MEET TRAVEL WITH KARLA
In this journey as a blogger, it is so amazing to know someone who will really inspire me to strive harder in this craft. That is why I am excited to let you know another inspiration of mine. Meet Travel with Karla.
TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF
“Annyeong! My name is Karla. I’m a teacher by profession and a blogger by passion. I enjoy taking pictures and writing about my experiences. One of my advocacy is to eliminate online sexual exploitation of children. During weekends, I teach kids in the community whenever I’m not traveling.“
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?
“I started blogging when I was in college. I think it was 2009. I started with tumblr but it’s just a microblog. In 2013, I decided to create an account under blog spot. And finally in 2016, I created my “formal blog” under WordPress.
I started blogging to record my experiences. Tumblr became my online journal when I was in college. Then I lived in Korea from 2015-2017, I don’t have an idea where to print pictures for my scrapbook so I decided to make an online journal instead. The reason why I moved to WordPress is funny. I just felt that the themes in WordPress are pretty so I transferred some of my blog posts there. Haha! As I mature, the reason why I blog has changed. I blog to record my experience, to make honest reviews about products and services, and to provide guides for people who want to follow my footsteps. “
TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BLOG (MEET TRAVEL WITH KARLA)
“Travel with Karla is a blog owned by a fan girl. Originally it’s a travel blog about places in Korea. One time, while watching Kdramas, I realized that I know where the places are. I started going there and taking pictures. Then I created some detailed itineraries on how to go to those places.
Now that I’m back in the Philippines, I get invites from brands to attend events. I also get products from different brands. In addition, I also get services from spas and derm clinics. Travel with Karla is now a Travel and Lifestyle blog. “
WHAT ARE THE STRUGGLES YOU ENCOUNTER SINCE YOU STARTED BLOGGING?
“For a moment, I felt that I lost my privacy. I receive lots of friend requests from people I don’t know. I also got lots of messages. There was a time when I don’t read notifications anymore. It’s the reason why I created a Facebook Page.
Another difficulty is that, I’m not a techie person. I need assistance when it comes to the technical side. I don’t know how to work on the web hosting and stuff.“
WHAT ARE THE ACHIEVEMENTS YOU HAVE SINCE YOU STARTED BLOGGING?
“I don’t receive any particular award from blogging. I get fulfilled when people thank me after their trips. I love it when they say that they used my travel guides during their trip.
What else? I guess another achievement is when I got sponsors from different countries to support my advocacy.“
WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU DISCOVER ABOUT YOURSELF WHEN YOU STARTED BLOGGING?
“I realized that I’m not confined to my niche. I can bloom wherever I am planted. Before leaving Korea, I only got 30K followers on my Facebook Page. I thought it would stop growing because my readers are only interested about my adventures in Korea. I was wrong. People are still interested with my lifestyle here in the Philippines. Travel with Karla has now 84,700 followers while my personal account has 15,700. That 100K!
Despite those numbers, I still don’t feel entitled. I rarely pitch. I wait for brands to contact me first. “
PLEASE GIVE SOME TIPS AND ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS STARTING OUT
“Blog about the things you are passionate about. Don’t focus on the number of readers. Create good content, and the readers will follow.
Make friends with other bloggers. Don’t treat them as competitors. These bloggers can help you grow and maybe give you opportunities.
Ask advice from people. Send me a message on my Facebook Page! Haha!“
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGERS?
Too many to mention! I don’t want my blogger friends to feel bad when they don’t see their name here. Haha! I have some favorite bloggers from Travel Itinerary Philippines (TIP), and South Bloggers.
SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://facebook.com/travelwithkarla