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My WWOOF Blog and Instagram Journey

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by solwayspaceman, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. solwayspaceman

    solwayspaceman Newbie

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    Hello!

    Tomorrow (11/16/15) I leave to start my WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) journey. For those who don't know what WWOOF is all about, I'll explain real quick: WWOOF is a volunteer program that exchanges labor for food and board accommodation. In theory, you could volunteer with WWOOF in order to travel the country or other countries around the world. I start tomorrow in Valley Center, California.

    Anyways, the reason I'm posting about it on here is because I've made a blog and Instagram to document my travels and to make money off of them while I'm WWOOFing in order to fund my future WWOOF travels. I've never done anything like this before and I don't think anyone on here is a "digital-nomad." So I thought it'd be interesting to post about it on here in case anyone is interested in using money made online to fund travels of some kind.

    I've done a lot of research about Instagram and blogging and how to make money from them, so I at least have an idea of what to do. It's going to take me a while before I start seeing any profit because I'm trying to do this the most organic (ha, it's like a pun) way possible. I think my chances are decent at getting traffic and people interested in looking at my blog because I've noticed no one has really created a WWOOF blog like mine, but then again there might be a reason for that. Either way, I'm confident I can make at least something from this. ANY money coming in will be a tremendous help because you don't get paid to WWOOF.

    I'll be posting updates on here when I'm able to, but my primary focus will the blog and Instagram itself, obviously. One of the main reasons for this is because access to WiFi while WWOOFing is a little difficult because not all farms have WiFi. So I'll have to go into a nearby town to get it. I plan to at least keep weekly updates going so that anyone who's interested can see my progress with followers and profits.

    If you'd like to check out the blog, it's wwoofingwithaaron (dot) com. The Instagram account is under the same name. I've also created a Facebook page and Pinterest account to help with traffic. I realize Facebook pages aren't fantastic, but they're easy to maintain and it certainly can't hurt. I know I can also get a Tumblr and Twitter and stuff as well, but I wanted to start off slow because, like I said, access to WiFi/internet/cell service won't be that easy or great. So I thought I'd start with them and see how they work out.

    Although I've created all the accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest) I still haven't begun to drive traffic yet. I'm waiting until I get more things up on the blog before I go around trying to drive traffic to it. So with that mind I'm starting at:

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    Followers: 3
    Following: 4

    And since I'm just using Facebook and Pinterest to essentially get traffic, I won't be including their statistics on here.

    To conclude, I hope some people on here find this interesting enough to follow! And if anyone has any questions about WWOOF, feel free to ask :D.
     
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  2. Neon

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    Good Luck OP :)
     
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  3. CrazyBuddy

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    Good Luck with your Journey ...
     
  4. Sherbert Hoover

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    A few site critiques if you're cool with it:

    I'd suggest changing the header to alleviate some of that massive amount of white space on your home page. If you shrink/rearrange the header and move it to the left side, you can put the menu on the right side and have the slider cover the remainder of the screen.

    I'd change the font (gross) and the text color of the wording on the slider. The colors blend too much in most of the images.

    I'd also suggest adding a couple words to your right hand text under the slider or removing a few words from the left hand text in order to maintain symmetry between those site sections.

    Maybe cut the Instagram widget from 3x3 to 3x2 to keep from having an asymmetrical amount of empty space in your footer.

    I'd also suggest shortening the slug on your About page from http://www.wwoofingwithaaron.com/about-wwoofing-with-aaron/ to http://www.wwoofingwithaaron.com/about/.

    Also changing http://www.wwoofingwithaaron.com/blog-2/ to http://www.wwoofingwithaaron.com/blog/. I've had this issue before when I uploaded a Wordpress theme and the blog page overrode the default Blog page I had built.

    Your What Is WWOOFing page dropdown FAQ is pretty awesome. Looks like your Instagram has exploded as well. Best of luck to you.