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Hi everyone,
I started a travel blog in 2016 when I first left home on a backpacking trip. Since then I have only written 3 posts...
And it's not because I have nothing to say. I've seen so much in the last 2 years and I want to get it out there. BUT there are so many travel blogs out there that seem to have much more of a niche than my standard run-of-the mill travel journal.
I've got an idea for a niche blog that I want to start that incorporates travel, but with a twist. But I have a few questions and would appreciate your advice:
Should I keep my original blog name (I've bought the domain and I like the name!) or create something completely different?
If I keep the name should I delete the 3 articles I've already posted and start again from post number 1, or should I just add the new post explaining that my blog is changing?

Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Kirstie
#blog #change #genre
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  • Profile picture of the author cherry enders
    Hey Kristie,

    Is your current theme of your blog the same thing as everyone else in your niche?

    Are you doing something different that 99% of other bloggers don't do?

    Is there anything for sale? A product or service that you offer?

    Or is it just you talking about your travels?

    As you can see, there is alot for you to consider.

    So keep the domain name and the 3 posts and for now, start blogging again.

    People are smart and they'll understand the new direction your taking.

    You'll need to track your progress and split test the different posts and determine what's working best.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Unfortunately, there is not nearly enough information presented to answer your questions. They seem like pretty simple questions that you should be able to answer, yourself, though.

    If you keep the same domain name, will it seem like a weird one with the new subject matter? Keep in mind that the domain name doesn't necessarily have to have anything to do with what is on the website. If it mattered, Amazon, Google, Bing, Yahoo and Hayneedle would never have been successful.

    Same goes for the old posts. Will they look out of place?
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    Hi Kirstie,

    "so many travel blogs out there that seem to have much more of a niche than my standard run-of-the mill travel journal."

    This is the fear of competition. Release it. Proceed from a clearer energy.

    Does your current blog domain name align 100% with travel, with a twist? Everything on your blog needs to align with your new niche. My blog is a good example of someone with immense clarity and strong alignment.
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  • Profile picture of the author salzingale
    Originally Posted by Kirstie Morton View Post

    Hi everyone,

    Should I keep my original blog name (I've bought the domain and I like the name!) or create something completely different?

    If I keep the name should I delete the 3 articles I've already posted and start again from post number 1, or should I just add the new post explaining that my blog is changing?

    Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Kirstie
    Keep the domain name. Export the 3 articles and keep them and add to your collection based on your experiences over the last two years. If you have journals, all the better!

    Depending on your current site theme and any extras (customizing...etc..), plugins,pictures, etc.. would determine if you need to back that up for restore elsewhere.

    Never delete anything you write until you have better copy for that topic!

    Making small incremental changes with your blog over time is fine and really does not need to be explained as you go. Just stay as simple as you need to with everything and keep better and more, in mind, as you move forward!

    Your blog or site should grow in parallel with what you are doing....(ie... tv travel shows have blogs) but if you prefer to build out your site now with more information or topics, then releasing information about your past travels as you finish preparing each travel or topic is fine too. The rules for blogging on your site are your rules which should be enjoyable for you!
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  • Hey Kirstie,

    If you keep looking at what other travel bloggers are doing, the fear of not being able to compete will stop you from achieving your goals.

    My suggestion would be put yourself out there while testing what works and what doesn't.

    That said,

    I Would say keep your domain and 3 posts while adding more and split testing as you go.

    cheers!
    Tanyi
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  • You should keep the domain if the name is unique and easy to remember. You change the website theme or delete its content if they are outdated or no longer relevant.
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  • Profile picture of the author Art of Asset Profit
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    What is a run of the mill Travel Blog? It's in Black and White? No pictures? You only taking photos of your feet?

    I do not think anyone can muck up a Travel Blog. Even if you traveled to the Sewers there are people that want to take a look!

    Make your story as exciting as you think it is. Make your pics beautiful. That drama you had on the way as you were leaving that night you were drinking, the day on the beach, that total stranger...that is the stuff that gets people engaged.

    If you said Finding Myself via Travel...what niche is that? But it still gets people curious.

    If you are yawning already at your own adventures nobody can can cure that. Get Excited look at the popular ones and be you but take notes on them and apply the good stuff.

    Not sure how anyone can suggest keeping your domain without knowing it. Maybe its StinkyBackPacker.com Is it a cool name is it your own name included in it. Does it say what it is what it does in the url? If you are feeling fresh then go fresh. Some people are sitting in cubicles right now they would love to see a unique and interesting journey....deliver.

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