OBD: 2 Months in – A new blogger’s perspective

| September 14, 2011 | 13 Comments

I lie awake at night.  Spend my spare hours thinking about engaging topics.  Worry endlessly about networking.  Stress about content.  Tweak and then tweak again every feature on our site.  Speak with complete strangers.  What the hell is wrong with me…

This damn blog is what’s wrong.  I have OBD, in other words, Obsessive Blogging Disorder.

The problem is I LOVE IT!

I only started this blog about 2 months ago and already it consumes me.  I started it firstly for ourselves, so that we may look back in a few years to remember all the fun we had travelling when we are old and senile in our rocking chairs.  And secondly, for our friends and family so they can keep up to date with what we are doing around the world.

All of a sudden I realised that although our parents read our posts religiously (thanks Mums) they were not the only ones reading our blog.  People have actually given me feedback on facebook, twitter and in person!  Who would have thought.  And holy crap there are actually people out there, right this minute, travelling around the world making enough money from their own travel blogs!  Now I watch my stats counter (it barely moves) while having wonderful dreams of lying on a beach sipping on cocktails and making everyone else jealous as I watch the money roll in.

However, as everyone keeps telling me, the successes that a handful of others have found is purely done through hard work and persistence.  Sure it helps to be funny, have wild experiences and actually be an excellent writer as well but ultimately I think its a time thing.

So hopefully this bold realisation will help me step back, get back to my roots and write for myself, my family and my friends.  Hopefully this will lead to better stories, better travel and an overall better blog.  And recover my old sleep patterns.

Thanks for reading.  Now go share the max out of this post to bring me those successes!  Seriously, what are you still doing reading, GO, SHARE, PROSPER!

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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. bronwen says:

    Love them!!!! Keep writing – you have a talent! xo

  2. Good luck with your blogging career. I think you are doing an amazing job. Already you are engaging with fellow bloggers and making your mark. Having a love for it is the first step. If you love what your doing, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to succeed, you’ll always keep trying until you reach your goals…And then you’ll make new goals:-)

    • Thanks Dave and Deb,
      Means a lot to get feedback and we definitely love reading about all your travels as well!
      Great advice and look forward to chatting and sharing with you guys again soon.
      Cheers
      Cole and Adela

  3. Lucy says:

    I’ve just come across your blog and enjoying catching up with your posts. I’m about 3 months into blogging too and glad to see I’m not the only one obsessing – is it wrong to think “What post can I write about this?” every time you do anything! Keep up the good work and best of luck with building up the site in the future.

    • Thanks for checking us out Lucy! Haha I love the name of your blog and you have some great photos too. These first few months I am sure are the worst I think for a new blogger as you can see all the successes that other people are getting and just want the same. And I am the same, always on the lookout for a story which sometimes makes travelling worse I think.
      If you need a hand with anything then let us know.

  4. Neil says:

    Cant argue with a word of that post, its exactly how I feel about almost 4 months of blogging. Feels like I never stop looking at analytics, and constantly hope for comments on articles.

    You guys are doing a fine job though, keep it up and i’m sure you’ll get there!

    • Hey Neil thanks for giving us some encouragement. I think all us beginners need to keep supporting one another where we can as it makes such a huge difference getting little bits of feedback (even negative) every now and then. Its just a bit of give and take to get your name out there for sure.

  5. Hey guys – we are loving your blog! I cant believe you’ve only been blogging for 2 months. For the past 3 days we have been working on the set-up our own blog and we have found that once you finally made the decision to ‘just do it’ you are consumed by the excitement of getting your own journey and perspective out there and communicating with others. Again, well done – your blog is an inspiration!

    • Cole says:

      Thanks Duane and Kim. Nearly done 6 months now. Those first few weeks/months are so hard. Who am I kidding, I think it will always be hard! Watching your numbers just stand at a few people a day is really hard but persistence and hardwork pays off. If you want any tips then get in touch we are happy to help. And hopefully we will see you on your travels!

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