The Highs and Lows of Blogging

I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a few weeks now. Here’s why…

Like all things in life, there are highs and lows, and blogging is no exception.

For a few months at a time I’ll be living the dream when it comes to my travel blog. I’ll be filled with passion and inspiration and the words for every blog post will spill from my finger tips and onto the page with ease. I’ll be travelling to new and exciting places and come home bursting with ideas and with hundreds of photos to share. I’ll have time to keep up to date with all my favourite travel blogs, update my own social media channels on a daily basis and I generally start to think of myself as a blogging ninja.

And then as soon as I start to get a little bit cocky, this happy little blogging bubble bursts.

All that excitable energy that I previously had for blogging gets sucked out of me like a visit from a dementor and I can barely bring myself to login to my WordPress account, never mind write anything.

You may have noticed that I’ve barely blogged for the past few weeks and that’s because I’d been going through one of these little phases where my bubble had been burst.

There are a million and one reasons why it popped but I can safely say that it was blown back up again during World Travel Market (WTM) a few weeks ago.

World Travel Market

WTM is a huge, week-long conference for people who work in the travel industry. Over recent years it has begun to open up to travel bloggers with a big focus on social media and discovering new ways to share travel experiences. Unsurprisingly, this was an amazing week for me!

Not only did I go to lots of interesting talks but I also got the chance to hang out with some of the world’s best travel bloggers and meet up with some old friends I haven’t seen for far too long. Spending a whole week talking about travel, social media and blogging turned out to be just what I needed and I can safely say that my blogging mojo is back.

HostelBookers Awards

Another thing that helped to pump up my bubble was winning an award at the HostelBookers party! Yes, that’s me looking ridiculously excited (and drunk) holding my first blogging award.

It was a huge boost for me because I was up against the likes of Neil from backpacksandbunkbeds.com, Oneika from oneika-the-traveller.com, Justin from 48houradventure.com and Jayne from 40before30.com. It was a lovely surprise to win and I can’t wait to go on the photography course that was part of the prize.

I’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone that voted for me, I really appreciate it!

Morocco

Immediately after WTM I headed out to Morocco. It was a work trip and it turned out to be one of the best weeks I’ve had in ages. It was a week filled with meeting new friends and laughing until I had tears streaming down my cheeks, trying new food, experiencing a whole new culture and generally being blown away by the beauty of Morocco. Of course I’ll be sharing more from my trip very soon.

The Travel Hack gets Hacked

Unfortunately while I was in Morocco my blog was hacked. I’m completely useless when it comes to technology (I still can’t believe I managed to set up a blog!) but thankfully Chris from RTW Labs was on hand to help and had it back up and running in no time.

Note for any bloggers out there: This horrible little experience reminded me how important it is to back up your blog and constantly keep your plugins updated. Check out Chris’ post on Basic WordPress Security Tips.

Future plans

So now that my blog is back up and running what can you expect for the future?

Next month I’m going to Canada. It’s another work trip but there’ll also be some playtime in there to explore Vancouver and go skiing. After snowboarding in Andorra earlier this year I swore I’d never hit the slopes again but hopefully I’ll be less of a liability of skis.

In the new year I’m planning on going to India – finally! This is something I’ve been talking about for so long now that I’m even starting to bore myself, but I’m finally doing it. I’m planning a few weeks in Rajasthan so if anyone has any tips, please let me know!

 

TheTravelHack

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (25)
  1. Hey Monica, was more than happy to right the wrongs of a would be hacker. It’s good to see the blog mojo back so you can get into telling us all about Morocco, the photos I saw online looked great.

  2. What a great read! I can tell that you were flowing with inspiration while writing this.

    My friend’s step mother is from Morocco and goes back to visit often. I hear nothing but good things about it. I hope to travel there some time soon.

    Congratulations on the award and keep up the great work!!

      1. Though I have not read your blog before, but after reading this post I really want to read your blog. You seems to be very passionate about writing.

  3. I feel this way about blogging – and just about everything else – too. Sometimes it seems like I can keep going and going with no effort and I enjoy and others I can’t even be asked to look at my blog… Glad you’re back into the swing of things!

  4. I am so experiencing the blogger lows right now. I plan to spend the rest of the year catching up on posts from trips earlier this fall and my travel over Christmas and New Year’s will be all about enjoying my family, with no pressure to produce content.

    Congrats on your HostelBookers award, btw.

    1. Thanks Monique. That’s definitely the way to do it. I think it’s whenever I think I’m starting to get good at this blogging malarchy and put pressure on myself that I get the blogger lows so you’ve definitely got the right idea. I hope you enjoy your Christmas and NY with you family!

  5. Glad you’re back on track! Sounds like you have some really exciting things in the pipeline. And I love that photo from Morocco. Did you direct him or is that his natural stance?!

  6. Glad your blog is back up and running… that’s so horrible that it was hacked. I know what you mean about going through phases with blogging – glad you’re feeling full of ideas again and how exciting about Canada!! Xxx

  7. Glad to hear you bubble has been blown back up! I love reading travel blogs, and ones like yours have inspired me to even create my own! Also I didn’t know about the World Travel Market, so thanks for mentioning that – looks really interesting, I must check it out next time I’m in London (when its on).

  8. Ooops, sorry – bit keen on the enter there. Couldn’t agree with you more on the blogging stuff… I’m the same, sometimes it’s all I think about, other times I just want to enjoy my experiences on my own! Most of the time it’s the former fortunately!

  9. Hey Monica,

    This is such a good summary. Being a blogger means having lots of different skills such as marketing, writing, photography, technology and more. Had no Idea your site got hacked, but this can constantly happen with any website. My old website got constantly hacked (every 3month) until I finally had to kick out everything and start again from 0 – I had a Backup fortunately.

    Anna

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