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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Someone just send me a link to his Travel blog...

The best thing about this blog culture is that we are not force to read what people write about.

And no one can tell us what to write about or how to express ourselves either (in an civilized world).

Unfortunately, I think the only people who can truly appreciate a blog entry like, "Cambodia was paradise for me" or "I love London" are your parents... If your officemate, who never travelled read it, then he or she should be cannonized by the Vatican (Needless to say its a hyperbole).

One reason, why I would not blog is because I am kind to friends who do not have the privilege of travelling. They should only take a certain dosage of that "HAPPY AND GRATEFUL" news about your adventures, while they stay home to change the diapers of their babies and keep full time jobs.

But if your blog entry is something like, "sex in a phone booth in Prague", "I lost my laptop in a third world wasteland", "I had the shittiest haircut in Hanoi", someone might read it... and you would wish its not your mom and dad.

Don't we prefer those kind of blogs mentioned above, rather than text that describes the sound of the ocean, the color of the sky, the scent of lavanders and kebabs in some Mongolian grasslands? Or anything that sounds like a text from an encyclopedia or guide book.

2. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I have been reading loads of peoples blogs since deciding to go off myself. I had never read or looked for one beforehand. Some can be very helpful when planning your own travels and can give you ideas on places to go and see. I have set one up in advance and will update it beforehand and while I am away. If only my family read it, i don't mind. I don't even know whether it is for them i am doing one. I suppose it's a bit like an online journal, except if anyone else is interested they can look in. I have found myself reading friends blogs who are away at the moment, but I don't know whether i would have if I wasn't planning to go myself.

Some can be more interesting than others, depending on how they are written. I prefer the ones that are not pages and pages of text.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Jun-2009, at 09:48 by s96024 ]

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

Travel blogs do have different kinds of audiences. There are the ones that are squarely targetted at family members and friends back home who might indeed be interested in fairly mundane details. Hey, mums like knowing all the details after all ;)

Then there are the ones that use quality writing and photography to build a great picture of a destination. And they are great for armchair travellers as well. Actually, have a look at our other site travelblogs.com - we feature what we think are some of the best ones on the internet on that site. Some are TP blogs, but there are also a lot from other places.

Personally, I tend to use my travel blog as a way of keeping my own notes, and just allowing others to read in if they want. I'm not fussed if no one checks it. But when I want to recall my trip several years down the track, it is a pretty awesome way to bring back memories!

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

So its for ourselves... I thought about it. and now there is tweeter... I don't even know what is a skype...

I can't access my friend's blog. Perhaps my subconcious is affecting reality or blogs are blocked in some countries?

Another reason why I don't read blogs is because I feel sorry for people with real talent. They are beautiful writers who had to go to medical schools and now they just blog and worst nobody even reads their great writing for more than 4 weeks.

Its painful to read something very beautiful just posted in some site that is not even their own website.

5. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

I don't believe travel blogs are only for one self. Certainly it is a form of an online diary, but also a great way to keep others informed of what your up to. Even better if someone has a talent for writing!
I read my friends/families' travel blogs to "participate" in their travel experience and I also love to see their photos at the same time. That is what makes the difference to an email for me, instead of just plain text you also get to have a glimpse of what foreign countries and the landscapes look like.
And the fact that others are travelling and blogging about it, while I'm "stuck" at home, doesnt't bother me in the least, because I know at some point I'll be the one on the road again .

6. Posted by pazz5 (Budding Member 60 posts) 7y

People write blogs for a variety of different reasons, just like they participate in online forum discussions. Everybody is different so one persons blog might just be to keep the friends and family updated, another may be a great read about an experience in a particular country, one might be pure drivvel about ....whatever.

They are what they are, merely an easily accessible medium for documenting ones travels.

Personally I have been reading about future travel destinations where I hope one day to visit. I don't view the writer in any different light because he/she has been there and I haven't, I am happy they have written what they have so I can further my education and dream about the destination.

I don't write a blog as I haven't really started my travels yet, however I may start one when I hit the road. If I decided to, the motivations behind mine would be to keep my family updated and to help recall the great memories years down the line.

I feel sorry for people with real talent. They are beautiful writers who had to go to medical schools and now they just blog and worst nobody even reads their great writing for more than 4 weeks.

Its painful to read something very beautiful just posted in some site that is not even their own website.

This doesn't pain me at all. If someone makes a personal decision to go into medicine who happens to be a great writer then fair play to them.

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting Peter

Personally, I tend to use my travel blog as a way of keeping my own notes, and just allowing others to read in if they want. I'm not fussed if no one checks it. But when I want to recall my trip several years down the track, it is a pretty awesome way to bring back memories!

I also plan to use my blogs in this way, and now that I'm older, memory is a real problem! I also use the blogs of others to plan my trips. What a wonderful invention. By the way, what is the history of blogging - who was the very first?

I must also say that I believe TP to have the best blog format on the net.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

Another reason why I don't read blogs is because I feel sorry for people with real talent. They are beautiful writers who had to go to medical schools and now they just blog and worst nobody even reads their great writing for more than 4 weeks.

Are you kidding? Some of the most popular blogs are written by doctors and nurses, giving first-hand accounts of their day-to-day lives. They get upwards of 20-30 comments per daily post--and routinely hit the lists of top-100 of blog sites out there. I'm a copywriter, and after catching up on the advertising sites I head straight to the medical ones. The stories are fabulous.

And as for feeling sorry for them, try to remember their 6- to 7-figure incomes. You may be humbled.

9. Posted by durbanbay (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

Hi There,

Yeah, sure, I read travel blogs. I love reading about different experiences in different parts of the world and blogs can be made much more interesting than a travel book as they can be a fully interactive experience with pictures, audio and video as well as text (something for everyone). Sure there are the indulgent type of blogs that probably many people won't read but so what, if it makes people happy thats great.

As for me, I use my blog to not bore people with endless rambling about my travels. If a friend asks about a place we visited at dinner, I will say one or two things and then send them to my blog. If they are truly interested, they will read, if not, I don't bore them with endless renditions of the crabs and camels that attacked me (and both have happened this year by the way).

Have a great day,
durbanbay

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I've been doing my blog on TP for quite awhile (about advice and adventures in Bulgaria). I do a bit more from time to time - then save it to draft. I'll post it when it's ready, which'll be a long time off yet.
I find the majority of blogs both interesting and helpful in so many ways.
Cheaper than an inflated priced Lonely Planet book too!!