Welcome to my latest interview, with the very talented lifestyle blogger and freelance writer Maya Maceka. Be sure to check out her blog, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you enjoy this interview.
I am really inspired by your story of going from a “normal life” to full-time “digital nomad.” For those who haven’t heard it, give us the explanation of where you were in life and where you are now in a nutshell.
I kind of always knew that I wasn’t meant to live a “traditional” lifestyle. Growing up, I loved travelling to new places and hated being stuck in a routine. So, when I found myself getting too comfortable in a 9-to-5 office job, I knew something had to change. I had a great group of friends and was generally happy at my job but it felt like something was missing.
I decided that I wanted travel. And not just for two weeks out of the year. So, I started researching ways I could work and make money online. I tried out a bunch of side hustles and much to my own surprise, money started rolling in.
As soon as that first hard-earned dollar hit my Paypal account, I knew that it was going to work. So, I went into work, packed up my desk and quit right in the middle of my shift. On the way home from work, I booked a one-way flight abroad.
And you know what? It worked out. Fast forward two years and I’m making a full-time income from working online. Plus, I get to live somewhere new every month! Honestly, I wouldn’t trade the digital nomad lifestyle for anything and I want to help make it a reality for more people.
You really took a risk when you decided to quit your job and pursue making money online. What did your friends/family/coworkers say when you told them your plan?
I think all of my friends and family members had different opinions. Some of them were really supportive and others… not so much. Everything happened so quickly and it was hard for people, including myself – to process. A week and a half after I quit my job, I was living abroad in Serbia and freelance writing for a living!
Now, I’m super thankful to have a supportive group of friends who I get to hang out with every time I’m back home. A few of them have even come to visit me on my travels!
In just two months of blogging, you have already made over $700! In your Income Report post you lay out exactly how you accomplished this. If someone were to employ just one of the tactics you used to make money, which one would you recommend?
This probably sounds cliche but, affiliate marketing – hands down. I think this is a GREAT way to start making money with a blog because it doesn’t require a ton of traffic or social media followers. It literally takes just one person clicking through your link and buying something that they’re interested in! I think “affiliate marketing” sounds intimidating to a lot of people but trust me, it’s easier than you think!
You share some great blogging tips for beginners in this blog post. If you had to give one more piece of advice to beginner or aspiring bloggers, what would it be?
Don’t give up!
It can be SO discouraging to keep up with your blog when you’re not getting a lot of traffic or making any money. But it’s important to remember that it takes time and effort. Nobody is going to just magically find your blog if you’re not working on search engine optimization or promoting your posts on social media. Hard work pays off!
You’ve got a lot of great content on your site, from lifestyle and travel articles to resources and services. If a reader only has a short amount of time to peruse your site, which 3 articles would you suggest they start with?
I only write about topics that I know and love. Of course, that means I’m not just going to stick to one particular subject. I’m a digital nomad, so I write about travel, working online and saving money.
If you were to just pick three pieces of content from my site, I think it would have to be my guide on how to start a successful lifestyle blog, this post about my top 5 successful online side hustles and my latest income report, where I break down how I made over $700 in my second month of blogging.
In today’s world, it seems social media, particularly Instagram, is an essential part of blogging. What’s your biggest piece of advice for upping your social media game?
Be active! I struggle with this one myself, but if you want to see good results on social media, then you need to be consistently active. These days, posting once or twice a week isn’t good enough. You should strive to post a new piece of content on every one of your social media platforms each day.
A big part of your life, and your blog, is travel. What is the biggest lesson traveling has taught you?
Just roll with the punches. When you’re traveling (in a new country especially) things are going to go wrong and might not be what you expected. So it’s important to have an open mind and be ready to go off-track sometimes!
Your blog is unique because not only do you share your story, but you strive to help other bloggers achieve their goals as well. What has been the response from people you have helped so far?
One of the reasons I love being a part of the blogosphere so much, is that everyone is so friendly! So, whether I build an entire blog for someone or give them one small piece of advice, they seem genuinely thankful and happy.
And to be honest, I feel the same way. I love helping people and making new friends! Which is part of the reason why I just started my own Facebook group – the Blog Nest. If you’re a blogger who is looking to make new connections, boost your traffic and achieve your goals, I would love for you to come join us!
To finish things off, I just want to say thank you SO much to Shelly who generously offered to have me be a part of this Table Talk Tuesday. It’s been so awesome working with you and I’ve had a great time reading all of your past interviews!
And I want to know, what has been YOUR favourite part of hosting Table Talk Tuesday and interviewing other bloggers?
Thank YOU, Maya! I’ve never had someone turn the questions on me before, so this is fun. I would have to say my favorite part so far has been just hearing people’s stories and learning more about other bloggers. I have always been fascinated by other people’s unique takes on life, which is why I enjoy interviewing so much.
That concludes another Table Talk Tuesday interview! I hope you all enjoyed learning more about Maya, and hearing her story and her advice for other bloggers.
As always, please shoot me an email if you’d like to be featured in this interview series at email@example.com