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post #1 of 9 Old 03-10-2014, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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I've got sort of a crazy idea...

I was thinking about being a travel journalist, focusing mainly on riding tours, dude ranches, basically travel spots for horse lovers. I was wondering if someone could actually do something like this for a living? Is there even a niche for someone writing about this?
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-10-2014, 04:27 AM
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Astrid Appels for Eurodressage does something similair, I think. She travels to all the big events and reports on them. I want her job!

You may want to contact her to see what is involved, and how she funds it etc etc etc. I know you're looking at a different area, but you'll still share some of the same issues of travel, best way to report on something, how to best use the media and websites

Contact | eurodressage
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-10-2014, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks DuffyDuck! I'll try contacting her to see what she has to say.
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-10-2014, 07:24 AM
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No problems, glad to be of some help!
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-11-2014, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I thought about it, and I might just do this freelance and travel during vacations and such...I'm thinking elementary special education teacher for my career and writing will just be a side job. I thought about it, and I would like a little more job security than writing seems to have.
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-11-2014, 03:32 PM
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Not horses, but the same market -

My cousin is a writer and freelance journalist based in the UK. His speciality is music, particularly jazz and all types of indigenous.

He has worked fiercely hard all his life to build up his knowledge and reputation in order to make himself the 'go to' man in the British Media for certain music types. Each year he plans a trip to somewhere exotic, or simply far away, he pulls together all his contacts to make his trip full of interest and unique access to individuals or events. Then he pitches his idea to the newspapers that already give him some credence and tries to get enough advance commissions to pay for the trip.

He has a great holiday which is always on a budget and generally living at the hospitality of his contacts.

This is the basis of freelance journalism. There is no money in it. Ever...

Your competitors are all of us who go on trips and blog about them, or write reviews on Trip Advisor and the like. Also, the Ranches that you want to review will always happily provide interesting puff pieces to newspapers for free.

I do not wish to put you off, just to illustrate that in order to sell anything, your written piece has to be better than, and contain insights that no one else could provide. It can be done... but is hard work.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-11-2014, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the insight Shropshirerosie. I never really cared to make a lot of money, but blogging/writing articles is something that I have an interest in, and if I can explore the world and just make a little on the side to support the life I lead, that would be totally fine .
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-01-2014, 06:24 PM
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I have started blogging with blogger and there is ways to earn money with blogs, there are so many ways to make money with them. Its great and free to start one on blogger and you can write about whatever you want! Start one up and start writing today!
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-14-2014, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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I have a couple of blogs, but I've kind of neglected my writing lately . I need to either delete those or get started up again. Blogging is fun, but keeping up with one is harder than I thought.
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