#BeanTalks: Confessions of a Travel Blogger
Let’s deviate from my usual travel stories.
Let’s get random here and talk about me as a travel blogger.
You know. For a change.
If you have been following me for awhile, you probably already know that I’ve been around the blogosphere long enough to see how this industry works. You probably also know that I have blog-hopped from one platform and blog name to another before I finally settled down to…
Bean in Transit
It still sounds a little strange to me. After all, I only changed to this blog name earlier this year. My readers have always regarded me as the Laagan Nga Bata.
It took me a long time to change my old blog name for a myriad of reasons. One of which was fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of losing my readers. Fear of losing identity…
But life surprised me when I bravely took the risk of rebranding my blog earlier this year. I did not expect the outcome the day after I gave up Laagan Nga Bata. I didn’t even have to promote the new blog name. My friends and readers welcomed it with open arms as if they have been waiting for me to do it for a long time. They even gave me a new nickname ‘Batong’ which is the Bisaya word for string beans. Hah!
Traveling and writing are the two addictions in life that I can never give up. I blog because I am the type of person who blows up when she cannot get those creative juices flowing. I am like a basin who never gets full. I like creating content and storytelling has always been in my blood. That is why even when I am not traveling, you will still find me doing other things and writing different stuff whether on my social media accounts or in my private journals.
But just like any other things in life, travel blogging is not always exciting and glamorous as what other people think. Here’s a fact; every travel blogger works differently. We all travel differently. We all earn money differently.
Creating interesting content is also one of the challenges that I seriously took when this year started. Because let’s be honest here; nobody gives a shit about you unless you have something other people want to see. That’s a brutal fact, but that’s how it is.
Travel blogging is all about building an audience and for you to build that audience, you have to offer something. Something different. The world of blogging, especially the world of travel bloggers, is already completely ‘travel-content polluted’.
How can I be different? What would my brand bring?
So I decided to stick to who I am, what I want, and what I am good at – storytelling. I no longer cared about my blog stats. I didn’t want to join the popularity contest. I decided to stay close to what I am good at – even if doing so will not get me anywhere. After all, what’s important is that I am doing what I’ve always wanted to do my whole life – travel writing.
But life has its own quirks. Just when I thought no one will notice my blog anymore, what happened was the total opposite. And just a week ago, I learned that this blog is one of the finalists for Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2017, Travel Category.
Can you believe that? You know, sometimes, I really think the Universe enjoys surprising me a lot.
I am thankful for this recognition. I owe it to all of my readers who have been with me since I was still writing stupid and corny stuff. You guys have seen how I grew up as a blogger. I also owe this to those wonderful sponsors who believed in my capabilities in writing. I will always be thankful for the opportunities you have given me for the past few years.
What else can I say? I feel like I have been blabbing random stuff for the last couple of minutes.
Before I even forget, I’d like to thank the awesome people behind Best Cebu Blogs Awards for recognizing Bean in Transit. Thank you to the sponsors and partners for making BCBA 2017 possible.
I may not be able to join everyone on the 3rd of December for the Awarding Ceremony at Parklane International Hotel, but you will always have my support, just as I support all the passionate bloggers in Cebu.
What can I say? I am always in transit. *winks