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1. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

This was posted today by Andy on his bloq, Andy has been writing and posting etc. on his travel sites and traveling RTW non stop for some 7 years, 75 countries. I myself have lived and or traveled outside my native land for over 23 years, doubting if ever I shall return to reside there except in case of family emergency, I have omitted the Url's and other contact information, so if you wish that you may message me, if you disagree with Andy, you like to send him a message in the future. I agree with him 99%. Thats all I have to say....

"Travel Blog Enmeshment"

"Enmeshment is something connected:

ENMESH: catch in entanglement: to entangle somebody or something in something from which it is difficult to be extricated or separated.

I hate to read travel writers, I like to read or hear what a persons opinions, thoughts, feeling elicited, how they reacted to a novel experience.

However, if you wish to tell me somewhat should be Journalist rendition, (Journalist do not write like Journalist.) rendition of the NEWS of your travel, I am mildly interested. Extremely interested if I am looking for a hotel in the exact same city, but in the same price range.

A person blogging about travel has many stories.

Money
Cheated
Travel Sites or Destinations
Transportation
Hotels
Airplanes

If you look at the main page of ------- com, you will see 150 categories. These are my top 150 subjects you or I can blog about, and off course, subcategories below.
http://------------

I want to turn travel bloggers into I-pay-them-to- blog travel guide writers. --------com and ---------com all convince nice unsuspecting travelers to blog away, pretend like they are providing a great service, then they make thousands of dollars off these blog posters. Content is king.

99 percent of the information is hogwash of little value, for me, takes 2 hours for what I can get in 2 minutes from the LP Lone Planet guidebook. However, these sites are not for travelers they are for person who are planning a trip, and for a person looking for ideas, or to be entertained very well.

For a guide, they suck, it is like the ------------ on the internet, it is impossible to use as an actually person in a very stupid, impossible to believe how stupid internet cafe here in West Africa.

I insert, much to my desire to avoid, I feel I need to, someone has to take responsibility, and the world needs to know information.

I know how to make a page that can be found by a rather simpleton google.com searcher, not good at it, does not understand, and gives up after two tries. Normal person, unless they want S E X or Music.

I have annoyed many with the prices of TroTro, Taxis or the ever present and resounding comments on the Visa Entente for Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Niger, the one visa that can be used for 5 countries. This is a windfall and should or could expand the number of tourist into Africa by 10,000,000 percent. I do not know, cannot be bothered to calculate, but for ever 1 traveler here now, there could be 100 because of knowledge of this Visa. It makes West Africa possible and easy.

Enmeshment of these Guide thought is annoying for many readers, they do not care, they want to only see photos, think in myths, have the blogger reinforce a myth, all of Africa is primitive, dangerous and the girls are running around topless, I only wish.

Start telling the truth and destroy the fantasy and person stop reading. In a business, all things are valuable, 90 percent of the rabble needs to live in fantasy, so be it.
I think I know a way to seamlessly separate a blog into many categories without me having to be connected to the internet. YES, many blogs will create these categories. But THINK I am in Africa, I have a connection yesterday for one-hour until my battery died, the owner of the cafe is brain dead, needs some vitamins, cannot see… I need electricity; he does no service, just wants money. In the end, sitting around categorizing thought is time consuming, confusing, and boring. I may do as I make, but I did not even know the categories when I started. I have no desire to be famous, make money yes, but to sit around putting my best foot forward, creating an illusion that I am always organized is fantasy, get a life.

I may have a solution, I know a way, and we have developed some technology that can be used for this. The problem is this. I can post to -----.com by email, but it only works 70 percent of the time, if it breaks and does not post, it goes into the vacuum of the internet. It has to be received and posted 100 percent of the time. It cannot bounce."

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Well, I will reply first and excuse me for being dumb..

But can someone please explain this post for me please. I will sleep well when I find out...

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting Utrecht

Well, I will reply first and excuse me for being dumb..

But can someone please explain this post for me please. I will sleep well when I find out...

Does this person wants to get paid for his travelblogs? Wild guess.....

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Utrecht

Well, I will reply first and excuse me for being dumb..

But can someone please explain this post for me please. I will sleep well when I find out...

Does this person wants to get paid for his travelblogs? Wild guess.....

He could just say or ask that..;) And the answer will be NO

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Very strange. I can't disagree, because I don't actually understand what on earth he is trying to say. This largely due to the poor grammar and lack of structure.

Why was this worth copying here dbloom? And what exactly would you like us to discuss?

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

I'm confused,but I hate it general if the posting is very long.
I like "Short Storys"or clear questions much better.
Marlis

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

I suspect this Andy fellow has just discovered Sturgeon's Law. ("90% of everything is crap").
I don't quite understand how he gets from that, to blogging sites making thousand of dollars from this supposed crap. But, given that he thinks they do, he now wants 100% of all travel bloggers to sign up with his new service and write according to his strict guidelines for better google-spamming, so that specific information will be easier to find in his too-limited hierarchy and be almost as useful as the lonely planet. And then I assume he'll make those thousands of dollars of profit and share some of this with those bloggers. Maybe.

I also think he doesn't quite get the point that for incidental travellers, what's important is just telling the folks back home what they did, rather than providing dry facts useful to lifelong travellers.

...but I could easily have completely misinterpreted all of that. :)

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

So, based on a private message from dbloom (don't know why he doesn't just reply here), the whole travel blogging angle is a red herring.

What we're apparently supposed to focus on is Andy's remarks on the real situation in western africa (and similar parts of the world), as opposed to the tourist clichés.
(I'm uncertain as to how this differs from, say, the reality of life in the Netherlands not being all wooden shoes, windmills and soft drugs.)

It's very much possible that I still don't quite grasp what the deal is, though.

9. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

There's "no deal" Sander. Don't try and "grasp" anything. Do what you do best. Thnaks for replies.

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting dbloom

There's "no deal" Sander. Don't try and "grasp" anything. Do what you do best. Thnaks for replies.

What is exactly the message you want to give by this thread in a few words?