How often does your passion turn into a paying job? Perhaps, not very often. How about becoming a travel blogger? When it comes to travel writing and blogging, you can cash in on your passion if you have the strength and the enthusiasm for it. The natural connection to writing entails a vicarious trait, which is key in allowing readers to experience your emotions. It gives them a strong sense of relatability. Being suited to a writing job requires self-motivation and flexibility. A passionate writer observes a phenomenon even in the smallest and simplest aspects of life, which for the ordinary lot may just be meaningless or non-existent. So how do you start? As with any profession, taking baby steps is the most feasible way to get started.
Start Off As a Motivated Writer
The phase between dreaming and witnessing your dream come true ensues a daunting journey, certainly filled with highs and lows. The pinnacle of success isn’t an overnight achievement and barely ever an instant transformation. If you write as a hobby, you know the destination you dream of. But you need to step up your game if you’re dedicated to covering the distance that is hinged on odds, slim possibilities, and perhaps some rare encounters with luck. Gaining practice and developing expertise in the field of writing are the basics you should work towards. How do you go about this? You start writing your travel experiences in your local spaces. Follow the principle of hard work, embody perseverance, and use every failure as an opportunity to better yourself. Writing about your own town, state, or city will give you a better grip at capturing your perception and experience into words. Learn as you go along.
What Kind of Writing Should You Do?
Evidently, an interesting read is what draws attention from readers, so you need to ensure your writing style is versatile. But it is impractical to get right into it without learning several formats of travel writing. You must read a variety of travel content that includes guidebooks, practical writing, short novels, anecdotes, and informative articles. Perhaps, a basic grip on different languages is also helpful, as it can help you interpret the visual cultural representation partially in the language that the culture is native to. Travelers are intrigued by multilingualism, so this can be a bonus skill.
Next, take notes from experts and gain tips from their writing, for example, paying special attention to whether they use summary points or extensive details to convey certain ideas. Alongside, apply to small-scale publication companies. Also, bear in mind that when competition is fierce, you should work with small pieces of writing as a sample submission, perhaps even a column entry, or a quirky passage.
What Makes Your Writing Attractive?
An attractive piece of writing is what builds an audience, because realistically, no one is interested in what you ate for dinner or who you had dinner with, unless you have some tempting mugshots of the deliciously served food.
A novice writer operates on the assumption that everyone is interested in his work, when it is quite the contrary. Your focal point should be to create content that evokes interest and does not deflect the audience with boredom, to the X at the top right corner of the page.
The first line of your blog post is key. If it fails to engage the reader, the chances are he will not descend any lower to read the rest of the stuff you have to say. Think of an oreo cookie as an analogy, the cookie is yummy, but the cream is yummier. Your content should progress from good to excellent, and towards the end of the article, the reader should feel content having learned something worthwhile, even if it is just some tight writing skills. A good content makes you feel you were there, feeling it and living it.
Know what people are looking for and give them that. Nothing is more satisfying than getting what you want. Do research, frequent forums like Quora and Reddit and find out what travel related questions people are asking. If you happen to have some followers, engage them and respond to their comments and take notice of what they’re seeking. Also, keep an email address for public inquiries, so you get an idea of what the general public seeks from your posts.
A few useful topics to explore and blog about are ways to retain budget while spending on food and accommodation. Learn about trending photography and videos that get the most views. Come up with articles that are marketable and keep track of the travel trends in the market (i.e., where to go on a cheap budget). Trends can fluctuate, so it is key to stay on top of the game all throughout. Give exposure to rare commodities of different cultures, try out different ethnic attires and give the audience unique and uncommon things to look at and read about, such as different cuisines, exotic fruits with health benefits, or remedial tips from other cultures and much more.
How to Generate Audience
Drawing traffic is a challenge of its own but it is crucial in bagging a career as a traveler. Getting yourself noticed by companies is an effective tactical approach. Companies love to work with bloggers that exercise trend control over social media. No one will know you exist until you make public appearances, which means start guest posting on popular forums and social media sites. Have something useful to offer every time. Buy your domain and blog your entries. Popularize your blog through voluntary posts here and there. Starting from this point, you undergo a natural progression from being a covert hobby blogger to being a public travel blogger. Also, it is important to utilize Search Engine Optimization, as this will expand your outreach by drawing website traffic.
You can also connect with the authors on Twitter or LinkedIn from time to time. Share their articles and appreciate them, perhaps even compliment them. The more noticeable you are the more likely you are to generate an audience. Once you have an audience, companies will want to work with you and sponsor you. You can make the cut for many renowned and major publications with your competitive content and influence on social media.
Lastly, understand that travel writing is a business from day one. Just like how you need to invest into your own business before you make any profit off it, you also need to fund your own trips and travels to be able to jot down worthy content. Familiarize yourself with the nitty-gritty of travel blogging and feature the best quality material you can.
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