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Travel Blogging Basics


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Travel Blogging Basics

  1. 1. Documenting Your International Experience how to create a dynamic travel blog Arieanna Schweber
  2. 2. Go Global Experiences <ul><li>Unique life experiences for both travel & learning </li></ul><ul><li>Time flies - will you remember all you did and saw? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you stay in touch with friends & family? </li></ul><ul><li>Meet new friends abroad - how a blog can help! </li></ul>Study, work and international service learning programs for students
  3. 3. Goals for Today <ul><li>What is a blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should I blog when traveling? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I set up a blog? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a good blog post? </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for travel blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for taking & using photos on your blog </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is a blog? <ul><li>Short for “weblog” or “web log” </li></ul><ul><li>Defined based on technology or style of updates </li></ul><ul><li>A website where updates are posted more often, shown in chronological order (newest at the top) </li></ul><ul><li>Other common “blog” traits: posts have their own URLs, each post can be commented on, posts can be subscribed to in various ways, posts are organized by category and/or date, the interface is simple to use and customize </li></ul>
  5. 5. There are many travel blogs…
  6. 6. And people who blog about exchange experiences… A blog set up for travels A blog, with some travel posts vs
  7. 7. Why Blog your Travels? <ul><li>To document your trip </li></ul><ul><li>To share experiences with family, friends & others around the world </li></ul><ul><li>To create a virtual memoir </li></ul><ul><li>To get on-the-go travel information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes, people will read your blog! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readers can be helpful </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Because it’s fun and easy! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Example:
  9. 9. Before you Travel… <ul><li>Choose your URL </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your blog & its design </li></ul><ul><li>Figure out computer / Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Learn your tools - how to add posts, photos, links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google for tutorials if you get confused </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decide where to host photos, videos </li></ul><ul><li>Share your URL with family & friends, & put it on your Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Start writing! </li></ul>
  10. 10. URLs Making do with a travel-based URL Consider a blog name that doesn’t lock you into your trip Abandoning your blog vs
  11. 11. Setting up your blog <ul><li>Set up a design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free templates vs custom work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple is better, keep it readable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Customize elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What to put in your sidebar(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up categories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased functionality via plugins </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Blog Software <ul><li>Free, hosted : </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free, requires know-how : </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specialists : </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussion: Can’t I just use MySpace, Livejournal or Facebook? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Example: Most blog platforms have Word-like interfaces that are easy to use
  14. 14. Example:
  15. 15. What to write about <ul><li>Your experiences, not your itinerary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about what you saw at a museum, a road trip you took, who you met & what you ate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider it a story </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Temper your negative experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Travel guide ( to help other travelers ) vs. travel essay ( to chronicle your story ) </li></ul><ul><li>If you can, do some research </li></ul>“ good travel writing makes the reader feel like they’re on the trip too. Put me in the car, on the bus, next to you on the plane. I really want to be there, so take me with you.” -
  16. 16. “ Paris is not the story, it’s the destination”… So what’s your story?
  17. 17. Blog Posts that Look Good <ul><li>Writing Style: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>smaller paragraphs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shorter posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spell check </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pretty it up: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make words bold </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link around: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to hotels you stayed at, places you visited, people you met </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Blog Posts that Look Good - comparing post styles
  19. 19. Travel Photo Tips <ul><li>Rule of thirds </li></ul><ul><li>Change perspectives - crouch down, lean over </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape vs. detail photos </li></ul><ul><li>When to use flash </li></ul><ul><li>Capture what’s memorable to you </li></ul><ul><li>Remember your back-ups (online, CD) </li></ul>“ Creating a photograph isn't about ‘taking’ the picture as much as ‘creating’ the picture by what you include and exclude from the photograph” -
  20. 20. Choosing photos for your post <ul><li>Showcase a landscape or scenic of the overall area </li></ul><ul><li>Focus in on a specific sign, monument, or element representative of the area </li></ul><ul><li>Show a detail shot of some monument or subject </li></ul><ul><li>Use a complementary image to add tone - maps, luggage tags, food shots, people in a square, etc </li></ul>Help your readers “visualize”
  21. 21. Photos <ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Just post what you want </li></ul><ul><li>Faster process </li></ul><ul><li>Less likely to upload all the photos once you get back </li></ul><ul><li>3rd party </li></ul><ul><li>Online backup </li></ul><ul><li>More images shared </li></ul><ul><li>Can be more social </li></ul><ul><li>Takes longer to upload (more photos) </li></ul><ul><li>More steps to post image </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul>On the blog vs 3rd party tool
  22. 22. Example:
  23. 23. Example: Embedded Slideshows
  24. 24. What not to post online <ul><li>Where you are staying </li></ul><ul><li>Your phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Revealing photos </li></ul><ul><li>Anything you don’t want a future boss to read </li></ul>Online Security Basics
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