There is something I want to tell you.

This has been on my mind for 2 months now.

I couldn’t sleep at night thinking about this. It has been a very painful decision.

I’m quitting blogging.

Notice how I did not update the blog this March? I’ve only blogged once actually when I got scammed for the redesign implementation of my blog.

I guess that was the final straw. I hate programming and I hate that part of blogging but it has it to be done. But my experience last month made me question if I still wanna do this. It was so stressful. I hate depending on other people.

It has been a good run. I have seen many small successes along the way. I’ve only been blogging full-time for a year and I think I’ve achieved what I wanted to achieve with the blog in such a short time.

How do I measure success in blogging, really?

It’s not traffic. It’s not the amount of comments I get on posts. Nor is it about the growth of my social media following. Nor about the fact that I’ve grown my email subscribers to over 15,000+ in a year.

It’s not about the fact that I was already getting press trip (all sponsored travel for non-blogging peeps reading this) invites 6 months after I started this blog. I’ve turned down a lot more than I accepted. Nor is it about my exclusive features in magazines, accidentally modelling for H&M or television appearances in Spain and Finland.

It’s not about getting nominated as the Most Stylish Travel Blogger at the Blogger Awards 2014 (Update: I won by the way). Although it’s nice to know that people take notice of me. Although I don’t really need anyone to tell me I’m the most stylish travel blogger. I know I am. And I don’t care if no one thinks so.

To me, success in blogging is being able to actually help thousands of you guys who have been following my journey at some point. It’s how many of you I’ve helped plan your eurotrips. It’s the amount of personal emails I get from you thanking me for one thing or another. It’s how I made you happy somehow. Or inspired you to make your dreams happen.

Because blogging is kind of a weird, lonely “job”. It’s like standing in a podium and talking to a faceless audience. You don’t know what they are thinking. And you don’t know if they are interested to stay to listen to whatever you’re talking about.

I’m a very sociable and friendly person. I’m that social butterfly hopping from one group to the next in a party. I love meeting people and I love talking to people. I wish we could all just hangout in real life and talk about travel and the good things in life instead. I can host a dinner party. Then I’m sure your attention is all mine. And I’m sure I can make you all laugh. And you will remember me. I love that instant connection you can make in a real-life setting.

This is why I find blogging weird. All this faceless strangers.

Faceless. Strangers.

Will you say hello? Can you make your presence known? The comments section is always there waiting for you.

I’m always shocked when I read people say I am their favorite travel blogger somewhere in the interwebz. Yes. ME. Amongst all the boring/idiotic/ugly/all sponsored/cheap blags out there. I’m shocked because I have never heard from these people in any of my social media channels or email (if you’re one of them, don’t be afraid to say hello!). You would think they would engage with me somehow. But they don’t. And then they write somewhere I’m their FAVORITEST.

I guess it’s true. Your most loyal followers are those that are just there in the background, reading everything but never engaging.

And then there are those who are always there. Beautiful faces among the faceless strangers. I see you all the time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you for always being there.

I’m quitting blogging.

I don’t really care about blogging every single fucking thing I do when I’m on the road. Like every single thing can be a blogpost. Every single photo can be Instagrammed. Every single moment can be a Facebook status update. And they are all swirling in my head. All the time.

My approach to blogging is very much inspired by the TV series, The Newsroom. No fluff and no sensationalized bullshit. I LOVE that show. You should watch it.

I see so many blaggers sensationalizing everything or posting so much fluff. Or like writing  “The Ultimate Travel Guides”  or like “Best whatevers” after being in a city for 3 days. Recommendations, yes. Best/Ultimate guides after visiting for 3 days? No.

And all this blaggers calling themselves social media experts. LOL. Why would I listen to someone talk about blogging when their traffic is like laughable? Why would I listen to someone talk about growing my social media following when they can’t even organically grow their own Facebook following to 2,000 likes? And have laughable engagement on social media? And then you see them up there in the podium. Giving speeches! If you’re gonna do that you should be all Beyonce and be able to say: “I talk like this coz I can back it up up up (I can back it up!)”

