I know many of you think we started blogging in 2012, when we set off for our adventure in Spain. Nope! That isn’t really the case. We actually started blogging long before the term “blogging” even existed. Way back in 1997!
Alan and I were married in 1997 and a month later moved to London, England from sunny California. In those days, email wasn’t common outside of the workplace as most computers were big machines that sat under your desk. Mobile phones were bigger than life and it wasn’t very common to own one. I don’t even think there was such a thing as texting. International phone calls were crazy expensive and Skype didn’t exist.
So what did we do to keep in touch with our family and friends, half way across the globe? We built a website!
Yes, while Alan was at work all day, living large at Piccadilly Circus, I was home with my huge monitor and computer. Spending several hours a day learning about computers and Front Page. I was building a website to keep our family and friends, back in the US, informed on our travel and adventures.
At the time we were called Wagoners on the Web (WOW) and we shared all of our adventures in journal format. Several years later the kids were born and it also housed their baby books. That site kept going from 1997-2012, when Wagoners Abroad was born.
That’s when it all really began.
Let’s get to those questions!
1) What are we working on/writing?
We all continue to work on the blog regularly and help our readership grow. Now that we are in homeschool mode, Lars and Anya will also be contributing a little more to the blog. Alan is currently heads down with updating his e-book “Live in Spain – Resident Visa Application Tips and Tricks“. He is adding wonderful charts and checklists. These will be of great help to the non-EU citizens, going through the process of applying for the Spanish Resident Visa. Lars continues to write for his Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program with the Wandering Educators.
2) How does our work/writing differ from others of its genre?
I really don’t know! We are just real and share our life experiences. From those experiences, we have many recommendations, provide advice, tips and tricks related to travel and sometimes life. We always have a wonderful destination to highlight and on rare occasions you will see what we don’t like too. Each of us in Wagoners Abroad has a different style and I think collectively, it is a great combo. Our readers can usually tell who wrote the article, without looking at the author tag.
3) Why do we write what we do?
We write because we love what we are doing and we want to share it with the world, or anyone that will take a moment to read. We started back in 1997 to keep a journal for our family and friends and over the past 2 years, it has morphed into something spectacular. We have very engaged readers that contact us and have become our online friends. We also have made some amazing friendships, through writing, with other bloggers and that has been an unexpected treat. All of our readers and their comments, share, likes are what keep us going. Knowing it is inspiring or helping someone is the best.
4) How does my writing process work?
We each have our unique way of getting our thoughts out into the written word. For me, I tend to just, ramble and let it all come out. Basically I “dump” all of my thoughts and then go back later and make sense of it. Many times I will jot down memorable moments, words or phrases, to make sure I bring those up in the post. Other times, I will use photos to inspire my words. I will grab a series of photos and have them help me tell the story.