Believe it or not but blogging is by no means a lucrative business. For a small percentage of people, sure. Us? Not at all. Some use blogging as a platform to pursue other endeavors or transition into different careers. Either we’re horrible brainstormers, have terrible luck, are a bit too “alternative” for what is commonly a conservative industry, or are just plain bad businessmen/women.
So what I am getting at?
We are really freaking broke. Crushingly broke. Really, really, stupidly f-ing broke. Are we unhappy? Hell no! Are we hurting in the pocketbooks? YES.
We’ve hit lots of road blocks lately.
We were supposed to head to TBEX Toronto for a travel blogging conference at the beginning of June. That had to be canceled. We were supposed to go on a grand USA road trip after. That also had to be canceled. Australia? Canceled. We can’t save up $10,000 to have in our bank account to show we are financially stable for the work visa. Jobs have been incredibly hard to come by since we’ve been back home.
When we came back from Mexico we had noticed one huge problem glaring at us – our bank account. Over the past 6 or 7 months, the blog had no longer been something we could rely on and we hadn’t gotten paid for 5 of the 7 months. Long story short, we had mysteriously racked up an insane amount of debt back on credit cards and we are back to square one.
Did I mention that the blog had turned into a job? I remember a day that I thrived for working on the blog. It was a labor of love. When it became the only source of income, I felt like it had become stale. My creativity was stifled. It became an obligation. I had left one rat race and entered another one unknowingly. We toiled for 40+ hour weeks, trying to make it work. Trying to make it “big” – and our “payoff” never came before we ran out of money (which is all good, it just means we have to put our energy elsewhere).
It was so dire that we were two months behind in rent and we went to donate plasma to buy groceries.
It is how I ended up feeling like I was in a hole. A very dark hole that will never be mentioned again. I felt as though we had hit rock bottom. Something like THIS. It was a very scary time that maybe, someday I’ll write about. But for now, I’m just glad that I got out of it.
That, my friends, is how obsessed we were with travel. We took it as far as we could but now we need to turn that around. We had never even really intended it becoming permanent when we started. It was supposed to be only a year abroad.
I feel so incredibly blessed that we’ve been able to ride the wave this far.
So what does that mean?
We’re creating roots in Austin. We still have our hearts here and it is much easier to stay put and have a bit of pay stability to get our life back in order. I never made as much on the road as I did with a “real” job at home.
No, we’re not going to stop traveling. It just means we have to travel differently. Expect more weekend getaways, general travel around Texas, things to do in Austin, and the occasional romp around the world.
And NO, I would NEVER quit Over Yonderlust. I love this blog. I look forward to posting. I love seeing your comments and discussions. There are so many stories we haven’t told you (half because there are some scandalous moments)! There are entire albums of pictures you haven’t seen. We still have so much to share.
We’re both working. If you haven’t heard by now, I’m working part time with the wonderful guys from Walks of Italy. Remember them? I’m also doing quite a bit of content writing and trying to get my photography career back in order (I used to be a wedding photographer here in Austin). Shaun is still scouting for a job to hold him over until the yearly firefighter tryouts (can we say HOT SEXY FIREMAN? I can.). I’m crossing my fingers that he doesn’t suffer the general American malaise with the job hunt.
Expect a few more lifestyle posts. As we create our “new” lives here in Austin, you get to see how I’m about to balance travel and “home”.
And while we did have to stop long term traveling before we were ready, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few things I’m looking forward to:
- Brunches with friends.
- A new puppy.
- Having an art space to create.
- Non-stop chips and salsa.
It doesn’t mean that we will stop forever. It means that we have to slow down for now. There is nothing that can take away my wanderlust. We just need to make sure we’re doing it as responsibly as we can.