Travel Blogging: Stage Fright After Attending TBEX

Me at TBEX in Jerusalem

So two months ago I attended TBEX, a travel blogging convention for travel bloggers and other travel media professionals. This was a wonderful conference; I learned so much and made many contacts in the travel field . And I got a head full of ideas on how to build a travel blog and a travel bloggers business. This was all fine and good and useful, but all the ideas started pulling me in too many directions. There was much advice from people who had already built successful travel blogs!  Some experts said you needed to focus on one main theme. Some said never to discuss the business or mechanics of blogging. Some said you had to have video! And on and on and on….

I decided I needed to let all the advice settle, and focus on one thing.  I decided to focus on first growing my Instagram account, TheTinyTravelholic, through daily photos and micro-blogging. This has been very successful; I’ve grown that account to almost 5000 followers and I’m getting between 200 and 400 likes on most posts. This is a substantial jump from 2 months ago, and since I’ve grown the account by hand without any automation or follow/unfollow hijinks since its inception in September 2016, I’m very happy with it.

But now I’m ready to jump back into my blog. Here’s what I decided: I’m going to stay uniquely me. That is really what the travel blogs I most enjoy have: a unique voice from a traveler that I like.  I’m also going to blog about travel photography (I’ve been involved in travel photography for 30 years) since I have so much to share on that topic. I’ll also  blog about the mechanics of blogging (like today) and social media since I think this is of interest to my audience, especially older travel bloggers and new writers  (by older, I’m thinking post-Millennial,  since the Millennials seem to have been born with smart phones in their hands). I’m going to continue to discuss travel for empty-nesters, as well as disability travel.

I obviously love Instagram

Yep; love that Instagram!

If you stick with me, you’ll get my unique spin on all that, and much more on travel (of course). I’m a wide-eyed traveler; I am in awe of the natural world and the myriad of peoples in it. I find joy in the beauty of people, places and things. I can’t understand all the fighting and war on our planet; God gave us this amazing place and short lives and that is how people want to spend their limited time? Uh, OK. It’s beyond me. I’ll spend my time traveling and meeting people, marveling at wildlife, and tasting the bounty of the earth. I’m also pretty fond of sand between my feet, the sea, and mountian air. And cities amaze me in their own way.

Again, thank you for joining me, the Tiny Travelholic! As always, I micro-blog daily on Instagram (you can just click on my most recent posts on the right-side of this blog). Pleasse sign up  with your e-mail to get alerts on new blog posts. Currently I’m in Maine for the whole month of May. After Maine, I’ll be mostly in California and Nevada, with a trip or two to New York (I’m going to be closer to home for a few months because I’m assistant directing a production of Spamalot at Chico Theater Company); I’m intending to explore some closer-to-home locations during that time, including Lassen National Park, the northern coast of California, Mount Shasta and the Shakespeare Festival in Oregon. Plus, when I’m work-bound at home, I’ll be talking about other locations I’ve been to this year and in the past, plus travel photography, traavel planning, Instagram, and much more.

Thanks, TBEX; looks like you really did focus where I wanted to go with my travel blog after all!

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