When I was studying abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I was pounding away on the keyboard weekly after every weekend trip. It was so easy to write about all my experiences in Santiago as well as my mini-trips to Zurich, Rome, Paris, London, etc. There was more than enough to go around and I was eager to share it.
Now, I’m back in Wisconsin, work 40 hours per week, and am so sick of the computer by the end of the day that my blog has fallen far behind of what it used to be. Worse is now I’m actually serious about it, want to improve my writing, and am interested in freelancing. Good thing I’m stuck, huh?
While I got a little break from reality in the form of a trip to Australia this past summer, it’s been hard coming up with material when I haven’t been traveling full-time. What could I possibly still have to offer in terms of travel writing?
I had to get creative. I did an interview for bgpolish.com, which inspired me to start my Featured Blogger series where I specifically interview other travel bloggers on Thursdays. Coming up with questions was difficult but fun. They were questions I genuinely wanted answers for in order to see what makes me different, or stand out, from other travel bloggers. I flew over to Twitter and bombarded my following and followers with messages, asking fellow travel bloggers if they’d like to participate. Slowly but surely responses came, and even more slowly interviews were returned to me. I had my first feature in no time!
Although I had my first weekly series set, I knew if I didn’t create other series my blog would soon turn into an interview-only zone. With my love of alliteration, I created Travel Tip Tuesdays, and Would You Eat It? Wednesdays. These were easy, one-paragraph posts that I could come up with in 10 minutes on a weekend morning and schedule weeks at a time. Of course, these seemed so easy that they ended up being difficult and I sometimes struggle with ideas for these posts, which means I haven’t gotten myself into a blogging routine. They’re certainly a start, though!
But it was on: I had new weekly series on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays every week even though I was stuck in Wisconsin. Wanting to add two more to make a full work-week’s-worth of posts, I’m currently adding City Guides on Mondays, where I discuss some basic to-dos and food-choices in cities I’ve visited, and Top 5 Fridays, where I talk about my top-five any travel-related topic (Galician foods, Wisconsin cheeses, London spots, etc).
Having five series really keeps my blog busy. I love that I’m able to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and write for hours in one day, scheduling a month’s worth of original posts. It allows me time to come up with posts like this!
What do you write about when you’re not traveling? I’d love to hear your ideas!