1 Year Of Travel Blogging – 5 Things We’ve Learnt.

What?! Was the first thing that came to my mind – how the hell did we get here?!

This year has gone past so fast - we have had As We Travel for exactly one whole year, and we’re enjoying it more and more as every week goes by.

We have definitely had our ups and downs, and despite having so many great bloggers to learn from, we still learnt SO many things the hard way.

Here are a few things we have learnt during our 1st year of blogging – ENOJY!

1. Blogging Is Easy – Travel Blogging Is Not

Sitting at a desk in a nice ergonomic chair with your laptop, having all day to work, food in the fridge and a home to live in, is far away from the reality of a travel blogger.

We write on our 11 inch laptops lying in awkward positions on hard beds in run-down hostels, moving every few days and trying to explore the places we visit while working on a website.

To me, the most difficult task has been to keep the focus and inspiration while trying to deal with Visa applications, transport, finding WiFi etc.

Traveling while running a blog full-time is unlike anything we’ve done before. It has really taken our travels to a whole different turn.

2. Good Things Take Time

I’ve found that many people I meet who know nothing about blogging (and don’t have a blog themselves), have many presumptions about it.

They either think it’s really easy to create a successful blog – that it’s just to start writing a few posts and you’ll make heaps of money, or they think it’s a waste of time and don’t see it as an actual job.

Either of the two, they don’t take it seriously at all.

This can easily make you doubt yourself and question what you’re really doing.

You know you would never work at a place without getting paid the first month, never write for a magazine for free everyday for months, but at the same time you’re spending as many hours as a full time job without getting paid for your blog at first.

Just try to remember that all good things take time.

Soon you will be rewarded for your hard work, and you can give all those who didn’t believe in you the middle finger ;)

3. Without Passion You Lose The Drive

To keep up a blog, you need to have a true passion for what you do, or else you can stop doing it right away.

We learned pretty quickly that blogging and traveling is exactly what we want right now in our lives.

We want to share our travels, our thoughts and our tips, and we want to do it on our own terms.

We want to be our own bosses, no matter how much we have to work for it.

People always go on and on about how the young people today want to start their own businesses but never realize how much work it means.

I don’t care how much work it means, I want it. And I know that if I didn’t want it so bad, I would have quit doing it a long time ago…

4. Even The Smallest Things Make A Big Difference

We like to play around a little and test different things on our site. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But if we’re curious, we’ll give it a try.

What we have noticed, though, is that some of those tweeks sometimes make a big difference.

Put a plugin here or there, and you can either lose subscribers or gain subscribers. – “It’s in the little things”.

5. You Can’t Do This On Your Own

Blogging is a social business. Bloggers interact and share with each other. A blog with good content and design would be nothing without readers and other bloggers sharing your site with others.

Social network means everything for a website, being able to connect in different ways with people. As much as you would like to, you can’t only rely on yourself, but you also need the social network to help you out.

Well there you go - we feel so blessed to be able to do this as our full-time jobs, sharing our content with you as we travel around the world – hoping that a picture, a few lines will provoke and inspire you to also go out there and live this life the way YOU want.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, since we know none of this would be what it is without you reading these words, and sharing what we do with others around the world – SO THANK YOU SO MUCH!! :)

79 Responses to 1 Year Of Travel Blogging – 5 Things We’ve Learnt.

  1. Anonymous February 1, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    What I’ve grown to enjoy the most is the community of travel bloggers – it’s great to know there are people all over the world who share the same passions as I do.

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 3, 2011 at 4:23 am #

      I totally agree, connecting with like minded people all over the world is awesome!

  2. Amy & Kieron February 1, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Congratulations on this fantastic achievement Nathan and Sofia – some great insights here too, hopefully we can take some inspiration from the two of you and keep our blogging motivation high when we do get on the road. :)

  3. Niclas February 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Few are those who are committed enough to pull it through the way you both have, great job and congratulations!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 3, 2011 at 4:25 am #

      Thank you! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the support we’ve had :)

  4. Kim February 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Ah, all great insights, thanks for sharing. I’m hoping that one day all of my hard work will pay off and I’ll also be able to give those doubters the finger!!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 3, 2011 at 4:27 am #

      Haha it will, just trust and work for it, and you’ll be able to give them that finger sooner than you think ;P!

