You will find lot’s different places that they have visited along with camping, cycling, food and lot’s of photography. If you are looking to do some traveling, be sure to check out their blog.
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Blogging Over 40 – Interview with Carmen and Joe Baguio
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
My husband Joe, and I are empty-nesters who love to camp, cycle, and travel. Our blog is all about our adventures, reviews, and recommendations. We met 9 years ago on eharmony and just celebrated our 5 year anniversary. Between the two of us we have six children with the youngest being sixteen (and lives with her mom). We hang our hats in Memphis, Tennessee. Joe is a computer geek by day and mountain bikes and runs at night. I’m a sixth grade history teacher and spend my nights planning our next trip or restaurant review. We are usually on the road three out of four weekends. We take at least one overseas trip a year. Too long at the house, and we start getting antsy!
Describe how you got into blogging?
The last couple of years, we have been on the road or out camping most weekends. People started asking our opinion whenever they were planning a trip or getting into camping. I also love photography and wanted a more creative outlet (besides social media) for my hobby. I had always been a big travel blog/Pinterest reader and decided I would give it a go myself. It has been a wonderful way for my husband and me to bond over the things we love to do!
How old were you when you started your blog?
Joe and I started our blog March of this year. I’m 49, and he’s 48. I turn the big 50 next year and plan on celebrating by going to Rio! Yes, there will be a blog post involved.
What is your blog niche?
Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
What do you do in your spare time?
Even as I write this, we are on our way back from visiting my daughter at Florida State (8 hours away from our house). We travel so much, I have to make myself pencil in at least one weekend a month at home just so the house doesn’t become a total wreck. During the week, when not working on the blog, Joe and I have been taking yoga classes and reviewing the top twenty barbecue restaurants in Memphis. Next, we plan on reviewing the top twenty hamburger joints. If we keep it up, we’ll need to take more than just yoga classes!
Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
My goal is to retire early from teaching in five-six years, and hopefully have the blog paying for our travel. I’ve learned so much since starting this adventure six months ago. During some frustrating moments, the ego has been bruised, and the laptop has been shut up in a drawer, but both have survived and keep on kicking. I can’t imagine how much better I’ll be in five years, but I know I’m learning more than I thought possible. That’s good for the middle-aged brain, isn’t it?
How much time do you spend blogging?
With social media networking, writing, and trip planning, about 2-3 hours a day. That’s probably a low estimate.
What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
In life, my greatest failure has been my first marriage, but I don’t write a lifestyle blog, so I’ll leave that topic alone!
With the blog, I thought it would be a whole lot easier than it is. I was feeling down about my page views one day when my youngest (also my Twitter social media boss) asked me a very good question, “Are you doing this because you enjoy it or because you want to feel popular?” It really helped me readjust my perspective. I have learned to write about what I love, and not worry about other niches. Our blog will never appeal to the masses, but then again, being part of the masses has never appealed to me.
Tell me about your proudest blog achievement?
My best friend and I spent three days this summer touring our hometown, Memphis, as tourists. I learned so much about my city that I fell in love with it. Our three day tour ended up being four blog posts. The posts haven’t been the most popular, but they have been the most fun to write. I’m sure it is the history teacher in me, but it felt good knowing what I had taught others. Most of all, it inspired a lot of my friends to get out of their ruts and see some new spots in our wonderful city!