“Oooooh, I should start a new website with DD! I’m a prolific writer, it’ll be a doddle!”
And with that blithe optimism I launched The Thirsty Travellers last month.
I’d forgotten that the writing is the easy part – the hard bit is getting eyeballs on the words.
I’ve never worried about traffic at HouseGoesHome. I write it as a therapeutic outlet for myself – people enjoying the posts is a nice bonus.
Although things got a little out of hand at one point, when I was frenetically blogging two or three times a day, seven days a week.
That was nuts. I almost needed to go into blogging rehab.
I’ve since weaned myself back to blogging Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being days of rest.
That’s been working pretty well and it’s a rare morning I can’t think of something to blather about.
During working hours, I write like a whirling dervish for two additional websites, a corporate one for The Drinks Association and a consumer one called Drinks Trade. Sometimes I’ll rack up eight stories a day that I then need to promote.
That keeps me on my toes, but fortunately both sites have mailing lists with thousands of subscribers.
So getting a decent amount of traffic isn’t too difficult.
The Thirsty Travellers doesn’t have a subscriber list and I don’t have a whole lot of time to build one.
I’m also not an influencer with 20,000 followers on Instagram. Even my 13 year old has more Instagram followers than me and gets eight times the “likes”
What on earth was I thinking?
I love all the adventures that I’m lucky enough to experience in the travel and alcohol sphere, so it’s nice to have a creative outlet for my words and pictures.
But a lot of work goes into promoting a new site.
And I’m not sure where I’ll find the time for it and all the associated demands of Facebook and Instagram.
However, I’m madly in love with how The Thirsty Travellers looks, so you’ll have to put up with a little blatant promotion of it on HouseGoesHome until it (hopefully) finds its feet.
Do me a favour and click over to see my latest effort, which focuses on me drinking lots of cocktails in Coogee on Monday night with my friend Mel.
Here’s the link:
And let me know if you have any tips for making The Thirsty Travellers a success.
Song of the day: Queen “Crazy little thing called love”