TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
Hello! My name is Alek Zayas-Dorchak, and I run 9 to 5 Voyager, a travel blog focused on budget- and schedule-friendly travel.
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?
I started 9 to 5 Voyager at the advice of my friends and family, and for two main reasons: 1. I already traveled quite a bit and wanted a platform for sharing my adventures; and 2. Being several years out of college and finding myself in unfulfilling careers, I needed a creative outlet. I’ve really enjoyed writing and sharing my photos, and always look forward to my next voyage!
As a side note, I also wanted what we in the US call a “side hustle.” Money is not the main goal of this blog, but I can see it becoming a fun source of income in the future.
HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
Funniest moment? Man, I wish I had an answer to that! I’m really just now getting it ramped up, so I can’t think of a funny moment, per se. I’m sure I will soon, though!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
Again, I’m not sure I have a solid answer for that. It’s been fun, and keeps getting better and better.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BLOGGER STARTING OUT?
Spend some time coming up with a solid name BEFORE you create your website. You want something pertinent to your subject matter, that is also catchy. Will someone you meet on a sidewalk cafe remember it easily after hearing it?
If your goal is to monetize your blog, consider getting a self-hosted website on something like SiteGround or HostGator. That way, you can still use WordPress to write, but have more room to customize your content and get better ad opportunities.
Most importantly, be patient! You won’t be seeing any real payout for probably a year. Although, I would add that Facebook groups like Bloggers United can help you immensely, and give you the opportunity to help other bloggers as well!
WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BLOGGING THAT YOU DID NOT REALISE BEFORE YOU STARTED?
I was surprised at how many people from around the world have been reading my blog! It’s really cool to see someone in Kenya or Indonesia or Nepal read my work. I’m glad I added the Google Translate widget to the top of my page.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
While I’d love to love to say “quit my job and travel the world,” a more realistic response would be “pay off all my debt and travel the world!” I’m also trying to go back to school so I could certainly put some money towards that.
WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
Expert Vagabond has been a great role model so far. He’s one of the most successful and visible travel bloggers in the game. Since I’m a newcomer to all this, I find myself looking to his site for inspiration for my own. His blog is jam-packed with valuable information, incredible photography, and awesome stories. For example, he recently got back from traveling through Afghanistan.
You can follow Alek at
Blog – 9 to 5 Voyager
Thank you Alek for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself.
If you missed last weeks post or any of the other posts in the series, you can find the post in my Meet The Blogger section.