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Adventurous Kate - and bloggers with backgrounds in online marketing
January 29, 2015
9:35 am
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what not to clare
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November 19, 2012

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Had to laugh at her 5 years post. So what she basically wants from travel blogging now is to just travel the world but not really have to do any work (all passive income and no freelancing). Yeh, don't we all! I still really struggle to even understand travel blogging as a full time 'job'. It's just nott a real job! At least she's not begging for money to fund her travels like Be My Travel Muse.

Eh, I kind of liked the post. I've always appreciated her honesty about wanting to make money but doing it in thoughtful ways that don't destroy her website. I think I have so many shitty blogs on my reader that it's shocking when you can tell someone actually put time and thought into sponsored posts, which I think she does.

January 30, 2015
11:07 pm
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The Derp Within
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May 8, 2013

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Had to laugh at her 5 years post. So what she basically wants from travel blogging now is to just travel the world but not really have to do any work (all passive income and no freelancing). Yeh, don't we all! I still really struggle to even understand travel blogging as a full time 'job'. It's just nott a real job! At least she's not begging for money to fund her travels like Be My Travel Muse.

Eh, I kind of liked the post. I've always appreciated her honesty about wanting to make money but doing it in thoughtful ways that don't destroy her website. I think I have so many shitty blogs on my reader that it's shocking when you can tell someone actually put time and thought into sponsored posts, which I think she does.

I agree. I've been kind of over Kate's blog lately, but I do appreciate that she's somewhat selective about sponsored posts/press trips. I'd rather read someone's honest opinion about a place than over-the-top praise sponsored by a tourism board.

January 31, 2015
2:32 am
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sparkleface
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Meows: 50
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December 25, 2012

I remember her blog went through a phase where it was full of sponsored trips and paid links.  It seems better these days.  I'm curious as to how she makes so much passive income.  Surely there can't be that many people buying backpacks and ugly sandals via affiliate links?

January 31, 2015
11:39 pm
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bloopbloop

Mmm I don't know. I do agree it's good she will have less sponsored posts, I just don't get what the passive income is? What is she making money from? I guess I just don't get the whole travel blogging thing- it just all seems very entitled.

April 19, 2015
12:16 am
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smugington
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June 30, 2012

Ugh In her latest Instagram she posts a private moment between a couple of strangers getting engaged and uses it as a chance to vent once again about her ex-fiancé. Talking about how public and embarrassing he made his proposal.

I had to go back and look up the post about her engagement but she was writing about it very differently back then

He kissed me and put the ring on my finger. It was incredibly romantic, it was quiet, it was discreet, and nobody in the restaurant had a clue.

It just makes me doubt everything she writes. She needs to keep her private stuff private. But I bet everytime she writes something nasty about her ex she gets pageview$.

April 21, 2015
11:24 pm
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WhiteSaviour
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December 3, 2014

smugington meowed
Ugh In her latest Instagram she posts a private moment between a couple of strangers getting engaged and uses it as a chance to vent once again about her ex-fiancé. Talking about how public and embarrassing he made his proposal.

I had to go back and look up the post about her engagement but she was writing about it very differently back then

He kissed me and put the ring on my finger. It was incredibly romantic, it was quiet, it was discreet, and nobody in the restaurant had a clue.

It just makes me doubt everything she writes. She needs to keep her private stuff private. But I bet everytime she writes something nasty about her ex she gets pageview$.

OMG! 

Yeah, for those of you who don't feel like lurking – 
Her IG caption: 

So last night we came across this proposal at Monkey La La on the beach here in El Tunco, El Salvador. And while they seem like an incredibly sweet couple, this brought me back nightmares. You see, in another life, I was once engaged. And even though I told my then-partner that he could propose to me any way he wanted as long as it was private, he decided to go with the proposal he wanted to do (his favorite restaurant, his favorite view, his favorite country), which turned out to be embarrassingly public. I couldn't stand all the people staring at me, wondering if it was a proposal, and I almost stopped him from proposing. But I gritted my teeth and said yes, even though I was screaming on the inside, because what can you do when your partner went to so much effort to do something special? You say something and YOU are inevitably the one who ruins it. So women like myself say nothing. Watching this proposal, I thought to myself, "I really hope a proposal this public is what she wants."

April 22, 2015
2:28 am
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Cheesecake Ho
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Meows: 42
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July 5, 2014

Dont Fck On Me meowed

smugington meowed
Ugh In her latest Instagram she posts a private moment between a couple of strangers getting engaged and uses it as a chance to vent once again about her ex-fiancé. Talking about how public and embarrassing he made his proposal.

I had to go back and look up the post about her engagement but she was writing about it very differently back then

He kissed me and put the ring on my finger. It was incredibly romantic, it was quiet, it was discreet, and nobody in the restaurant had a clue.

It just makes me doubt everything she writes. She needs to keep her private stuff private. But I bet everytime she writes something nasty about her ex she gets pageview$.

