Look around our site, Technomadia.com, and you’ll see very little evidence of monetizing our blog. There’s a reason for that – we never set a goal of blogging for dollars. Many folks adopting mobile lifestyles do plan to utilize their blogs as a source of income to fund their travels by affiliate sales, ads, sponsorships and more. In our case, between a reduction of expenses and already having a mobile ready career to take on the road, needing to make an income off our blog has never been needed.
That’s not to say it wasn’t tempting, and that we don’t have the occasional sponsored item, affiliate link to products we adore or occasional link ads. But we don’t seek them out, and only take those that seem to be an easy fit and are unobtrusive.
After researching what it’d take to build up a blog to be generating sustainable income – I greatly respect those who have been successful at it. It’s a lot of work. So if you’re thinking of going that path to fund your own location independence, don’t think it’s an easy and always profitable path.
I continue to learn a lot from sites like Problogger.net, ThinkTraffic.net and NomadicMatt’s How to Make Money with your Travel Blog ebook (affiliate link) by adapting their advice to simply maximize our efforts to find our people (instead of generating cash income).
Why do we blog?
Chris and I were both active social bloggers long before we met. The Prius forum that we met on over 4 years ago was on a blogging platform that we both utilized for our personal blog space. Sharing our lives via blogging is a natural part of who we are, and it’s the social part that keeps us blogging. When we decided to merge our paths in 2007 and share our travel adventures outside of our personal spaces, we opened up Technomadia.com. However the blog portion of it was just a republishing of our personal blog entries.
It wasn’t until March 2009 that we launched Technomadia.com as its own independent blog on WordPress, and we were absolutely astounded to find out how many folks had been following along, and how many more have since joined in. What started as merely a way to keep family and friends up to date on where we were has turned in several hundred RSS subscribers and over 10,000 unique visitors a month – WOW.
We are joyously thankful for each and every one of you who continues to subscribe and check in on what we’re up to.
One of the reasons we made a conscious decision to not build Technomadia.com to be an income generator is that we never wanted to feel an obligation to produce content or have an adventurous day just to have something to write about. It’s been a huge relief these past few weeks with dealing with my father’s surgery (he’s home from the hospital now, by the way), to know that by taking a break from our blog, Twitter and Facebook pages and refocusing our attentions – we weren’t jeopardizing an income source.
We also wanted to make sure there was never temptation to be anything but completely authentic, and felt that building Technomadia up to be a business could put a barrier up. We never wanted to feel we had to sell anyone on mobile lifestyles to fund our own choices. Not to say that you can’t make money from blogging and be authentic at the same time – it’s just a different motivation for us.
Even though we don’t make bundles of cash directly off our site – we feel we have been paid tenfold in the efforts we’ve put into this blog and networking under the Technomadia banner. And that’s through the connections we’ve made – new friends and opportunities for experiences. That has been absolutely priceless. And the stories we’ve had reflected back to us of how folks have been inspired by something we’ve said have literally taken our breath away at times.
And that is why we blog. We are passionately inspired to share, as we have been inspired by the sharing of others.