Does that seem like a silly question that has an obvious answer? We write it just to record our travels surely? Well that is part of the answer but there is a lot more to it than that.
We don’t spend a huge amount of time working on our blog but then again we don’t just rush and throw it together with no thought either. It requires a fair amount of consideration and planning with each post probably taking between 2 and 3 hours of work to produce. So it’s not like a real 9-5 job of course but still needs a lot of effort and time.
We try and organise ourselves so that we each write a post a week which obviously equates to a new JWalking article appearing every 3 to 4 days on average. Normally those posts are based around what we have been doing and where we have visited as the focus of our blog is travel, but occasionally we do blogging-advice posts or other slightly different ones.
Why did we start blogging?
When our little JWalking adventure began 4 and a bit years ago we decided to start a blog for three main reasons. The first and foremost and by far the most important was;
- Keeping in touch with family and friends
Leaving our old lives meant that we wouldn’t be seeing our old friends, family, and especially our three sons anywhere as much as we were used to so we thought it would be a wonderful way of sharing our travels and adventures with all of them. If friends of ours had gone travelling we would have loved to keep up with their adventures and followed them as they went.
- Technical hobby
Having been a web designer for more years than I care to remember I wanted to ‘keep my hand in’ on the technical web-design side and have a hobby that I could spend time on as we travelled.
- Recording our travels
The obvious reason, our personal diary of everywhere we had visited and the people we had met along the way. We knew how easy it would be to forget those little stories and special moments unless they were recorded somehow.
So with these three weighty reasons behind us we launched our blog in June 2015 and haven’t looked back. It’s changed a bit with the years and I think has become a bit more professional looking but in essence it’s still just ‘our blog‘.
Who is our blog aimed at now?
Interesting question. Our audience has changed dramatically since we began when it was comprised of people that we had known before we left like work colleagues, friends and family. Now in our fifth year those ex-colleagues have almost disappeared and to our disappointment a lot of friends and family no longer support us online. It’s been a longtime and everyone has their own lives so I guess it is understandable but we do find it sad.
The majority of our audience now is people we have met during our travels and other travel bloggers. Having the support of people we have met in Airbnbs and via housesitting and Helpx has been absolutely fantastic. The online community has also been a real surprise and we have been delighted to have connected with so many wonderful people from all over the world.
What do we get out of blogging?
Those reasons are still as valid today as they were when we first jetted out of London in 2015 except that we would amend the ‘Keeping in touch with friends and family‘ to ‘Keeping in touch with travelling friends and acquaintances‘. It is still our hobby too and a great way for me to keep involved in the technical world.
Primarily though it is our online diary which is becoming more and more important as we spend more time travelling and get to more and more places with more experiences. There is no way we could remember all of the little stories and moments without our little blog to remind us and it’s a great way of presenting the photos that we’ve taken as well.
We are both very aware of how we write however, and go to great lengths not to make it a ‘Look at us‘ type of blog. Well I hope we do, you will have to let us know if it comes across like that. The last thing we ever want is to force our way of life on others or be seen as showing off, we would absolutely hate that.
Why do we write a travel blog?
We write our blog for ourselves and for you. As a hobby and a record for us but probably more importantly to keep connected to all of you reading this and continuing to support us in our nomadic, slightly off-grid lives. Every like, comment, and contact makes it all completely worthwhile. So thank you unreservedly for the continued support.