My travel blogging crisis

Today I got a message from a friend back home who is planning a trip to Bali and wanted a few tips. Naturally as a food and travel blogger, I threw in a few links to posts written during our 2 month trip there back in 2014.

I read back through those posts from our early days of travel and that’s when it hit me, that’s when I realised I’m having a travel blogging crisis.

The blog used to be a diary about our travels.

I used to write merely as a record of what we’d done and to tell people what exciting (and not so exciting) food we’d found.

I used to share more reflections on our life on the road (partly because in those early days of travel everything seems so fresh and new and I used to notice things more).

Somewhere along the line we began to write more guides and more reviews (all of which I love by the way) because we thought they are generally more helpful to other people than stories about our daily life. But after reading those old posts which captured a time in our life which has since gone by, I have to admit that I miss this kind of writing.

I miss writing for the pure pleasure of making a record of our life that we can share with other people.

Surviving the rain in Bali and wearing a fabulous plastic poncho. My crisis with travel blogging has helped me realise I miss writing about days like this.

Surviving the rain in Bali and wearing a fabulous plastic poncho, I miss writing about days like this

Travel blogging is a weird kind of job where you begin with a million thoughts about the world and then, as time goes on, these are added to and sometimes diluted by a consciousness that other people are actually reading what you write (and this begins to alter what you do).

Some of those million thoughts are shelved in case of offending others, or being irrelevant or being boring to people who click through to your site. Worse still, some of these thoughts are shelved because you think no one is reading what you’ve poured onto the page and the demotivation sets in.

Most travel blogs I follow have a post that describes the ‘travel blogging crisis’ phase and whether it’s because of being tired of travel, the pressure of having to make ends meet through blogging or just through the huge amount of time it takes to write and maintain a travel blog and all the associated social media attached. Whilst none of the above reasons really apply to me as the main writer on our blog, my ‘crisis’ (yes, I know it’s not a crisis in the true sense of the word) has given me an opportunity to reflect and shake things up all the same.

So, from now on I’m going to tackle my travel blogging crisis head on and aim to write some of the diary style posts I used to, alongside all the guides and reviews because I’d hate not to keep helping other vegan travellers on the road. I’m using my travel blogging crisis to help me go back to finding that invigorating feeling that travel can give you, if you stop and notice what’s going on around you.

I hope you enjoy these posts but really I’ll be writing them for nothing other than pure, self-indulgent pleasure.

Caryl x

More vegan food for thought…

2019-03-05T06:36:45+00:00

8 Comments

  1. Christy February 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I love diary style posts! I love the nitty-gritty real life stuff! I don’t want to just read curated content and reviews so I’m glad you’ll be writing this way again!

    • Vegan Food Quest February 13, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement Christy! I hope you like the nitty-gritty of our life travelling and exploring the places we find along the way, it’s certainly fun for us to write too. It’s very motivating to hear that other people might be interested so we’ll try to share the best (and the worst) bits of life with you to give you an idea of how things are for us. Thanks for leaving us a comment 🙂

  2. eileen February 20, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Dear Caryl
    As always, you are so insightful. It’s always useful to look back at previous experiences and notice how we’ve changed. Life is such a huge learning curve full of new and exciting happenings. There are times when we go full circle and find ourselves back where we started, to begin a new experience but with all the benefits of what we’ve learned on the journey.
    Like Christy, I enjoy diary-type ‘newsy’ posts, so keep them coming.
    xx e

    • Vegan Food Quest February 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you, such a nice thing to say and your words (about coming full circle but with the benefit of all the lessons learned) are very true too. I’m enjoying writing diary style posts again so you’ll have a few new ones shortly! Caryl xx

  3. Katie February 29, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Caryl,
    I think part of the most interest aspects of blogging is the personal story. I am looking forward to hearing more of your adventures!
    Katie

    • Vegan Food Quest February 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Katie, it’s very reassuring to hear that and I hope you enjoy reading the posts as much as we enjoy creating them. There are many aspects to travel blogging and the factual guides are certainly helpful when planning travels but like you, I also enjoy reading people’s personal stories. Publishing some new diary posts soon 🙂 Caryl xx

  4. Charlotte February 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I’m only a noobie blogger but I’ve certainly noticed that vegan restaurant reviews and travel tips are more popular that dairy entries… None the less they’re still very important and add personality to your blog. Your biggest fans and friends will enjoy those entries the most. I aim to make 1 in every 3 blog posts a review, 1 a guide and 1 a journal entry. Keep up the great work xxx

    • Vegan Food Quest February 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Hey charlotte! That’s so true, I guess it might because people actively search out the guides and info posts? That’s a really good tip to try to have a balance of reviews, guides and the more personality filled blog posts. I love reading your blog so it must be working 😉 Thanks for the encouragement! Caryl xxx

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