aww thanks, Anne! Glad you found your way to my blog, and that you like it!

      And, as for your own “baby” blog, as long as you love traveling and you love blogging, that’s all that matters right now!

  112. Tasha says:

    I just recently joined the blogging world but love the experience to date regardless of the slow build up of an audience. It’s not really the numbers that excite me . It’s knowing that a blog really inspired someone or helped someone relate to. You write very well and I have just become a follower. I look forward to more posts from you :) natasha

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I love the same thing about blogging – knowing that my posts inspire people, or open their eyes up to places and experiences that they never knew about before. Thanks for following!

  113. Alyson says:

    Hi! You’ve got my attention now. I’m new, only 3 months of blogging under my belt, what started as a hobby has become an obsession and now I just can’t leave the blog alone. No, I don’t get frustrated, it’s all onward and upward and I’m learning as I go. Things can only get better! Nice post. Alyson
    Alyson recently posted..My Biggest Travel Regrets

  114. Anita Mac says:

    I love your analogy that blogging is like being back at high school – I feel like it is first week of grade 9 some days! Love that I get some great comments from my readers, and like you said…MUST NOT compare myself to others! Have been blogging for 1 1/2 years and am so passionate about travel…I just want to scream it from the mountain tops, even if no one is listening!
    Thanks for the reminder to keep my chin up! I am learning all the time. Happy travels.
    Anita Mac recently posted..Dog Sledding – the exhilaration of a day with the dogs

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Comparing yourself to others is probably the WORST thing you can do – and not just when it comes to blogging!

  115. Helen says:

    Thanks for this great article too. It’s so easy to feel downhearted when you don’t think anyone is reading! But it’s good to know it’s not just me feeling like this! But hey, we’re all in it together and love writing so even if no-one reads, I’m still enjoying it!

    Thanks again!

    Helen x
    Helen recently posted..Love Many, Trust Few, But Always Paddle Your Own Canoe

  116. Laira Curado says:

    Thanks for the excellent tips! I love to write about my trips and take lots of amazing pictures as well. I’ve been thinking about having a travel blog for a long time. So far, I have a blog (written in portuguese) just to keep my family and friends posted when I travel. But I always dream about how to make it public and how to write for others! Thank you very much!

    Laira

  117. Katka says:

    Well, I very much agree with you and I also think that the one who set up his blog merely to raise money, without a true love and interest in traveling will be disclosed by his/her writing. This thing just cannot be done without passion …
    Katka recently posted..SO THIS IS MOROCCO – Under the Sahara Sun

  118. Yup well written ….content is king :) I started my travel blog a year back and still every time i see a comment on my post ,I still excited and read it numerous times ….it somehow makes me happy that atleast some one had time to read and write something on my blog …..
    njoyeverymoment recently posted..Shri Krishna Temple – Udupi

  119. Lynne says:

    I am really a baby blogger, about two months now, but the wealth of information and advice I have found from travel bloggers like you has been so helpful! Seeing this post now was great timing for me to encourage me to just hang in there…I am not even certain where I want my blog focus to be yet, so I am doing exactly what you suggest, trying different things and I too get SO excited when someone comments or likes or even follows! :-) thank you!

  120. Steve says:

    wow this post is obviously being read :) i’ve been blogging on and off for about 3 years now, never too seriously, but yea i do wonder if my stuff is being read… i’ve taken a few of the same steps you outlined here over the past couple of months and i can say with certainty that they work. cheers for sharing!
    Steve recently posted..Hiking in Cappadocia

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yup, it seems like this is one of those “timeless” posts! Still amazed that people are still finding and reading it on a regular basis. :)

  121. Nikki Vargas says:

    Thank you for this post! I am starting out blogging and it can be equally frustrating and elating depending on the day. Especially the days when I put out a blog post that I just think people are going to love and then 24 hours pass without so much as a like–those are the worst. It definitely feels like navigating travel blogging can be like entering the wilderness without a map, but it’s good to know there is a supportive community.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      “Like entering the wilderness without a map” – that’s exactly what it feels like some days! But yes, you’ve got a supportive community at least to fall back on! Keep at it!

  122. Rebecca says:

    Loved this post. I just started my travel blog a few weeks ago and hope that I’ll get readers soon.
    Rebecca recently posted..10 ways to survive a long-haul international flight in coach

  123. WeiLe says:

    Hey, thanks for the advice, this is an really good article. It somehow encouraged me, I’ll hang in there!
    WeiLe recently posted..Treinta y seis

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