Melanie May tells Denise O'Donoghue how she turned her blog into a career
Dublin-based freelance journalist and blogger Melanie May says blogging is a job she loves.
She writes about cars, travel, food, and wine on Travel Eat Write Repeat at MelanieMay.com.
“It’s a nice mix as I get to test drive cool cars, see the world (I’ve been to 50 countries) and eat out a lot,” she said.
“I consider myself very fortunate that I have a job I love. The saying really is true; choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Thanks to my blog, I managed to turn my wanderlust into a career.”
While her website existed since 2004 and focussed on photography, her blog was only set up in recent years.
“I spent five years backpacking solo around the world. When I came back to Dublin, I turned my website into a food and travel blog, but there is still a big emphasis on photography.”
Melanie shares the stories of her travels on her blog and puts photos of her experiences on Instagram.
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Happiest when eating with the locals. Do you know I have a blog dedicated to my love of food and travel? It’s aptly called Travel Eat Write Repeat and it is where I tell the stories of the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met along the way and the food I’ve eaten whilst traveling. You can learn so much about a culture through its food, ingredients and cooking methods. I also create original recipes on blog which are based on the food I’ve enjoyed whilst traveling. You can check it out at www.melaniemay.com This photo is of me tucking into a bowl of bun bo hue, deep in Dong Ba Market in Hue in Vietnam. It is at the same stall where my food hero Anthony Bourdain ate. * * #lptravel #lonelyplanettraveller #irishbloggers #liveforthestory #canon80dphotography #natgeotraveler #dametraveler #travelstoke #femaletravelblogger #irishblogger #irishtravelblogger #creatorsie #shotofasia #melaniemay #vietnam #vietnam🇻🇳 #vietnamtravel #vietnamcharm #igersvietnam #igvietnam #visitvietnam #hue #anthonybourdain #vietnamfood #bunbohue #streetfood #huefood #huevietnam #food52
“I use my blog to tell the stories of the places I visit, and people I meet, often through food.
“I post mainly travel photos to my Instagram account.”
Social media has had a role to play in Melanie’s successful career.
“Not only did I meet my boyfriend on social media (hi Dave) but my current career was born out of my blog and social media channels.
“In fact, nearly all of the jobs I have had in the last few years have been secured through social media, which is great, because I am really awful at job interviews.”
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🎶 They call me Mellow Yellow (Quite rightly). 🎵 A rainy day walk along The High Line is a great way to mellow out from the brilliant chaos that is New York City. #thehighline #friendsofthehighline #highlinenyc #highline #thehighlinenyc #mellowyellow #yellowraincoat #nycityworld #nycpictures #urbanjungle #nyc #newyork #manhattan #ig_nyc #newyork_ig #visitnyc #meatpackingdistrict #melaniemay #irishtravelblogger #nyc_explorers #nyc_instagram #nycstreets #nycprimeshot #nycgo #newyorkcity #liveforthestory #tkknewyork #teamkaptainkenny
The ability to be creative is what Melanie enjoys most about her blog.
“It allows me to be creative in an unrestricted way. I write about what I want, in the style that I want, and without any pressure to meet deadlines. What I also enjoy about blogging, is that I own all the content. I think it is very important to own your own work and not to just focus on one platform.”
Finding time to write and share content can be a challenge.
“Because of the nature of my work, I don’t have a regular schedule, so finding time to write a blog post is sometimes difficult. I really need to make the time as I know that regular and consistent posting is the key to a successful blog.”