In todays interview we are going to be talking with Matt Long from LandLopers.com An experiential luxury traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his award winning site LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt has been to more than 65 countries and all 7 continents.
1. Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?
When I first started my site I really didn’t fully understand what a blog was. What I did know was that my passion for travel needed an outlet, a way to be expressed and so over a long weekend I put together a very basic web site. I immediately loved the writing and sharing and I was very lucky that it grew as quickly as it did.
2. Walk me through step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today?
It’s not as easy as that. Everyone has a different path and that’s the way it should be. For me, I was in a soul-sucking job that I hated and my blog was my creative outlet. I never expected that it would one day BE my full time job. For anyone to be a successful digital entrepreneur you have to have a fierce love and passion for what you do and be willing to invest a lot of time and energy without seeing any return except for your own enjoyment.
3. How would someone describe your blogging style?
Well I’m an adventure luxury writer, so that’s what I cover, but my posts are also very personal. I’m an honest guy and I share things as I see them. Blogs aren’t meant to be travel guides, those already exist. And so instead I share the world as I see it.
4. A lot of people are interested in blogging for some money earning potential. What are some tips for people interested in making money from blogging? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?
No one should ever go into blogging to make money. First of all, there’s not much to be made so it’s a horrible idea to start with. Second, blogging should be an expression of someone’s passion for something. If you can turn that into a career, then great! But most don’t and most also don’t want to. If though making blogging a career is something you want to do, like anything else in life it just takes a lot of hard work and determination.
5. Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
I admire anyone who is honest and thoughtful in their writing. One in particular is UnBravegirl.com. She’s hilarious and offers an unprejudiced view of her life – I love it.
6. What is next for you? What can we expect in 2015?
I will hopefully continue to travel the world and share my experiences with everyone.
7. How can readers of my blog get in touch with you?
Thank you Matt for taking your time to share your story in my blogging community!