Blogger Spotlight: Pam Baroro of Hey, Miss Adventures

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Let’s go.

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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU GOT INTO BLOGGING?

Pam:  I’m Pam and I have been writing — codes — for a living for the past three years until I resigned from my corporate job in August 2015. I now write in English language, full time, but I hope to go back to coding for the web very soon.

I have always loved writing even back in my elementary years. I started blogging back in 2008, I guess, just because I had the passion for it. I think I remember using Friendster and Multiply back then. I first bought my domain in 2010 but college students don’t exactly earn a lot. I couldn’t afford my hosting so I only had the blog for a month. I no longer wanted the free blogs afterwards. When I got pregnant, I kept searching for online references that could help me throughout my pregnancy but most of them are from the US and not very easy to relate to when you are from the Philippines/Cebu. I wanted to go back to blogging because of it and although I had a few more inputs about being a parent, I went back to my original niche which was travel.

WHY “HEY, MISS ADVENTURES”?

Pam:  It’s a wordplay….for Miss Adventures because i love getting into adventures (not just travel but also parenting, finance, etc) and misadventures because that’s mostly what i get myself into hahaha life doesn’t always work out the way we plan it smile emoticon

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BLOGGING?

Pam:  I love being able to share things that many people are not very much aware of. As a parent, I am very happy to be able to inspire (I hope) other families to bring their kids out. Not many people do that here in our country so I am constantly inspired by outdoor family blogs from the US. I hope I can give back the same inspiration to my fellow Filipino/Cebuano moms.

WHAT IS THE NICHE OF YOUR BLOG AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT?

Pam:  It’s mostly travel but when you’re a parent, you basically become a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. Thank goodness I bought a rather flexible domain name. I had to really contemplate on what topics to write about but decided to put in a little bit of each of the things I am passionate about: travel, parenting, finance. If you look closely into my site’s logo, you can see all of these categories in there. In my defense (my partner still tells me to have a focus), these three basic things are very important when you travel as a family.

Also, I had a DIY phase a year ago, too. I’d have loved to continue that but maybe when we’ve already moved to a house of our own. Haha.

ARE YOU MONETIZING YOUR BLOG? HOW DO YOU MONETIZE YOUR BLOG’S TRAFFIC?

Pam:  Sort of. I get some money out of it but not so much that I could withdraw it already. Haha! I also get a few affiliate commissions every now and then which somehow helps with the upkeep of the blog. I’m still working on dishing out new content on a regular basis and increasing the blog’s reach.

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TOP 5 BLOGS/WEBSITES YOU VISIT (ALMOST) EVERYDAY

That’s five, not including mine. I mostly love family travel blogs but they say you need to get inspiration from sites that aren’t in your niche as well. Plus everyone needs to learn a little bit more about blogging.

5 TOOLS YOU USE WITH YOUR BLOGGING.
  • Canva
  • Coschedule’s Headline Analyzer
  • Pixabay
  • Pinterest
  • Google Analytics

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WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR BLOG POSTS?

Pam:  I mostly draw inspiration from our travels and from everyday life with a toddler. Sometimes, I love looking into Pinterest, my blog’s Google Analytics or my Facebook feeds. There’s a lot of places to be inspired from — some of them are just right under your nose.

BESIDES BLOGGING, WHAT OTHER INTERESTS DO YOU HAVE?

Pam:  I loooove codes. I was figuring something out a while ago and I realized how much fun it can be to fix buggy codes that I forgot how hungry I already was! I also love traveling and going on adventures (obviously) with my partner and our daughter, camping, going on karaoke + booze nights with close friends, eating(!!!), figuring out social media, doing DIY projects, calculating my finances (haha!) and worrying about it, trying to be creative and so much more. My partner tells me I need to do one thing at a time if I want to get anything done.

GIVE US 5 OF YOUR BEST BLOG POSTS

For a travel blog, it’s surprising that my all-time top post is about money.

Other posts that are often viewed or that I just love personally:

HOW WAS YOUR BLOGGING SO FAR? HAVE YOU RECEIVED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION SINCE YOU STARTED?

Pam:  I am introvert and interacting and networking with other people/bloggers is still a challenge to me. I guess I can say I’ve only tried to reach out to other people this year so the blog still hasn’t received awards and recognition. I am loving how much improvement we’ve made on social media though. And when people recognize you offline? (They mostly know about the blog if they see our daughter or the iconic backpack carrier which isn’t very popular here in the country). It’s priceless.

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO JUST STARTED BLOGGING

Pam:  It doesn’t matter what people say — do this, don’t do that, stop writing about this, write about that — the decision is all up to you. I think that you still need to do certain things that are beyond your comfort zone if you want to achieve something (like monetizing, for example) but basically you only have to answer for yourself. If you like it, go; if you don’t then don’t attempt.

LASTLY, WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BLOG IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

Pam:  I certainly hope we get seen more as a team in the blog instead of just me — or just the daughter. Haha. We hope to travel and inspire more people as well. On a more distant future, we hope the blog can help us achieve our dreams of being a nomadic family.

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