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  • "Ever get bored reading someone else's travel blog? Planning to start one of your own? This session will instruct you on how to start your own dynamic blog, what to write about, networking as you travel, and simple steps to incorporate photography. Faciliated by a professional blogger. ” 2pm on Thursday, October 2 - let me know if this still works for you. The presentation will be held in the Chemistry Building which is located at 2036 Main Mall (room 300). There is a projector/screen in the room and wireless internet so you'll have web access.  The topic would be ‘Documenting Your Experience: Writing, Blogging, and other media formats for recording your experience abroad.’ The learning outcomes for the session are below:            Students will understand why it is meaningful to record their experience abroad           Students will be able to garner insights into different formats that people use to record their exchange           Students will be exposed to different websites in which they can record their experience           Students will know what kind of things are good to document
  • 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
    25. 25. Where to find these slides… <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>