Meet Julie of Travel as Much!

Your name: Julie Peters
Name of your blog: Travel as Much
Blog social media accounts: 
 Meet Julie! #TheBloggerBehindTheBlog
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio):  Travel has been a lifelong passion of mine. I was very active in the AFS club in high school, got a degree in International Affairs, and have been on several international trips.  I have a bucket list of places to visit that is quite long and ranges from the trendy (Iceland) to the obscure (Isle of Man).  I live in a Maryland college town with my husband of 17 years, my 14 year old daughter, and a Corgi mix dog named Kingston – they are all excellent travel companions! 
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work):  I work at a non-profit agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities.
What do you like to do on your down time?  I love doing anything crafty and hands-on, and I am forever trying new projects that I see on Pinterest.  The results aren’t always spot-on, but at least I can say I tried!  LOL.  I also enjoy baking, spending time with my family, and reading.  
Blog niche:  General travel, with an emphasis on the historical significance of attractions/destinations.  I also enjoy visiting and writing about lesser-known, quirky places that the average tourist might not consider visiting (but would totally enjoy if they did!). 
What’s the purpose of your blog?  I just get soooo excited about new places and I love to share my experiences/information with other people. Blogging gives me a platform to share with other people who love to travel (instead of my friends, who wonder why I would want to leave home).
Who’s your target?  Anyone who has a desire to learn more about a place than just what is presented at face value – the people who find themselves saying, “I wonder why they did it this way…” when taking in unusual art, architecture, food, etc.  I’m older than a lot of the travel bloggers out there, so I suppose my target audience would also be older travelers.  You won’t find me focusing on hostels or four day hikes, or toddler-friendly destinations.
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you?   Fill out the contact form on my site: https://travelasmuch.com/contact/
How would you describe your blogging style?  Enthusiastic and honest.  If I like something, I’m bound to gush with geeky enthusiasm.  If I don’t like it, I will say so.  
When did you start blogging?  I started my travel blog in May 2016, but I also had a personal blog from 2005-2012.
What inspired you to start blogging?  I got a new desk job that leaves me with a lot of time on my hands.  I needed something to pass the time when work was slow, and since I’m usually fixating on travel-related topics anyway, why not share my finds with the world?
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging?  I’ve become even more travel-obsessed, which I did not think was even possible! Also, I am more likely now to dig a little deeper into the history of places. There are so many fascinating stories out there!
Blogging goals:  
  • Short term:  To continue posting new content on a consistent basis.
  • Long term:  It’s not my goal to reach a certain number of followers.  That would be nice, but my main goal is to keep blogging with the enthusiasm for travel that I have.  I want the blogging aspect of my travels to remain enjoyable.  If it ever becomes more of a job than a passion, I will probably stop doing it.
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently?   Believe it or not, I would start more slowly.  In the very beginning, I was in a hurry to establish the blog by publishing as many posts as possible.  I don’t know how many times I’ve gone back and edited those first few hundred posts because I later discovered something that I should have been doing.  Had I started slower, I think my posts would be more uniform, both in appearance and in the way I wrote them.  But since I can’t keep re-working my early posts, I will just have to ask my readers to forgive me for the ones I wrote before I had even the tiniest clue.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging?  That’s easy! I’m always discovering new places and finding out new information. Blogging is just an extension of that.  Some people call up their girlfriends when they’ve got exciting news to share.  I blog about it.
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger?  I think by most industry standards, I’m not a successful blogger…yet! However, I think that I am fairly talented at researching a topic and being able to sort of boil down all the information into one concise blog post that includes all of the information you will need and none that you won’t.   
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful?  Instagram seems to be one of the easiest platforms for drawing an audience. I also utilize Pinterest, Google +, Flipboard, Bloglovin’, Twitter and Facebook.  Pinterest has been the most successful of the bunch.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?  Instagram.  Unlike Facebook, it’s generally a happy, positive place.  People aren’t going on about politics and getting angry all the time.  
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform?  Pinterest
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook?   Female Travel Bloggers – I’ve learned so much there!
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it?  not at this time, but stay tuned!
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging?  I know you’re looking for “I hit 1000 followers!” or “my post was published on Huffington Post!” but in all honesty, I think my greatest win has been how much I’ve learned about destinations, travel hacks, and about blogging in general.  
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging?  Your mileage may vary.  What works great for me might not work as well for you.  And vice versa.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how?  Not really.  As I said, I had a blog years ago.  So the process of blogging isn’t new to me, even though the mechanics are.
How often do you publish a post?  I publish 1-3 times per week.  
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?  I really only write when inspiration and opportunity meet.  If there’s no inspiration, I just wait it out.  I don’t want to force something that doesn’t come to me naturally.
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share!  no, I don’t.
Have you guest posted for someone?   not yet, but I would love the opportunity to do that!
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how?    not yet
How long had you been blogging before you made any money?   n/a
Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL)   Ree Drummond/Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com/) – I loved her down-to-earth blog posts, great recipes, and awesome photography of a part of America that I have never been to.
Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL)  Rosie/The Londoner (http://www.thelondoner.me/) She goes to amazing places, takes incredible photos, is gorgeous, loves good food, and has impeccable fashion sense.  What’s not to like?
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why?  I enjoy blogs of any subject that have good photography.  I also enjoy DIY craft/cooking blogs and travel blogs (of course!).
List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog URLs)  
  1. Humans of New York (http://www.humansofnewyork.com/)
  2. The Londoner (http://www.thelondoner.me/)
  3. Atlas Obscura (http://www.atlasobscura.com/)
  4. Hand Luggage Only (http://handluggageonly.co.uk/)
  5. Wandering Redhead (http://www.wanderingredhead.com/)
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging:  Don’t over-think it.  There is a TON of advice out there, even formulas for how to blog, when to blog, how often to blog etc.  Ask for and take advice, but remain true to yourself above all else.  Forcing your blog to fit into someone else’s formula will do more harm than good.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: I’ve been inside the Oval Office.  
Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!! 
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