So, a few months back I was involved in the founding of a travel blogging news magazine called Travelllll.com, henceforth called T5, lest I break my “l” key. And I worked over there for a month, writing 30+ articles on press trip opportunities and the enviably clever things travel bloggers are up to, and rather transparently cheerleading my love of the mechanics of travel writing….
If you’re a regular reader – and Google Feedburner reliably informs me that I have a couple of those when the wind is in the right direction – you’ll know what I love doing and thinking and ranting about, and the bulk of it comes loosely under the category of “creative narrative-driven travel writing”. (I’ve recently been informed by a kind reader than it also fits the category “pretentious nonsense”. Well, it’s good to know I’m finding my niche at last). And I feel very strong that I should be doing more of that, in all sorts of places that accept travel writing, until I’m good enough to earn lots of money from it eat regularly. So that’s what I’ve decided to do – and that’s why I stepped away from T5.
And now? T5 came along at a time when I was shaking up all my work plans, and now I’m no longer writing for them every day, I’ve thrown myself back into planning Big, Ballsy Things – one of which may involve Cyprus…
So – T5. Here’s a little of what I was writing about over there.
DANGER: TRAVEL BLOGGERS AT WORK
- Michael “@mobilelawyer” Hodson, Nora “@hobonora” Dunn and Jeannie “@nomadicchick” Mark, intrepidly clattering their way from Lisbon to Ho Chi Minh for the Ultimate Train Challenge…
- Torre “@fearfulgirl” DeRoche releases “Swept: Love With A Chance Of Drowning” on Amazon in Kindle format, the book gets 5-star reviews…and now publishers are chasing her. How about that for a successful business model?
- Diana June (@indiana_june) is cycling from Britain back to her home country of New Zealand, and she’s a little hazy about the exact route she’ll take…because that’s up to her readers.
- It’s time for another Passports with Purpose – and a whopping $80,000 target for two libraries in Zambia. Think you can help? Get cracking.
DEAR [COUNTRY], I’VE HAD THIS GREAT IDEA…
- Dear Britain…
- Dear Kenya…
THE OLD WAYS ARE THE BEST WAYS!
- Tablet? Laptop? In my day it were notebooks or a sound thrashing. And I chose both.
- Maps? You were lucky. When I were 7 I were abandoned on Rockall with nowt but a piece of chalk and a kazoo, an’ I were expected to conclusively prove beyond all doubt that the world were flat and then get mesself rescued before nightfall. An’ I did, too, & got a proper walloping for being too clivver. You wouldn’t get that nowadays. Soft, all of ye.
GOOD WRITING ISN’T A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH – IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT
- Leaving booking your British rail tickets until the last minute? Financial suicide. Cue wide-ranging rant.
- Travel bloggers burn out all the time. So let’s just accept that’s healthy and normal.
I recommend you keep an eye on what T5 are up to (I certainly intend to) – and I wish them all the best.