It has been one [crazy, exciting, fun] year since I created Passportunities. Thank you for following along and I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve shared this year. It has been a lot of fun creating content, refining my blog, and writing about my travel experiences. I thought I’d share a few things about my experience blogging.
Why I Started Passportunities
To be honest, I’d thought about blogging for years but didn’t have a focus to start one. I was introduced to the “blogosphere” when I started researching budgeting in 2012 and discovered a few budget fashion blogs. I found a few fashion blogs I enjoyed reading and started thinking about starting my own blog. However, while I enjoy fashion and style, I’m not passionate about it and didn’t feel like I could add to the fashion blog world.
I became passionate about budgeting around the same time I discovered blogging but didn’t feel (and still don’t feel) confident enough sharing my experiences or tips especially with no financial background. So, back to the drawing board!
Finally, I travelled to Iceland in May 2016 with my best friend and I was hooked. While planning for the trip, I found other blogs very useful and wanted to be able to share my own experiences. After talking to that same friend in Cuba later that year and receiving encouragement from her, I decided to sit down and figure out how I would make it work.
First, I needed a name. I strung together “opportunities” and “passport” and came up with “Passportunities”. I think I had about 20 names on a list but Passportunities stuck. Next, I needed to create content. I started with my trip to Iceland which was a great trip down memory lane. The rest can be found on my blog!
Working full-time and having limited vacation days means I only travel a few times a year. I love sharing my travel experiences but I am also passionate about the planning and budgeting side of travelling so I share that side of travelling as well.
I decided my tagline would be “travel fitness photography” so I post information on my personal fitness journey as well as photography tips as I pick them up. I’m an amateur in all three categories so it’s fun to learn and share what I learn here.
In the beginning I was posting every Tuesday and Thursday but I found I was becoming more worried with finding things to post about than the content. So, I cut the post frequency down to every Tuesday. I find it gives me enough time to sit down and enjoy what I’m writing about while staying consistent.
It’s a lot of work! I have a small blog but between editing pictures, creating documents to share with fellow travellers, organizing content and posting on social media, it’s more than I expected. It’s a good amount of work though and I’ll definitely keep it up as long as I enjoy it.
Do you have a blog? What are your lessons learned from having one?
Thanks for following along! Here’s to another good year.