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Yes, I’m A Travel Blogger, Please Don’t Attack Me

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Yes, I'm a travel blogger please don't hate me

 

Lately, I have been struggling to hold something in.  When I’m asked, “What do you do for a job?” In the past I have dreaded the answer I’m going to give them.  I’m in love with my job but some people have this automatic hate for the 2 words, travel blogger.  I’m not sure when or where this hate started, maybe it was in the media or a bad friend of a friend was a blogger one time.  Either way, I’m standing up and saying that it’s not okay to hate someone because of what they do.  I don’t hate a person who has a job as a receptionist because that’s their job.  I don’t hate a person because they are an interior designer because that’s their job title.  So, why should travel bloggers be hated because their job is being a travel blogger?

 

I don’t receive many hate comments on my blog and if I do, I simply delete them straight away after I have had a little giggle.  I do find it funny that people can comment on my personal appearance and personality when they have never met me in person.  I may not have perfect teeth and clear skin and most of the time I don’t even wear makeup, but how does that define me as a person?  I have been called ‘buck teethed’, ‘ugly’ and many more names I do not wish to put on here.  This post is not just about me personally, but I can see many professional travel bloggers who are personally attacked about what they write and post online and even just because they are simply called a travel blogger, and that is not okay.

Hiking in Kerala, India - Yes, I'm A Travel Blogger, Please Don't Attack Me

The word travel blogging, what is it?  I write and share my stories from around the world.  I give personal recommendations, I do not simply copy and paste off Lonely Planet, although that would be easier, it’s not what I’m about and I don’t feel that is telling the truth.  I love to connect with people and help them with their travels.  I want to be just like a friend to my audience that they can message anytime and be like “Hey, I’m heading to NZ!  Where should I start?”.  I like to have that connection and start a conversation around travel.  I’m not at all saying this is what every travel blog is like I’m just saying this is how I want my website to run.  I want to engage with you and inspire people to get off their couch and see something new.  It doesn’t have to be another country, it could just be down the road.

 

“So, you must just travel right?  You have a perfect life!  You’re so lucky”. 

 

I recently did an interview with Stuff.co.nz about travel blogging and travelling in general.  One of the questions I was asked is “Are there any downsides of being a travel blogger”.

“There’s a lot of talk about the amazing lifestyle of a travel blogger.  What a lot of people don’t realise is there’s a lot of work behind the scenes that goes into a blog, it’s not all pretty pictures.  For me, I’m a writer, social media manager, photographer, receptionist, web designer and graphic designer all rolled into one person.  So finding the balance of actually getting out of your room to travel and sitting down to work can be difficult.”

 

I feel like this question may not be asked enough because I love to change peoples perception of what a travel blogger actually does.  Yes, we travel.  Yes, we take pretty pictures (sometimes).  Yes, we promote the sh*t out of ourselves but how else are you going to take notice of me?  If I didn’t promote my articles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Stumbleupon, Emails, Pinterest and Google + then how would I get new readers and reach more people?  At the end of the day I want my website to be useful and to help people so of course I’m going to promote the crap out of it so I can hopefully make a difference or inspire at least one person to travel.  You have to remember that my blog is my business and it’s my job so I do have to get the word out there so I can make a steady income.  Another word I hate is lucky.  I didn’t just fall into this job with a click of my fingers.  I started blogging as a lifestyle blogger when I was 18, now 23 it is only in the last 6 months that I am making an income from my travel blog.  It has not come overnight and I can assure you that.  My family and close friends can see how much work I put into it and how passionate I am about it because that’s all I talk about (I’m sorry!).  So no, I am not lucky I just simply have made my own ‘luck’ by putting in the hours and doing something called hard work.

 

Yes, I'm A Travel Blogger, Please Don't Attack Me

The point of this article is to bring awareness to those who think travel blogging is a walk in the park and because that is my job title I should be hated on.  I’m not talking about this just from my experience but I can see throughout online that there is so much hate towards the travel blogging community and I hate to see it.  It’s not JUST travel bloggers either.  YouTubers are always getting bullied and it’s becoming more and more scary.  New Zealand Youtuber Sally Jo got bottled not so long ago when she was at a pub in Napier by a viewer.  Also, Shannon Harris from Shaaanxo has been attacked many times so much so that these two young women have stopped clubbing at all.

