Let’s follow our interviews with Mike Richard, founding editor of Vagabondish.com
. Mike tells us more about his life as a blogger and about the development of his blog. Discover it !
My name is Mike Richard and I’m a near-full time traveler and the founding editor of Vagabondish.com
What are your editorial habits ? (I write my own content, someone writes for me, someone proofreads me, I take my own pictures for the blog, I post a lot of videos ect…)
Vagabondish has gone through a few permutations since the site launched in 2006. It started as a traditional travel blog where I wrote, edited, photographed, and did pretty much everything. From 2008 till recently, it became more like a group-written travel magazine where I wrote some of the content and the remainder was either contributed or written by freelancers. Now, we’re getting back to our roots. My girlfriend and I are writing it with more of a “couples” travel focus where we share the duties of blogging, taking photos, and pretty much everything!
How do you use social networks ? Which one do you prefer ?
The major social networks are all so different that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Because of my love of photography, I’m inclined to say Instagram. But Facebook is a close second. I use them primarily as a way to post random thoughts and miscellaneous comments that couldn’t otherwise fill out a full blog post. Secondarily, of course, is a focus on audience growth and engagement. If I do the first one right, it naturally flows into the second.
What are the meaningful moments of the development of the blog ?
Taking your first harsh criticism is a big one for most bloggers. If you’re putting out poignant or thought provoking articles, eventually someone is going to disagree with you. And the anonymity of the Internet means they’re not afraid to let you know how they feel. The important thing is to take it in stride and don’t get too worked up about it.
who’s your target ?
Vagabondish has a pretty even split of male/female backpackers and budget travelers.
Which are the most popular categories of your blog ?
Any post that features practical travel tips and advice (that people can actually use) is always popular with our readers.
Where do you find inspiration ?
Honestly: everywhere! It may sound cliche but I find just about every destination interesting and inspiring in its own way.
A little message for Upfluence ?
If I had one piece of advice for new bloggers … find a topic that truly interests you. Something that you could write about indefinitely without knowing anyone’s actually reading it. Because that’s what it’s like in the beginning and, if you can get over that initial “hump”, you’ll be well ahead of thousands of other would-be bloggers.