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You know when you find someone online and you think ‘How come I’ve never heard of them before?’ and then you follow everything they do?
Well that’s what I had with Gary Vee aka Gary Vaynerchuk. His videos are to the point, they blow my mind a bit and they make me so motivated. One topic I seem to hear him talking about a lot is Patience & Falling in Love with the Journey and it got me thinking about the business of blogging and my future of blogging.
If you don’t know who Gary Vee is give him a follow on Facebook because he posts so many videos on there.
I’ve had my blog for 4 years now, it started off as a hobby, no one really read it. 2 years in I wanted to do more with it, I didn’t have any pressure as I had a full time job and slowly I’ve built it to a stage that I’m really proud of because I get to travel for free, in some cases I get paid to travel, and I’m getting paid to write posts to share on my blog. Right now this isn’t enough money for me to live off but I didn’t have any of it 18 months ago and when I look at my journey in the last 18 months it makes me excited for the coming 18 months.
I’m a big fan of checking my stats daily (its one of the reasons I think my page views have increased and you can read more about those reasons in this post) and I love seeing that posts I wrote years ago are now being viewed. I wrote a post about Bruges which barely got read in 2016 & 2017, now it gets a few hundred a month, same as this post about being Vegetarian in South East Asia. Although I post a lot these days I think these old posts are a key reason for my page views increasing because I have so much old content to be viewed, and with a bit of SEO tweaking they are now being viewed.
It makes me so pleased that I started blogging when I did. I’m by no means an ‘original blogger’ or ‘old school blogger’ because those guys were blogging back in 2010 in internet cafes and despite my travels starting in 2010 I was only posting Facebook status’s in 3rd person on my own account in internet cafes then. But I am glad I started in 2014 and I’m glad I stuck at it.
I’m not a super airy person but I do tend to start something and not finish it, then I start something else, thats my passion for awhile and then I forget about it (a bit like my relationships with guys.. opps) but with blogging, I’ve stuck at it and I’m so proud of that.
I think it helps by the fact that there are so many aspects to blogging – writing, social media, photography, video and marketing just to name a few. None of which I am amazing at, I fully admit, but as a package I’m improving and I enjoy it so I’m sticking at it.
That’s where the patience and enjoying the journey comes in. Looking back now I’m glad I had the patience to stick it out and continue but to be honest I don’t think I noticed it as being patient because I was just doing it for the love of it.
It seems like some people start in this blogging business and just ‘make it’ on YouTube, on Instagram, on being invited on all the awesome press trips. But a lot of the time I think we don’t see the hard work that went into it before, sure, they may have had a lucky break but I’m pretty sure most people were grafting hard before they ‘made it’. That’s why I love this post by Where’s Mollie from last year where she really explains how much work she put into blogging before she became a popular blogger and started working with big brands.
I know I’m blabbering now so I hope you’re still with me, because all of this has got me thinking about my travels, my career and my life. I’ve just quit my job and I’m about to start a future of full time travel and full time blogging.
I know I need my stats and my engagement to improve if I want to make more money from this. And although I’m putting enough pressure on myself to work and I am creating a lot of content and trying to improve, I want to promise myself to enjoy the journey.
At the start of the year, which is pretty much when I decided I was going to leave my job and London in the summer, I couldn’t wait for the journey to start. It was cold in the UK, I was working all weekend on my blog and although I still went on a lot of trips and I knew that this was part of my journey (because its always part of our journey) I was excited for the future.
But now, I’m living that.
I work 2 days a week for my old job.
I have a month left in London.
I’m living that journey right now!
I need to keep remembering that.
And I want you to look at your life and notice that too.
It’s all a journey and that is what life is about.
Now onto the Patience. As I said above, having a lot of old content is a huge blessing. I don’t know that much about Google but through the grapevine we’re told if you post regularly and you post good content then Google will like you. And I think from what I said above about my old posts, that makes sense and I can see that happening. I’ve posted once a week on here for 2 and a half years and recently I’ve posted twice a week on average and I’d like to think thats been noticed by the Google Gods.
So if you are feeling a bit deflated and wondering whats the point, then please remember that patience in blogging is key.
This applies to everything in life though and especially everything to do with business. As Gary Vee says, its the people who are in it for the long run that win, entrepreneurship is fashionable now but if we go in thinking we’re going to build a business and make millions straight away we’ll be disappointed, because it takes time.
We’re still so young, and we have time, so much time. That’s another thing I need to keep reminding myself of.
This also got me thinking about YouTube. I love watching YouTube, I love vlogs and although I’ve gone through stages of vlogging I’m now dedicated to building my YouTube and continuing to make videos to build a bigger audience and make money. I know that this is going to be hard though, seeing low views on YouTube videos is disheartening, so is not having anything but spam accounts subscribe. (If you want to lift my heart a bit you can subscribe to my YouTube here!)
But then I see people like Indigo Traveller on YouTube who I found very recently after listing to Amy & Nicks Podcast called What The Pho (which I fully recommend checking out btw!). I decided to stalk his old videos and 18 months ago he posted a video on how he got to 1000 subs in 6 months, essentially it was a case of going travelling, continuing to vlog even though he was getting 50-200 views on each videos. After a few months in South East Asia he went to India which created a big shift (because so many people consume YouTube there, which I’m not going to lie, is even more of a reason I’m going at the end of this year), then he started to make even more videos and get better at editing.
Anyway, 18 months on and he currently has 142,000 subscribers! 1000 to 142000 in 18 months is amazing and that gives me soo much motivation and confidence because I have some incredible trips planned to some really interesting destinations and places.
Also, I recognise that when I find a new account I tend to go back and binge watch old videos and I hope that some day in the future people will start doing that to me, and for that to happen I need to have videos made for them to look at, I have to have had the patience to continue to film, edit and upload even though it seems like no-one is watching because a few years ago no-one was reading my blog and now they are!
It can also seem like Blogging and YouTube is saturated but how often do you find new people that are doing well, you can’t believe that they’ve been doing so well and you’ve never heard of them. New people are finding new people all the time. More and more people are on Instagram, Pinterest & YouTube and that means more and more people can find you and me, and a bit of patience is all that is needed.
So that’s just a thought I had earlier after watching Gary Vee’s video on Patience and Enjoying the Journey, and 2 hours and 1500 words later my thoughts are in this post and I really hope you can relate too and this motivated you to keep going.
We all started blogging because we enjoyed it and most of us started it as a hobby but it doesn’t have to stay as a hobby and it can turn into a business.
Remember to show up, working hard, put love and passion into it and it will pay off!
Let me know what you think in the comments below or by tweeting me @wandering_quinn!
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