I have been a travel blogger for exactly ten days! So how can I write a “How to…” post? Well, I can’t really, but what I can write about is this state of total confusion I am going through. I am pretty sure that I have no idea what I am doing. The only thing I am sure about is that there have been plenty of people in this exact same position in the past, and there will be plenty more in the future.
The Best Post Ever
Now I might only have a handful of blog posts, but I am fairly sure I have written “The Best Post Ever”. I just can’t understand why the rest of the world don’t think the same. So far only three people have read it! Crazy, I know.
So I just Googled “How to get people to read my blog” and it came up with a great list put together by WordPress.
The first thing was to tell everyone in my social networks about my post. Well, I’ve done that. My 32 Facebook followers don’t seem to be online right now or else they would have immediately clicked through to “The Best Post Ever”. My 11 email subscribers must also be busy. It is Saturday night after all.
The second suggestion is to make my site visible to search engines. What? I thought Google saw everything. In fact I’ve come to the conclusion this suggestion is a Google marketing ploy. It made me Google “How to get my blog on Google”, then I had to Google “SEO”, then “keywords” and “domain authority”. See what I mean?
Suggestion number three is to pay for people to visit my site. Now this seems to be a bit counterproductive! I mean, along with my yet-to-be-launched YouTube channel, this is the vehicle for my first million! Besides, people should just want to read “The Best Post Ever” for free.
The fourth suggestion is the best – bug my friends. How do you think I got three views of my post?
Sweeping my eyes down past the WordPress list, the next search item listed is “How to get 150,000 people to read your blog in one week”. Now even with “The Best Post Ever”, I think this could be a stretch. I’ve not actually clicked on the link to read the article, so perhaps there is a way to do this. It must involve doing nothing else all week, and since I absolutely can’t miss “The X Factor” as its semi-final time, I don’t think it will work for me.
Building a Website is Easy
Everything I had read said building a website these days is easy. No coding needed. Just use WordPress, it’s so simple! I’ve always thought of myself as a relatively intelligent person. I use computers all day, and find it easy to learn new systems. I still have no idea how to make this website do what I want!
Did you see my beautiful home page with stunning panorama photos that slide in from the side? No? Well that’s because it’s a disaster and it’s still in draft form. It’s about two more clicks away from the deleted file. What about the Instagram widget on the right? Is it there? Currently it seems to have a mind of its own and only appears when it feels like it. And why does the toolbar across the top keep showing the name of my theme not my website?
Then there were emails. It took me three goes before I was able to send emails automatically when I put up a new blog post. The first go I didn’t even manage to link the sign up pop up to Mailchimp, so I may have missed heaps of subscribers. With my meagre list every extra signup is precious.
So what am I going to do next? Honestly, I have no idea. Everything! Anything? I am actually having such a ball learning all these new things. So what if I have no idea what I am doing, I have time to learn and Google is my friend. I may not have left home yet, but already I’m loving this challenging, interesting, frustrating, new career as a travel blogger.
Want to read some posts I wrote when I had more of an idea what I was doing as a travel blogger? Try these
My Adult Gap Year in Review
Our Ten Biggest Gap Year Failures
Iconic Food to Try in Australia
Josie is a forty-something budget traveller. She only discovered travel in her late thirties, but since then has travelled extensively including taking an adult gap year. She is now based in Australia and loves sharing all she has learned about travelling on a budget but with the comforts a Gen Xer requires.