This past weekend I spoke at The New York Times Travel Show during the ‘Meet the Experts’ session. What this basically means, is I had a table with a nifty name tag and my topic (tips on ditching the ‘9 to 5’ to pursue blogging or travel writing) and people would stop by for a business speed date.
From the moment I sat in the chair, I had a line of people eager to ask me questions about blogging, travel writing and how to turn their passion into a reality. With only 45 minutes and a line of people, I started speaking to people two at a time. What speaking at the show reminded me of is that when blogging, it’s easy to forget your words do matter. When sitting alone at a cafe, or writing from some obscure location with a shaky internet connection it’s easy to forget that your posts are seen.
This past weekend was a reminder that words can make a difference, can inspire others around the world and impact change. I was constantly surprised when someone who follows my blog or writing career, would stop me to say hello. I felt like a shepherd helping push dreamers on their way – thank you for that! For those who were unable to attend the show, below are some great resources I wrote to help YOU on your way as well!
RESOURCES FOR BLOGGERS
- Guides for starting a blog from scratch: 8 Things I did when starting a travel blog, taking your blog to the next level
- Tips on building a social media following and blog readership: Should you buy followers?, Building social media following, a guide to building a blog following, increasing reader engagement.
- Once your blog is developed: Your Guide to Landing a Press Trip
RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL JOURNALISTS
- How to break into travel writing: 8 tips to becoming a travel writer
- 101 guide to pitching travel editors (as told by a travel editor): how to approach editors with your story
- An essential read on what NOT to do when pitching: things to avoid when pitching
- An opportunity to get published right away! Culture Trip pays contributors ($150 to $200 USD per story). If interested in pitching Culture Trip, feel free to email me with your story ideas. Please no listicles! I am looking for human interest stories, travel news pieces and well researched articles with interviews and quotes.
Any questions about blogging or travel writing? Any topics you want covered? Share them below!