So, a week or so ago I noticed something on my blogging dashboard…I had published 700 travel blog posts! SEVEN HUNDRED blog posts. Wow.

(Yes, it would have been way better if I’d noticed and been able to write this post as my 700th post but oh well.)

I started my blog way back in 2011. And, yes, I did just have to check and double check that. It seems like so long ago! That means I’ve been writing Emma’s Travel Tales for more than seven years now.

Seven years is longer than I attended primary school, secondary school or university for. Seven years is longer than I’ve been in a relationship with my partner Thomas. It’s longer than most of the things I’ve done in life and stuck with.
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Seven hundred posts in seven years equates to about 100 posts per year. That’s thousands and thousands of words each year. It’s the equivalent of writing and sharing several novels each year on my blog. When I stop to think about it like that it sounds like a lot!

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I began blogging. I had no real plan or strategy in mind. Travel was something I was so passionate about – and still am – and I just wanted to write about it online. There was no real thought about who would read it, if anyone. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I wanted to write about something I was interested in and that lit me up. Turns out it must have been a pretty good decision as I’m still here 7 years later.

Things have majorly changed since I started blogging (this is a great post about the changes in travel blogging if you’re interested). Back in the day, there weren’t that many travel bloggers out there and there was more of a community feel to it. I met and got to know lots of lovely travel bloggers at various events and trips and it was pretty fantastic.
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Fast forward 7 years and there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of travel blogs out there. It’s so easy to set up a blog and begin posting content that so many people decided they wanted in on a slice of the action.

Of course, there are bloggers out there who write and publish more than I do and who are far more successful than I am. I’m totally okay with that. Occasionally I’ll get caught up in the comparison game, comparing myself to other bloggers and feel a little bit deflated. But, when I take a step back and take a look at what I’ve achieved I realise it doesn’t matter what I do in comparison with others.

My blog gets a pretty good amount of readers each month, brings in some cash and has meant I’ve been able to travel to some incredible places around the globe. I’ve been on a luxury six-star cruise of South East Asia, eaten Michelin-starred food in southern Spain, watched the sun rise over the beach in Italy and stayed in some out-of-this-world hotels. I’ve visited dozens of new places and returned to lots of familiar ones too and had some of the best experiences of my life.
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Whilst I do focus a bunch of my time on my blog, I spend way more time focusing on my social media and content management business. It’s what pays my bills and luckily I’m so into it too. I love using social media and blogging to promote and market the businesses of all my different clients across different industries.

Without starting my travel blog seven years ago I probably wouldn’t have begun freelancing as a social media and content creator for other businesses. These were skills I developed myself in order to create content on my blog and to market and promote it on social media. I quickly realised how much I was enjoying learning these skills and putting them into practice and that I wanted to do that for other businesses.

It’s crazy to think that without Emma’s Travel Tales I wouldn’t be doing my thang as a freelancer now. It certainly wasn’t something I planned or saw coming when I sat down and created this blog in the beginning.

So, thank you to each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blog. Here’s to the next seven hundred posts!