Want to know a secret? After coming home from one-year around the world in 2010, I applied for jobs at retail stores. My blog wasn’t making any money yet and I completely ran out of cash. I was about to walk into BestBuy with my application and thought to myself “what the fuck am I doing?” I turned around and decided that I needed to keep traveling, have freedom, and do things that I love to do. I am so glad I did that.
I started this blog in December 2008 with the intention of writing about my travels. I loved writing but part of what kept me going was creating the site itself. I taught myself everything that had to do with WordPress. Sometimes I would break this site just to see what would happen. I got into the code and experimented while teaching myself everything, all of which I did while traveling.
It grew into an obsession to learn everything there was to know about the technical side of the blog. I wanted to learn everything there was to know about WordPress, programming languages, and the tech scene. I created my own plugins and had always designed and coded my own themes (such as this one). Eventually I found myself helping other travel bloggers throughout Facebook, Twitter, and Email.
For awhile I volunteered to helped anyone that needed assistance with fixing their site, advice on plugins, or code snippets. As more people started travel blogs, so did the demand. Most often I was recommended by other travel bloggers. Demand continued to increase and at some point people were asking how much and started to PAY me to work on their sites. It eventually became part of my regular source of income.
It was 2011 when I started Art of Travel Blogging. Initially it started as a community forum for travel bloggers and technical services. The technical services quickly became popular and the focus of the site.
In January 2013 Art of Travel Blogging merged with Travel Blog Success! This was huge for Dave and I and the start of something really good that we continue today. I took the lead in offering technical services and revamping the website. I’ve learned a lot at TBS. Collaborating as a co-founder in a successful business is no easy task along with having many contractors, making schedules, tasks, supporting our products, building a community, business partners, sponsoring events, and managing our expenses. No other project or business I have ever run taught me as much as being a co-founder of TBS.
When I started traveling around the world writing this blog, I had no idea it would lead me to become a WordPress wizard. I created a path to do things I love.
In April 2014 I took a full-time position at WooThemes to help support a very popular WordPress plugin called WooCommerce. I love my job and the people I work with. The money coming in from the new job has given us the opportunity to save money and make a home in Seattle.
Would any of this had happened if I didn’t follow my dreams? It’s hard to know but I’m pretty darn happy where everything has lead me.