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Blog Hop: Behind the Scenes with Taylor Hearts Travel

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I’d be rich if I had a pound every time someone asked me how I found the time to blog. The answer is always the same; I love doing it, therefore I make the time to do it. However, I realise there are a lot of other questions people have about the blogging world and perhaps my blog in particular.

I can totally relate. I’m always curious to know how other bloggers make their own blogospheres work, especially the ones I really look up to and admire. When you blog, you don’t have an office of co-workers to bounce ideas. For that reason I really love the fact that I’ve been nominated in a Blog Hop (thanks, The Travelista). It’s a way of tagging other bloggers with your own insider blogging methods and asking them to share their insights.

If you’re reading this and thinking “But I’m not a blogger”, I hope you’ll enjoy having a little nosy into the behind the scenes world of Taylor Hearts Travel. A few of you have been in touch to say that you’d love to start your own blog, so for those of you, I especially hope that it helps. There’s no right or wrong way of blogging – there’s only one of you, so do it in your own unique way.

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Q1. What am I working on/writing?

I’m currently trying to figure out how I can write a piece about Jardins de Marqueyssac so that it gives it the justice it deserves. I had the most utterly romantic night at this French spot and I desperately want to preserve it by sharing it here on the blog. This week I’m planning to write one or two other pieces on my trip to south-west France.

I’m also working on a new site that will share my writing, blogging and social media skills. It also includes business advice, including help with business grants and growth. It’s primarily aimed at entrepreneurs and small businesses who need a bit of support. Creating a site from scratch the second time round is a lot easier than when I started Taylor Hearts Travel, but it still takes time to get it just right – the curse of being a perfectionist!

Q2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

I like to think that my writing is inclusive and easy to read. I write in the way that I would speak to my friends. Time is precious and I know most people read a blog on their phone, probably on their commute or on their lunch break, so I try to make my posts an enjoyable reading experience, rather than a chore. One of my favourite comments so far has been from someone who begrudged reading. He had never read a blog in his whole life and avoided books with a passion. He read one of my posts and told me how he spent the next thirty minutes reading more of them during his work break.

I guess another way my blog differs from others is that despite having a full-time job I share a new post nearly every day. I’m impatient so I’m always eager to share my experiences as soon as possible. I also find that I’m disappointed when I go to one of my favourite blogs and there isn’t any new content to read, so I try to write the kind of blog I would want to read.

I hate the ‘n’ word (niche), so my angle is stylish, exciting and affordable travels for all aspects of your life. Whilst like most other travel blogs I share destination recommendations and inspiration, I also share worldly food and drink, travel inspired homeware accessories, travel job interviews…basically the traveller lifestyle without the limitation of being a wandering nomad. I don’t think being a traveller should be limited to those who choose to constantly travel, so my blog reflects that lifestyle choice.

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Q3. Why do I write what I do?

I write because like most, if not all travel bloggers, I love travel. I often hear people say that they’d love to see a wonder of the world or to stay in a treehouse, but then they leave it at that, thinking it’s impossible. I absolutely adore sharing my stylish and exciting trips and showing people how they can do them too. My trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights is probably the best example. A week in Reyjavik is more achievable and affordable than you’d think.

I also write as a way to document my many travels. My memory is appalling so it’s great to have my own personal reference tool, be it for a recipe for Balinese banana bread or a Puglian neighbourhood guide.

Having a blog is something to really take ownership of and to direct. I write all of the content. I’m in control of what I publish, how I manage my business (who to work with, my ethics etc), and the style of it. I love being the boss!

Q4. How does my writing process work?

I write all of my content on a laptop. I can do shorthand but I feel it’s such a waste of time writing something out to then type it up. Plus, I’m a much faster typist.

I usually know exactly what I want to write about and just go for it. I don’t list out the key headers or research for words people are searching. I simply write.

Given that I post practically every day I’m often asked if I’ll run out of ideas. I’ve been blogging just over a year and I still have so many trips and tips to share, so at the moment the answer is no. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I can’t muster up the creative energy to write. I stare at the screen for a few minutes and I just know that I’m not going to be able to do it. Rather than beating myself up over it, I do something else. Other days I’m on fire and could write and write…and write.

Unlike a lot of travel bloggers I know, I don’t get to talk about travel in my day job, let alone write about it. Although that has some downsides, perhaps it works in my favour as I’m really enthusiastic to write in the evenings.

