You’ve started a travel blog! (Let’s have a party for you.) Why have your friends not read your travel blog? Do your friends hate your travel blog?
You’ve poured your heart and soul into your first few blog posts. For what? For 3 random page views. You don’t even know if they read it to the end, or if they clicked away after deciding they don’t like the font you’re using. So, you change your font, just in case.
Next you start a facebook page and invite all your friends. This should get you lots of hits, you think. Out of your 300 friends list, 10 of them like your page. None of them like or share your posts. One new page view on your blog. They probably didn’t read to the end because they didn’t like your colour scheme. You change your colour scheme.
You decide to start a twitter account and discover a chrome plugin that allows you to follow people quickly and then unfollow those that don’t follow back. This gains you 1000 followers, quickly. A bot likes one of your tweets. Zero blog page views. Then twitter bans you for mass following and looking and acting like a spammer.
Why Does No One Care About Your Blog?
The nurturing part of me wants to say “there, there, give it time.” The thing is the world of the travel blogger is a tough one. There are thousands upon thousands of people doing exactly what you are doing. How on Earth can you stand out amongst them? Please leave your suggestions in the comments section, so I can steal your ideas and use them for myself.
After all if this was an article about how to stand out, then everyone would be doing it and therefore no one would stand out. Maybe try a new wordpress theme?
Why Your Friends Hate Your Travel Blog?
This is a complex subject, don’t you think? Let’s face it, if you knew the answer you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
Let’s face facts, what you are really doing is the equivalent of the 70s slide show of holiday pictures. You’ve heard of this kind of thing, right? Your aunt and uncle show you thousands of pictures, on a projector screen, of the same church from slightly different angles. No one really cares about church, never mind the fact that your aunt has her same holiday pose infront of it. The clicking of the slide machine gets annoyingly repetitive.
How often do your friends get to go away? They are, after all too busy spending their money on their home or children or going out and getting paralytically drunk to be able to even start thinking about sacrificing things (like you do) for something that you value so dear: Travel.
We Know You’re Not Showing Off
Your travel blog is simply showing off to your friends, or in fact they just don’t care about your random experience in the middle of a country they’ve never heard of and never want to visit, with a culture they don’t care to understand.
Your friends hate your travel blog, because it tells and shows them that you can have fun without them. It’s not inclusive for them. Even though you’d love them to be there, and had you won the lottery, you’d be doing everything in your power to bring them along.
You’d love for them to experience all you do. That’s why you want them to read your blog, as you want them to be part of these travel experiences, that give meaning to your life.
Try these tips from Gloria Atanmo How To Travel & Not Make Your Friends Jealous
Not All Your Friends Hate Your Travel Blog!
You know this is true (oh no the nurturing part of me is coming out again). Some friends simply don’t have the time to read your travel blog. They are busy doing the stuff they enjoy. You know like when you’re busy running around travelling, doing the stuff you enjoy?
You’ll have a core group of friends who are supportive. You may even have a handful of lovely friends, who know how important it is to you and they religiously like lots of your travel blog facebook posts. They do this because they are your friends and care about you, although not your travel blog.
Most of your friends won’t understand the value of link clicks to you. Why should they? It’s just your diary isn’t it? Most people won’t understand that to you, it’s your brand; it’s your new freelance business.
If Your Friends Won’t Read Your Travel Blog, Why Would a Stranger?
The random stranger will want to learn something from your experience before they go travelling. You’ve written a captivating article that screams out to them and they want to gain some knowledge from your vast experience.
You’re Not Getting Many Page Views?
You’ve tried it all now, from joining a blogging facebook group to throwing all your articles at stumbleupon. You’ve got a SEO plugin on wordpress that tells you too many of your sentences are passive, so you rearrange the words in your sentence like a jigsaw puzzle until the light turns green. At this point you try not to start yet another sentence with the word “you’ve”, as you’ll be told too many sentences start with the same word.
You find an article that tells you to stop writing your posts in the first person and try and write them in the second person. (That’s using “you” instead of “I”.)
You read this 36 Outrageous Headlines You Can’t Help but Click and the first headline you think of is “Why Your Friends Hate Your Travel Blog!” and you decide to write an article around it.
Then you save the draft, wanting to re-read it at a later date and make sure you’ve not offended any of your friends. You know that when you share it on facebook, that you’ll have some friends comment “I don’t hate your travel blog” , without having read it. Maybe you could ask in your post for your friends to comment with the word “slangwhanger”, to prove they’ve read it all.
Then you publish to get your (drum roll please) 3 new pageviews to your blog……