The trumpet blows, confetti is thrown, and I sigh in contentment that I have survived my first year of being a travel blogger. Reflecting on it gives me a funny feeling. Nothing is how you’d dream it would be, is it? When I first had the idea of starting my blog, I imagined something a little unrealistic… I thought it would be easy. Not just easy, but simple.
The first week of this venture, I realized that blogging doesn’t just entail writing. You have to wear many hats. You have to know things like social media management, SEO, WordPress, coding, graphic design. You have to be consistent, build a brand, be tenacious, pressing on even if it’s so hard that you feel like chucking it all to go husband hunting in order to achieve a life of more stability than that of being a single, female, digital nomad.
I didn’t plan to start writing this article with the theme being dismal. Let’s change that, shall we? To tell you the truth, I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so… proud of myself. I’m content and happy, albeit a little worn out. But happy still. 😀
Although between you & me, I struggle with burnout every few
weeks months. When you try to live your dream, and not just live it, make a living from it… well it’s hard. Oh gosh, is it hard! Really, really, really hard.
Have you ever tried it? Talk to me, and we can lament over the stereotypical attitude taken towards the dreamers of this world. We can wonder why so many people frown on the habits of a night owl, or laugh at us when we refer to our dreams as career choices.
Where was I going with this? Dear me, did I go off on a rant? Sorry, my friend. 😀
Chastises self: “Be happy, Hannah! Happy!”
This is my blog’s very first birthday. A time for celebration, am I right?
So what’s happened to Hepcat Hannah this past year?
I think the defining moment of my blogging career was when I went to the Women in Travel Summit, located in sunny Southern California. That was when I used both Uber and Lyft for the very first time, I stayed at my first Airbnb, traveled solo for the first time, and attended my first blogging conference. Side note: Did I forget to mention that I also suffer from social anxiety? With that, plus all those firsts, it sound’s like a recipe for disaster. But it wasn’t. Not in the least.
At that conference I was blessed with the new-found knowledge that I was not the only one pursuing a career & life filled with travel & blogging, but I was also not the only one so very, very new at it.
Besides that conference, my blog benefited from my attending several other summits & taking a number of courses. If you happen to be a new blogger, or are even just the slightest bit interested, I’m gonna share my favorite resources with you right now. These are my favorite summits & courses that helped me become a better blogger.
- The Women in Travel Summit 2016
FYI, I loved my first experience with She’s Wanderful so much that I’ll be attending the next one in 2017! Will you be there?
- The Travel Blog Monetization Virtual Summit
This event was an information overload, but in all the best ways. I’m already signed up for their next Summit. 🙂
- The Profitable Blogging Summit
I only caught the latter half of this conference when it was live, but I still learned a lot. And BTW, I believe you can purchase a lifetime access to the videos. Super, right?
- The #WriteBoss 7-Day Free E-Course
Okay, so this isn’t directly related to blogging (per se), but I did so love this course!
This course is for all the wannabee novelists that are just plain stuck. Or the ones that haven’t even tried writing yet. Or the ones that have tried it so many times that they are just plumb worn out from trying to write that next New York Times’ Bestseller.
Side note: Because of this course, I just might be announcing the debut of my novella (or a memoir, depends on which I finish first) in the near future.
So what’s the future look like for Hepcat Hannah?
BTW, when I say “Hepcat Hannah” I am referring to the blog, not myself. Just thought I’d clarify that, so you don’t think I’m talking about myself in the third person (how narcissistic would that be?). lol
What’s the plan? I’ve got a plan. And it’s a good one. I’m going to keep blogging. I may not know where I’m going to travel. Or exactly how I’ll afford to keep traveling. Or where I’ll be 6 months from now. But life goes on, and so shall this blog.
Besides my travel blog, I’ve also got something else going on right now, and that would be the Sisterhoood Travel Community. Yes, I am super excited about being apart of such an exciting new project. You can read more about it here.
Do you want to become a travel blogger?
Blogging isn’t for everyone. More specifically, travel blogging isn’t for everyone. But if that’s what you want to do, then I say do it! It’s not too late to start, and I believe each and every one of us has a voice that deserves being heard. Everyone is unique! And there is plenty of room in this blogosphere for more travel bloggers.
Before you start brainstorming to decide on the epic name for your blog, I’d love to share some of my favorite articles with you! These are the blog posts that I read before I started blogging (or during the first few months). The ones that I poured over, drinking in the information & making plans to implement the smart advice from these experts in the field.
- 10 Tips for Starting a Kickass Travel Blog by Liz from Young Adventuress.
- How to Start a Successful Travel Blog by Sabina from Girl vs. Globe.
- 5 Lessons from 5 Years of Travel Blogging by Amanda from A Dangerous Business.
- Kristin from Be My Travel Muse has a great selection of posts for getting started as a travel blogger.
- Pretty much every single post on World of Wanderlust. Really, I fell in love with this site more than a year ago, and I am still an avid fan. Okay, an obsessed fan, you might say.
Well, I do believe it’s time to wrap up this blog post. Maybe I’ll go pour myself a glass of that new sparkling wine I just bought, Cupcake Moscato D’Asti. And maybe I’ll bake some brownies. Yes, definitely brownies. Do brownies and wine go together? Who cares. I’m practically a millennial (or am I Generation Z?), so that means it doesn’t matter, right?
Are you a travel blogger? If so, what made you decide to become one? If you aren’t, have thought of starting your own blog? What would you blog about?