When you see a travel blog or even a YouTube channel just remember that there is a human being behind all that hard work that is reading your nasty comment.  They are probably not taking it personally because we have grown a thick skin as that’s part of the job but please don’t even waste your energy.  So, instead of writing the nasty comment please just click away and focus your energy on something useful.  At the end of the day, I am a 23 year old woman in love with the world and trying to spread a positive message to everyone through the internet.  Be kind to one another and remember to…

‘Think before you type.  Stop cyberbullying.’

 

 

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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Claudia Krusch
    June 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Love your post! Hubby is a blogger and he has a bunch of haters on Youtube!! People are just mean…….for no reason!

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    Jo
    June 6, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Don’t listen to the hateful comments – just go on doing the great job travel blogging that you have going on!

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    Gwendolyn Mulholland
    June 6, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    This is a great post and as a blogger, I often have people think I just get stuff for “Free”. They don’t see all the work that goes into a post when we visit a place or receive a product to review. I have always tried to live by the rule that “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

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    Azlin Bloor
    June 6, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    A lovely post, Anita! Keep doing what you’re doing, the world is populated with ignorant, mean people!

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    thatsofarah
    June 6, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Haters gonna hate, despite what you do. Just sleep through the negative remarks, because there’s always someone out there who appreciate and benefit from your stories.

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    Carly Moore (@girloutofbounds)
    June 6, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I too get a lot of raised eyebrows when I’m asked what I do with all my time. I work 50+ hours a week right now on my online businesses and people think I’m just sitting on my ass doing nothing, because “travel blogger” doesn’t mean anything to them. Haters gonna hate!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Haha yes, totally! I don’t even want to count the hours I do working on my blog!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Haha yes, totally! I don’t even want to count the hours I do working on my blog!

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    Rosey
    June 6, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Any blogging is hard work. It’s definitely a time suck. If you’re going to invest that time though, might as well do it blogging! 🙂

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      Rosey
      June 6, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      I mean traveling, lol!! Might as well do it traveling. 🙂

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Totally agree!! 🙂

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    Natasha Alden
    June 6, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Great post! When we tell people we travel bloggers I just get ready for a slew of questions. My favorite is “How do you make your money?”

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Oh my gosh YES! I almost have like a speech prepared in my pocket when people ask this question.

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    Ria Rosaura Romero
    June 6, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    i believe there’s that feeling of envy and wish that they can travel too, it’s a hard work too and sometimes it is not all that free

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    Nicole Escat
    June 7, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Time is very precious and we know that as a blogger. It is not easy for us to have our work done, sometimes, we get negative comments that are not really helpful. Sad but that is the reality.

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    Elizabeth Gilbert
    June 7, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I love this! There’s such a stigma that is appearing about bloggers recently and it’s nice to see someone step up and state the truth!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Thank you Elizabeth. Yes, I sometimes get sick of just taking the abuse! 😉

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    Tina Bowling (@tinabeana12)
    June 7, 2016 at 4:04 am

    I’m sorry that you have to deal with that. I’m sure the hate is coming from a place of jealousy or ignorance. Enjoy your job, as a blogger I know that it is hard work but with a good payoff.

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    sparkofsouthernmoms
    June 7, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I love the enthusiasm of your post! People are going to be mean because they are jealous or do not understand. Keep doing what you are doing and tell the haters kiss your munchkin! 🙂

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Haha thanks very much! 🙂

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    Elizabeth O.
    June 7, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I admire travel bloggers for what you guys do. It’s definitely not an easy job especially when you’re away from home often. I’m sure it has its perks too, it’s nice to be able to explore new places and share them to people!

