My Unexpected Benefits of Blogging

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Our first tent trailer bought in 2002

Campthatsite has been up and running for almost 3 months now. About 2 months longer than most of my friends and family thought it would last. I talked about doing a blog for over a year before I actually started it up. Each trip, while making our campground notes, I would ramble on about how it would be great to write a camping blog. Finally, in December 2014, I took the leap. I think what kick started me was a friend from work had a popular parenting blog, “Discovering Parenthood” and after watching her for a few months I felt inspired. She was also there to provide support and answer questions while I got started.  Thanks Tamara! Now after 3 months of blogging I have leared a lot, both about blogging and the unexpected benefits.

What I Expected
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When I started out I thought it would be great to share my notes and experiences with other campers. I was hoping other campers would email me or comment about site number they like or campgrounds they have been to. That has happened a bit but not as much as I had thought. In BC it is very difficult to get a good campground during the peak summer season and my thought was to help others get the perfect site on their first trip. I also hoped that if my blog became popular I might have an easier time booking a site of my own. The campground would benefit from a review and I would benefit by being able to book a site. At this time I am still working on building my blog so I have not tried to use it as a booking advantage but maybe some day.

What I Have Learned

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It’s a small world after all! I would say the coolest thing about doing this blog is seeing how many countries you can reach without ever leaving your front door. To date this blog has reached readers in over 40 counties and all the continents. Starting a blog has also forced me to learn, link and navigate many of the social media tools out there. I have set up a Twitter account, Facebook page, email address, Instagram account, WordPress blog and then linked them all together. This part has been a steep but fun learning curve. I started with 1 lonely Twitter follower, thanks to my daughter, and have watched it grow to over 600. My kids have had many good laughs as they have watched me log on and off several times each day, checking as my followers and views grew. It has been interesting to learn what people like to read, who opts to follow me and what they respond to. I have been surprised how the “personal blogs” have been some of the most popular posts I have done, followed by cool gadgets and tips.

The Unexpected Benefits

Blairs Iphone 258Both my husband and I have loved reliving our 12+ years of camping trips. This blog has given all our memories a permanent scrapbook to share with our family and friends. We have laughed at the photos and memories that were filed away in albums collecting dust or stored in computer files rarely being looked at. The kids have liked hearing camping stories from years they could not remembered and laughing at the crazy thing we have done together as we learned how to become “campers”. It has also renewed my interest in camping, that along with the new 20 foot trailer we bought.112_1241
I have also been surprised by the sheer number of fellow bloggers out there. It has been great getting to know other campers. I have loved reading and learning about their experiences as well as communicating with people from so many different places and walks of life. Blogging is a world I never knew existed and have enjoyed learning about. I will keep posting as long as I am camping and I hope to hear from fellow campers as I continue this journey.

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6 thoughts on “My Unexpected Benefits of Blogging

  1. Since I’m a beginner at blogging too, it was comforting to read that I’m experiencing the same beginning pains as you have. I think the main thing is… keep on writing, no matter how many comment or not… especially since it just might catch on, just like your great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank Angelika, because we both started about the same time we can share ideas, success and otherwise with each other. I have to say I have been shocked that articles I write that are true “blogs” just my thoughts and feelings, do so much better than anything else I post. Not at all what I would have expected.

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  2. Yes, there is a lot of work involved in blogging but the rewards are definitely worth it. We originally started our blog for our family and friends so that they would know where we were and what we were up to and then over the years it has just grown from there.

    You are totally right on seeing what people like and comment on. Sometimes you think, well that is a great post and we should get lots of comments but then you don’t and other times you can get a ton of them all because of one picture or a comment that you mentioned in a post. This will always remain a mystery to us!

    Glad you are having fun with it, that to us is the whole purpose behind blogging, plus the added benefit of having all those memories put down in print along with photos that you and family members can look back on.

    Ruth

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