Random Rant: Arrogant Travel Bloggers That Are Too Good For Everyone.
It’s a while since I’ve done a random rant, and remember Don’t Stop Living is not just my blog title, but my philosophy for living your life the way you want it. That said, every now and then I like a moan and rant about things that annoy me. And it’s time for some fellow “travel bloggers” to take a reality check 🙂
As my blog built momentum and more readers, I receive more and more comments, e-mails and opinions. As every blogger knows, this is “work” in itself but we don’t often talk about it. Yes it’s work we do for free a lot of the time, but it comes with the job and the lifestyle. I buzz off it, I love it and I care about my readers and those who e-mail me.
I’m just back from a hike up to Central America’s highest peak and opened my inbox. I have hundreds of “work emails”. By that I mean:
– Fellow travel bloggers
– Fellow travellers
And guess what? I’ll reply to them all eventually and I always do. It’s my duty. Each week I get around 50 emails on the following topics:
And I reply to them all. I also send a lot of emails and messages each week and the thing that annoys me most is:
ARROGANT TRAVEL BLOGGERS WHO DON’T REPLY 😉
They think they’re above me, or you, or everyone. The news is – you’re not. You’re arrogant. You’re rude to not reply. And I’ll never give you any respect or visit your blog again. Good luck being “above everyone else.” Some of us have been in this game a lot longer than you and we will never stoop as low as you…
I wont’ list these travel bloggers but over 20 of so called “top/high profile travel bloggers” refuse to even muster a reply to some of my e-mails and I know it happens to my friends too. That makes me think “they think they’re too big for me”, “they think they’re too good for me”. The fact remains – you’re neither. It doesn’t hurt to be nice, nor does it take much effort. Take heed guys and girls…
And please – DO NOT EVER use the excuse that you are too busy! I am also “too busy” – just back from a hike up Central America’s highest peak, 4-5 more buses and hikes in the next 7 days. I’ve still managed to backpack through almost 90 countries, while replying to all my emails while trying to ensure this site has at least one blog post per day (not to mention my other sites and side projects).
So you’re not too busy, you’re just rude and arrogant. Don’t forget, I’ve been a travel blogger since 2007, outlasting the likes of Nomadic Matt and Wandering Earl (both who incidentally DO reply). All of those years of blogging, I’ve been actually travelling, at least on avergae 5-6 new countries (and over 20 cities) per year, with only a set home for 12 months of that. And I’m not too arrogant or busy to reply to friends, followers or fellow travel bloggers. So take heed and maybe I’ll get a reply…
On a final note, frankly it’s up to you at the end of the day…karma hurts.
Safe travels my friends.