Note: The 2013 list is out! Here it is.
Which travel bloggers should you read in 2012?
I asked. And you answered.
It’s time to vote for your favorite travel blogging personality.
Last week, I asked for nominations and explained the rules. Sifting through the nominees wasn’t easy. I know a lot of these bloggers personally, and I want all of them to make the list.
But only 12 will.
“Vote now for your favorite travel blogger”
Let’s talk about money.
If you’re going to be a successful travel blogger, you’ll need some to pay your Internet service provider and web designer. You’ll have to pony up cold, hard cash for the equipment I recommended in the second part of this series.
It would be nice to have a little left over to pay the rent, too.
People think you have to take the vow of poverty when you become a travel blogger, or that your “payment” is press trips. Not necessarily.
“How to be a travel blogger: And now, a few words about money”
The votes are in for the best new travel blog of the year. And the results are … inconclusive.
None of the sites received a majority of the votes, and despite my best efforts to keep the voting fair, there were allegations of, ahem, irregularities.
I had hoped to conduct a runoff between the top two sites, but that seems impossible. So there will be no top travel blog of 2011. I’m sorry.
“And the best new travel blog of 2011 is …”
Even though I vehemently deny this is a travel blog, or that I’m a travel blogger, I just can’t look away.
During the last few months, I’ve seen too many excellent new travel blogs arrive on the scene to stay quiet. I have to speak up.
Update: Here’s a list of 12 travel bloggers worth following in 2012 and 12 travel Twitter personalities you should follow in 2012. Also, please see update at the bottom of this post on the survey results.
“The 11 best new travel blogs of 2011”
It’s that time of year again: time to name the year’s top travel blogs.
(I do this every year as a service to readers. Here’s last year’s list.)
For 2010, I’m letting you make the call. I’ve compiled a list of nominees (below) and I’m letting you decide the top 10.
“Please vote for your favorite travel blog of 2010”
Editor’s note: This is an online version of a seminar I’m giving at the The Travel Bloggers Show in Orlando tomorrow.
How do you become a travel blogger?
It’s a question I get almost every week. To which I usually respond, “How would I know? I’m a consumer advocate.”
But like some of the consumer advocates who came before me, including the ubiquitous Clark Howard, I think some readers will probably always think of me as a travel guy. And since I’ve been involved in new media since 1994, the blogger label isn’t likely to go away anytime soon, either.
So how do I do it? When I was asked to speak about this subject at a recent conference, the organizers wanted me to summarize it in seven easy steps.
“How to become a travel blogger in 7 easy steps”