As I consider article ideas to write about on my travel blog I keep identifying lost opportunities.
Yes, we stayed in that hotel and it was great. I think ‘I could write a review’ and then I realise that we didn’t take any or enough photos to create a properly crafted blog article. We had a fabulous meal at a Sydney restaurant and again I initially thought that I could write a review article about that restaurant, but then I realise that I should have taken a lot more photos of each dish and some more general photos of the restaurant.
And then there was out fantastic family day out in the Southern Highlands last year – but I never wrote about it (even though we have the right photos!) because my husband managed to severely injure himself and for some reason the emotions of having to manage everything in our household for several months while he healed meant that I never ended up writing about that day out.
Sigh… Maybe I am the world’s worst travel blogger…
As I have written about in The Travel Bloggers Dilemma: On Holiday or In Business? there is a real difference between travelling and travel blogging.
As a traveller I want to just kick back and relax and enjoy the experiences. If I happen to take a couple of photos then they are great mementos of that activity.
As a travel blogger I look at each travel experience differently. As well as having fun I also need to be in ‘work’ mode and make sure that I capture all of the elements to create a great article later (which includes the photos required to support that article).
As an experienced travel blogger you can combine the two things, but I wonder whether you can ever truly relax and just enjoy the moment if you are always having to think about taking that next great photo, sharing it on social media and planning the next articles.
If you are participating in a sponsored activity where you have pre-committed to produce articles and social media traffic then you clearly need to be in ‘work mode’. But if you are paying for an activity yourself then you have a choice of whether to work or just play. And then feel guilty if you choose the ‘just playing’ option. It is a bit like when you are doing an educational course that you always feel a bit guilty if you slack off and do something other than studying…
Many people would probably argue that a bad day working as a travel blogger is much better than a good day at the office… but even travel bloggers need to have time out sometimes.
For me, I just need to be more mindful when I am travelling to make sure that I take those extra photos – it doesn’t really take much extra effort, I can still enjoy the outing AND be able to write articles about it afterwards. Win Win Win.
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