Travel Blogger Professionalism Discussion

This Week in TravelOne of the podcasts I listen to is This Week in Travel (TWiT). May I say, it’s a wonderful podcast! I’ve learned a great deal about travel blogging and the travel industry from this podcast. If you want to keep up-to-date on travel news and the travel industry, go subscribe to this podcast … like right now!

Episode 174 of TWiT was a recording of the closing keynote at the 2014 TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) conference in Cancun Mexico. The hosts of TWiT held a panel discussion on professionalism in travel blogging. The host of TWiT are Gary Arndt, Chris Christensen and Jen Leo. They were joined on the panel by guests Ryan Levitt – PR Director at  Housetrip and Don George – Editor at Large/Book Columnist at National Geographic Travel.

The subject most meaningful to me was the challenges Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) have in finding travel bloggers to work with on projects. (I just started this blog so this is a whole new world for me!) It’s wonderful to learn the jargon, issues and best practices for travel blogging. Go listen to this episode and tell me what you think.

Thanks for reading the Maryland Travel Stories Blog!

Social Media Update – Facebook Page Up (and Other Things)

© Nito100 | Dreamstime.com - Social Media Photo
© Nito100 | Dreamstime.com – Social Media Photo

This has been networking and social media week for the blog:

  1. I found two blogger networking groups; Virginia Bloggers and Maryland Bloggers. (I blog about Maryland but I live in Virginia so I can benefit from both.) I’m looking forward to learning and networking with other bloggers. I’ve been actively searching for a way to network. I’m very happy to have this off my to do list.
  2. I’m consolidating my two Pinterest profiles. I will keep the Maryland Travel Stories profile to protect the name. However, all future boards and pins will be on my personal Pinterest profile. It’s just easier this way!
  3. I cleaned up my Foursquare profile so the brands and lists match what I’m doing for this blog. (A lot of work for this one!)
  4. Lastly, my Facebook page is up! YAY! Now I can get back to posting!

As I said in my last social media post, social media is a lot of work!

Thanks for reading the Maryland Travel Stories Blog!

Thank You Google Plus!

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© Bantuquka | Dreamstime.com – Social Media Icon Google Plus On Smart Phone Screen Photo

Thank you Google+ !!!

I wrote a post discussing how much work it is to manage social media for my blog. Any help I can get managing social media is welcome. I’m active on Pinterest and Twitter for this blog. Google+ was next on my list. I setup a Google+ page a few weeks ago. At the time I was thinking I’d create page, then come back later to start posting stuff.

Yesterday, I opened my Google+ page to start posting. I was surprised to find most of my blog posts were already posted to the page! The blog posts were going over automatically to Google+! VERY COOL! Google+ is covered with very little work.

I know this is small potatoes to most of you. Some might even look at me and say … “well dah”. I was a social media instructor but I still get pleasantly surprised by small things. It’s one less thing I have to worry about in managing my blog’s social media. It’s a BIG DEAL for me!

Thanks again Google+ !!!

And thank you for reading the Maryland Travel Stories Blog!

Brent Jackson

Social Media is a Lot of Work!

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© Nito100 | Dreamstime.com – Social Media Photo

Let me say that I LOVE social media! I’m active on several sites and I check for updates throughout the day. I was a Social Media Instructor for a nonprofit until a few months ago. I know the benefits of social media for a blog are many. I enjoy applying the things I learned and taught to my own blog.

However, as a blogger, its a lot of work! I spent most of my time last week working on my blog’s Twitter and Pinterest profiles. I also started a new list on my Foursquare profile to track the places I plan to visit.

This is not to complain. I’m only a part-time blogger. I have to find a way to balance the work needed to post to my blog with the work of managing its social media. Any part-time bloggers out there with ideas, please share!

Thanks for reading the Maryland Travel Stories Blog!

Brent Jackson