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article imageOp-Ed: Blogging offers growing number of expatriates new revenue stream

By Larry Alton     Aug 5, 2013 in Internet
As the world becomes more interconnected, it is continually more possible to move abroad and support yourself using only the resources found on the world wide web.
When Tina Turner renounced her US citizenship earlier this year, many were curious as to why she did it and how her life has been ever since. And, for many, this curiosity turned into imitation.
Today, more than 6 million Americans live abroad and in 2011 nearly 1,800 Americans renounced their passports. This is a small percentage considering more than 300 million people are American citizens, but many think the number of people doing this will increase considering the US is one of the few countries who taxes its citizens who are working abroad.
And working from an island paradise is more of a reality than ever.
Though primarily in the technology jobs, professionals in all sectors have been pulling up their deep roots in American soil and moving to exotic locales all over the world. The continuing penetration of the Internet means that, for most, the only thing necessary to clock in to work is an Internet connection. Companies are more willing than ever to choose candidates who aren't local, despite the efforts of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
So for those of you looking to hit the open road and become part of a growing labor group, get your blog started and get ready to work on your tan.
Blogging to make a living while abroad
If you are looking for an excuse to travel, blogging might be the perfect in. Successful bloggers can make enough money to support themselves, and often a small family, for about one year.
This is particularly true if there is another employed partner helping to support the family.
Bloggers make money through advertising, and external companies that pay for their commentaries. Much like traditional journalists, these writers are as much a vital part of the Internet as any news site or large corporation.
Are you a writer, and interested in starting to blog? Do you want the freedom to travel and create your own hours, but you have a problem: you aren't sure what to write about?
This is a common problem, and it doesn't just occur in the blogging community: writer's block plagues some creative types with an intensity that can hardly be comprehended by those with a more conventional, practical turn of mind. This is advice for bloggers facing a creative block: Why not consider killing two birds on your list with one stone? Travel and blog along the way.
Blogging on the road
Because bloggers typically don't have an office, or set hours, they can come and go as they please with little impact on their audience and employers. So why not use that freedom as an excuse to do something interesting, like travel?
It'll open your mind, and more importantly for some, release that flow of ideas and ink that stopped coming for you. There are a number of ways to go about creating or incorporating travel into your blog; a few are listed below.
1. Already have a blog? Even better
If you've already got a blog, your life overseas is just one step closer to possible. You've already got an audience, a forum, know how to use the site or program, and have some solid background to work with.
Incorporate travel into your blog by planning trips that have something to do with the past content of your blog. Chances are those junkets are apt to be right up your alley interest-wise, or you wouldn't be writing about them! Food blogs, hunting and game blogs, fashion blogs, how-to blogs ... travel can heighten the worldliness of almost any blogger's subject matter.
Start with brainstorming on how to relate travel to your content, and plan your trip from there.
2. Start a volunteer travel blog
One of the best things that travelers can do to experience fully the country they are visiting is to volunteer with an organization in that region. It is satisfying work, helps the community you are in, usually puts you in closer contact with the natives, and is a great way to meet other travelers who had the same idea you did.
All that's left to do is to pick a website, start up your blog, give the activity a quick introduction, and get to writing. (Note: some organizations have blogs already set up for their volunteers; look into those sites for a guaranteed audience and a better market for your content).
3. Turn your work life into a vacation
For many, it seems too good to be true. A home in a foreign country, and writing for a living. But by choosing a place with relatively low living expenses, cheap real estate, and a thriving culture -- not a difficult find; you just have to step away from the resort vacation guides and look for something a bit more off the traveled path -- you can easily afford to make a meager salary and still support yourself in your dream-vacationland.
All that's left to do is pack up your belongings, store the excess stateside, and go house hunting.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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