Blogging, Family travel

My three year blogging confessions

Hoorah! Tin Box Traveller is three years old. I read somewhere recently that if you blog makes it this far it’s going to be around forever…or at least until the zombie apocalypse. 

That’s an exciting thought – the forever part, not the apocalypse. But how to celebrate?

I was tempted to tell you all about the exciting posts I’ve written, how my blog has grown and what I’ve learnt along the way. However, that would be seriously unoriginal.

So, let’s make this a little more interesting. I’ve got some confessions – things only I know about my blog that may shatter the illusions I’ve worked hard to create. But hey, what the heck!

Here are my blogging confessions:

Confession one – I’ve used terrible quality photos

I run a weekly feature called Travel Timehop. I post pictures from our travels during the past decade and share the memories associated with them. Cute, right? Well, I have a little secret. Most of the pictures I’ve shared have had to be copied from Facebook. This is family travel blogger blasphemy! 

The reason is that during one of his deployments with the Royal Navy Mr Tin Box took away our hard drive containing our entire photo library. We had decided to put everything in one place to avoid duplication. Big mistake!

To cut a long story short, the ship rolled and the hard drive got smashed on the floor of his cabin. We lost everything pre-2012. Our honeymoon, the road trip around Europe, and dozens of holidays from before we got married. The moral of this little confession – back up, back up and back up some more!

Confession two – I think caravanning can be dull 

I started my blog to share our caravan adventures. I love caravanning: the freedom we have to visit all sorts of places on a budget; the sense of community within the club to which we belong; and sharing something that I enjoyed as a child with my own babies. 

However, I think I (and anyone who reads my posts) would soon get bored if I didn’t blog about other things. There you go, I’ve said it. Just writing about caravanning would be boring. That’s why you’ll now find a happy mix of travel, family fun and mummy musings on Tin Box Traveller. This is what I enjoy, so I’m writing about it.

Confession three – I’m stuck in the social media dark ages

I schedule all my social media posts manually. Yes, it does take hours but I haven’t quite got to the point where my blog is self-funding and I can commit to the regular monthly expense of a plugin that does the job for me. I’m also on Blogger rather than WordPress so my options are more limited. I’m hoping, for my own sanity, this will change in 2016.

Confession four – I fall in and out of love with blogging daily

I want my blog to be successful, but some days I just can’t be bothered. 

You know those days. The kids have been playing ‘tag, I’m awake’ all night. The last post you wrote flopped for reasons unknown. And there’s a bottle of wine calling you from the kitchen. 

On those days (and only after the kids are in bed) do I put the phone aside, close my laptop and sit back to watch some trash TV with a glass of vino. Tomorrow is another blogging day.

Confession five – I’m so last minute

I’m often up writing tomorrow’s post the night before. It’s not because I have a lack of ideas. I have a huge list of things I want to write about.

The challenge is fitting blogging in around two little people and a dog that hold most of my attention during day light hours. Then, if Mr TB is home (and not smashing precious memories onboard a ship – he’ll never live it down) I do try to be social at least a couple of evenings a week.

There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to write, photograph and edit more than one post at a time.

So they you have it; my blogging confessions. If you’re a blogger, do you have any vices you’d be willing to share. I’d love to hear them.

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