Do you follow a number of travel blogs and want to walk a similar path? Documenting your travels is a great way to keep connected with your family and friends, while you are exploring the world. In fact, it’s also an exciting opportunity to engage with other people.
Start Your Blog
Before you start your blog, ask yourself, who are you writing for? If it’s for family and friends, Blogger.com is probably the site for you – it’s easy to use, no-fuss, and you can have your blog up and running in minutes. However, if you’re ultimately hoping for a more global audience, go through WordPress and host your blog through a web hosting company like 1&1. This way, you can potentially make money off your travels (which will go some way towards helping your finances!)
Improving Your Blog
Largely, your blog’s improvement will come along due to trial and error – you will discover what works for you. The important thing to keep in mind, however, is that you should be learning more about how to blog effectively. Draw inspiration from other bloggers (without copying them), and think about how you can provide a better representation of your travels.
Taking Better Photos
In many respects, your images do most of the work for you. Although you should definitely accompany them with engaging writing (for your readers and for your Google rankings), your images should make your audience come back for more. With a good camera, and a bit of practice, you will learn how to take photos more effectively. There are also great guides online, with tips on how to take your travel photos to the next level.
Writing Better Stories
With your pictures sorted, you’ll want to focus on improving your writing, whether that’s targeting your grammar and spelling or learning how to tell your story better. Your writing will improve with time, but it’s often worth going along to a creative writing course to heighten your skills.
Once you have your blog up-and-running, you need to get the word out about your site. Social media is a great way to do this. Make sure that it’s easy to follow your Twitter and Facebook account from your blog. Also, keep posting about new articles whenever they come up, so your family and friends can start engaging with your writing/images.
In conjunction with your blog, consider taking videos and editing them for YouTube. You can post these on your blog to add further interest to your articles. This way, your readers can get to know you even more, and they will be able to see the lovely places that you’ve visited in greater detail. Who knows? Your YouTube channel might take off too, as It’s a fantastic supplementary resource for any blog, so do consider it!
How do you document your travels through a blog? Let us know a bit more about yours and how it has made your adventures more exiting!