 

As part of the Blog Hop, I’ve been asked to tag three other bloggers so that they can share their insights. I’ve met my chosen bloggers and they’re just as lovely in real life as they are in their blog persona. I’ve picked these bloggers because I really admire how they’ve managed to make a living from their blogs. I’d love to shadow them for a day and follow in their footsteps, so Blog Hop is the next best thing!

Girl Tweets World – Jayne has recently relaunched 40before30 under a new name and has incorporated a number of exciting features. I’m particularly loving the blogger tips section. Jayne recently made the exciting move from London to Sydney, so she also shares details about her new life in Australia. My best friend relocated to Sydney this year so I have a soft spot for these posts.

The Travel Hack – Monica has also recently had a change on her blog. Under a new photo heavy design, I really enjoy following her adventures around the world. Monica has spoken at a few events, most recently at Blogstock. The Travel Hack has really sky rocketed in the last year and I look forward to seeing how and where the blog goes.

A Lady in London – Julie is well-known on the blogging scene, having spoken at a number of events. She runs some high profile training courses which receive lots of praise. Julie has also worked with lots of respected travel brands. Her Instagram feed has even attracted attention outside of the blogging world due to her good eye for photos.

Are you a blogger or is it something you’d like to get into? Even if you haven’t been nominated in the Blog Hop, I’d love to hear how you write. Feel free to leave a comment in the box below with your own answers and tips. X

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Comments (10)

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  • This was so readable Char and the reason I keep coming back to your site is because all your posts really are!! They’re easy going, engaging and useful and it’s inspiring to hear how hard you must work on your blog to be able to publish so much outside of a full time job. My job also has absolutely nothing to do with travelling or blogging – couldn’t be further removed in fact so I love blogging as my escape and find that all my creative energy goes into the blog as soon as I walk in the house after work!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks so much, Shikha. I really appreciate your lovely comments. They really do make me smile! :)

    It’s nice to know I’m not the only travel blogger working outside of travel. It sometimes feels like I’m the only one without inside connections. I totally agree – it’s a great place to have a creative outlet. I find myself thinking of posts on the way to work and during my lunch breaks too. I bet you do as well. I can see your passion in all of your posts. Blogging seems to come so naturally to you. Keep up the good ‘work’!

  • Stéphanie 5 years ago Reply

    I like how you describe the positioning of your blog and in particular how you don’t need to be a full time traveller to be a travel blogger. And kudos for the great comment from a reader about your writing, I must say that your style is indeed very natural and easy to read.

    I am really impressed by the fact that you can write every day. I have a full time job too and am a mum so it’s really hard to find the time especially as, like you, I have so many ideas for it ! I try to stick to a regular schedule of twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) but because I have a bilingual blog, it’s double the work. Maybe I should ditch the French version :=)

    I look forward to the ladies’version of the blog hop as I read them regularly too.

    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    I really appreciate you taking the time to say such lovely things. I’ve lost count of the number of trips I’ve been on this year despite having a full time job. With buying an extra few days leave and strategic planning (long weekends etc) it’s totally doable to still be a traveller of sorts.

    I don’t always write every day otherwise I’d never leave the house to go on any trips! However I post most days, but I usually write a couple in one day to give myself days off. If I’m going on a big trip I usually try to get ahead of schedule by a few weeks. I can imagine how tricky it can be to fit blogging in with a job and being a mum. Massive respect to you! I don’t think the number of posts is important – it’s what works for you and your blog, whether it’s everyday or once a month. I think it’s great that you have a planned schedule, as your readers know when to expect something. Even more respect to you too for being bilingual! I love the French language :) x

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  • Love your insight. I too have a full time job, and I’ll admit that it is hard to find time. Much credit to you that you are able to post as much as you too! Good article.

    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks for stopping by Adrienne. It’s nice to ‘meet’ another full timer. I sometimes feel like I have two full time jobs! Going to explore your blog now. :)

  • Monica 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks so much for nominating me and it’s lovely to see a little insight into your blogging life!

    I think it’s great you never run out of blogging ideas. I’m kind of the same and have a huge list of posts I want to write (it’s literally about 100 posts long). I never understand when people say they’ve run out of blogging ideas, especially full time bloggers who do it professionally!

    You are lucky in a way that your job has nothing to do with travel. Save up all that travel energy and creativity for your blog!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    You’re very welcome! Ah, it’s reassuring to know I’m not the only one who seems to eat, sleep and breathe blog ideas! There are so many amazing travel things to write about – though I hope I haven’t jinxed myself with the curse of having a mental block now!!

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