The short answer; no it isn’t.
The long answer; let me expand on it now.
I know how it feels.
It seems like everybody calls themselves an “influencer” or has a blog these days, even your neighbours cat or your cousins t-shirt tie die business. With so much out there on the Internet, who could possibly care about what you have to say?
That is the beauty of the Internet and precisely why it’s not too late to start a blog.
There is space for everyone and everything on the Internet, and nobody can say what you have to say. Your story is yours to tell and nobody can do the same.
As content creators we have to accept that pretty much everything has already been done, or will be done again after you. In travel blogging, someone else will travel to that same spot and take a better photo or film better footage than you did. With so many people entering this online world, it’s bound to happen and it’s just a simple truth.
What their (maybe better) photos, videos or blogs don’t have is your take on that place.
Your experience of that place, your advice you have to share is yours only, and there will be people willing to read it.
Take for example something as popular and common as a visit to the Colosseum in Rome.
An Italian travel blogger might tell you the insider tips to visiting the Colosseum at the best time to beat the crowds.
A mommy blogger might tell you what it’s like to visit the Colosseum with children.
Another mommy blogger might expand on that and tell you what it’s like to visit the Colosseum with babies and a pram.
A photography blogger might tell you the best spots and times to visit the Colosseum in order to get the best photos.
A culture blogger might share with you historical facts about the Colosseum that you might not get from the standard pamphlet.
On and on it goes, you get my point.
Just because something has been done before, or just because there are a lot of people already doing it, doesn’t mean you can’t too.
I always draw the comparison with restaurants. There are an awful lot of restaurants in London, but that doesn’t stop people from opening new restaurants all the time. The fact that there are a lot of restaurants also doesn’t stop them from each working in their own space and being successful. Each restaurant has its own cuisine and target customers, the same way every blog has its niche and audience.
Some blog niches are more crowded than others, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t space for new people and voices in it.
I could go on forever drawing comparisons, but I think by now you understand what I’m trying to say and I hope it’s helped you decide whether you should start your own blog or not.
Yes the Internet is a crowded place, but only you can tell your story, and I can guarantee that there are people out there who are waiting to read it.
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