We live in at a fascinating time in modern culture. Not only are people everywhere discovering new and amazing ways to push themselves head-first into adventure, tackling everything from hitting the slopes via helicopter to white water rafting Celestial Falls, one of the most dangerous rapids to be found in the world, but they are also becoming deeply passionate about recording their experiences for the world to see.
Documenting one’s adventures is certainly nothing new – humans have been drawing, writing, singing songs, and telling their stories of adventures for as far back as we can imagine. Back in the days when the great explorers of the world would jot down the details of their journeys as they trekked through mosquito and tiger-laden jungles and explored the depths of the ocean like Jacques Cousteau, they had to keep months and sometimes years of musings, observations, and stories of incredible moments to share with the world when they could find a publisher and enough material to create a book.
Today, those who want to share their adventure stories simply need to grab their phone, tablet, or laptop and hit record or snap some pictures, then take audio or typed notes with any app of their choice to communicate their experiences with the world. Every adventure we take today, from trying our first ski vacation to spending a week on a cross-country sled dog expedition to see the Northern lights, is documented and posted on social media for the world to see.
With the rise of social media and instantaneous story sharing has come the rise of the adventure blog. There are so many wonderful and fascinating travel and adventure blogs that it is impossible to list them all, but there is always room for another great storyteller to share their journey. If that sounds like something you are interested in, it may be time for you to create your own blog to share your amazing adventures with the world!
Interested in blogging? Here are the steps needed to share your adventurous spirit:
Find a Great Title
Yes, the content of your blog is what needs to shine, but without a catchy title that lets people know what they’re going to read (and the type of person they are going to read about), your would-be readership will not flock to your blog.
Make sure your blog name is exciting, fun, and of course, relevant to the subject.
Build a Website
Of course, there are lots of blog hosting sites that you can put your blog on for free, but the problems with those types of sites are that they are limited in their ability to be customized and they have so many blogs to look through that it can be near impossible to find yours in a sea of similar-looking ones.
It is easier than ever to create fun, easy to navigate websites for your blog, especially when you are just starting out. If your blog catches on, you can (and should) upgrade to a professional website that earns you some money, but until then, building a website in Weebly or WordPress is something that can be done in a weekend.
Gather Your Best Photos and Video (and Never Stop Taking Them!)
A blog is just as much about visuals as it is about words, and your readers want to see your adventure in action. Instead of just talking about zipping through the Red Rocks of Sedona on an ATV ride, GoPro your helmet and stop to take plenty of stunning photographs! Be sure to touch up your images so that you are presenting only the best material.
Hopefully, your best memories of the adventures you’ve been on are still swimming in your head, but if you need inspiration, reflect on your photos, notes, or other memorabilia from your excursion and tell your tale to the world. Don’t forget to include the details – the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations you felt while you were climbing the summit of a mountain, canoeing through Canada, or careening through the desert on an ATV. The small stuff is what makes the journey so powerful, so describe it as best you can.
Define Your Style
It may take some time before you figure out what tone, voice, and direction you want your blog to take, but when you find the element of your blog that makes it unique, different, or just more interesting than other blogs, make it the base of your work. Build on it, and try to keep all of your future blogs flowing in that same direction.
Share It with the World
The whole point of starting a web-hosted blog was to get your words and experiences out into the world, so don’t be stingy with it. Share your blog with your friends, your favorite shops and stores that help you get your adventuring on, and anyone who shares your passion and enthusiasm for having fun and enjoying life!
Connect on Social Media
Don’t forget to inspire your followers and build a much larger following by sharing your pictures, blog links, and other materials on social sites like Instagram and Snapchat. This will help people find your blog from a variety of platforms, and it is a great way to keep your readers updated in between blog posts.