1) It’s more like a part time job than a hobby. I typically post 5 days a week which takes more time that I’d expected when I started but it’s more than just writing time. Supporting and contributing to fellow travel enthusiasts, time learning and utilizing social media, time promoting and raising awareness of my blog.
2) It uses more mental awareness than I’ve dedicated to previous personal endeavors. I used to think in facebook status, now I think in blog posts. My blog and its content is always on my mind someway or another. I have to try not to always talk about it with my friends so they don’t get burned out.
3) Commitment matters. After my first months as a travel blogger I’ve started to see a consistent growth in readers. I’ve heard from several others that commitment is key, staying with it, posting regularly and not giving up. At times it has felt like people haven’t been connecting with my blog and other times
4) The achievements come slow but bring a greater sense of accomplishment than I’d anticipated. Random e-mails of encouragement and thanks for my blog, having others share my blog with friends and social websites as well as each day I surpass a previous record.
5) As thrilling as the growth of my blog is, it’s more exciting knowing that I am finally making better use of my memories, lessons and experiences. I started this blog as a way to document my perspective and to share my passion. I hope it will connect me to new opportunities and new friends while I travel, but that’s just a cherry on top!
Heather is passionate about 3 things. 1) traveling 2) humanity 3) education. In 2012, upon earning her Integrated Studies degree in History & Political Science she is leaving her life in Salt Lake City , Utah to live the life of an expat. With only the intention to travel, she is leaving the planning & itinerary to where the trade winds of the universe send her. Follow Heather’s journey on her blog HeathersHarmony, @heathertravels and facebook