And then there’s the “luxury” travel bloggers. I’ve never been so suspicious of blogging until I entered this world and learned how it works. Now I see all this luxury bloggers blagging about luxury travel. “Oh myyyyy I stayed at Four Seasons look how fabulous my door knob is!” All their trips are sponsored and that’s all they blag about it makes you wonder if they can actually afford luxury travel on their own.

I don’t have problems with sponsored travel. I do it too. There are pros and cons of of it obviously but there’s no time to talk about that now.

But when a blog is just all about sponsored travel? Luxury traveler. Right.

I digress.

I’m quitting blogging.

But I’m not quitting travel.

I love travelling and I will do it until the day I die.

Are you still there? Congrats on reading this far.

Are you a faceless stranger? Don’t be. Here’s your chance to unveil yourself and tell me if this is worth continuing.


UPDATE: Happy April Fools! I’m NOT quitting blogging anytime soon.


DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

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28 Responses to “I’m Quitting Blogging” Subscribe

  1. Gargi August 9, 2017 at 8:29 AM #

    DJ, I am happy that you are not quiting blogging. Though I am not a regular reader but I come back every now and then.

  2. Paul Alvarez May 25, 2014 at 10:37 PM #

    You caught me! I feel sad when reading this post until I finish it and read “UPDATE: Happy April Fools! I’m NOT quitting blogging anytime soon.”.
    I am not a consistent reader of your blog but I am checking it and coming back every now and then, read comments and experiences of other people. You were once my guide when I traveled to Germany last year and I keep reading your guide because I know I will be needing it anytime. I will be going back to Germany this July and I hope your blog will guide me again. Thank you!

  3. nik April 3, 2014 at 7:10 AM #

    Hi Dj, let me just tell you that when you quit blogging its tantamount to many people losing a part losing a part of their lives. They spend, lets say, 25 minutes of their day reading stuff on your page. Daydreaming about when they’d actually be able to go to Europe. They’re probably thinking at least they have this even if there’s a slim chance of actually going there. Somehow, this gives them a little happiness, somehow it’s also a fix for them, out of their busy but usually boring lives. Anyway, my point is, losing a part of you was never easy for everyone. They’d probably mourn (maybe for just 25 minutes) but then the hard part is letting go of something that probably made their lives a little less miserable. That gave them hope that if an Asian from a small third world country was able to make it to Europe, then maybe, just maybe they’d be able to do it as well.

    I hope this gets to you before taking down the blog. Continue blogging because some people will really miss you. You can inspire more people if you do. I think it is worth it, you have the power to effect change even if they are faceless, imagine what you can do to thousands of people’s lives. Inspired people make good stuff, inspire them, and maybe make this world a better place. 🙂

  4. iame cher April 3, 2014 at 6:50 AM #

    Recently I started admiring you and your travels… and now you want to quit. I wish you change your mind. YOU ARE A ONE MASSIVE HELL OF AN INSPIRATION TO ALL THE DREAMERS AROUND THE GLOBE!!! You don’t have to oblige yourself on blogging every now and then, just do it because you want to NOT because everybody wants you to :))) We are readers. We read if there is a blog to read but this doesn’t mean you stop writing. We can wait until you are ready to blog again. I know what you need. A GROUP HUG! All our comments mean a warm hug to you :))) Feel free to feel us… XOXO

  5. Patti April 3, 2014 at 1:52 AM #

    I’d like to know how you got 15,000+ email subscriptions in 1 year?!

  6. Gustavo April 3, 2014 at 1:32 AM #

    Hey!! for a moment i really believe that n_n I am happy to know you’re not quitting your work worth it 😉

    Greetings from Mexico

  7. Cacinda Maloney April 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM #

    No way, my favorite blogger cannot quit blogging! I will miss you too much!!

  8. AM April 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

    Bitch don’t quit please!!!!! Or else I will sell your secret chicken dish recipe to Jamie Oliver… or something like that.

  9. amalina April 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM #

    dont quittt…love reading your blog..i want to travel so bad..i love what u doing..i want to start my own travel blog one day..and would love love love loveee to meet you when your in malaysia.. 🙂

  10. gie jurado April 2, 2014 at 10:52 AM #

    don’t! my friends and I always find joy and inspiration whenever we read your blog. this is so not DJ, this is so not true!!!

