This is another edition of Q&A with Bailey & Vince!
This week's topic will feature our blog anniversary! Yesterday (Tuesday, July 5) was the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this blog! Thank you to everyone that sent us a question for this Q & A!
Why did you start your blog?
Our initial reasoning for starting a blog was two-fold:
First, we wanted a way to share stories and tips from our travels with both friends and strangers alike. Blogs have helped us plan a lot of our trips across the years, and we wanted to be a part of such a helpful community. And as you know, I really love taking photos. A blog is a fun way for me to share photos and their backstories.
Second (selfishly), we wanted to make money to help cover our travel costs! I've read about so many people who cover all of their travel expenses with blogs and affiliate programs. But don't go lumping us into that category! I can candidly say that we have never made a dime from this blog, and not for lack of trying! It's a lot harder than it looks (or maybe we're just doing it all wrong). Regardless, I'm still playing around with ways to earn extra money, either directly or indirectly because of this blog.
Why did you choose to write about traveling?
Because we love to travel! A lot. This year we will take at least one trip every month! I wondered if we'd get burned out from all of our traveling after everything we've done in our first two years of marriage, but I'm pleased to say that we don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
The other reason we chose to write about traveling is because they say you should write about what you know. To brag for a moment, I think that Vince and I are pretty darn good at traveling. We're efficient, flexible, resourceful, and - most importantly - respectful on our travels. And we want to share our "expertise" with others!
What's your favorite post you've ever written?
That's tough! I put a lot of effort (2-5 hours) into all of our posts, so picking a favorite is really hard!
If I had to choose, I'd probably choose my Tom's Town post. This was a rare post where I got to interview a local and learn more about something amazing happening right here in Kansas City. I was also really proud of the traction that post got on social media thanks to the owners of Tom's Town sharing the post.
My favorite is the Vis, Croatia post for a couple of reasons. I really enjoy how the post includes an embedded map with the places we visited making it easy to see our routing. I also like how the different destinations are all included with little tidbits. Finally, we loved Vis greatly and the post reminds me of our time on the island.
What do you like so much about writing a blog?
I love that it's a great creative outlet at the end of the day. I get to stretch my brain beyond my normal workday, while also dabbling in so many things I love (writing, photography, travel, etc.).
The very best part about writing a travel blogs is that it forces you to reflect on the vacations you've taken. This includes both the good and the bad. But even the bad parts of trips are worth reliving so you can learn from them.
Is writing a blog hard?
Well, yes and no.
The actual writing part is not terribly difficult (remember, I'm writing about what I know) but everything else behind the scenes can be really taxing. I designed and maintain this website on my own (aside from the template I received from Wordpress). On top of that, I maintain all of our social media platforms and try to post once a day on all of them. All of these things can take a lot of time and be really time-consuming, but I wouldn't call any of these tasks particularly difficult.
Do you think you'll keep up with this blog in the future?
Definitely! With a year under our belt, I can't picture an evening where I'm not thinking, "Okay, what can I be doing on the blog tonight?"
My plan is to slowly transition the blog to be more photo-centric (if you haven't already noticed that). Photography is more my strength, and I take pride in trying to have beautiful photos accompany our stories and posts.
I also want to include more behind-the-scenes stories, similar to our Sunday Snapshot series, to bring our more informative posts to life.
Thank you to everyone who reads this blog - especially to those who have stuck with us for so long! Our greatest hope is that we're making your days a bit brighter with our stories and that we're inspiring you to get out there and have your own adventures!
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