On this Travel Tuesday here is a little summary, an update on what I am doing to make my dreams become my reality.
In the last week I have taken three steps toward my goal to have a travel blog.
One: I signed up for a twelve-week online travel blogging course, with travel blogger from
Who knows what I will end up taking away from this experience, but I just wanted to try something different. Networking never hurts and if I can learn anything from someone with success as a travel blogger for over four years, I will be happy. I am always glad to discover others doing what I hope to do.
Two: I finally decided to go for it and make an appointment with a website building business,
This particular company came highly recommended to me, by one of their happy clients. She is a friend and common acquaintance. The three of us went to school together as children and now we are all grown up.
Being a local company, started and run by someone I went to school with. There is that added comfort of that history.
It was strange, sitting across the table and having coffee with this person, for the complimentary consultation he offered. It was a strange thing to listen to his process for finding out what I hope to do with a website, remembering school bus rides and field trips. Now he was so professional and seemed to know what he was doing. This made me feel at ease.
Now we are both grown adults, with lives and career aspirations. He runs this successful local business and I have big dreams as well, thus the reason for our meeting.
I explained to him my plans to write about travel: local and international. I tried my best to clearly relay what my goals are to him and he was extremely accommodating.
I need someone to register a domain name and set up a site, leaving me free to make it into something through my writing and my unique voice and love for the world around me.
We discussed where I wanted to take a website. HE asked if I hope to monetize it. Of course that would be nice. I believe most people, who make the effort of starting a website or blog, have hopes of making a profit.
I can balance my need to write about people and places, my art and passion, with the need to become self-sufficient, even a small amount.
Of course I had to make sure he realized the possible issues with creating a website that would not function with Voiceover and Mac Journal, the special journal program I use to write these blog posts. I believe he even learned something and took something away from our meeting. I just hope this is an achievable situation for us both.
Three: I heard about the opening of the newest chapter of the
in my town. The announcement was on the radio a few weeks ago and I immediately thought, on hearing it, that I could possibly get something out of this.
I did a fair bit of speaking in front of classroom children, organizations, and groups about my experience having a guide dog. This was a long time ago now, but I always did include public speaking on the list of my skills.
I guess I never found it all that intimidating, as so many do, possibly because I was never able to see all the faces of the people staring at me while I spoke, unlike most people who have a fear of speaking in public. Lucky for me, this meant I never had any need or reason to picture anyone in their underwear.
Since those days I have written and spoke for special occasions, several more times, whether it be a speech at my sister’s wedding or the all-important tributes at a grandparent’s funeral. I knew I could organize and voice my thoughts and direct both toward an audience.
Who knows. A future where I have developed a successful travel website and blog could very well include public speaking and I wondered if this meet-and-greet/open-house for the newest opening chapter in my town could be a good place to start. I thought it couldn’t hurt to attend the free first session and find out what it was all about.
The whole thing was held at a very nice area restaurant, known for serving from a menu full of freshly prepared local items.
The number of attendees was high enough that a general chatter somewhat overwhelmed me, name tags being useless to mostly just myself.
I listened to what the PSA had to offer, including the three types of public speaking: key-note, marketing, and platform. I had no idea.
I don’t know if I will end up becoming a member because I must keep track of costs right now and there is a fee to join. If I am to ever make any money with a travel blog/website I will need to make smart decisions.
Either way, I may just have made a few beneficial connections with some interesting people, a few people who’ve showed some interest in what I have to say.
I continue to use evenings such as this to work on my shyness and confidence levels and you just never know whom you could potentially meet at these things.
When telling a few people about my current blog I said something like, “I just have a free WordPress blog right now”. Someone pointed out to me that I should refrain from using the word “just” at all.
They were correct, of course. I don’t know why I said that in that way. I love my WordPress blog and “just” is a word better left out, for the most part.
I took steps in the past few days, toward future success as The Insightful Wanderer. I see people going into business for themselves everywhere these days: bloggers, photographers, and indie authors and I want to see if I can do the same. All I know, going forward, is if I don’t try I definitely will not succeed. Sure, there are kinks to be worked out along the way, but I’ll never know if I don’t at least try.
I am willing to take whatever courses I need to take, to learn about business and marketing, and to learn about the travel industry and how it works. I know I have something to offer and through my own unique voice. I am starting fresh, in this, my favourite season. Autumn feels like a new beginning, as spring often brings rebirth and renewal.
I started HerHeadache and I love writing the things I write here. I originally had the idea for Travel Tuesday as a featured day on this blog, but now I can’t help feeling like it could be more. I have lots to come in the weeks ahead. Hopefully soon Travel Tuesday will find a new home, separate and yet still alongside this blog because I am not willing to give up one for the other.
4 thoughts on “Starting Fresh”
You’ve got a lot of decisions to make–it sounds like you’ve also got a support network, to help you make them wisely. I’m interested in hearing what you learn about travel blogging. Where are you going next?
I hope to have my travel website up and running in a few weeks or a month. From there I will start posting articles I’ve written about travel and interviews I’ve done with interesting travelers. I will keep both this blog and The Insightful Wanderer because I love writing here too. Thanks for reading.
I look forward to hearing your travel stories.
I can’t wait to share them. I also hope to share travel stories from others. I think we can learn a lot that way.