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Am I too Late to be a Travel Blogger?

June 6, 2017

Am I too Late to be a Travel Blogger?

June 6, 2017

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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?

Kirsty Leanne

xoxo

 

 

  • Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi June 6, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I really don’t think so!

  • Josie Brownlee June 8, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I feel the same Kirsty! I’m now focusing my blog more into the travel side of things, as I’m finally out of uni and ready to take on the world, but I too get concerned that all the time and effort I put into my blog just isn’t working or isn’t enough to be worth it?

    I think blogging takes a lot more time and effort than people realise and as long as you enjoy doing it and put the work in, then it will start to get recognised! I also think it’s difficult with being a travel blogger because travelling also takes up a lot of mind space and time that it’s difficult to find the time to make a successful blogpost, let a lone advertise it and keep updated with current events! But we’re all learning and as long as we help each other out, we’ll make it!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

  • Tamsyn June 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I so feel the same. I’m slow with blogging as it is. Once I’m home from trips I feel like I don’t have enough time between work and social things to edit photos and upload posts and when I finally do, I feel like it’s too late. But keep at it, I tell myself all the time that it is worth it, there are people out there who enjoy your posts and appreciate the time you’ve taken to share your experiences. I for one love to read about your latest trips!

    Tamsyn xx | Peaches and Bear

  • Capture A Cause July 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Don’t let ideas of being too late prevent you from becoming a travel blogger! We just jumped into the blogging world and are moving to Budapest, Hungary as missionaries from Florida in September. Travel blogging and vlogging will be our LIFE, so we sure do hope and pray that we aren’t too late either!

    We love your heart and passions! Don’t stop, keep dreaming, and start traveling!

    // Jonathan & Samantha
    https://www.captureacause.com/

  • Saira January 4, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Of course you can still do this babe ! Travel blogging will always be so popular and you don’t have to fit in the niche at all – you continue to do what you love and people WILL love it. You’ll appreciate it and remember it in years to come and will be so happy that you didn’t give up 🙂
    Saira
    http://www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    Xxx

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