The Work and The Reward

The Work and The Reward

We raced ahead of the group by a couple kilometers which gave us a chance to wander around our lunch spot. We came across this very cold waterfall along the way.

We raced ahead of the group by a couple kilometers which gave us a chance to wander around our lunch spot. We came across this very cold waterfall along the way.

I am normally against these types of posts.  In fact, I often cringe when I read people who have decided to write posts about how great things are going.  I especially hate reading posts from people telling me how much money they are making.  Note*** If you are making money, tell us how, at least, otherwise you are just bragging. In fact, in writing the top100 I have often docked people for these types of posts!  However, I felt like I should give an update on things.

The work

I have been trying to be constant as I can, but I’ll be honest in saying that it’s hard.  I’ve been home, and I was working my old job for a little while.  Finding time to write, photograph, and even to go onto the social media to chat with friends.  I have however, been squeezing in any spare time I can do write, and photograph.  The Top 100 itself, in case you were wondering, takes about 10-20 hours a week to do depending on the area I am grading.  If I am grading writing it probably takes about 20 hours.  I would be silly to complain, however.  There was a direct translation between my Top100 list and the overall success of my webpage.  I’m not going to give all the credit, but it definitely brought eyes to my page that may not have been on the page without.  Before coming to Canada I was working about 80 hours a week on various different things, and I was really enjoying things.  Life in Canada, however, has a way to make you feel like there are not enough hours in a day.

The reward

The reward that I’ve gotten from the hardwork so far has been great, and that has been the constant support and visits

I stand alone, and proud on one of the steepest cliffs of the death road in awe of my surroundings.

I stand alone, and proud on one of the steepest cliffs of the death road in awe of my surroundings.

from you guys!  I’m constantly blown away by the support I get from all of you.  I started a facebook fanpage on request two days ago on request from a friend.  And actually thought it was a good idea, in this way people can decide whether they want to be hit up with my constant article and photo updates.  I really truly expected that about 20 people would like my page and so far 77 have.  I was also shocked an honoured yesterday with the news that this page, The World is my Jungle Gym was named as the #8 top travel blog for students on a list of the top 150 travel blogs for students.  The webpage has gotten to the point that I don’t even really have to promote it to gain significant traffic, and that is reward enough.  I never in my wildest imagination expected that so many people would actually read the random words that I spit on to paper when I started this page.  I never had the intention of turning this into what it has become, but I am glad it has, and it never could have become without your support.

The Fiscal Reward

So far, my site has not made the millions of dollars one would expect.  Actually, I had no idea that sites of this type actually made money when I started this.  As such, I have decided that I’ll always make this site about what really matters, the travel and the people met along the way.  I have made very little bit of cash, and if that doesn’t change I am still happy and will still continue this page!

The Conclusion

In sum, I wanted to take this time to thank you all.  I am having a great week, and many of you are to thank for that!

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Thank you Brendan. I knew the top 100 would have been a mammoth amount of work for you and you have helped to give exposure to so many blogs. Hard work like this deserves to be rewarded and I’m sure there will be much abundance coming your way. I’m really happy for you.

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  2. And thank you for the Top 100! We LOVE it!!! Had no idea it takes you so much time and energy.

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  3. As with the other comments Brendan I was surprized that The Top 100 took such a lot of energy and work but we all seem to be pleased by the results…
    Keep up the good work, young man, that I enjoy reading….
    Adios de Mexico

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  4. Every week I think to myself how much effort must go into your list. That’s a great example of how blogging in itself can almost be a full time job, something that many people don’t realize.

    I certainly appreciate your efforts and the traffic sent my way as a result! Keep up the momentum of your great week, even better rewards are sure to come…

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  5. Congrats!! And will give you an idea of what effect your top 100 list had on me, from the other side of the coin. I’ve known I needed to go to a self-hosted blog for a while and after talking to you a good bit (and you telling me how crappy my old blogspot blog was), I made the leap a few weeks ago. Now, I just need to get some more work done on it to try to crack your list! Thanks.

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  6. Congratulations Brendan! When you’re doing what you’re passionate about, it doesn’t matter if you work 10 or 80 hours a week and get little monetary rewards, it still feels like something worth doing… something fun.

    Also, thank you so much for the top 100. I kinda knew it must be a lot of work to put together. It has given all of us a lot of exposure as well as more recognition to your site.

    Keep up the momentum!

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  7. Nice work Brendan, knowing how much effort goes into blogging I was amazed at how much work you must be putting into the Top 100. You have certainly sailed right to the top with this much needed idea.

    Keep up the good work.


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  8. I agree that I always thought that there must be a massive amount of work to do the top 100. But it is a great idea and I always check where people are each week. 🙂

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  9. Congrats! You deserve it with all the hard work you’ve been putting into these Top 100 lists

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