I know that this is going to sound strange, but we have big fears about actually traveling and running a travel blog. Last year was the first time that we had a blog while traveling and it wasn't exactly professionally run. We went for days without updating and we hardly ever included photos. We were in some very remote areas of Africa after all and hey, we were just posting for friends and family to keep them informed of how things were going.
Things are different now and we have been trying to really market Marketingkonferenz as a brand. We have sold some ads and are working on creating a little income on the road. So a random post here and there is not going to cut it.
These past few months have been a full time job. Every free moment has been spent on the internet working on the site and once we are traveling the world, we need to figure out how we are going to keep up a quality blog from the Himalaya's in Nepal or from the Deserts of Mongolia. We will keep you updated on how things are going, but in the meantime….
This post is about what we fear the most about traveling and blogging.
1 – Not keeping regular posts
This can definitely be the death of a travel blog. If you aren't posting, people will stop checking. We are afraid that we will be in some iscolated places in the world and not be able to post for a few days at a time. We really don't want to have that happen. It is going to be a lot of juggling.
We are planning on posting several articles at a time and then scheduling them over several days if we head into a remote area or if we are on a long trek. That is the plan and we will see how it all works out.
2 – Missing out on social networking
We thoroughly believe that the community is one of the most important things in travel blogging. It is very important to give back and advertise other people's blog posts and websites on places like and stumbleupon. We have a fear that we won't have the time to really visit other people's sites and give them the attention that we deserve. If we don't spend time promoting other people's posts, why should they tweet or digg ours?
We don't plan on this happening and we plan on visiting everyone's blogs as much as possible. It is just a fear.
3 – Trying to figure out how to post from an Iphone or Blackberry whichever we may choose
We have always been pretty basic when it comes to technology. No Iphones or Blackberry's yet, but we are going to invest in one before we go and hopefully make it work. We have to get it unlocked, we have to get some sort of plan once we land in Asia and we have to figure out how to use it efficiently. It can be done, but it is going to be a lot of learning on the road.
Once we get our Ipone, we need to learn how to post from it, join twitpic etc. and then hopefully don't spend hundreds of dollars a month on it. We have no idea what to expect. Believe me if the phone becomes a great expense, we will not be using it for long.
4 – Making Quality Posts
The last thing that we want is to be too busy to actually write interesting and exciting posts. We don't have a desire to simply post a photo of the day just to put up content. We also don't want our posts to become just long rambling journal entries. Our goal is to keep each post as a mini article.
We are hoping that it won't turn into a long boring list of what we did and what we saw. Things could easily become monotonous for our readers just as travel can become monotonous for the traveler. So that is going to be our challenge.
5 – Spending too much time at the internet Cafe
And now after all of those fears, we need to find a balance. Just because we want to keep a quality blog going, we also don't want to spend every minute glued to our computers. We want to experience our travels. We want to take the time to just be. We want to remember how to enjoy ourselves and relish the freedom of traveling the world. That has always been what travel is about for us. It has been a cleansing of the mind, body and soul and I would hate for it to turn into something else.
So the goal is balance.
There are some of our fears of running a travel blog while traveling. This summer has been almost a full time job working on the blog. While I love it very much, I want to make sure that I don't spend 8 hours a day on it on the road. I am happy that we are starting in Asia where wifi is popular. Dave and I aren't partiers, so I am sure that instead of watching a bootleg movie every night in a bar, we will be happier sitting in a cafe or in our guest houses common room working on our articles and photos every night. We didn't have that luxury in Africa, we were camping in the middle of deserts. And maybe once we move on to Mongolia and Nepal, we will have figured it all out and things won't be so complicated.
All we know is that we love this travel blog, we love sharing our stories and we love this community. We hope to be a part of it for a very long time!