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June 29, 2005
Got an email about travel blogs recently, and the one that really stood out is Travelpost.com. It's kind of like Flickr for travelers, It allows people to upload photos, journal entries, iteneraries, and build travel maps that can be shared with other people. Here's NYC, where I live.
It's a sleek, snappy service that could be easily paired with a travel agency or online reservation site.
So the question is, is this a glimpse of the future? Is this where we go with blogging and user-created media? Niche experiences blogged and shared differently as more and more of our lives go online?
Or maybe this kind of site truly is for that set of hardcore travelers who wander the globe much more than the rest of us mere human, and so it makes since for a small percentage of them to slice off that part of their lives and share it differently?
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Yes, this is where blogging is heading. Of course, it's heading in a hundred other directions as well. One thing that appeals to me about blogging is the persistent identity it allows one to have. While I would post a review of a travel destination on TravelPost.com (I haven't before, but I do recall posting one on epinions.com), I don't think I would do so as a replacement for what I do with my blog. Posting on such sites as Flickr and TravelPost, however, could be a way for those who do not blog, to get comfortable with sharing information online -- and lead them to a more conventioinal blog platform.
Posted by: Rex Hammock at June 29, 2005 03:21 PM
I agree with Rex about "posting reviews" being merely a bit of the blog byte. However, travel being one of the top ten subjects behind internet start-ups today, I do believe that travel blogs are gaining strength. There are other travel/photo sites out there that offer blogs, not just for the seasoned traveler, but for anyone who wishes to write a blog. Viovio.com is one such site. Viovio is primarily a travel and photo sharing online community, but they offer free blogs to all members (membership is free as well). Folks can keep an ongoing blog about anything and everything, it is not restricted to travel.
Posted by: Sarah Keithley at July 2, 2005 10:36 AM