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Part of the reason it’s been so quiet on here lately is due to being in transit…obviously something I should work on if I want to keep on combining these travel and blogging deals…
Now I’m getting back into the swing of things (and can’t believe I’ve already been away from Thailand for more than a month!) but need to rewind a bit.
The biggest thing that happened, aside from coming home for the first time in 14 months, is that I made a stop in Toronto before heading to the West Coast. If you read other travel blogs, you’re probably sick of TBEX – the travel bloggers conference that was held in Toronto at the beginning of June – updates. I didn’t actually make it to TBEX, but instead went to spend a few days at a travel blogging workshop – Bloghouse – run by Navigate Media Group – a group of established travel bloggers willing to pass on their skills. While I’m very glad that I went, I also haven’t known what to write about it, although I’ve been meaning to.
To begin with, I hate the word ‘blog’. It sounds like something a troll would say and I hate seeing it, reading it or thinking of it (thanks in part to my PR days) much less writing about blogging and a bunch of bloggers. How can I write a post about a blogging workshop without using the word ‘blog’? Not well, apparently…
So then I waited for everyone else in the group to write about their experiences so I could read them and maybe come up with something witty to say.
But I still can’t.
I think this is probably because I’m still digesting everything I did, learned, heard and thought from those few days. The experience both intrigued and intimidated me, encouraged and overwhelmed…and I would recommend it to anyone starting out in the travel blog world.
To begin with, nothing beats meeting your peers face to face – and to be able to do this with with people who can really help you through their personal experiences for three full days is not something you often come across. This year, Bloghouse was held the few days before TBEX began in a castle, thanks to Flipkey, in the middle of Toronto. We all lived, breathed (and probably dreamt) blogging constantly learning from each other and discussing all the different aspects that going into blogging – which are more than you may think. Content creation, photography, video, SEO, web development, social media, monetization, media kits, press tours…all the topics that (I assume) were covered in TBEX, but on practically a one-to-one basis instead of a large session. Priceless. There were even guest speakers at the top of their game from Flight Network, Everything Everywhere and Legal Nomads roped into sharing some of their secrets with us.
For me, this biggest takeaway was simply hearing how other people handle their blog and business. While there’s a very large, supportive blogging community, in the end blogging is a pretty solitary affair so being able to get some insight into others’ tips, tricks and ideas was well worth the Toronto stop over.