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

Quoting Redpaddy

Cheaper than an inflated priced Lonely Planet book too!!

Blogs are interesting and helpful but I also enjoy the Lonely Planet. I think its very useful in some places and they have some pretty good suggestions. I do agree though, the price is inflated.

Take care
Paul

12. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

Yes, I read Travel blogs. But I only chose those blog that featured great places all over the world.

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

[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.[/quote]

Do they make this money from blogging? yes, I know doctors who can write novels and know about international relations than me, but its sad when they just blog or have passionate debates in a cafe.

I just don't like the idea, that its all FREE... I guess I'm lucky I get paid to talk.... and then I meet talking to much, like they never had their 15 minutes of fame. They can talk forever and these people have blogs too.

14. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

Do they make this money from blogging? yes, I know doctors who can write novels and know about international relations than me, but its sad when they just blog or have passionate debates in a cafe.

You're not really making much sense Swept Away. Why is it sad for someone to be sharing their thoughts online for free. Isn't that what you're doing by contributing to this forum? You don't get paid to write on here. So what's the difference?

And yes, some bloggers do make pretty reasonable money off of their blogging. Some support their long-term travelling lifestyles by blogging.

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

Quoting Peter

[quote=Swept Away]
You're not really making much sense Swept Away. Why is it sad for someone to be sharing their thoughts online for free. Isn't that what you're doing by contributing to this forum? You don't get paid to write on here. So what's the difference?

And yes, some bloggers do make pretty reasonable money off of their blogging. Some support their long-term travelling lifestyles by blogging.

I don't know much about blogs, my two attempts to read a travel blog, the website is not accessible, like You tube in some countries. Whats sad about sharing for free? Uhm, its like this guy I met in a hostel, he can draw and paint, and the art is sooo amazing, but its not even posted on a website, but something like a facebook whatever. Well, forums are just spontaneous and we basically just scribble thoughts. But I assume that people who blog (the good ones) are creating art or literature that should be published.

If I were to write poetry or a song lyrics, why should I put it online for free? Unless we really need an audience and we cant get it elsewhere, so we hit cyberspace and beg for comments.

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

Yes, I read Travel Blogs. I also write them. Here are the ones I write. www.mytb.org/Mell

17. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

I'm a pretty big fan of blogs - both blogging myself and reading others. I've found some great blogs on travelblogs.com and ended up switching from my regular TP here to set one up there. And I'm still loyal to Daams Enterprises!

I've had a couple of people say things like blogging is merely vanity - why would anyone be interested in what you're up to everyday. But I say why not? I follow some people's blogs online and they are so inspiring. They lift me out of the daily humdrum and keep my passion for travel kindled during those times when I can't travel myself.

Blogging is ubiquitous these days - newspaper columnists have blogs, sports players, medical professionals! :), ordinary joe-soaps, aspiring artists, photographers, writers.... everyone is at it. It's fascinating to read about other people's lives in a way that we never could in the past. (Yes, I love love love the internet).

To go back to Swept Aways comment about being considerate of friends who dont have the opportunity to travel: most of my friends at home dont even know I keep a blog. I've never told them really. I maintain it quietly on the net and I have a few travel buddies and family who I know follow it regurlarly. Other than that, it's out there in the hope that someone somewhere enjoys it, feels inspired by it and reaches out to connect with me.

For anyone that's interested:

http://samsarastravels.blogspot.com/

18. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 7y

Quoting samsara2

I'm a pretty big fan of blogs - both blogging myself and reading others. I've found some great blogs on travelblogs.com and ended up switching from my regular TP here to set one up there. And I'm still loyal to Daams Enterprises!

I guess you meant travelblog.org also blogspot (just saw that's where your blog is)? Because the Daams Enterprises also runs Travelblogs.com and it doesn't actually offer hosted blogs. It will just tell you to come to TP :)

Mind you.. I'm very curious to know why you preferred another system over Travellerspoint's. Feel free to send me a private message if you prefer not to discuss it in public.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jul-2009, at 06:56 by Peter ]

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

Quoting samsara2

To go back to Swept Aways comment about being considerate of friends who dont have the opportunity to travel: most of my friends at home dont even know I keep a blog. I've never told them really. I maintain it quietly on the net and I have a few travel buddies and family who I know follow it regurlarly. Other than that, it's out there in the hope that someone somewhere enjoys it, feels inspired by it and reaches out to connect with me.

For anyone that's interested:

http://samsarastravels.blogspot.com/

Yes, my friend also a traveller, he doesn't tell his friends about his blog. Just family and some travellers.

Maybe its also because everyone is blogging that made me not interested... I've read BLOGS, that are just so painful to read. I have blogs of university student from ELITE universities and the grammatical errors are just way too disturbing. The new generation could barely express themselves. Everyone blogs, its like this whole "Soccer Mom thing" and "Average Joe becomes an Idol" it has become a celebration of mediocrity.

And for those who can actually write, I feel sad for that. No, I feel sad for some arrogant bloggers... If you think you are that good, have it published.

20. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

If I were to write poetry or a song lyrics, why should I put it online for free? Unless we really need an audience and we cant get it elsewhere, so we hit cyberspace and beg for comments.

This is such a sad way to look at artistic expression. Like the only reason to do anything artistic is for monetary gain. Thankfully not everyone thinks like that, otherwise we would live in an even more corporatized world than we already do.