Many people that travel for extended periods of time often consider making a travel blog to share their experiences with friends and family.
Some also dream of having their blog take off and become popular.
If you are one of the few that has made the decision to keep a travel blog with hopes of developing a following on the Internet, you may be wondering how you will find the time to post regularly and keep people interested in returning day in and day out.
It may seem like a daunting task to enjoy your experience, see the sites and juggle your blog, but with a little organization and commitment, you can have the adventure of your life while keeping your readers satisfied and wanting more.
Here are some tips to help you travel the world and keep your travel blog alive and well.
Decide how often you want to post.
Readers expect consistency. You don’t need to post an article daily to keep people coming back to your blog, but you do need to have a system the they will come to understand. If you post regularly for a few weeks and then disappear for several days or weeks, you will confuse your readers and possibly lose some of them when you do show up again. It is better to make a schedule and stick to it.
Internet connections can be scarce while traveling and then when you do manage to find one, it could be agonizingly slow. To ensure that you don’t run into problems, schedule posts ahead of time. Your readers aren’t going to be upset that they are reading about your experience from one place while you are actually in another. They won’t even know.
Having posts scheduled several days in advance will give you a safety net for the times when you cannot make it to an Internet for a while.
Nobody is going to read a post if they don’t know about it. You have to work hard to promote your blog and there are ways to automatically attract readers to new posts.
- Post to Facebook – Facebook is a huge market and chances are you already have many friends in your personal account. Start up a network blog on Facebook. Your websites RSS feed will be automatically posted on your network blog and in turn you can link your network blog to your personal Facebook page. Each new post will now show up automatically in your friends news feeds.
- Su.pr – this is an excellent tool that allows you to schedule tweets to Twitter. Once you have scheduled your post, view it and copy the URL. Paste it into su.pr and schedule it to be tweeted for any time and day that you choose. Su.pr offers the added bonus of giving readers the opportunity to Stumble your post easily to StumbleUpon.com Now your post has just been submitted to two popular social networking sites at the same time.
Write posts ahead of time
A laptop is highly recommended for people that are serious about running a travel blog. Each night you can write an article about the events of the day and save it as a Word Document. Before you even go to the Internet, you can have your photos organized, your headings and synopses pre-written and even have all of your tags typed out and ready to go. When you go to the Internet café, all you have to do is copy and paste everything into the appropriate places on your website and upload the photos that you put into an organized folder.
Support your fellow Bloggers
It is important to keep your network strong. While your friends will understand if you don’t stop by for a while to say hello on their blogs, it is still paramount to stay visible and give back to others. Make a plan to visit one or two websites every time you sit down at the Internet. You will gain inspiration from other people and feel connected to the community that you are a part of. The travel blog community is a great group of people and the friends that you make will have valuable insight and advice for your travels too.
Leave a comment and give them a Stumble, Digg or a Tweet. People will be reminded that you are still around. If you find that you have some time on your hands, visit more sites and leave more comments. Don’t assume that people will pay attention just because you are traveling. It is important to stay connected to your community.
Internet readers like to scan posts. Don’t make your post a long and boring account of every detail of your day. Your articles should focus on interesting facts, sites, events or personal stories. Keep the content straight and to the point. Use headings and photographs to grab their attention. Offer valuable information such as what bus to catch to a certain temple or how much a person can expect to pay for a local hotel. People want useful information intertwined with great story telling.
Keep a Journal
You can’t always have your computer with you and you never know when inspiration will strike. You may be on a bus or train, in a desert or on a mountain when an idea pops into your head. A travel journal is a necessity for any writer. Besides being useful for those times when you can’t get to the computer, you can use your journal to write down information, such as names of people you met, costs of items, entrance fees and the locations of the places you visit. All the facts that you need will be at your fingertips when you go to write your post later.
Enjoy your Travels
It is easy for a Blogger to spend hours on the computer browsing and networking. In the end, people will come back to your site because they love your zest for travel. Don’t spend all of your time staring at the screen. Get out and meet people, see the sites and enjoy the experience.
That is where you will find your story and that is where you will find your inspiration.
Do you maintain a blog WHILE traveling? Share your advice!