Your name: Megan Johnson
Name of your blog: Red Around The World
Blog URL: https://redaroundtheworld.com/
Blog social media accounts:
- Bloglovin’: I don’t have this
- Facebook: I don’t have a page here either, yet.
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/FireLilly13
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redaroundtheworld/?hl=en
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/redaround/
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): I’m Megan, a Wisconsin native currently working my way around the US, exploring other countries any chance I get. I finished school and went to Central America on my own for two months. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the desert, dumplings, and fresh mango juice.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): I’m working seasonally around the US for a bit now. I spent a summer in Utah on Lake Powell and will be back for at least one more. I’m currently working in Wyoming, right between the Tetons and Yellowstone.
What do you like to do on your down time? I do a lot of reading, writing, hiking, and wildlife spotting, especially moose and bison this winter.
Blog niche: Travel
What’s the purpose of your blog? To inspire people to travel around the US more and to help young women build up the courage to travel on their own that might not know how. I’m still working on really narrowing this down.
Who’s your target? 20-something females interested in travel
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you? Email
How would you describe your blogging style? Honest (I’ll tell you if I don’t like something or a place), conversational, and fun but helpful.
When did you start blogging? Sometime in late 2013 and I started Red Around The World in the fall of 2014 I believe.
What inspired you to start blogging? I wanted somewhere to share about all of my travels. I started it right before I went to Slovenia and knew I was going to Central America a few months later and figured why not? I just started getting more serious about it recently, though.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging? While I’m visiting a place, or planning something, I think about what I want to write about while I’m doing it (hiking or a tour) and get all excited about sharing it, even though I might not get to for months (I fell a little behind last summer, no Internet.) I talk about it a lot more now that I’ve gotten more serious about it, too. I never used to mention it to people.
- Short term: Produce new, more helpful content and update old content to be more helpful, but to still have occasional fun posts.
- Long term: Somehow become location independent.
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently? I would have kept pictures the regular size (on an old theme I made them smaller and centered them, terrible idea) and I would have started promoting posts on social media sooner and joining Facebook groups.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? I try to see a lot of new things which always gets me excited about writing and sharing it.
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger? Enjoying writing (does that count?) Wanting to help others start traveling.
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful? Pinterest, Facebook groups, and Twitter mainly. Pinterest is the best I think, then Facebook groups. I’m still figuring out Twitter.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why? Instagram. I love photography and how visual it is.
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform? Pinterest
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook? Female Travel Bloggers
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it? I don’t yet, but I want to work on something.
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? I think just being more open with it and actually telling people about it. It just always felt weird talking about it before. I’d call this a win, I think it’s pushing me out of my comfort zone.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging? It’s A LOT more work than I imagined. I never thought about promotion or social media or email newsletters or freebies or Pinterest when I first started it. It’s all so overwhelming.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? Umm, I think just all the possibilities that can come from it and being able to make enough to live off of from it.
How often do you publish a post? Every other day, usually every odd numbered day.
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Probably a long time ago, but not recently since I have so much I’m excited to write about. I give myself a few days off to just not do anything with my blog, like a recovery sort of thing I guess? I read more books and blogs during that time and then usually I’m good after a couple days.
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share! I write when I feel it and sometimes I’ll get through five pots in a day that I schedule out. I post every other day since I’m pretty behind on content and have so much i want to write about. No daily theme, but there are things that show up every now and then like books I love, thing I love about a city or country, that kind of thing.
Have you guest posted for someone?
- For whom?A few different blogs and have a few more waiting to be published. They are all linked on this page.
- Blog URL:https://redaroundtheworld.com/around-the-internet/
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it! I do not, maybe someday, though.
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? I’ve made about $5 from affiliate links, but I’m trying to improve that.
How long had you been blogging before you made any money? A couple years
Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL) Alex in Wanderland http://www.alexinwanderland.com/ I love her photography and her travel style. I also just really enjoy her writing. It’s helpful but casual at the same time.
Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL) Probably still Alex in Wanderland or Lauren Juliff at Never Ending Footsteps because she goes to some pretty off beat places and is totally honest about everything. She’s shattering perceptions on solo female travel a lot of places and it’s awesome.
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? Mostly travel, but more recently some minimalist and blogging blogs. That’s just what I enjoy the most. I’ve been trying to cut back on stuff and improve my blogging skills, too.
List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog URLs)
- Alex in Wanderland http://www.alexinwanderland.com/
- Never Ending Footsteps http://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/
- This Battered Suitcase http://www.thisbatteredsuitcase.com/
- A Dangerous Business http://www.dangerous-business.com/
- Along Dusty Roads https://www.alongdustyroads.com/
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: Just do it. Learn as you go, it won’t be quite as overwhelming. If I read everything I have now before I started, I probably wouldn’t have started. Focus on one thing at a time like improving Pinterest, growing Instagram, producing content, or monetizing. Just start and take it one thing at a time.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: One time in high school I was on a bus that tipped over. Everyone was OK and it wasn’t totally traumatizing. I honestly forget it even happened most of the time.