When I decided to really make a go of becoming a travel blogger, I was completely oblivious to the realities of doing something on my own. I thought I'd get to see a few places, make a few friends, and write extensively about every detail.
This summer my car broke down in Phoenix, my boss laid me off (and screwed me out of $600), and I racked up debt getting from one end of the country to the other. I also hardly got to write at all because I was so busy.
Look, we all know that pursuing dreams is difficult, but there are a few things that I don’t want to think about or even admit about the process. I’d rather just have this sweet ignorance to it all, but it’s a little impossible because most of the items on this list jump out at me every single day.
I type these with a little hesitancy, but being honest with ourselves never hurt anything. Well, besides our dignity, maybe. Here they are.
1. Not Many People Make It
Success rates are low. Most small businesses fail within the first five years. Most blog authors stop writing before their one-year blogging anniversary. I just passed mine the other day, but it’s been a long journey. Persistence is the remedy, but it’s hard to be persistent in the face of so much adversity. (more…)