Pleasantly unexpected effects of travel blogging

When I launched my blog roughly six months ago, it was a resurrection of something I dabbled in a very long time ago. This was a new start and a creative outlet for sharing my travel stories with family and friends – the ones that supposed to support and encourage me to pursue my dreams. After all, what a great way to share my passion with those closest to me! The reality, however, turned out so much different from that. 

The truth is, my closest friends and family don’t really give a crap. The don’t read anything I write and always find excuses as to why they haven’t managed to do so. There is always a blank stare or pained expression that greats me whenever I bring up a recent post or something I wrote about.  It bothered me at first, but then I realized something. There are so many other people out there who share my love for travel and writing stories. Those same people are the ones that take the effort to read my random blogs, comment and offer comments because they want to.

And I appreciate every one of you lovely people 🙂 Thank you!

As I joined the travel blogging community and started to follow others, I got to read their stories and see the world through their eyes. I’ve had more interactions and conversations exchanges about travel writing with random strangers I’ve never met than  with my own family. And you know what? I’m good with that.

It wasn’t till the other day when I was reading a blog by Stewie Overseas  and subsequent comments on it that I realized I wasn’t alone. I spent a couple of hours chatting with new travel friends, discovering their blogs and other social media accounts, and realized that those are my people. We share the same interests, passions and have a shared appreciation for what it takes to feed your addiction to this thing called travel.

It also made me realize just how much I enjoy reading the many different takes on places I’ve been to, and hungrily absorb the information I am learning about the places I haven’t yet discovered. I also learned that some others bloggers also share my experience in lacking support from friends and family. Imagine that!

It’s no longer something that bothers me. I don’t write for friends and family. I write for me and those who want some travel inspiration in their life. I’d rather engage with those who want to read and comment on my blogs on their own accord than those who feel like it’s imposed on them.

Such is the life of a travel blogger that I didn’t expect when I started this journey. In the end, it’s become a very pleasant and unexpected benefit that I enjoy immensely. I’m looking forward to reading more stories and discovering more amazing writers.

What has been your experience? Does your family support your blogging/travel thing? Do your friends? Let me know.

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22 thoughts on “Pleasantly unexpected effects of travel blogging

  • How similar! My friends never read anything, but by miracle I got more than 1 000 followers who actually do. Life is strange sometimes 😂

  • I do like it when my friends read my blog but like you not all my friends do abscess that’s ok. I print mine off for my dad as he doesn’t use a computer and he loves them and I love that. Good luck with all your posts.

    • Thanks! I am finding more and more amazing people to connect with online that I don’t even think of whether my friends read the blog or not. Your dad reading them printed is so cute 😀

  • Never expect your friends and family to read your blog! They always leave a blank expression followed by an outburst of laughter whenever I mention my blog. huhuhu

  • I’ve had exactly the same experience. When I started out a few years back I instructed my dad and close friends to sign up, thinking that was the way I was going to connect with more people. I then realised that strangers (who don’t feel like strangers anymore) showed more interest because they had actually visited the places I wrote about or had an opinion on the best way to see a certain country. From then on I stopped worrying about my mates not sharing my posts, and like you started exploring the WordPress community. Feels like home now!

    …Although I do still occasionally tease my boyfriend about details of my latest post, just to see the expression on his face 😉

    • Ha! That’s awesome. I have not had any comments from my family or closest friends about the comments in the blog which is a perfect example of them not reading. It makes me laugh on the inside, like a secret joke 😜 Funny how we can connect with strangers over little things. You are absolutely right in that they stop being strangers and now become a part of this special group that you can count on. Thanks for sharing your experience. I have realized that it’s not uncommon 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • My family definitely doesn’t share or understand my want to travel and my passion of learning new languages. I’m “only” 15 so I haven’t gotten to travel by myself yet but it’s my dream to. They support me, but they also really like me and would rather see me staying at home:P They’re kinda scared I’m gonna end up living in a country on the other side of the world, though I’ve promised them that even if I do at one point, I’ll always return 🙂

    • It’s funny how those related to us, who should be more like us than others, are sometimes those who understand us least. ☺️ It’ great to hear that your family supports you even though they don’t understand you passion! That is a wonderful gift. My family didn’t want me going away while I was in school and I passed on the many study abroad opportunities because of that. I regret that to this day. ☹️ Travelling is wonderful so I hope you get to live out your dreams soon! Thanks did sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it 👊🏼

      • Yeah. I was supposed to study abroad in France next year but I chose to stay at home instead, (there were a lot of factors that played in), and though they weren’t thrilled that I’d be gone for a year in a foreign country they let me decide for myself. I’m sorry to hear that! I’m hoping to study abroad later instead, after I finish High School. (It’s not like High School in the US, but it’s the best descriptor I could find:P) My pleasure xx

  • It does not bother me any more too, Kasia. You should do something for the pleasure of it. If reading a blog is an obligation, it is worthless. Blogging has given me such pleasure because of the conversations with like-minded and some not-so-like-minded souls too. Reaching out into different worlds than mine. Also, it is a reprieve from the opinion mongering on fb!

  • Hey!! Nice post. I am I correct in thinking that my blog post and comment section inspired this piece? I don’t think you should feel bad if your family isn’t as interested in your blog as you would like them to be. We can’t all be interested in the same things that interest everybody else. You’re right, there is a whole world of people online with the same passions as us – we just have to find them. And I think I found one 😉

    • Your blog was absolutely the inspiration! I would like to link to it if you don’t mind. I was finishing this before I went to bed so figured I can ask you when I got up. It worked out perfectly 😁 I don’t feel bad about my family. Why waste time on people who don’t care when there is a whole world of others out there?

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