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What do I need to do to become a better blogger?

what do I need to do to become a better bloggerAfter reading so many articles on how to earn your living as a travel blogger, I’ve tried to put things into a new perspective. Because frankly, for the moment, I don’t even know if I want to earn my living as a travel blogger, but I definitely know I want you to have the best experience when reading my blog. This is why I ask you, if you’re reading this right now, to leave me a short comment and tell me which of the things mentioned below you’d like to see more/less of.


1. Write more frequently and more diversified. I know that I probably blew you off several times telling you I’ll be writing about my travels (as they happen) more, but I just couldn’t find the discipline to take an hour off my regular schedule every day to write and post pictures while traveling. What I can promise you, is that I will start to write about previous travel experiences (as I remember them) starting mid July. Would you like to hear my personal travel stories or rather how I booked the trips, what websites I used, what hotels/airbnbs I stayed at, top 5-10 hot spots to check out etc.?


2. Focus on just one language and divide German from English or Romanian posts from the past through my blog design. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time now but haven’t managed to, because I have no idea how to implement it into the blog theme I currently use. Of course, the language that will be used is English, because if you’re reading this, you’re probably from a different part of the world than me (or are you? where are you from? tell me!).


3. Write an updated version of my About page and find out a way to make my Impressum page visible. I actually have an Impressum page written on WordPress under Pages, just haven’t found a way to have it visible and next to About due to the current blog design. I think having an About focused on what I love to do most (somehow a portfolio of my writing ventures) could actually help me find sponsors both for Wienblogger and for xPRiment.


4. Post better pictures. Ok, this is a big problem of mine. Although I own a Nikon D40 DSLR cam AND have made professional photography courses when I was 17, I haven’t used that camera in over a year (I use a Samsung Galaxy Camera with an amazing zoom function and my iPhone 5s instead). I’m never sure why the photos I post are blurry and…well, not that pretty compared to the ones you see on some gorgeous Austrian fashion blogs. And I always blame it on me – maybe there’s no talent at all or maybe there’s a need for better gear?


5. Last but definitely not least, embed some Social Media Plugins to push my Facebook Page (click! like! share! comment!) forward and start using Google Analytics again. If I would have focused more on getting this part covered a couple of years ago, maybe the amount of questions written above would have been smaller. Maybe it would have been easier to get sponsors for Wienblogger, maybe my life would have been different. But honestly, it’s never too late to start doing things right.


To go back to the travel bloggers I’ve been telling you about in the first sentence, here are some great resources you should check out:

How Sabina from Just One Way Ticket can afford to travel

Travel Bloggers share their secrets on The Wandering Orange

How to earn money when traveling via Pink Compass (German article)

How Mirela from coral and mauve plans her blog posts (German article)

#wienblogger in den Sommer Gewinnspiel Verlosung

Gewinner Wienblogger in den SommerHerzlichen Dank an alle, die beim Gewinnspiel teilgenommen haben und mir dabei so ein tolles Feedback für die nächsten Wienblogger Events geschickt haben! Ich habe in den letzten Tagen alle eure Mails gelesen und werde nächste Woche nach der letzten Prüfung meines Studiums (hurra!) dazukommen, ein MailChimp Konto zu erstellen. Bezüglich Mailing Liste könnt ihr sehr gerne auch eure Bloggerfreunde fragen, ob sie einmal im Monat eine Mail von Wienblogger mit Ankündigungen zu Events und Bloggeraktivitäten erhalten möchten. Meine Adresse kennt ihr schon, leitet die Leute einfach weiter :) .

Die Wienblogger treffen sich im Herbst wieder. Macht euch für einen Donnerstag Mitte September nichts vor, ich versuche bis dann einen tollen Sponsor für unser Event zu finden und schlage euch per Mailing Liste mehrere Varianten vor, wie wir uns treffen können. Drückt mir in diesem Sinn die Daumen oder schreibt mir eure Vorschläge per Mail, in einem Kommentar oder auf Facebook/Twitter auf.

So, und jetzt zum schönsten Teil dieses Artikels:

Teilnehmerliste Wienblogger in den Sommer

Es werden die Preise in folgender Reihenfolge ausgewählt:

Der zweite Preis in Wert von 35 Euro (Gutschein ins Lokal Pergola) wurde von…

Gewinner zweiter Preis Wienblogger

Adnan gewonnen!

Und wer darf jetzt mit fünf Freunden im Hotel Zeitgeist feiern? Der erste Preis geht an…

Erster Preis Wienblogger in den Sommer


Die Gewinner werden in den nächsten Tagen von Marco per Mail kontaktiert und erhalten alle Infos zur Übergabe. Herzlichen Glückwunsch und viel Spaß mit den Preisen!

The Big Thank You

The big Thank YouAs you might have seen on my Facebook profile, Instagram account or in this little place I like to call home of thoughts, I really love to travel. It’s what gets me going through the days, it’s what sets my soul on fire every time I want to live out loud and experience/experiment with myself and the world. You see, traveling is something I always wanted to do but never ever thought I’d be doing this often at this age. Even my dear family and boyfriend keep telling me that it might be too much too soon, but thankfully, they all accept my habit of walking into the room telling them about the next great deal across the planet and usually convincing them to take the journey with me.

