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|Interview with Kristin (Professional Travel Blogger) : eAskme|
Q. Please share about yourself and your story to enter in blogging?.
Ans: I was previously an investment banker who grew up in Southern Calfornia and wanted more out of life. I always thought that full time travelers were trust-fund babies but through reading other travel blogs, came to realize that it was possible to travel cheaply and to build a business while doing so.
The blog is popular for those who are adventurous, outdoorsy, thrill-seeking, but also university educated and typically come from a corporate background, like me! It has been quite a journey and it has been difficult the whole way, but also a joy to work on and I am so glad that I took a chance back then on a dream, because the blog is now my job and it's a great way to continue seeing the world while making a living while doing so.
Q. Can blogging really change someone`s life?
Ans: Absolutely! Even those who just blog for a hobby can gain a tremendous benefit out of it. Sometimes just putting your feelings, thoughts, and voice out there and knowing that you're not alone in what you think, appreciate, feel, and believe is enough to make it worth the time put into it. I always say that a blog has to be a labor of love first, because the money does not come from day one, or even day 365 in most cases. In the rare case that it does become a new career, then one's life can be changed completely.
Q. What are your favorite Internet marketing tools?
Ans: I love buffer for scheduling Twitter posts and the extension for tweeting images with links. It saves a lot of time and image-based tweets always do better. I like MailChimp for my newsletter because it's easy to use and easy enough to customize. Otherwise, similarweb.com is incredibly helpful for figuring out what your competition is ranking for in Google, and how to compete.
Q. What is your daily schedule? And how do you maintain your tasks?
Ans: My daily schedule really fluctuates since I'm traveling all the time. Nowadays I have to schedule certain days that are just for work, and sadly that means opening the computer when I wake up and sitting here until it's time for bed, working the whole day through. I do this so that I can survive during the times when an entire week is occupied with traveling, photographing, and creating content. Thankfully hiring out some help has made it possible to maintain both the blog and the travel lifestyle. It's a challenge!
Q. Blogging have different definition for different person. What is it for you?
Ans: Blogging, at least travel blogging, should chiefly aim to solve someone's problem. For me, my typical reader doesn't have a lot of time and wants to plan an amazing and enriching vacation that isn't cookie cutter and can't just be found at a resort or in a guide book. They want something off the beaten path that is truly different. Usually this would be impossible to achieve without a lot of time and experience traveling, but a travel blog can be exactly the resource for this type of person. When I'm writing, I always have that in mind. How will this speak to someone? How will it help? How will it delight someone and inspire them to go to the same place? That's what I aim to do and that's what blogging means to me.
Q. Which are your favorite blogs?
Ans: Not all of my favorite blogs are travel blogs. In fact, most of them aren't. I love problogger.net, which is always helping me come up with new ideas, MarkManson.com which is great for personal relationships and personal success, and waitbutwhy.com which gets me thinking, and questions things most people take for granted.
Q. How much time do you spend on social media promotion and SEO of your blog?
Ans: I spend most of my time on social media promotion. I'm sure this is the case for most bloggers in almost every genre, but the blog takes up the least of my time. Most of my time is spent on taking phenomenal photos and constantly upping my game so that I can get more followers on Instagram, finding interesting content to delight the fans on the Facebook page, and tweeting interesting and relevant articles that catch attention. SEO is done before each and every post, and what people might be searching for is always on my mind when developing new content.
Q. How much time do you spend for blogging daily?
Ans: For the actual writing, it depends. Some days I am on a roll and can write all day long. Some days I have writer's block and nothing I'm saying sounds very good, so I spend those days on other things like research, responding to readers, or especially social media building.
Q. Finally, I would love to have your message for my readers and any suggestions for newbies?
Ans: If you're considering starting a blog, know that it is a lot of work to get it to the professional level. That said, so often I hear professional bloggers discouraging newcomers because of the work load. I can't think of any entrepreneurial or artistic occupation that is easy, so if your heart is in it and you want to give it your all, I say do it!
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