One of the most common pieces of advice within the blogging industry is to ask your audience what they’d like you to write about… and then write it. But I couldn’t disagree more. Here’s why: Let’s assume you’re a travel blogger who focuses on European destinations. You ask your audience if they’d prefer that you […]
Paula Pant is an award-winning journalist specializing in travel, money management, and lifestyle design. She has traveled to 32 countries, averaging one month in each country. She started her blog in 2008, when she quit her job, packed her bags, and started traveling the world. Back then, she didn't know how to grow an audience or make money from a blog -- so she spent two years getting everything wrong. In 2010, she finally learned what she was doing and started earning money at blogging. In 2013, her blog-related income passed the six-figure mark.
Her blog, Afford-Anything.com, draws over 80,000 visitors per month and has 10,000 email/newsletter subscribers. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including MSN Money, AARP Bulletin, Lifehacker, Business Insider, Forbes, DailyFinance, Clark Howard, Inc. Magazine, and more.
In her own words:
Best Adventure: I’ve visited 32 countries (and counting!), and although I don't have a "favorite,” some highlights include Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Italy, Ireland, and New Zealand. Loves: I’m addicted to chocolate-chip cookies, red wine, and collecting passport stamps.
Okay, I have a confession: I used to think that blogging lacked prestige. I thought that getting my byline in some big, nationally-renowned publication like a print newspaper or magazine would be far more impressive than creating a blog on the internet. Boy, was I wrong. Becoming a full-time blogger (yes, that’s a thing!) has […]