While remembering my first endeavors through Europe back when I came to Vienna, I cannot help but notice how the budget kept getting smaller, yet the trips kept getting better. As I returned from Amsterdam in the morning, I realized with what ease I stepped into Schiphol after four years of not seeing it – four years after I took my first ever trip across the ocean, to Canada, to see my dear godparents and their lovely children, Denisa and Radu. So much has changed since then! My luggage got lighter, my trips got shorter and multiplied by a dozen, my research got more intense, yet usually done on the night before departing to a new location. But nothing could have been like this if it weren’t for the lovely people who took me into their homes and showed me the cities the way they’re meant to be seen.

If it hadn’t been for Denisa, I wouldn’t have seen Vancouver and fallen in love with the idea of going to the States. Andra took me through whole Switzerland, showing me everything there was to be seen and setting new standards of how to travel the world. Elena hosted me twice in Berlin, each time making me feel at home in a place so far away from home. Anda showed me what it’s like to live in a campus near Paris and thankfully, Ruxi took over and proved that nothing compares to the wonders of the City of Lights. Especially after dark! :) If it hadn’t been for her, I wouldn’t have seen Paris three times in seven months. Never in my dreams could I have imagined achieving that. I still can’t realize HOW I did it, but it was so worth it! With Cristi I saw a bright and sunny Stockholm. Corinna showed me the best side of Graz and invited me to meet her family, which was so amazing!

Iulia took us through Beijing and negotiated with everybody in Chinese, before settling for Romanian – a language with better results in terms of pricing in Chinese malls. Carina and Christina made our Amsterdam dream come true! Charlie and Nancy are the coolest Californians we’ve met so far and we can’t wait for them to arrive in Europe next year. Anne hosted us all in her wonderful American Dream home in Michigan and made us want to have more from life than just hope. And then, along came London…Ale helped me fall in love with the city. And then she really helped me fall in love with the city by taking me to the Aqua Shard for cocktails. I’ll never forget that night. It was the night I knew something was about to change.

But more to that later :) see you after the exams embarking on a new trip that will take us to hot, hot parts of the world!

#Wienblogger in den Sommer – Teilnehmerliste und Gewinnspiel

Liebe Wienblogger,

Gestern Abend war viel zu schön, um es heute in der Früh irgendwie in Wörter beschreiben zu können. Dafür gibt’s den fotografischen Beweis, die Teilnehmerliste und die Gewinnspiel-Ankündigung, die das alles bestätigen soll ;)

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Wer war diesmal dabei?

Patrick Twitter Blog

Fabian Twitter Blog

Bigii Twitter Blog

Heinz Twitter

Francesca Blog

Christoph Twitter

Adnan Blog

Stefan Blog -> schaut euch sein Buch an!

Vera Blog

Melly Twitter

Daniel Twitter Blog

Mathias Twitter Blog

Petra Twitter Blog

Viktor Webseite

Thanh Twitter Blog

Faebiaen Twitter

Claudia Twitter

Angelika und Silvia Blog

Arina Blog

Edda Twitter Online Magazin

Bianca Blog

Kim Twitter Blog

Susi Blog

Diana Blog

Marliese und Alex Webseite

Sophie Instagram

Iulia und Aleksandra Webseite

Rose Facebook

Meli Mitten in Wien ;) Blog

Jasmin Instagram

Marco Twitter

Olga Webseite

Valeria Blog

and yours truly, Andra

Falls sich jemand gestern nicht eingetragen hat oder falls ihr andere Links von euch geteilt haben möchtet, schreibt mir einen Kommentar darunter.

Wie gestern angekündigt, gibt es diesmal ein Gewinnspiel mit tollen Preisen für die Teilnehmer. Es geht darum, einen Blogpost über #Wienblogger zu schreiben mit folgenden Elementen:

  • -was dir daran gefiel und was nicht
  • -wie die Location #lokalpergola war
  • -was du anders gestalten würdest oder gerne nochmals erleben würdest

Füge Details hinzu, wie du ins Lokal Pergola gefunden hast und poste deinen Link als Kommentar darunter.

Zeit: bis Sonntag, 15. Juni um 23.59 Uhr

1 x eine Party im Hotel Zeitgeist für dich und fünf deiner Freunde. Hotel Zeitgeist lädt dich somit ein, den Abend mit Freunden ausklingen zu lassen, in einem netten Hotelzimmer mit Balkon zu trinken, zu essen und euch von allen Zeitgeist-Features auf der siebten Etage (Sauna und Dachterrasse) begeistern zu lassen.
  • 1 x 35 Euro Gutschein für das Lokal Pergola

Die Gewinner werden per am 16. Juni ausgewählt und danach in einem Blogpost bekannt gegeben.

Herzlichen Dank an alle, die gestern Abend dabei waren! :)

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