OMG! 

Yeah, for those of you who don't feel like lurking – 
Her IG caption: 

So last night we came across this proposal at Monkey La La on the beach here in El Tunco, El Salvador. And while they seem like an incredibly sweet couple, this brought me back nightmares. You see, in another life, I was once engaged. And even though I told my then-partner that he could propose to me any way he wanted as long as it was private, he decided to go with the proposal he wanted to do (his favorite restaurant, his favorite view, his favorite country), which turned out to be embarrassingly public. I couldn't stand all the people staring at me, wondering if it was a proposal, and I almost stopped him from proposing. But I gritted my teeth and said yes, even though I was screaming on the inside, because what can you do when your partner went to so much effort to do something special? You say something and YOU are inevitably the one who ruins it. So women like myself say nothing. Watching this proposal, I thought to myself, "I really hope a proposal this public is what she wants."

Thanks. I can't tell if I should feel sorry for her heartache or if she's just milking this for page views. I'm gonna go with the former, I think.

April 22, 2015
11:52 pm
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sparkleface
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Meows: 50
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December 25, 2012

I do feel sorry for her about her breakup but I think it was a bit tacky to attach that story to that particular photo though.  It seemed a bit nasty and bitter.

 

I think she should leave her private life off her blog completely.  I guess people like to read personal stuff though and travel blogs would be even more boring without it.

April 23, 2015
2:45 am
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WhiteSaviour
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Meows: 47
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December 3, 2014

I think if you're going to write personal things, be honest about it. Her "perfect engagement" post was about making others feel envy and bragging that she has it all together. Why else would she write it? And then for months later the "truth" to come out because now that fits her storyline (empowered woman who don't need no man and can stand up for women who've had bad proposals….???). If you're unsure of what you're writing, then leave it off! Explain the basics of the proposal but don't delve into being soooo happy if the whole time you were clenching your teeth and wishing he would stop. That is straight up lying.

 

I think some bloggers do personal stuff well without airing dirty laundry and lying (The Everywhereist comes to mind as someone who can pull it off)

April 23, 2015
7:47 am
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sparkleface
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Meows: 50
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December 25, 2012

I agree about The Everywhereist.  She is a talented writer and her blog is entertaining.  I think she has a good balance between being honest and not over-sharing.  Maybe that's easier to achieve if you're already married/in a long-term relationship when you start blogging because I guess you could decide on the tone/level of sharing and be consistent.

 

Did anyone read Adventurous Kate back when she first moved to England?  I think she did a similar thing – blogging all about her life in a small English town with her boyfriend and then once they broke up she was writing about how miserable she had been.  I was surprised when she started blogging about her relationship with her fiance and her life in London because it had sounded like she hadn't liked living in the UK that much. 

 

And ROFL at 'women who've had bad proposals'.  There is probably a Wedding Bee support group for them.

April 26, 2015
10:01 pm
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WhiteSaviour
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Meows: 47
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December 3, 2014

Yeah exactly about The Everywhereist! 

 

I used to read her back then also. She does a lot of "it was crappy in retrospect" posts that always have me cringing. Like one of the latest posts about why it's awesome to solo travel — and one of the reasons she lists is the sex (so exciting! so amazing!)… can totally imagine her making a post once she's in a relationship saying that thank god she doesn't have to pork rando dudes anymore because it was eating away at her soul and left her feeling dirty…

April 30, 2015
4:32 pm
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Besneakered Kerfpony
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 641
Snarking Since:
April 22, 2013

I go back and forth on both Young Adventuress and Adventurous Kate, who were both mentioned here. I like their photos, I like many of their adventures, and some of their posts are fine. It's the (growing) percentage of posts that are out of control WTF that really give me a rage stroke. One day it's "Oh that looks nice" and the next it's "WOW, why is this blogger such a bitter little entitled b***h?" I can't handle all the emotions. 

 

Exhibit A: The boat ride video: http://www.adventurouskate.com/ak-monthly-recap-february-2015/  

She actually couldn't be more horrendous and theatrical here if she tried. It's a ferry on a lake. Get over yourself. 

May 1, 2015
7:12 am
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HamptonsDog
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Meows: 41
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April 30, 2015

I'm still catching up  (newhere) and just read the bit about meeting her fiancee. (http://www.adventurouskate.com/were-engaged-how-i-found-the-love-of-my-life/)

I know Americans tend to get engaged far more quickly than we do (I would say most people I know date for at least 5 years before marrying, and as such late 20s or early 30s is probably the most common age to marry in Australia these days) but I am astounded about how quickly they moved in together and became engaged!

Ie, I think she said they moved in together the day they first kissed, and he proposed on their first proper date. Fairly crazy when they were both dating other people when they met. 

What is the mad rush to get engaged with these people?! What's wrong with getting to know the person before you start sending out wedding invitations?!



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