Lately I've been involved in a program to help new bloggers get started on the right foot. Our basic idea is that there are two basic skills for successful blogging. They are:
- Listening â€“ Being aware of the information being shared among bloggers and across the web
- Writing â€“ Crafting blog posts that are compelling, interesting, insightful, etc.
Lately Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to practice what I preach by diving head first into a whole new niche of bloggers and information on the Web related to world travel.
As our trip around the world approaches, Iâ€™m devoting my online listening to almost purely travel-related resources. I've made it an objective to find the most efficient way to listen to the online travel world. Below are some of the sites and tools Iâ€™m using to listen.
RSS Reader: Iâ€™m using Newsgator Online as my RSS reader and it is the funnel through which all the travel information flows. Iâ€™ve made all my travel-related subscriptions public via an OPML (a packaged group of feeds that can be imported into a reader).
Personal Travel Blogs: There are many blogs of people doing similar trips to ours. I subscribe via RSS as I find them and often leave comments. Two of my favorites: The Rad Blog(check the videos on the right) and Constanttrek (a couple walking from London to Cape Town, South Africa).
Travel Aggregator Blogs: These are sites like Gadling and Gridskipper that chronicle places and events around the world on a voluminous and daily basis.
Del.icio.us Tags: The â€œtravelâ€?? tag on del.icio.us has been my best resource for finding new travel resources. You can see all my TwinF bookmarks here. I subscribe to the â€œtravelâ€?? tag via RSS.
Technorati Tags: The â€œtravelâ€?? tag on Technorati is also another good source, but is much spottier in finding useful travel resources. Again, I subscribe to the tag via RSS.
Listening for TwinF: Iâ€™m also keenly interested in what people are saying about the TwinF site. For that, I subscribe to a PubSub query, watch incoming links on Technorati, new bookmarks on del.icio.us and the subscribers on Feedburner.
Altogether I feel pretty darn informed about what happening in the world of travel, at least within the niche I'm watching. Iâ€™m never at a loss for things to write about on TwinF and the flow of useful information is growing and growing.