It’s taken me a while to settle into a blogging niche that I am comfortable with, and after trying to be so many things that I am not, I feel like I have finally found my voice. I am a travel blogger.
Since moving to London for University and meeting so many interesting people, my passion for travel started to develop and after my first year of studying, I decided to take the plunge and move to America for four months. It was my first long haul trip, let alone my first solo one – even now I feel amazed that at the age of 19 and I moved half way across the world to work and travel alone.
After an incredible summer in the States, I was well and truly bitten by the travel bug. I spent hours and hours searching for holidays, planning places I wanted to visit and writing my ultimate bucket list.
The next four years were pretty slow in terms of travel. I went on a few breaks with my boyfriend, but there was nothing really to write home about. Money was tight, holiday days were limited and travel wasn’t my main priority.
Then, at the start of this year, I made the decision that travel was more important to me than certain aspects in my life. I started spending my money on plane tickets, rather than saving for a house.
And so the focus of my blog changed.
I felt like I could finally start writing about something I was really passionate about and have some of my own stories to tell. In fact, since making the move over to a travel blog I can honestly say I have loved writing every. single. post.
But what if I am too late?
I have always felt as though I am on the sidelines when it comes to blogging. I’m not always on Twitter, I don’t keep up with chats and if I stopped writing, people probably wouldn’t notice.
I’ve got friends that are bloggers across all niches, and I feel as though I don’t really fit into any of the blogging circles – which is more than okay. I like to talk to everyone. The only issue with not fitting in though is that I think to be a travel blogger you need to be at least a little bit known by other travel bloggers.
For some reason, I can’t shake the feeling that I have missed that boat completely. Lol, travel pun.
Lately, I really feel as though I’m out of the loop when it comes to travel blogging. I am so worried that I waiting too long and I am now too late onto the scene as it’s such a saturated industry.
I worry that all the effort I am putting into my blog lately might not be worth it and by the time my hard work finally starts to pay off, blogging will be on it’s way out.
I’m not saying it’s inevitable, but I don’t actually know what I’d do if one day having a blog became obsolete. As sad as it may sound, my blog has become something I am incredibly proud of and I wouldn’t ever want to give it up.
I wish I hadn’t waited as long as I did to write about the one thing I am truly passionate about, and I can only hope that I haven’t set myself up for failure by trying to break into such a competitive market. There are so many talented people out there I honestly don’t know where I fit in.
I won’t let it deter me though. I can do this. Can’t I?