I have to admit, keeping a blog like this can be frustrating at times. Despite how much of it may be personal and may be my way of keeping a record of my life, sometimes I want to feel like people care. When you spend hours editing photos, writing and rewriting your thoughts, hit that post button and smile, all you want is to see a like, a share or even a comment. When it seems like no one cares, it can be a let down.
“Do people not like me?” “Am I not good enough?” “Do I need to be funnier?” “What does that person do that I’m not doing?” Those are things I honestly ask myself when I’m wondering why I don’t see more likes or shares. Not only on here but also on Facebook, Instagram and other places. Then I read travel bloggers giving advice on how they amass thousands of readers and fans and I realize that it takes a lot more than just telling a good story and sharing great pictures to be considered a “successful travel blogger.” It seems to take a lot of work, lol.
I like letting my writing do the work, but that isn’t always good enough. You really have to sell yourself. I don’t mean sell yourself as in selling out, but sell yourself as in hitting the online pavement and networking like crazy. I don’t have the luxury of time to do that, so I suppose I’ll just keep doing what I have been- building an audience one person at a time.
I do commend those friends who the talent and have built great audiences. I definitely admire them and love how humble they stay.
I received an email today that reminded me that no matter how frustrating I may feel sometimes, that I started this travel blog for a reason. It’s an email like I get every so often and the message to me is to keep doing what I am doing, because no matter how few seem to “like” it, at least there are people who I am inspiring. With that said, allow me to say thank you to all of you who stop by and read. I love seeing all the countries that visited my site in the week. From the USA to UAE, Saudi Arabia to Switzerland, this site is allowing me to reach people in places I haven’t been yet. Thank you!
Here are three recent emails I’ve received from readers that make me happy to have this page:
My name is James, I really enjoy your blog posts and rich photography. I was contemplating joining the navy for a long time and when I was researching jobs I stumbled upon your web site. Anyhow, not to sound like a fanboy or a kisass but- you seemingly have the things I want out of life- travel, simplicity, and a cool career. I just signed my contract for an MC in the navy and feel super blessed. I was wondering if you had any advice or insight into navy life, the job, and any other wisdom.
I will be sure to pass your site along to any like minded people. You are an inspiration for your travel excursions and service to our country.
Keep up the travels,
I just came across your blog, please allow me to commend you on the beautiful pictures and of course the valuable and entertaining stories of your travels. Anyway I came across the blog as I was looking for information on Japanese travel, I live in England, and for 3weeks in the summer I will be travelling in Japan. I am going to a 2week summer school in Hiroshima and then have an extra 5 days to tour, I really would love some ideas for those extra five days, excuse! if I am assuming that you are well seasoned for Japan travel advise but I am sure you might be able to offer me some good value ideas on how I can see a bit of Japan. I am usually the ‘cultural, monuments’ tourist and I will also be travelling on a tight budget, I plan to travel in and out from Osaka, in Hiroshima I will be staying with a Japanese family and then I need to make my own plans after the summer school. The days are from the 29/07-15/08, I am not so fussed about Tokyo but would really love some ideas on Kyoto (lovely! lovely pics, btw), Osaka and any other interesting places within the vicinity of Osaka.
I hope I made some kind of sense and would really love to hear your ideas, and I would appreciate your kind assistance. Thank you again for sharing your stories and life experiences.
I came across your blog and really enjoyed reading through you entries. I recently decided to join the navy and met with a recruiter who told me about the opportunities to be had in the navy. I have about two days to decide whether i want to sign up or not and i feel very conflicted about it, i really hope to get some insider information from you.
I happen to be a very bored professional accountant (stuck in a cubicle) who has a BS and masters degree, i love to travel and have been to 13 countries so far and one of the main reason i was interested in the navy was the travel opportunity. I understand i will have to take a pay cut if i was to join the navy and being 32 yrs old i feel i may be too old to fit in. Is joining the navy out of the need to switch careers and travel worth it especially at my age? Any tips or insight would be greatly appreciated, i hope to hear back from you. Thanks.
Thank all of you! And if you’re a reader with any questions about life in the Navy, life in Japan or just travel in general, I am always happy to answer and assist you. firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/ihartravel is how you can reach me. Happy travels!