If you have looked at my LinkedIn profile lately (hey there potential employers! Glad you found your way here), you will see that my current profession is listed as travel blogger. If you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted any pithy commentary lately, you might think I’m a big fat liar.
The thing is, travel blogging is actually really hard. In fact, I’m writtng this post on my phone while on a bus headed for Berlin.
My travel style is a too fast skim of continent
It involves making daily decisions about how this poor college girl is going to get from point A to point B with the least money possible. Days are spent wandering narrow streets and galleries, nights are for making friends with locals and bus rides are for catching up on the rest I forfeit to maximise my limited time.
Which doesn’t leave much time for blogging
I could throw up the occasional crap laundry list post that itemizes what I’ve done, but I cant bring myself to do it. I want this space to be a testament to the experience I’ve had abroad and to adequately honor my narrative. I want every post to be a story worth reading.
Apart from the time and energy constraints on my blogging, there are social and professional roadblocks as well. My friends, family and exes all read my blog. Telling the story in a witty way that shows the good ‘ol European fun while being simultaneously tasteful is really challenging.
I want my story to be authentic and reflect the fact that I’m a 21-year-old woman abroad for the first time to explore the world.
At the same time, a hardcore public relations education has made me hyper-aware of being conscientious of my personal branding and the need to show my abilities as a professional communicator.
Which I get. But it makes it a lot harder.
So travel bloggers (and all other bloggers for that matter), I’d love to hear about how you deal with competing interests and still manage to craft a well-articulated and authentic blog.
Comment and give me you tips!
In repentance for my lax blogging, here is a picture of a random hotdog man in Berlin who WEARS the hotdog stand. Hope it brightens your day