India Travel Blog has seen 100,000 visitors and 200,000 page views in last 14 months. It feels like a good milestone, but nevertheless only reminds me that I am long way to go.
I have a few ambitious plans to go with India Travel Blog. A year down the line, I hope to quit from my full time job and spend a lot of time travelling, writing content on this blog and elsewhere that could help fellow travelers and also let me make a living out of it. It sounds like an ambitious idea, and I think it really is one. To make travel writing to sustain my living and travelling, I need to add a lot more content here and also ensure that I have lot more visitors coming in.
Although I don’t have completely concrete ideas, primary source of revenue then would be advertisements on this site. It would be supplemented by writing to travel magazines and may be by some travel related consulting if and where possible. If all this happens, I would naturally travel more than I now do, and hence update this blog with more content, making it a sustainable system.
It is a long way to go for this to happen, and traffic and income from this blog has to grow around ten times more than it now is, to reach the figures I have in mind. Of course, it is a difficult job and I have lot of work to do. And with so many travel sites mushrooming in the last few years, the job only gets tougher. My current plan is to exit from day-job at the end of this calendar year and set myself free. Time alone can tell if everything works as planned.
Freeing myself up doesn’t mean that I will be on the road most of the time. I know anything overdone can make you disinterested and also drain all the energy. Instead, I would travel on and off, but take more time to savor each place when I visit them. When I took off from work and travelled a lot last year, I understood that it is important to do it slowly and experience each place to its fullest. And when I am not travelling, I hope to spend my time doing all those things that I have intended to do but never been able to because of compulsions of a day-job. That includes, among a lot more things, to work for a good cause that could benefit a few people, to learn some musical instruments, read plenty of books that I have always wanted to read, go to dance classes, learn Spanish, horse riding, improve my swimming skills, go diving, learn to cook better and more variety of dishes, write useful software snippets for photographers and web designers and distribute them for free or a small fee. These are just a tip of the pile of things that I would love to do but haven’t been doing. And because I might get a chance to do all these things if I can exit from my 9 to 5 schedule, it is important to me that my plans succeed. Of course, I hope I will be useful to many travellers who look for information if I manage to grow this blog. And your support and feedbacks are important to me in making my plans work. Wish me for good, and do be with me in these efforts.