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Please tell us a bit about your blog?
Event Traveller is a travel blog which I use to write about the places I visit and the events I go to. After several years of traveling around the world going to events I decided that I should really blog about it and let the world know. I have written about festivals, concerts, football matches, sporting events, and about attractions in general. I have also used Event Traveller to highlight other products and services that I have used that deserve a special mention.
Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?
I have a friend that started blogging about his travels and as we were in the same places travelling I decided that I should write about my journeys and adventures. I have travelled to many different countries in the world and many different places and have many great and interesting stories to tell. Event Traveller simply started with me writing about some of the events I go to, I now get several hundred unique visitors to the site every month reading about my journeys which I find fascinating.
Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
I have no particular writing style but because it is about my travels and adventures I simply write as if I was telling the story to friends. I often have to read through it to make sense but apart from that I just write as I think.
Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
Just start writing and worry about getting readers and visitors later. My original site was the most simple WordPress site that you could get, after several months of writing I only decided to change the site and get a logo designed. I also started with the idea that no one would read my blogs but if they did then they would find it interesting. I was more interesting about writing the blog for myself as a type of diary of experiences. So I would encourage any blogger to simply write and not to get frustrated, everything takes time and once you get started everything after that is easy and of course fun.
Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
I only started my blog 18 months ago so I haven’t really been around the industry for that long.
Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?
I simply use the standard WordPress site for the website and add simple plugins to ensure that users can share my content if need be.
Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.
I understand the need for blog analytics but as I rarely need them I do not really focus on them. If in the future the requirement comes to have in depth analytics then this is an area that I will of course look at. As far as I am aware as long as you have Google Analytics installed and functioning then this is all you need.
Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I hope to start getting more advertising revenue which I can then use to focus on Event Traveller more but I understand that this also takes time. As long as I am travelling I will continue to blog and if more opportunities arise as a direct result of blogging then I will be happy.
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