Introduction: My name’s Adonis and I am the writer and photographer behind Always Wanderlust (https://www.alwayswanderlust.com). Unlike, most travel bloggers I didn’t quit my job to travel the world nor am I a digital nomad. I’ve managed to visit over 53 countries while still keeping a job (full-time and part-time). Always Wanderlust is about exploring near and far-flung places. Rounding up the best photographs and discovering new cultures and stories.
- How would you describe your blog to a person that has never visited it
Geeky, gearhead, awesome photos, hiking stories, with funny stories, and in-depth guides.
- What made you decide to create a blog?
I guess I got suckered…I mean enamored, but those travel blogs that show people sipping mai tai’s at the beach with their laptops on while getting a tan. The reality isn’t quite I imagined! You’re spending more time in the office than your regular day job!
- Was there a moment when you thought, “I could do this professionally”? If so, what triggered that desire/realization? I saw other travel blogs’ income reports and said to myself, hey I can do that too! It’s tough, but a little dedication and a few lost hours of sleep, it’s definitely possible.
- What fuels your passion for creating content?
It’s more my creativity outlet. I love the write and immerse myself in the moment taking photographs. So that sense it’s like art and art as an expression wouldn’t matter much if nobody ever saw or knew about it. So, I create content that everyone can see.
- Are there any blogs or publications that you follow closely? What makes them successful in your opinion? I don’t follow much travel blogs nowadays (too commercially driven). But I do read National Geographic and BBC Travel articles now and then. I think being early into the game, sprinkled with some fairy dust makes some bloggers successful. Add some dedication and tenacity and most of them succeed.
- What has been the biggest challenge in maintaining a successful blog?
The learning curve is insane. You have to be the web developer, the writer, the photographer, the SEO specialist, the PR person. The many hats that you have to wear and not be mediocre at is staggering. The
constant threat of Google Changing their algorithm. Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook changing their algorithm. You always have to be on top or risk being left behind.
- What is your favorite post that you created? Why?
It’s real, it’s vulnerable, and everyone can relate.
- How much does social media influence your writing? This might be a
commentary on the posts you read or the way that you tailor your posts for those channels.
I write for my blog. Social media doesn’t have much influence in my
writing. I’ve focused more on SEO than I have for Social Media. That’s
slowly changing as my Pinterest presence is starting to grow larger.
- What is your favorite social media channel? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, other? Why?
It used to be Instagram but now it’s Pinterest. Pinterest is basically a giant search engine. Much of your SEO techniques applies to Pinterest and that’s why I like it.
- Do you have any last piece of advice for aspiring bloggers?
Create in-depth content that people would want to bookmark.
- Lastly, what is something that you could share with us that we wouldn’t learn from reading your blog? I met my wife through Instagram while traveling in Romania. She joined me to travel in South America and got married.