Travel blogging changed my life completely in many unimaginable ways.
Now that I’ve recently set up my personal blog – Everything Zany, I would like to share with you guys on how blogging made a big difference to who I am today.
The blogging industry has boomed over the last few years. In the world today you can find virtually any information you need with just a few clicks of a button. I had never imagined myself getting into blogging. I must admit, I was not into writing or any form of literary background when I was in the academe. All I wanted before was to see and explore the world. Hence I took a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management in Manila, Philippines. As the years past, I had different jobs in the Travel and Hospitality sectors in Asia and Europe that helped me to grow as a professional and build my network.
One evening, I saw an online article about a Filipina (Kach Medina of Two Monkeys Travel Group) who’s on a mission to travel the world. I was totally hooked, all those sleeping wanderlust nerves in me suddenly rushed in and gave me tonnes of excitement to get to know this brave soul.
Before that evening, I thought that my life’s dream of seeing the world will always remain as a dream that I would have to forget due to life’s responsibilities. Being the bread winner of my family was never damn easy. I focused and worked hard to make ends meet.
Then I realised after reading that online article; I have to make a little effort in making my life worthwhile and change something in my daily routine. I connected with the Two Monkeys Travel Group, and I took the leap into travel blogging.
Travel blogging changed my life completely in many unimaginable ways. Now that I’ve recently set up my personal blog – Everything Zany, I would like to share with you guys on how blogging made a big difference to who I am today.
1. Blogging helped me grow as an individual.
After a few years of knocks and bumps in my life from migrating to another country and getting all lost (that’s another story), I had probably encountered the lowest point (so far) in my life. I had a hard time to get myself out there again as I was feeling vulnerable with other people. Blogging helped me to pick up the broken pieces and helped me come out of my shell. The majority of blogging may be based in the digital world, but not all… and it leads me to my next major blogging perks.
2. I met loads of people from different backgrounds.
Blogging helped me to find people with the same interests as mine. I didn’t find it hard to fit in, and it made me feel that I belong in this group of awesome people. I also made some really good friends thru my blogging stints and getting more involved in the online travel community. In some occasions, I have received some lovely messages from people who read my blog posts telling me how it helped them in their personal circumstances. This makes me feel that I’m making a difference thru my words, inspiring people and helping them somehow in their struggles.
Blogging is not all rainbows and unicorns, I have also encountered some internet trolls, insecure people, people who have got nothing nice to say about others and some that two-faced. That’s part of the package I suppose, even these people are there to distract me from achieving my goals, I just choose to ignore them and carry on.
In fact, there are loads of kind and positive people out there.
3. It helped me to express myself more.
Due to some circumstances I had when I first moved to the UK, I chose to keep myself to myself. This new found world in Blogosphere, made me express myself again albeit in a digital setting, thru words and pictures. Blogging made me more creative (I think!) in different ways. I learned to express myself more and help other people through my experiences. Hence, I want my blog — Everything Zany to help other people to create their own fantastic experiences thru my blog.
4. It opened different opportunities
The blogging world gave me the opportunity to expand my network. In a personal and professional setting, I gained new travel buddies whom I share loads of travel goals and dreams with. I have also had loads of great opportunities to work with different brands and companies in the travel and hospitality industry.
Being a blogger, made me dare myself to push and try new things. Creating wonderful experiences and memories that will surely last a lifetime.
5. I learned new skills.
Getting myself involved in blogging made me learn new skills in digital marketing, creative design, photography, website development, content writing, SEO and all sorts of digital work. As a blogger, I need to wear different hats to make my blog post and message reach the right people. So learning the nitty gritty of blogging and other digital stuff are so worthwhile. I’m hoping to launch my website design, SEO and digital marketing agency soon!