The Nomadic Addict with Blogger Mae Demdam
Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where are you from? Where do you currently live?
My name is Mae. If I’m not travelling I’m working full-time as a Digital Analyst with seoWorks, an SEO Company based in Sydney, NSW and as a freelance writer. I am originally from Jacksonville, FL, but have been moving around quite a bit with stints in California, Australia and now back in Florida.
What first inspired you to start your blog? Since then, which destinations have you covered?
When I left for California, friends and family kept asking me what I was up to and what I had experienced. I wanted a short, sweet, and simple way to communicate with everyone without having to write individual emails so I started to blog at The Nomadic Addict. I’ve written about my travels all over California and the Pacific Northwest, Thailand, Singapore, India, and am now working on my Australian experiences.
What is the main purpose of your blog? Is there a message that you’re trying to convey to your readers?
It was a way for me to journal my travel experience and touch on the parts that stuck out to me the most. I think my message is to appreciate everything in the world, to look at something that may seem foreign, whether that’s food, culture, music or religion and find a way to connect with it.
What gets you into the writing mode?
If it’s raining outside, I’m always motivated to sit in front of my computer and write.
What are some exciting partnerships, connections, or opportunities that have come out of your blog?
I’ve been able to meet other travel bloggers through Twitter and by guest posting on their blogs. It’s been really motivating to see how some bloggers make this their full-time jobs. I’ve really been inspired by their passion.
Is your blog a business? If so, what are some of the ways that you monetize it?
No, I haven’t moved forward with creating a business out of the blog. It’s on my radar for someday soon.
What advice would you give to other women who are interested in launching a travel blog?
I think it’s important to be excited about what you’re writing and not worry about what people will say. You need to get out of your head about what you are publishing because it will make you insecure and second guess yourself. I wrote specifically for family and friends, but other readers found my blog. I was nervous at first, but realized that my writing is on the web and anyone can find it, so don’t sweat the small stuff.