I’m very excited about this post. This post is to celebrate my official launch of ZoomGoes.com!
Still powered by WordPress, but no longer a lowly subdomain. Goodbye zoomgoes.wordpress.com, you served me well but your services will no longer be required. Don’t worry, all the old posts and images are here!
Why did you move to your own domain?
When I went public about my intentions to quit my job to spend 5 months traveling through Southeast Asia, I wanted to make sure that my friends and family could join me on the trip in every way possbile.
With that in mind, I set up a quick WordPress site and made my first post. Over the next few weeks I posted about my struggle to purge of all my things, moving out of my apartment, and packing everything I would need to live on for the next 6 months.
These initial posts were just for friends and family, and I had so much fun putting them together. I like the feeling of knowing that I’m bringing new experiences and knowledge to people’s lives, and for me, writing is the best medium to do this.
After a few weeks, my audience began to grow. Random people were finding it, friends were sharing it, and I started marketing my posts. I began reaping more and more benefits by impacting more and more people with my stories. I love it!
Thank you for helping me get to this point my dears!
I started thinking “Hmm…maybe I could widen my audience EVEN MORE and reach more people”. I stepped up my marketing game and have built a small collection of Twitter followers, Facebook fans, and Instagram friends.
Bring it on!
Moving to my own domain seemed like the next logical step in continuing to build my readership, empowering me to offer more value to my readers (who is this blog for, again?) and myself. I’ll be upfront with you – I would like to monetize this blog and make money from it. Not in a skeezy, sketchy, shit-tons-of-pop-ups kind of way – I hate those types of blogs, they’re gross. Rather, in a “I love what I do and want to share it with you” kind of way.
Owning my own domain allows me to use more features of WordPress including Google Analytics, email blasts, and advanced marketing techniques. I’m able to learn more about how my site is reaching others, connect affiliate links for recommending products I believe in (like the Rose Cup), and gaining the ability to contact my readers across multiple channels so that we can build deeper relationships.
SPOILER: I’m writing my first mini-book! It will be free when I am finished. The support that I’ve received from you, my readers, has made me feel like my voice is worth listening to – and this has inspired me to go the extra mile. I want to keep getting those warm fuzzies!
Is all this sounding good so far?
Okay, but why a travel blogger? Why not just work a regular job, travel, and write about it?
Some of you know that I’m on the search for happiness. Not as in I’m currently unhappy, but I’m trying to learn about happiness as a concept. While there have been many studies that claim to have found the recipe for happiness, I want to go out and see how other cultures, and people, define it. More importantly, I want to experience how they define it.
In the United States, you grow up, go to college, get a job and work until you retire. That’s the way of it. That sounds terrible.
We have one life…and I want to live it, not just go through it. I don’t care about being “successful”, I want to be fulfilled. I find that traveling offers me the highest level of fulfillment.
Yes, I could just take little vacations here and there, but that does not allow me enough time to complete my mission of experiencing other cultures. I want to know what it’s like to live right above the equator. I want to experience rolling blackouts from heat. I want to be able to tell my children what it’s like to be so cold you have to wear a coat under your coat. I want to live on a school bus with 5 other people.
Most importantly, I want to share all of this with you!
I want to work very hard and have the blog take off. I’ll be able to write and sell some of my own work. I want to make traveling, living, experiencing, and sharing my job. I can’t do it without you!
I promise to work diligently to bring you excellent, valuable content. I swear to share my experiences in adjective rich detail with you. I commit to bringing you beautiful photos, heartwarming stories, and fun facts.
Thank you so much for your support you guys. Seriously. My dream would literally be nothing without you. I thank you in advance for your continued shares, comments and input! I relish feedback and love to interact – drop me a line anytime.
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