…is different than the courage it takes to hit the Publish Button.
It’s the latter that still freaks me out. I have been blogging for over a year, and it is getting easier, but I’m still searching for my content niche and more confidence to hit that Publish Button. Five years ago, I began building the website-part of this dream. It’s been through dozens of fixes, patches, and restructuring. Generally, not by choice, it’s the nature of this living, breathing beast. The WordPress learning curve is infinite.
For guidance on content, I signed on to follow a handful of travel bloggers. My demographics didn’t align with most (too old for the Hostel group, too young for the AARP travelers) , but if the blogger had nice photos, I would sign up. Soon my inbox was flooded with tools to make money while traveling: write copy, teach English, be a digital nomad. Others offered how to fly, eat, sleep, phone, sightsee, cruise, for next to nothing. Then came the wave, pushing their latest book. Here must lay some grand advantage, because every travel blogger has a book they’re pushing.
In addition, I saw real travel lives unfold, or on occasion, just fold. I’ve seen bloggers evolve – some for the better, others, not so. Maintaining momentum on any given project takes a toll. Most recently, I’ve learned there can be considerable down time in travel. I’m unsure if this will be a seasonal thing, a blip, or just the way the cards fell this time. Anyway, I can feel that we have turned a corner, and new, exciting times
are headed our way! Or, we’ll chase them. Either way, I’m happy.
First, G. Sue (Grandma Sue, Woody’s mom) will be visiting this week. I’m working on her event spreadsheet, and securing some reservations. In addition, we are gearing up for our next launch. Whhooo hooo – here comes Phase Two! It’s so fun to take these sort of steps again: find a mechanic to give Thor a checkup,
review what to pack, and how it should be packed, determine a couple destinations, and evaluate one or two long term routes. Ahhhh, making plans, territory I like. Here’s what we’ve got so far: leave Mermaid Hammock (Carli’s pad)
in about two weeks, drive a couple hours, in a general, northerly direction, and pull into a campground. Even after a year of this freedom, I still thrill at starting a camp stay on a Sunday or Monday, when most visitors – like my old self – are on their way home.
I’m also enthusiastic about seeing new landscapes, taking photos, enjoying local cuisine, and gaining more confidence to hit the Publish Button.