Blogging is not easy.
Even though you can find millions of titles on the web along the lines of "How to Blog" ad infinitum.
There is no magic formula.â
âBut there is ONE THING that needs to be addressed. And that is perseverance.
Originally, I started my travel blog in 2015. I was sitting in my daughter's apartment in Paris. I had time on my hands as she already had a busy schedule with her class schedule and school activities.
I, on the other hand, could easily explore Paris on my own.
Sometimes I did.
âBut when I was alone in the apartment I did what I like to do best. Get out my laptop and start reading. Start engaging with people on social media. Look through my photos on my iPhone and transfer them to my laptop.
BUY A DOMAIN
Thus began the thought, "well, I might as well be writing about my adventures in full blogging form" So I started researching how to buy a domain name. And I did at HostGator because they had the best deal hassle-free for me. Et Voila, Travalerie.com was born!
From there I researched which platform to use. It seemed WordPress was all the rage in the blog world.
âI found an easy travel theme to start with, though it was a bit outdated, I liked the format and the stock travel photos that came with it.
I had to write an "About Me" page. Where to begin? More importantly, in my case, how to condense?
I had already accumulated 8 years of actual work in the Travel Industry. But that was 4 decades ago!
I've done a lot since then in terms of job and career and education, but I never stopped travelling.
Which brings me to my point about perseverance. Here it is 3 years later, in 2018, and I redesigned my website changing platforms along the way to Weebly.
I changed my website not only because I wanted to keep up with travel blogging, but because I also signed up as an independent travel agency through a hosted national travel agency. What better way to get my career re-started than back in the travel industry.
LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION
Some would call it a mid-life career change. I just call it reinventing myself.
âI'm always open to personal growth.
As for you dear reader, I wish you success in all that you do!
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Travalerie LLC is the company, Valerie Delzer is the author.