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    Alfonzowords
    June 7, 2016 at 7:10 am

    hahaha please don’t attack me. so cute. I loved the post, a great awareness read and yes sometimes people automatically only see the success and never pay much attention to hard hard work that goes into making a success. It’s where that automatic hate/prejudice comes from. You’re living a life. that on the surface, most people can’t even believe. You’re going against the grain of what people are bullied sometimes into believing. Subconsciously their minds are geared to resist change and resist anything that takes em out of their comfort zone.
    That being said, How bloody awesome are you! amazing blog & I love that you build relationships with an open heart and cultivate truth with your travel blogging posts. I also enjoyed that you relayed your personal experiences of what goes on behind the scenes, it shows that you put massive action towards your words.
    hahaha and yes it can be really hard to find balance.

    Happy travels and stay amazingly awesome.

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I always like to be transparent with my audience and treat them like my friends!

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    Rachel Mouton
    June 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

    What a great post! I think this speaks volumes for bloggers as a whole; travel bloggers, mommy bloggers, entertainment bloggers. We have amazing jobs, but we work our butts off!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Yes, definitely! I think blogging can be deceived very easily as a job that’s very easy to do.

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    She rocks the suburbs
    June 7, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Wow, your pictures are incredible. What an amazing adventure you are able to be in I won’t attack but I’m totally jealous of your travelling lifestyle. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Thank you very much, I’m glad you like them! I love travel photography 🙂

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    Dawn gibson-thigpen
    June 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    oh this was an awesome post. i travel a lot as well and can totally identify with your feelings.

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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    lalainemanalo
    June 8, 2016 at 6:13 am

    You made me laugh when you wrote you just delete nasty comments and have a giggle. Sometimes, that’s the only way to deal with haters. 🙂

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Yes, sometimes laughter is the only cure!

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    Laura Starner
    June 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I love your post and pictures. Congrats on being a travel blogger and don’t worry about the haters.

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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    msculit
    June 9, 2016 at 1:32 am

    E. Roosevelt’s famous quote: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. ”

    People back-stab you because that’s where they belong, behind you. They just follow your trail, eat your dust as you go forward in life and enjoying what you do.

    I am a travel blogger too. I also share my experience in my travels and my recommendations. So far, I haven’t had the chance to meet bashers and mean people.

    Just shrug it off. They’ll never be ahead of you. 🙂

    Ria C

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    Anne
    June 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    That is great that you can laugh of the comments. I am jealous that you are a travel blogger!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      June 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for reading!

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    rashmikaur
    June 16, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Hey Anita
    You have shared your amazing travelling experience which is encouraging to make a step to travel

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    Richel V.
    July 3, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I only blog on my free time and it’s already hard. I can’t imagine how people do it hard time. I think most of those who hate the term ‘travel blogger’ is because it’s something they want to do but don’t want it hard enough to make it work so they’re just bitter to those who are successful.

    xx, Richel Goes Places

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    Adam
    July 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I will attack you. because I’m jealous of your travels. It was so amazing and beautiful photos. Interesting Blog.

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    emmajayneknapp
    August 22, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Yes! Stand up and be proud girl, you are working hard and doing wonderful things so don’t let anyone else get you down!

    Emma x

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    Martinez
    December 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I love being a travel blogger and I was nodding through every sentence. Yes, people think its too glamorous but its lots of work. Chasing money and handling it all day and night is the biggest challenge. But overall the experiences are just amazing

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    Juliette | Snorkels to Snow
    June 24, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Great post. Sometimes I find myself almost…embarrassed to say I’m a travel blogger, which is ridiculous because it’s simultaneously the best and the most challenging job I’ve ever done! But I feel like I have to justify it. And the first question people ask – do you actually make money off it/how much money do you make? Which is an odd question to ask someone you’ve just met. Keep standing up for your work! Unfortunately there are a lot of sad Kiwis around who have nothing better else than to hate on someone. Especially if they’re in the media. As an NZ journalist and newsreader I’ve copped my fair amount of criticism – the best was when some old guy rang up the radio station I was working for and complained I breathed too loudly while reading the news. I laugh when I think about it now – and use that example in talks to school kids!

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    Travelsito
    September 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Nice post, Anita.

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