As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I’ll be taking part in an A to Z Blogging Challenge this month, which begins tomorrow. I wrote then that I came across this exercise at an opportune time, just as I was thinking about how to refocus and define a bit more clearly the direction of Piran Café, which as of this posting, is just shy of quarter of a million views all-time.
Since then, I’ve outlined and jotted down some notes on my A to Z entries, and even put together a few posts in advance – but not nearly as many as I was planning to. They’ll all be variations on the theme of travel, a term whose interpretations are as numerous as there are travel writers.
More than 20 years have passed since I first began dabbling in travel writing and much has obviously changed. While my professional writing and editing work is far removed from the topic, I regularly keep up with several travel-related blogs, and in recent months have read and studied dozens, of not hundreds. So I think I’ve learned a little bit about what’s out there, what attracts readers and what doesn’t. (A critique of the travel blogosphere could fill several volumes so I’ll save that for another post or two.)
My general strategy will be to use the Challenge to sketch out my vision of what a typical month as a travel blogger might look like if I were to hit the road for an indefinite period of time. (Hypothetically speaking, of course, and with a full-time job to deal with.) It’ll be helpful that I’ll be the road from the 10th through the 17th to give my posts a bit of real world charm. Demands on time will ensure that at least one of the rules –KISS, or Keep It Short and Sweet—will be obeyed.
I’ll try lots of different things – mixing up short narratives, brief vignettes and simple notebook entries with photos and video and maybe even some live blogging and tweeting – hopefully some of it’ll work. I’m looking forward to evaluating the journey and process at the end of the month. I hope you’ll make the time to drop by and join me.
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- A to Z Blogging Challenge, April 2012 – Dive in! (pirancafe.com)