  5. La Tortuga Viajera February 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Congrats and thank you for such an inspiring and honest post! Keep up the good work!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 3, 2011 at 4:27 am #

      Thanks for the encouragement, it’s what keeps us going :)

  6. rowan February 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Each sentence could be a meditation on its own merit. Well written, well said. Somewhat scary for those of us thinking about our own travel blogs but the subtext of what you said is, We’re on our own playing by our own rules and no one can take that away from us!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      Thank you so much, those words mean a lot to us.
      It is a scary thing, but playing by your own rules gives such a great feeling of freedom!

  7. Border-Less Travel February 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Its always satisfying to do something that exceeds yourself and serves the cause of many people. This is truly a model for the world. http://borderless-travel.com

  8. Laurence February 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Great tips, and well done on getting to the year mark! Here’s to many more years :)

  9. InfoGal.net February 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Happy birthday guys… Love what you’re doing… except for how itchy it’s making my feet…. : )

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

      Thanks! Haha that’s exactly what we set out to do, inspire people to want to travel :)

  10. Lachlan Wittick February 2, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Rad post guys. It’s great know that there are people out there who share the same passions :) Take care, From Lachy

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      Hey Lachy!

      That’s one of the things I really love about the travel blog community, to get to connect with people from all parts of the world who share the same passion for travel.

      Thanks for commenting.

  11. Brian G February 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Congrats on the milestone! Curious – did you set goals for yourself at the outset as to what would be “success”, and if so, have you met them? If not, why not? If so, would be curious what were the most important ingredients in your success?

  12. Jamie February 2, 2011 at 1:30 am #

    Congrats to you both. We leave in November to start our RTW adventure. We look forward to keeping up with your second year as we continue to plan our own trip.
    Keep up the great work.
    Ps, love your video intro. Very Awesome.

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

      Thanks a lot Jaime for the support, glad to have you following us.
      Good luck with the planning for your trip!

  13. Amanda Williams February 2, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    Really great lessons to have learned over the past year! Congrats on all your success, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks Amanda,
      I think it’s amazing how much you learn from blogging, it’ll be fun to see what comes next.. :)

  14. Anonymous February 2, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    Totally agree with #2: my family assumed I’d been getting paid all this time! Um, I wish. And my friends don’t feel like it’s a “career choice” at all. Great post!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      Yeah, same with my family and friends, although I think a few of them are finally starting to change their minds about it..

  15. Andrea and John February 2, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    Happy Birthday! Our blog is almost a year old as well and we can agree with all of these points…especially how tough it is to produce content from the road!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Awesome, congrats to you too then ;)
      Yeah, you’re juggling so many things at the same time when traveling..!

  16. Audrey February 2, 2011 at 4:13 am #

    Great round up of wise lessons learned! As you said, just trying to juggle visas, tickets, accommodation, food, etc. feels like a full time job and when you add blogging on top of it things sometimes feel crazy. But, that’s where the passion comes in like you said. Here’s to a successful 2nd year!

  17. Breakaway Backpacker February 2, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Congrats on celebrating a year!!! Cheers to the many more to come.
    Y’alls blog is one of my fav & has helped me a lot prepare for my RTW trip!!!
    Keep up the good work.

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

      Thanks a lot, so glad to hear you’ve found our blog helpful for preparing for your trip!

  18. Ayngelina February 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Totally agree with #3, it’s hard to do on the road and if your heart isn’t in it you are wasting your time.

  19. Charles McCool February 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Congrats and kudos on your first anniversary. May there be many more.

  20. Priyank February 3, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Hi Nathan and Sofia,
    Congrats for the anniversary! As I’ve been travel blogging for over 3 years (only on a small scale!) I can completely relate to some excitements and frustrations that you share here. Have a great year ahead and thank you for the inspiration!
    Priyank

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

      Hey Priyank,
      nice to hear that more are going through the same things as us, thanks for sharing your experience :)

  21. Go Mexico Guide February 3, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    Congrats on a successful first year! It’s so true that people who aren’t bloggers don’t always appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating a successful site. BTW, I really enjoyed your latest video, great job!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 11, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      they really don’t understand do they! :p thanks for the comment, and glad you enjoyed our last video, many more to come!

  22. Andy February 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Congratulations on the first year guys – keep up the good work. I have full respect for you, managing to write and blog while you travel. It takes a lot more commitment than most people realise.

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words Andy,
      blogging on the road takes a lot of commitment, but the readers makes it worth it and you get so much in return..

