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YouTube Q&A Begins

We go back to our roots and start a Q&A YouTube show.

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Back in the old days of this blog I used to answer reader questions with a high degree of frequency. It was something that I liked doing — it was a way that I could be helpful and it always was a way for readers to directly tell me what information they were looking for online (which was good for business, as Google was nice about giving independent webmasters traffic back then).

But as other projects took precedent over this blog and Google’s updates from 2012-2013 pretty much killed independent blogs, answering questions kind of faded off my radar. However, this is something that I’ve always missed, so I’m starting it back up again on our YouTube channel.

Each Sunday we will be running a Q&A show, where readers can ask me questions about travel, making a living as a writer, being an author, journalism, filmmaking, living location independent, or pretty much anything else. The format of this Q&A show may change as time goes on — it’s pretty bare bones now … which is kind of how I like it, but I’m going to test the waters of maybe changing it up a little in the future.

If you’d like to ask me a question, feel free to do so via the comments below, through the comments on the videos, YouTube’s direct messaging platform, or through any other means.

The first two Q&A sessions:


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About the Author:

I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3706 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • whitemonkeytravels February 10, 2018, 12:21 am

    Hi Wade love these Q&A vids.
    re Negative comments : a comment is a comment. Just gonna ramble a bit….
    Someones personal view on something when the said party doesnt always agree with whats written can’t be classed as negative or… ?
    Just a different opinion. and we as bloggers put ourselves on line and out there for others to leave their comments, good or bad. Today i wrote a comment on a photo and the author was someone self proclaiming to be an ‘off the grid person’ but being off the grid was their weekend job as monday to friday they were someone who hadn’t ditched their cubicle. and then on the weekend, was more ‘on the grid’ than a blogger spending 100hrs a week blogging. Someone asked why i was being so negative when all i suggested was that for an off the grid person, they spent more hours on the grid than off. Their blogging name i thought was mis leading. i was hoping and dare i say, expecting stories about being off the grid. The stories were intetesting in themselves but not really about being off the grid. bit like going into a shop with a sign out side saying Jewelry and selling fruit n veg. haha. keep the vids coming!

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    • Wade Shepard February 22, 2018, 5:52 pm

      Sorry man, but we had an issue with our comment forms that came from a theme update and this one isn’t going to show up. Feel free to leave it again through the Disqus form.

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