  11. Raidah April 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM #

    It’s April fools right? Haha it’s not working sweetheart.

  12. Ronald April 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM #

    If this is true, I’d say discern what your real purpose is. To please the blaggers or help the dreamers?

    If this is a joke, well done! 😀

  13. alia April 2, 2014 at 7:18 AM #

    Yes2 please stay 🙁 i love reading your stories

  14. Katja of skimbaco April 2, 2014 at 2:31 AM #

    Dude, this better be a f^&kn April’s fools and a ridiculous attempt to get traffic. I’m not laughing though!! You are not going to quit blogging, but what you CAN quit is following what others do and going back to doing only what you love. I think a lot of us have been having similar thoughts lately about the state of blogging though, and I do get where you are coming from. I don’t think quitting is the solution though, but carving your own path and stopping following what others do is. Seriously, you are not going to quit.

    • Cat of Sunshine and Siestas April 2, 2014 at 5:12 AM #

      Here, here!

    • Ann April 2, 2014 at 5:30 AM #

      “Although I don’t really need anyone to tell me I’m the most stylish travel blogger. I know I am.” – I love that, and now I want to watch Newsroom.

      So much truth in this post.

    • Adam April 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM #

      Best comment thread ever! <3 all of you!

  15. Potato April 2, 2014 at 1:42 AM #

    ………… Happy April Fool’s DJ? 🙂

    I hope that’s what it is! 😛

  16. Filipe April 2, 2014 at 12:52 AM #

    oh, wait, this is 1st of April? lol you get to be kidding me? It’s a prank! hahaha

  17. Filipe April 2, 2014 at 12:50 AM #

    Hey. what the fuck DJ, get yourself back to your writing cause this blog is so cool! It is inspiring my own project which I want to launch this year… not about traveling though. Anyway, just telling you, this blog is nice.

    By the way, Josh Cahill, if you write this shit about people I don’t trust your blog!

  18. Michael Nunez April 1, 2014 at 11:37 PM #

    I must admit for once i thought you got suicidal there. I am a fan of your travels and successes and wish I would be able to do the same. I agree not everyone can be a blogger. It’s sad how these incredible bloggers can be “influencers” too. But it is what it is. So, forget the label. Keep traveling. Write. Take pictures. Enjoy life. Share.

  19. Leigh Powell Hines April 1, 2014 at 11:36 PM #

    I definitely think you should continue blogging, at your own schedule because it’s a great place for you to share information and your photos in one place. It’s a good place for us to come and view. I love social media, but I sometimes miss your photos in my feeds, but I would never miss a thing here…if I came to visit. Make sense?

  20. Pam Welsh April 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM #

    Because of you I started my own travel blog, wait, not for the public, for accolades, for recognition, but for fun so that my family and friends could come on vacation with me. You were my inspiration and i’m sure you have inspired all the people that follow you faithfully. The idea that we can go to your site and figure out how to navigate around Europe (so many countries so little time) saving money, seeing out of the way beautiful places, mainstream concerts, and events galore is a wonderful gift from you.

    We will understand if this really is not something that helps you grow and brings you joy everyday but we will be disappointed, not with you but with the fact we will miss your smile, your diatribes, your advice, your fashion sense, we will just miss you. Thank you.

  21. Trina April 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM #

    Don’t quit!!!

  22. maya April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM #

    Its that simple– blog till you drop baby!
    Lobe u long time awesome possum!
    In the end,it’s up to u really. And as long as you feel this feels right.then so be it.
    Ti amo tanti bello mio <3

  23. Richard April 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM #

    Please don’t stop blogging. I love to read your blog.

  24. Josh Cahill April 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM #

    Your content is rubbish anyways, you really suck man. You should just delete this blog straight away. Every time I see your face I just think about bratwurst straight away and this kinda makes me wonder whether I’m into bratwurst or if it’s just your bratwurst face. Bratwurst, it’s all just bratwurst to me…

    …waaaaaait don’t go, stay and buy me a beer and a bratwurst okay?!

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