Work Update – Travel Blogger

It has been a while since my last travel blogger update, but honestly, until recently, nothing much has changed. Am I famous yet? No, not really… at all. BUT, I’m getting more views, I’m writing two guest posts for other blogs, and I am in the middle of pitching my first collaboration (fingers crossed)! So, I’m pretty sure we can say I’m nailing my new travel blogger life. Here’s an update on how the blog is growing and what I’m doing to improve my credibility as a travel blogger.

The Blog

My viewership is on track to double from last month. I think this is largely due to:

  1. Social Media – The time I have been able to put towards social media has significantly increased since I left China. Now that we have full internet access, I can finally gain views from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. [Plus look how cute my new images are!!]Follow us on Instagram!
  2. Groups – I got accepted into the Female Travel Bloggers group a few days ago, and already I have picked up so many new ideas. The community not only builds great connections, but also provides real direction and advice.
  3. SEO – Thanks to the inspiration of my group members, I have started putting a bit more effort into my SEO (the background web stuff that helps Google find you). It is a lot of work, but I am slowly getting better at it and I’m already reaping the rewards.

Guest Travel Blogger

Per the request of someone I met online, I wrote a guest blog post called 20 Ways to Tell You Have Been In China Too Long. I won’t get paid for it, but I had a ton of fun putting it together and I will get a link from her website to mine. Her blog gets more traffic than we do, so her links to my blog will make me even more famous. So that sounds like a win! I’ll be sure to share the post with you all as soon as it comes out. I’m so excited!

Contributing Blogger

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Josh was offered a job to be an ongoing contributor for the Open: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) as a literary travel author. I loved the idea and talked him into taking the offer. Once again, it is unpaid, but it builds links and is good for Josh’s resume. I am particularly excited about this gig as I, personally, really enjoy literary travel.

Our first project will be about The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. It is a novel about a man growing up in WWII in Penang, Malaysia. The goal is to take a trip to Penang, visit some of the amazing sights that are described in the story, and have Josh write a journal article about it.

Collaborating Blogger

Ok, so this is the big leagues. Now that I am practically famous (not even close, but let’s just pretend), I plan on requesting my first paid collaboration gig. The piece we want to write for the O:JA&L will be based on a novel that takes place in Penang. I wrote an email to a few different hotels and travel excursion companies, let them know I wanted to write a blog about them, and am now waiting to hear back. This is my first time requesting an official media collaboration. Wish me luck!

So, that’s about it. I know I said not much has changed, but things are definitely changing, and in the right direction. I’m so excited about these new opportunities, and I can’t wait to share all of my success with you guys, my faithful audience.

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