Hi everyone. This is a little bit of an unusual post update from me. It is all about the travel bloggers who share the love and offer mutual support. Or more precisely how payback and karma works for so many of us in real life.
Subscribers and followers of this site know that I’ve been a lot quieter than usual in recent months on here.
For nearly 3 years solid I was consistently posting at least 2 blogging articles a week, every week, 51 weeks a year. (Many bloggers know that between Christmas and New Year is a low time for internet readerships plus it is time to party!)
However since late July I announced that I was going on holiday. I took some downtime from my online presence here and worked in the background and on other projects.
I’m even into a new fitness routine, of sorts as I try to get fit.
I’ll will also soon be beginning the Shaun T’s T25 set of exercise DVDs. It should be interesting but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve completed Insanity a few times before so I’m mentally, albeit maybe not physically ready for the challenge.
However, this update is more to do with the world of blogging and the travel bloggers I’ve connected with.
Firstly, these guys I’m going to talk about are US citizens whilst I’m a Brit.
Okay we all travel the globe but we’ve never actually met face to face. My point being that these have become online buddies and we support each other. Whilst I don’t have time to read travel blogs (or even to blog) as much as I used to, I am still active to some degree in the background.
Travel Bloggers of note number 1
The first guy I want to tell you about is Ryan Biddulph.
Now he is one heck of a workaholic.
This guy just oozes words of inspiration, motivation and travelling to live the dream. Not only is he prolific in his blogging but also in his published work too.
Ryan has written loads of books, I mean loads. I’ve truly lost count. Just check him out on Amazon and you’ll get an idea of the volume of books that he has written.
I’ve loaded up a number of his books onto my kindle and so far have only managed to read about a couple of them so far. (Remember that I said I’ve been busy for time, well I must apologise Ryan, I can’t read quick enough to keep up with your publishing schedule).
However, it gets better.
For all you fans of travel bloggers and blogging Ryan has a book which may just be for you.
It is called:-
It features some truly great individuals in there who I am sure you will recognise. For a start it includes the fantastic travel writers Nick and Dariece of goatsontheroad.com – you must know that site?
There are also some other great names in the blogging world such as Catherine Holt, Danny Flood, Adrienne Smith, Matthew Woodward (who I am a massive fan of) plus of course Kelli Cooper.
It is fabulous company indeed.
“I’m Not Worthy”
Somehow though Ryan felt it worthy to include my dear self on this list! Wow indeed. I feel very honoured to be there in such esteemed company. Out of my depth or what!
Ryan is in fact very kind and a top guy. As I found out when I interviewed him.
This top guy is however still very well connected and very knowledgeable about living the dream, blogging and travel. Please have a look at his book on the amazon kindle format.
You can also have a look at his blog too.
Travel Bloggers of note number 2
The second guy I want to talk about is Derek Freal of The HoliDaze.
Now Derek is a straight talking, honest guy who will tell you how it is. He’s also had some pretty scary travel adventures including going to jail all because of a single tweet! Yes, one tweet landed him behind bars.
Now Derek is a top guy and from time to time I’ve exchanged e-mails and tweets with him. He’s been blogging a lot longer than I have (although maybe not travelling as much). However I can certainly learn a thing or two from him on his blogging skills.
You can see why my connection with Derek rose up again so prominently if you look at our quick twitter chat with each other yesterday (Sunday 25th October). This really was karma coming home to roost for both of us.
As you know, I run a second travel website which is called Travel Blogger Interviews. Well I’d interviewed Derek and published it as far back as December 2014. You’ll find it here- http://travelbloggerinterviews.com/interview-with-travel-blogger-derek-freal-of-the-holidaze/.
At the time of publishing the interview did pretty well. A well received published interview receives a few hundred views a day. The site overall on any given day can have a number of interviews being popular, however each individual interview would struggle to get beyond 200 reads a day if it was not an interview publish day, which Sundays are not.
Yet for some reason yesterday, more than 10 months after first publishing his interview it seemed to have a mini viral moment. Over 1200 people read his interview yesterday. And more than 800 of those people who read the interview came from Twitter.
Neither Derek nor I could figure out the source of the chain of tweets. Plus Derek couldn’t think of anything he has done recently to have created a sudden surge in his interest to others.
As far I’m concerned this was true karma working. Without any obvious explanation the interview became a hot topic. A lot of visitors came to my site and of that numerous people clicked through to Derek’s site too. We both benefitted.
So I guess this shows the power of connections and helping each other out.
I must admit that I’ve struggled of late time wise. I get a lot of requests to my inbox, many are a waste of time to be honest. (Although please don’t Direct Message me on Twitter, I get a lot of spam messages there too and it is hard to filter. I cannot promise that I will respond to a direct message on Twitter.)
Some e-mail messages however are great and I like to help people out where I can. Limited time means that I cannot help everyone, even genuine requests. Also, sometimes people don’t leave the correct e-mail address in the correct field on my “Contact Me” page. This is really frustrating since I try to reply but can’t because I don’t have their correct details. (So if you are reading this and are thinking I never responded to you then I’m sorry, but the e-mail back to you probably bounced, honestly.)
That aside I just want to say how wonderful over 90% of people are in the blogging world and more specifically the travel blogging community. I’ve made some wonderful friends and hope to meet a few on the road over time.
Yes there are some, certainly less than 10%, maybe less than 5% who for some reasons the e-mail exchanges are not quite as I would hope. However this would never deter me because most of you fellow bloggers are amazing.
For that reason I would like to say to all you fellow travel bloggers, THANK YOU.