Today marks the 3rd anniversary of As We Travel – yes we started this blog way back on the 1st of Feb, 2010!
It feels like these past 3 years have gone by so quickly and yet we’ve experienced and learned so much since we started blogging – when we began this journey 3 years ago we never realised how much it would end up changing our lives and the decisions we made.
Who knew a blog could be life changing in such a way?
Today we want to take a moment to look back at our year and the things we’ve learned about ourselves, blogging and business, and what we’re most grateful for …
1) Learning Skills For Any Industry.
Sometimes there is just no short-cut, and you have to do things the hard way by learning from your mistakes – this year, we’ve done that more than ever before with the 3 new non-travel related websites and 2 iPhone apps we are working on.
But while we learned so many new things, we also realised just how much the knowledge and skills you get from travel blogging can be used in other industries online.
Next to the good old “make-money-blogging-bloggers” – travel bloggers are among the most internet-tech-savvy of bloggers, and it’s a great industry to learn new things which you can implement in other projects.
Techniques we take for granted or are over-used in travel blogging can be used to really push and promote your company websites to another level elsewhere.
2) Our YouTube Fans Are Awesome!
Among the things we’re most grateful for this year with AsWeTravel are our YouTube followers - if you are not following us on there yet, make sure you join us: www.youtube.com/AsWeTravel
After we released 50 travel videos in 2011 and 2012, it was a big anti-climax when nobody seemed interested in them on our blog – not many comments, not much appreciation – nothing … we thought the hard work of making these videos had been a massive waste of time.
But it turns out that good things sometimes take time.
Today we have over half a million views on YouTube, and 50,000 monthly viewers watching our videos – we love the crazy comments and wild discussions that our videos provoke, from laws about filming publicly to how you’re really supposed to drink Turkish coffee.
We have had TV channels from America, Canada, China, and Czech Republic reaching out to us wanting to use our video content on their official TV channels, and it’s really fun to see that people appreciate the effort we have put into them.
3) Every Path In Life Has Sacrifices.
No matter what you do in life, there will always be sacrifices – there will be as many sacrifices if you choose to quit your 9 to 5 job as there will be if you choose to stay.
This isn’t something many people care to talk about – we live with this illusion that getting away from everything will cure every problem we have, when in fact leaving will often bring up even more problems than if you were to stay at home if you don’t understand the real cause.
During the last 3 years we have been tested over and over again if this life choice to travel and work the way we do really was the right decision to make – the amount of times we nearly decided to give it all up for a “morally-correct” job can’t be counted on our fingers.
The realisation that you will have to sacrifice things with any choice you make in life really helped us stay on track and continue to build what we have done.
It all comes down to what means more to you, and what you’re willing to let go of.
We chose an uncertain life over a safe path, and we have to deal with the consequences of that, but in the end it has all been worth it.
So we just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for following our blog and videos the last 3 years, and we look forward to sharing yet another few years with you all!