  23. Max February 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi Nath & Sophi
    Your site is inspired me and I would love to do something like you but at small size for http://www.dtr.ro/cazare/arad/moneasa – a Romanian travel site.

  24. Theodora February 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Thanks for posting this. Out of interest, what plugins have worked best for you guys?

  25. Elisa February 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Congratulations :)

  26. Annie February 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Congrats on your one-year anniversary! You two are doing such great things with your site and your travels, I’ve really enjoyed keeping up with you!

  27. Anonymous February 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I’m exhausted after one month, can’t imagine what it will be like to post a one year summary! Cheers guys for a good article and congrats on the year. We’re loving the whole community that this blogging business has opened up to us too!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 11, 2011 at 10:24 am #

      haha yeah i know how that feels! but keep it up, it really does get easier, once you find a routine, and how things work :) it took us about 6 months to find our flow, and find that balance of work, fun and traveling.

  28. Nomadic Matt February 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Great post. The paradox of travel blogging is that you can’t do it when you travel! it takes too much time! it really changes how you travel

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 11, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      haha yeah i have to agree with you – its damn hard to keep it consistent while traveling, but you’re a great example of how to do it – thanks for the inspiration matt! :)

  29. Pat Bean February 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    As an old broad who has been traveling with only her dog, Maggie, as he companion, for almost seven years, but blogging just for the past 15 months, I’ve enjoyed this post. What I so agree with is your comments about passion. Those of us who have it for travel, or blogging, or birds we see along the way, are truly the lucky ones.
    I hope your passion keeps you company for many more miles.
    Pat Bean
    http://patbean.wordpress.com

  30. Dina VagabondQuest February 20, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    Congratulations, guys! It seems like there are several travel blog celebrating their first anniversary these months.

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog May 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      thanks Dina – the first year was great – but our second year was even more fun and adventurous :)

  31. Ryan February 20, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    You’re absolutely right. Travel blogging is FAR from easy. Battling inconsistent internet connections was one of my biggest issues on the road.

    Most people don’t realize the time it actually takes to build a following, and create a successful travel blog. You need a great design, high quality content, and you need to network with social media like never before. Time consuming? Hell yeah it is!

    I think it’s great that you guys acknowledge your readers and recognize that your lives would probably be a lot different if you didn’t have the loyal readers that you do. It’s always great to be recognized isn’t it? I try to answer every single email, question, and comment on my site to ensure that the readers realize that I know who they are and that I’m thankful for them even spending a single minute on my site.

  32. kat - three six five March 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    some great tips here – thank you guys

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      thanks for the comment Kat – glad to inspire and help :)

  33. Holidays in India March 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    all great insights, thanks for sharing.

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      glad you found our advice helpful :)

  34. Ben May 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Thank you so much for the advice, inspiration and motivation. If I didn’t love writing my blog so much I would have stopped writing months ago!
    Keep on writing!

    • Sofia - As We Travel August 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      you are welcome Ben, we are glad to inspire! glad to have you following us :)

  35. Thomas | Jus Getaway August 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    I thought just keeping up with travel blogs was hard but I can only imagine trying to keep up with what you have done while still trying to do and discover new things.  It year goes by quick before you know it you will be finishing up year 2!

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog May 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      haha thanks Thomas – yes the second year was even more crazy than the first – but also so much fun!!!!

  36. Rayj August 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Wow. I love your post hear. Thanks for this very inspiring people in here. Bloggers really meet with this kind of place. haha I like your idea Sofia. Thanks for this one. 

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Hey Ray – really happy to hear this post inspired you :)

  37. Work in Australia December 30, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    “Without passion you lose the drive”. Agreed! May your passion never leave you – keep up the great work!

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      thanks for your comment – great to hear you agree with our advice :)

  38. Gerard ~ GQtrippin December 30, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    I read this last year and it’s still good today. Q & I will be tested as we just started our RTW and know it will probably be difficult to keep up with blogging while on the road. A lot of work, but it’s something we’re passionate about.

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      Hey Gerard – thanks for the comment – blogging and traveling really is a different story but also a great challenge and if you have the passion then it becomes heaps of fun as well.

  39. Mumun - indohoy March 12, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Oh how your point 2 has sooth my heart. It’s been a while since we blogged but we believe that a steady progress is a good thing… *thinking… right?  :P

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      thanks for the comment – yes steady and consistent progress is a very good thing, as long as you keep your final goal in mind at all times :)

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