Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Miksis.
Jon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Two years ago, I started travel blogging as a hobby. I didn’t know what would come of it, but I eventually wanted to align my career with my passion for learning about the world. I created Global Viewpoint as a way to share my travel experiences with the world and inspire others to do the same.
Fast forward to May 2019: I recently quit my corporate job and began my journey as a full-time travel blogger and social media strategist. I’ve visited over 40 countries and counting. I spend seven days a week creating content, implementing SEO best practices, and partnering with destinations and travel organizations. Though it’s a lot of work, I enjoy every minute of it.
Today, the Global Viewpoint travel community is 45,000 travelers strong across all social media channels! This includes nearly 20,000 monthly visitors on my blog and over 1,000,000 monthly impressions across the other social channels. Since taking this leap of faith into the world of travel blogging, the growth has been phenomenal. This has been an incredible journey, and I’m excited to see what this next year has in store!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Sure, there have been plenty of challenges along the way. There’s a steep learning curve associated with professional blogging and creating content, but overall it’s been a steady uphill climb. My biggest challenge was mustering up the courage to leave my job at the end of 2018, and throw my 100% focus behind this passion. I realized the only way to succeed in this dynamic digital frontier is by stepping two feet in, and not looking back.
I believe that passion is paramount to overcoming the hurdles associated with this industry. Of course, it’s a saturated market and difficult to break through. Those who began travel blogging years ago have had a huge advantage. However, there will always be a need for authentic content creators and storytellers. And that has motivated me to carry on and continue this journey ahead.
Global Viewpoint – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Global Viewpoint (https://www.myglobalviewpoint.com/) is a travel blog dedicated to sharing travel inspiration and tips with a global-minded community. My goal is to inspire others to live a life of passion, adventure, and continuous learning.
As the face behind Global Viewpoint, I take pride in my role as a trusted advisor in the travel industry. I enjoy creating in-depth travel guides, blog articles, and photo/video content. I love delving into the history, culture, and ways of life of different places. My forte is getting into the nitty-gritty details of traveling to provide others with a holistic view of destinations.
I love the tight-knit community that has formed around this passion for traveling and learning about the world.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
First and foremost, my top measure of success is happiness. I love what I’m doing each and every day. I believe all the chips have fallen into place based on these criteria.
Additionally, my success in the blogging and social media world is contingent on growth. Since leaving my corporate job, I’ve grown my blog by more than 200% each month. I’ve expanded my focus from Instagram and Twitter to other platforms like Pinterest and TikTok. Each platform is special in its own way, and altogether, they are instrumental to my success as a travel blogger.
Lastly, I’ve created a lifestyle where I can make money while cultivating my passion for traveling. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit so many unique places around the world, which has helped me to grow as a person. As my own boss, I have the flexibility to define my own goals and implement steps to achieve them. It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but the future looks bright.
- Website: https://www.myglobalviewpoint.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/global.viewpoint/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myglobalviewpoint/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonmiksis
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/globalviewpoint/