Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?
Dear Christina! Today, we would like to know more about your work as a “digital influencer“. How important are community & networking for you, and where will the way still lead you both personally as well as in business?
We are curious to know more! Thank you for taking part and answering my interview. Here we go 🙂
I don’t really like the term “digital influencer”, as I don’t see myself as “influencing” other people (it reminds me of nerve-racking TV ads). My readers are between 24 and 45 years old. I believe that what they are looking for, is content that inspires & informs them, which is exactly what I see myself doing. Personally, I want to share experiences, destinations, and products I feel I can identify with, experiences that will make me, and others, want to travel to a particular place.
In order to be(come) a successful travel blogger, content creator, and entrepreneur, you need a lot of patience & perseverance. Most are tempted to give up, and I believe that being successful, is having found your very own niche and doing what you love. You must trust that eventually, hard work will pay off.
What is more, I found networking to be key. Cooperation instead of competition. Networking, and working with others, has always opened up new opportunities, and new projects, for me.
My most exciting project so far has been working together with Canon. 20 years ago, my father started taking pictures on a Canon camera, and I have been one of the brand’s early adopters, all the way to being a sports photographer at the World Cup ski race in Garmisch. Ever since, I take all my photographs with Canon, which has now resulted in a cooperation project with them for the summer as one of only two bloggers all over Austria. Personally, I attribute this success to being authentic, and real when writing about my experiences.
I hardly ever attend travel trade shows and conferences, since I’m a natural introvert. Much rather, I like to meet other bloggers and clients in person, rather than being overwhelmed in the multitude of a big crowd. Probably one of the top reasons why I still haven’t made it to the travel trade show ITB in Berlin ..
My goal is to become 100% location independent in my work. I do this by currently working on image video projects for hotels and travel destinations, Social Media consultancy, websites, articles, and photographs on a commissions basis. Of course, the aim is to make CitySeaCountry more known, too.
In the future, what I would like to develop more, are workshops & training units about blogging & online marketing, drawing on my ten years of experience as a teacher / principal, as well as my digital marketing & Social Media studies.
As a professional blogger, I am above all an entrepreneur. Work means money, and this needs to be valued as such – even or especially when going on a trip. Blogtrips are work, above all, managing Social Media, filming, editing, and writing all in one go.
I also recommend my business partners not to look only at the number of followers, but also whether the blog fits their niche, how long it has existed, and whether there is a professional strategy behind it. As bloggers, we are naturally creative and can offer a lot of ideas to those wishing to work with us.
Last but not least, I always stress the issue of longevity: Blog posts stay online for a very long time, articles keep on reaching readers way beyond the opportunities of print media. It is important, therefore, to check the age of a blog: If it is very new, chances are it might disappear again just as quickly.
I get most ideas from other bloggers, or my favourite Social Media channel Pinterest. Pinterest works image-based, like a search engine. I add and save pins, and gather them in a secret wall for my next trip. Check out my blog for a review of how I like to work with Pinterest.
I am always fascinated by just how beautiful our world really is. No matter where I’ve been: It is always worth taking time for slow travel. Likewise, I have found many exciting details up on the walls of buildings, or out in the nature, which I might otherwise have missed.
I always carry a camera to take pictures and to film, my iPhone as well as my GoPro. Plus, my MacBookAir, as well as some books. You can never have enough books! Then of course, I always have my Bullet Journal with me, for taking important notes and keeping a physical memory of things and ideas.
And, you will never see me without my “McGyver” handbag! McGyver, because according to my niece, you can find everything inside this bag a (wo)man needs in this life. 🙂
On the road, I love the adventure, nature, as well as a little luxury, and great vegetarian / vegan food. Once I am back from my trips and off work (which does not happen very often), I like to relax on the couch with my two cats, or out on the deck chair during summer. Reading, too, is very relaxing for me.
Three good reasons?
Plus: Vegetarian / vegan food.
That’s what you should really check out CitySeaCountry for.
What am I particularly proud of? That despite my impatience, I have managed to stick through and make it through the first few years of hard work in blogging, all the way to where I am today.
Thank you so much, dear Christina, for this interview!