Blogging is all about interactions and audience. If you manage to serve both of these purposes at once, all the better for your blog. The travel blog should be focused on travel, but for some it’s hard to achieve when not traveling (like me at the moment when writing my master’s thesis). Here’s few things you can do to build up the audience and interact with other travel bloggers, when you are not on the road.
Yes, you can post things about your plans to have your readers informed of what’s going on in your world. I am a dreamer and to know other people’s dreams is a blessing, I’m sure there will be more people like me.
You can ask other bloggers and travelers if they could answer few tailored questions for you. In this way, you get a new content for your site, free advertisement from them and probably loyal readers. They get a new link to their blog, broadcast their experiences and feel recognized for their achievements. It’s a win-win situation. After a few you may actually be asked to answer few questions too. The only drawback is that you need to spend some time on their blog to ask them good questions. It’s hard to do it when you’re on the road, so use the time you have now.
You may not be traveling now, but I am sure there are several things you can advise others to do, or not to do, when they travel. You most certainly experienced and have knowledge of things which others can benefit from. It can be very little thing, the more specific you are the better.While you’re not traveling, you can spend more time on research, so that you link to more bloggers, thus drawing their attention to your blog.
Your previous experiences
There were funny and/or interesting situations in your life when you traveled before, share them.
There are many travel-related things you can review from your home. It doesn’t have to be a hotel, it can be a website, blog, product, organisation, etc. You can also think of it as an investment. The more things you review, the more attention you will get from people who want their products or services reviewed. They may then contact you with sponsorship offers in return for review. This is also how you can build and monetize an Authority site.
Ok, this is not about writing, it’s all about getting your blog prepared for when you actually go traveling. If your blog does not look or work exactly how you’d like it to be, well that’s what you can spend some time on now. Better before than during your travels. This is something I can help you more with, check out my services.
All of the above should help you significantly in the long run. With new content you get long-term benefit of more visitors from search engines (like google), social networks (twitter, facebook, etc) and direct (people who bookmark your site or subscribe by email). Interactions with others will also last long. What you give is what you get. It all depends on your commitment and once you hit the road you’ll see the great effect of your preparation.
Is there anything I missed? Tell us all about your blog preparations before hitting the road!