I have circled the globe for 8 years. In 2 days I head off to the glorious Gold Coast of Connecticut, land of billionaires, celebrities and Blue Blood families.
Traveling the world teaches you invaluable blogging lessons. I became more successful blogging-wise because I changed time zones like most people change their minds. Travel has that type of effect on you; leaving your comfort zone only makes everything grow in your life. Travelers leave their comfort zone on an hourly basis at times. From waiting for 3 hours in Vietnam for our bus ride to facing spitting cobras in Bali to almost dying in India to living off the grid for 6 weeks in Costa Rica, I learned invaluable lessons about exiting comfort, succeeding and blogging.
Leave Your Comfort Zone
I recall my first flight. I flew from NYC to Bali. After leaving JFK at 3:30 PM on Thursday I arrived in Bali at 1:30 AM Sunday morning. Factoring in a 24 hour Taiwan layover, I spent 58 clock hours getting to my destination. Plus this was my first flight ever. I had fun, felt freedom and entered new levels of discomfort during the experience. But most flights since felt short because after flying 23 hours for your first trip, those 2 and 6 hour trips among my successive 120 flights felt quite short and easy.
Blogging is similar; like traveling, you leave your comfort zone routinely if you ever wish to get anywhere of note. My left trap feels pained now. Do I quit typing? Nope. I find a workaround to better type, to feel the discomfort and to leave my comfort zone so I can get this content to you. Success is mine if I leave comfort and in the past, failure was mine when I remained comfortable.
Deal with Culture Barriers
I had to learn how to interact with people from Bali, Thailand and Qatar during my world travels. This was tough sometimes as my culture differs from their culture. For example, in Oman, my wife and I covered our bodies sans hands and face – me leaving hair exposed since I was a man – because Oman is a conservative Muslim nation. Locals cover up. I covered up. Simple rule. Simple way to be respectful of local cultures but of course, I had to learn of different cultures and embrace discomfort because in 80 degree, 11 UV ray weather, I usually wear shorts and a T-shirt.
Blogging is universal. We are world-wide, speaking to people from all over the globe. Either you learn and respect different cultures and connect or lose the connection and the audience. Many of my readers are Indian. I understand how community is #1 as far as a way of life there. Knowing this, I understand how some bloggers may struggle to put the spotlight on themselves are far as branding themselves. Being aware, I may coax people to work the community concept into being a branded star, perhaps bringing other folks along for the ride versus going entirely solo.
This sounds funny but literally, circling the globe taught me to travel the blog-o-sphere too. I travel from Blogging From Paradise to Blogging Tips to write a guest post. I also travel to blogs for reading and blog commenting. Forums? Check. I travel there too. I travel to Quora to do a fine job answering questions.
Traveling the world freely helps you see successful bloggers travel from domain to domain to share their gifts with the world.
So….hit the blogging road!