You have to be constantly online and then you have to figure out at least ten different social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Stumbleupon, Triberr, Snapchat, Reddit. I still haven’t figured out stuff like Snapchat and Reddit and I doubt if I ever will. On top of that, we also have to figure out what SEO is. There are thousands of travel blogs cropping up every single day and you have to always be your best to stay ahead in this race. But then why do I do it? Then I remember why. Travel, Books and Food was started as a medium to pen down my thoughts, my stories, my goof-ups (well there has been plenty of that) and it does not matter if I don’t do any of what I mentioned above. I probably do it less than what is required of me. But then it is ok. I have a decent, more than average, readership now and I hope will be content with that. But we human beings are strange that way. We are never content with what we have and hence my desire to be read by more number of people will probably never go away. I am a walking contradiction. I will probably never be among the top bloggers since I always write what I feel. That is important for me and I will never write what is expected of top bloggers.
So what do you think are the advantages of being a travel blogger? I have somehow become a role model/inspiration for many people to start their own blogs and travelling more. Me as a role model is one of the funniest things I have heard. But jokes apart, nowadays there are many friends who come up to me and tell me about their dream of travelling solo like me. That definitely feels good and I am happy to be an inspiration to at least few people.
I have even started writing in exchange for getting sponsored stays at some of the best hotels around the World. That is definitely one advantage but the amount of hard work that went to getting those deals is something that you would not see on the surface. I have managed to keep my blog ad-free till now and hope to continue to do so in the future. Writing will always come first for me and everything else will come second fiddle. Even if it is badly written, it is still mine. And the only money I spend every year on my blog is the hosting money and nothing else.
I will never be the best photographer in the family. There are too many of them in the family and I am not even going to try to surpass them all. But I still try to be at par with other travel bloggers and I have definitely gotten better with time. Buying a new DSLR definitely did help. If you really want to check some amazing photos by the Nambiar family, then you should check out these pages by my cousins Ifoto and IFMD by Arun.
Also, I am eternally grateful to all my patient readers who have hopefully seen me grow this past year. Also my close network of family and friends who understood me and stood by me. My sisters who proofread every article I write. My brothers-in-law who allow me to share all the awesome pictures they click. My travel crazy family who has been an inspiration for many of the stories. The list of people I am grateful to is endless.
Yes, it has been a roller coaster ride but so far I am enjoying every bit of it, even the crazy hours.Liked it, then pin it.
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