Sound like a very bad 80’s boy bad?
Maybe… but this post is about a new travel blog. Yes, that’s right, another site to contribute to the already saturated world of travel blogs on the inter-web. Aren’t there already thousands of people out there blogging about their travel experiences?
So what makes this site any different?
I’ve been asking myself the same question.
Over the past few months I’ve spent countless hours researching what makes a successful travel blog; what works, what doesn’t. What would the target audience want to read? What does it take to entice new readers, get noticed by travel companies and attract prospective sponsorship deals?
I’ve pondered over SEO, widgets, plugins, brand names, content, site design, freelancing and monetization strategies. Even if I play my cards right, will I really get noticed enough by fellow travellers, fellow bloggers or search engines to make a difference?
Travel blogging is not an easy thing to do. Before starting this site it dawned on me that I knew nothing about building a website. Managing a website can be very difficult and time-consuming. Writing and researching new material requires unwavering commitment and hard work. And only a small handful of travel bloggers who put a lot of time and effort into their sites actually make any money off it, let alone a stable income. Do I really have what it takes to be one of those few?
One night recently after hours of researching how to build a website, I shut down my laptop and wondered… What if no one is interested in reading my work. Was it all too hard? Would I be better off to just give up?
I decided to sleep on it.
Reading the post gave me the inspiration I needed to give it a crack.
My friends and family have been really encouraging. They love my writing and if anything the site will be a means of keeping them entertained with stories of my travels. If there is someone out there that wants to read it, then the time and effort wouldn’t be a waste of time after all. I would regret it if I didn’t at least try. And I also love writing.
So after jotting down the list of things I needed to do to get this website up and running, I slowly began chipping away at it, one step at a time. I got a domain name, designed a logo, built some content, decided on a niche – Flashpacking (I know its been done before but its hard to find something that hasn’t, so I’m just going to have to do it better)…. then finally it was time to launch the Wayfaring Panda’s travel site!
I am very pleased with my efforts and I really hope you like it too.
So I bet right now you’re wondering… who is the Wayfaring Panda anyway?
I live in Australia. I am a (young) thirty-something (I swore not to reveal my age anymore once I hit 30). I’m an amateur photographer and a qualified pilot (had to throw that one in cause it generally impresses a lot of people). And I love to travel. I’ve already been fortunate enough to have travelled a lot in my short life. I’ve visited over 20 foreign countries and there are few places in Australia that I haven’t been to (even some that you wouldn’t want to go to).
I am currently planning a big trip (details to be revealed soon) – and I’d love to have you along for the ride. So take a look around (my site) and if you like my stuff and want to read more, subscribe to receive updates via RSS or email (I promise I won’t spam you or let advertising take over my site!).
And if you’re interested in getting to know me better, check out my About Me page.