Jobben mot å bli reisebloggar på fulltid
When I was 17, I moved to Wales to finish my second year of College – an exchange year. That was when I found out that I should start a blog so that friends and family back home in Norway could read about my adventures. It was nice, and especially Grandma was very fond of my blog. After College I moved to London to study and continued my blog there. As my friends in Wales and my new friends in England got tired of using Google Translate to understand what I was writing, they asked me to write in English. Since I was already studying in England and grasped the language well this was no problem. I started writing my everyday posts in English and thought nothing more of it. I liked writing and was very fond of working with the blog, although I wasn’t always as good at updating it. I moved to Wales in 2008 and had been blogging for 5 years when I stared writing in English. My blog was then LisaLDN, and I often had to explain that LDN is an abbreviation for London and that this was the name of my blog because I lived in London.
This continued to be the name of the blog while I was living in Florida for one year (where I attended the Disney World Cultural Representative Program), and 2 years in Oslo. During the years in Oslo I had more time to spend on the blog and I spent many late nights to write posts, edit photos and leaving comments on other blogs (my Norwegian favorites are Ida Wulff and Kristina Andersen).
After I had decided that my goal was to live off my blog, I spent all my time on the blog and the work evolving this. I changed the name and the design of the blog, from LisaLDN to what it is today; Fjords and Beaches. (Please link to https://www.fjordsandbeaches.com/)
For several months I worked 40 hours a week at work, before I went home and worked at least another 40 hours with my blog and several freelance projects. I invested in courses, web site design and other necessary tools needed to run a blog and I slowly began to see that the investments I made was paying off. I handed in my notice, and with a few more months of hard work I could officially call myself a full-time travel blogger in January 2018.
Since then I’ve experienced so many fun things. I’ve appreciated the flexibility I dreamed of, being able to create my own everyday life, working from anywhere in the world and not responding to anyone other than me. I lived two months in Bali and two months in Australia and then bought a flat in Bergen. I’ve attended conferences and met bloggers I’ve been looking up to for years and been shocked they actually know who I am (#starstruck!). I’ve had months where I had to fill the days with freelance work to make ends meet and months where I’ve earned far beyond what I did in my full-time job. I live my dream in every way and I love it!
Fjords and Beaches is primarily a travel blog where I share my adventures, tips and guides to destinations around the world. Lately I’ve also published several posts focusing on blogging and how to start a travel blog. If you’re considering starting a blog, I recommend you start with this post. (please link to: https://www.fjordsandbeaches.com/travel-blog-names/)
There’s been many surprises along the way, and I have experienced that other travel bloggers are more than happy to share their concerns, advice and tips with each other – which I’m very grateful for. I wasn’t prepared for how difficult it would be to explain what I do and how few actually understand it. I have on several occasions been annoyed by companies that ask me to work for free and do not understand that I’m as dependent on wages to live as everyone else. I asked several travel bloggers what they wished they knew before they started blogging, and these are some of the replies I received. (Please link to https://www.fjordsandbeaches.com/becoming-a-travel-blogger/)
My everyday life as a travel blogger is very special and I’m fortunate enough to experience a lot of cool stuff through this particular “job” I’ve chosen. From being invited to stay at a luxury hotel in Wales for one month, to getting paid to promote Sia’s Christmas album. For good reason I often have to pinch myself in the arm to make sure it’s all real. But sponsored trips and hotel stays are just a small part of what I do as a blogger – and remember that only what I choose to share is visible.
When I’m not out travelling my days are pretty much the same, where I get up early to cover as much work as possible. I negotiate with potential partners, plan posts and shoots, take pictures and edit them, write, edit, publish blog posts, reply to endless emails, active on Instagram and work with my Instagram course (please link to https://www.fjordsandbeaches.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/instagram-magic-course-1.html), and so much more!
I have numerous days where I’m stranded in front of my Macbook for 10-12 hours because I no longer have a set of hours to adhere to. I don’t punch out at 4 pm, and I’m never really finished.
It turned out to be a challenge in itself to finish for the day, and I’ve had to learn some tricks to maintain a productive working day (such as booking group lessons at Sats at 5 pm so I have to wrap things up).
When I’m out travelling, my working days depends on whether or not the stay is sponsored. During sponsored hotel says I have a lot more to think about and I do feel that I’m “at work” all the time. I post on social media, do research for blog posts, take good photo’s of the hotel and have time to edit the same day so that I can have them posted (depending on the kind of deal I have with the hotel). As we say in Norway; misunderstand me right when I say I’m “at work” because I love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world. Through my blog I’ve experienced some amazing destinations, stays at the finest hotels, met people from all over the world and a wine intake that definitely exceeds the five weeks of vacation we get in Norway – and I’m forever grateful that I have managed to create this kind of “everyday” for myself.
If you’re curious as to whether you should start a blog, I have one thing to say: Go for it! Expect hard work and many hours (and money) over time before you earn anything. But when that day comes you will have an everyday life different than everybody else, because this truly is a dream job.
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