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Lately, I have been struggling to hold something in. When I’m asked, “What do you do for a job?” In the past I have dreaded the answer I’m going to give them. I’m in love with my job but some people have this automatic hate for the 2 words, travel blogger. I’m not sure when or where this hate started, maybe it was in the media or a bad friend of a friend was a blogger one time. Either way, I’m standing up and saying that it’s not okay to hate someone because of what they do. I don’t hate a person who has a job as a receptionist because that’s their job. I don’t hate a person because they are an interior designer because that’s their job title. So, why should travel bloggers be hated because their job is being a travel blogger?
I don’t receive many hate comments on my blog and if I do, I simply delete them straight away after I have had a little giggle. I do find it funny that people can comment on my personal appearance and personality when they have never met me in person. I may not have perfect teeth and clear skin and most of the time I don’t even wear makeup, but how does that define me as a person? I have been called ‘buck teethed’, ‘ugly’ and many more names I do not wish to put on here. This post is not just about me personally, but I can see many professional travel bloggers who are personally attacked about what they write and post online and even just because they are simply called a travel blogger, and that is not okay.
The word travel blogging, what is it? I write and share my stories from around the world. I give personal recommendations, I do not simply copy and paste off Lonely Planet, although that would be easier, it’s not what I’m about and I don’t feel that is telling the truth. I love to connect with people and help them with their travels. I want to be just like a friend to my audience that they can message anytime and be like “Hey, I’m heading to NZ! Where should I start?”. I like to have that connection and start a conversation around travel. I’m not at all saying this is what every travel blog is like I’m just saying this is how I want my website to run. I want to engage with you and inspire people to get off their couch and see something new. It doesn’t have to be another country, it could just be down the road.
“So, you must just travel right? You have a perfect life! You’re so lucky”.
I recently did an interview with Stuff.co.nz about travel blogging and travelling in general. One of the questions I was asked is “Are there any downsides of being a travel blogger”.
“There’s a lot of talk about the amazing lifestyle of a travel blogger. What a lot of people don’t realise is there’s a lot of work behind the scenes that goes into a blog, it’s not all pretty pictures. For me, I’m a writer, social media manager, photographer, receptionist, web designer and graphic designer all rolled into one person. So finding the balance of actually getting out of your room to travel and sitting down to work can be difficult.”
I feel like this question may not be asked enough because I love to change peoples perception of what a travel blogger actually does. Yes, we travel. Yes, we take pretty pictures (sometimes). Yes, we promote the sh*t out of ourselves but how else are you going to take notice of me? If I didn’t promote my articles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Stumbleupon, Emails, Pinterest and Google + then how would I get new readers and reach more people? At the end of the day I want my website to be useful and to help people so of course I’m going to promote the crap out of it so I can hopefully make a difference or inspire at least one person to travel. You have to remember that my blog is my business and it’s my job so I do have to get the word out there so I can make a steady income. Another word I hate is lucky. I didn’t just fall into this job with a click of my fingers. I started blogging as a lifestyle blogger when I was 18, now 23 it is only in the last 6 months that I am making an income from my travel blog. It has not come overnight and I can assure you that. My family and close friends can see how much work I put into it and how passionate I am about it because that’s all I talk about (I’m sorry!). So no, I am not lucky I just simply have made my own ‘luck’ by putting in the hours and doing something called hard work.
The point of this article is to bring awareness to those who think travel blogging is a walk in the park and because that is my job title I should be hated on. I’m not talking about this just from my experience but I can see throughout online that there is so much hate towards the travel blogging community and I hate to see it. It’s not JUST travel bloggers either. YouTubers are always getting bullied and it’s becoming more and more scary. New Zealand Youtuber Sally Jo got bottled not so long ago when she was at a pub in Napier by a viewer. Also, Shannon Harris from Shaaanxo has been attacked many times so much so that these two young women have stopped clubbing at all.
When you see a travel blog or even a YouTube channel just remember that there is a human being behind all that hard work that is reading your nasty comment. They are probably not taking it personally because we have grown a thick skin as that’s part of the job but please don’t even waste your energy. So, instead of writing the nasty comment please just click away and focus your energy on something useful. At the end of the day, I am a 23 year old woman in love with the world and trying to spread a positive message to everyone through the internet. Be kind to one another and remember to…
‘Think before you type. Stop cyberbullying.’
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