Traveling and blogging is work!

After the last post about what Daria went to China, and I see I am going to Sochi, received a couple of comments that, they say, what a figI am having fun. And then it dawned on me that along the way some travel blogging is considered some kind of entertainment by some people, as if you were sitting at a palm tree all day long, and money dripping from the sky for a couple of posts a month. And so, probably, people can think at all from the side (not knowing anything about the Internet business), and novice bloggers, he himself was at the very beginning.

Once I raised this question already (typical blogger day), but it was just about blogging. Apparently the usual blogging is less nagging, because there are no journeys (which are so teasing). What do you think, travel blogging is a vacation or hard work? :)

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Blogging is work

Surely, who has long been blogging orhe is engaged in his websites, he knows that all this activity is akin to the usual work when you sit at a computer all day, write articles in bursts, give freelancers tasks, analyze various statistics, look at affiliate envelopes, admins, etc. In fact, in any company with an office that has a website, there is an individual or even a department (marketing + web development) that does the same. The difference of this department with bloggers / webmasters is only in the fact that a blogger / webmaster does not go to the office and the scale of his work is simpler. Although the top bloggers, for sure, just as there is a similar department and people on wages.

Despite the possible picture outside the window, just as you have to sit for hours at the computer

Despite the possible picture outside the window, just as you have to sit for hours at the computer

After several years in this area from myRomantic views of the first year there is little left. Most of the work is routine, weekends and free time can be even less, because you do not limit yourself (yes, and everything starts from scratch), earnings are not as stable as wages. In addition, working at home with a child (or without) is often difficult, and in the end you still need to rent an office. Wrote about this in pros and cons of freelancing. Apparently so many blogs are blown away and notcome to attendance, because you have to work and earn. As my friend says to me, there is a business, but there is a self-employment, and your task is to come from one to another, and it must be borne in mind that the business operates according to certain laws.

Alright, I'm not talking about that. Only in the last year, I realized that I needed to arrange a weekend for myself, because before that I did not have them. You sit 10-15 hours a day and work there. Unfortunately, only the first years were effective, when there was a passion and enthusiasm, but it was hard for a long time in this mode. So, be sure, there is nothing easy in blogging if it brings in earnings, and there are no freebies there either, do not even look for it. Yes, if you do everything correctly, you don’t have to plow around the clock, but it’s not much different from working in the office in terms of hours and actions, it’s just about the same, the work format is different. Well, we must understand that it is business that is right to do, and even passive, so that only an hour per day can work, in general, not everyone is given that on the Internet, in real life.

Traveling can be work

Moving on to the next item more controversial, totraveling. It seems to me that most people live the stereotype that travel is only entertainment and recreation. However, any travel may be a business trip. When an office worker travels to another city / country, for some reason no questions arise. But if you're a travel blogger, you're the type of resting all the time. :) Yes, you can go, do your own thing, and then have a little rest in this other country, but do office workers have no days off?

Traveling is work! Photos of Katie Kuchina.

Traveling is work! Photos of Katie Kuchina.

From my own experience I have long understood that a trip towork, and the trip just like that, very different from each other. In one you rest, in the other you work. Work in travel, as a rule, is of two types - you lead a group of people, speaking as a guide, or you collect information for your site (my version). Well, I’m talking about work related to travel, because any other freelancing is not so tied up on trips.

On all trips I photograph, explore,I check something for myself, in general, I collect information for my articles. It would seem that you stay at home, hire a person to write everything to you, but there is one big problem in this - the quality of information provided by a third party that you cannot even verify. I will not hide, I once tried to buy articles where places where I was not at all were described, and so many mistakes later it turned out that I had abandoned this venture. There is a second point - profitability, the purchase of quality travel information does not justify itself in most cases. So I personally prefer this format - I go somewhere, more or less delve into the country / city, I write a lot myself, and I can buy some content, if necessary. Here is such a job she is a travel blogger. Try, somehow, and you will understand that working trips are not at all like all inclusive in Turkey.

True, again you have to keep a balancebecause, if only to go, then there will be no time to write and maintain sites. As a rule, traveling in this case takes only a small part of life. I do, I remember, I went to Thailand for 2 months, and then I wrote about it for a year and was not anywhere. So now, I go somewhere a couple of times a year. In this regard, wintering is convenient - you live half a year in one place and you do not even need to travel, because it will suffice to describe life (shops, services, housing, etc.).

And by the way, somehow I laid out a post about what I already 3 years without work and without rest I liveJust about a similar work format. So, still, sometimes you need to go somewhere just like that, without a camera and without a task, to describe everything upon arrival, well, if, of course, you need a non-working trip. True, I have not yet begun to do this, I can go to the suburbs in one day in the afternoon ... Although the previous such trip was intended to be just a rest, but I became a working onerest on the Oka), could not resist, maybe this is already a professional disease.

The choice of each

You just do not think that I'm trying tothe complexity of this type of work to justify. No, complexity is a relative concept, someone won and in the office it was difficult to draw engineering networks in Avtokad (I myself :)). Any person has the right to choose his job the most suitable for his abilities and character, there are no universal solutions. I don’t exclude the possibility that travel blogging will bother me sometime and I will do something else.

Only you have to check everything on your ownexperience what fits and what doesn't. After all, pictures of travel bloggers are really very beautiful, straightforward paradise, as if a person does not work at all. But in fact, these pictures (I sit like this with a glass of juice on the ocean) can share work days that aren’t written about properly, and which may turn out to be something they don’t like. True, some judge about other people, about their work, lifestyle for some snatched moments, which reflect only a small part of a person’s entire life.

It reminds me of an iceberg when only the top is visible, and everything else is under water and not visible to the eye. For example, downshiftingwhat they don't think about him, but he meansmay in reality completely opposite lifestyles. Hence, then, and frustrations arise in people when they try themselves in the role of a blogger, traveler, or the same downshifter. You can write any term on this list and it will not justify itself if a person’s expectations were too high or he bought only for positive moments. As they said in one film, happiness does not last for years, it lasts minutes, but for the sake of these minutes it is worth living. So, if some buns (money, work format, climate, sun, fruit, nature) “make” your day, then it's worth it. But all will have to check on their own skin.

P.S. Be healthy and work at your favorite work!

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