I recently came across this article on vagabondjourney.com about failing to make enough money through blogging, and it made me think about why I have set up this new, self-hosted website. Granted, I do want to make some money out of it, but I have no intention whatsoever to try and make it my main source of income.
The internet is flooded with bloggers who claim they are making x number of dollars per month, just by writing some half-hearted, totally subjective and uninformative posts decorated with dark and badly taken pictures. Funnily enough, some of them are actually telling the truth. When this is the case, it seems like, given the quality of their posts, it’s not really a matter of how well they write but of the very fact that people want to try and be like them and hence follow these blogs. I did so myself for a while, until I realised this was all rubbish and I’d rather read a quality blog than try to see how these people supposedly financed their travels through blog money.
Added to that, as the author of vagabondjourney.com wrote, why should my ambition be to live on 20-40 dollars a day anyway?
So the bottom line is, don’t worry: While I will be placing some ads on this website, my aim is more to earn some extra cash to help me finance my travels. After all, every dollar counts no? The truth is I work to earn money, out there, in the real world. To learn how I am managing to travel slowly here in Switzerland, stay tuned. You will see that it was not easy, and it took me over a year to finally afford to paymy rent, but with perseverance, I am finally doing it.
-Photos and Text by Denise Pulis @ www.theartofslowtravel.com