Some of you may know, while some may not, that starting this blog was an assignment for my senior Marketing Management class at Champlain. We had the task of branding ourselves and making all our platforms integrated in order for us to show our assets and possibly get a job after college. (woah crazy idea). This blog had to last through the semester and continue having valuable content that engaged the readers and that I did not get bored with. The only thing that has really remained a constant in my short attention spanned life…is travel so that is where Wamser and the World came from.
So was I successful in my endeavor? I think I am on my way to it. When I started I had this idea that I would just write about travel, and what I wanted to do, but came to the realization that without going somewhere, it feels empty when you talk about it. So I have changed the content some, adding links to things I find out in the interwebs and from other travel writers and share them, in conjunction to sharing stories as I complete them. I have 15 amazing followers, some from class but also from the travel industry and my posts have been reblogged, liked, and commented on. I did not realize until yesterday sadly that my Google Analytics code was not put in properly and so I don’t have much data for that. I have had 8 unique new visitors since midnight last night…so if I was to estimate…okay I guess you cant estimate analytics.
A real area where I feel I did succeed is on Twitter, @kwamser my twitter profile has been connected with my blog, and through that I have had people being driven to my sight but also with other content I have gained many followers in the travel field. I found #traveltuesday as a great resource for people to follow and also gained some great people from that are avid travelers from around the world. Last time I counted it was over 30 people who were either travelers, writers, or other forces in the Travel community. I also have been listed in multiple travel lists by these people. I have created my own list of travelers I love to follow which has reached 80+ people and is starting to completely take over my news feed. These people share amazing content with me, such as what they are doing, how they afford it, and ways to get into the travel industry as a paid employee. Twitter has been an amazing stepping stone into the travel industry and built connections for me worldwide.
From these connections I am soon to be listed on Travelpod.com which is a site of many different travel blogs from around the world. It seems like people in the travel community are taking my blog seriously and that was a big goal of mine.
This experience has taught me a lot about myself and how passionate I truly am about getting into travel once I graduate, whether that is taking a gap year to tour Europe, or saving 2 dollars a day for 3 years, and then being able to go anywhere in the world. I know travel is in my future. It has also opened my eyes to see how many people are already living my dream and what a strong, close knit community travelers have throughout the world.
I had challenges when it came to writing consistently, its been a busy semester and I did not get to go on as many adventures as I would have liked but I think what I wrote was valuable and the other content I added was really interesting to me at least . I also realized there was a never ending supply of content out there, but in order to stand out, I will have to find something different and unique because I am not the only 20-something who wants to be traveling and seeing the world. As technology improves it seems the world is getting smaller and travel anywhere is easier, which to me, is very exciting.
Don’t worry though, this is not the end of Wamser and the World, I can’t imagine stopping! It gives me an excuse to dream while I am sitting in cold Vermont of all the warm places I could be. I also have some guest posts coming, I’ve got a few friends out there in places such as Peru, England, New Zealand, Latvia, Italy and the list goes on who will all be requested to tell me and you about their journeys. I think this has really given me an opportunity to share and expand my passion and open my eyes to all the different things I can do with that. Its been a really rewarding assignment and turned into something I really enjoy doing.
Everyday is a new adventure and opportunity to see something you have never seen before…embrace that and embrace life!