Blogging and Social Media

The Blogpacker Review #5

Useful Resources & Articles about Travel Blogging and Social Media.

Someone unfollowed us today. A fellow Twitter user took a look at our shallow ramblings and vain self promotion, thought ‘not for me thanks’ and made a quick motion with their wrist and fingers (not that one) and clicked us into oblivion.

This is not in itself unusual and my normal reaction is ‘meh’ (or ‘SCREW YOU FUCKER’, depending on whether it has been an ‘up’ day or a ‘down’ day). This time though it hurt. Not so much that we had one of those snot bubbles induced by a bout of wracking sobbing but, I won’t lie*, I did shed a single tear and sought solace in a family sized pack of Cheetos smeared in margarine.

I thought we had something together. We’d had you over to our site, we had hung out at yours. But now it’s over.

Fortunately during the many hours spent walking past their house hoping to accidentally bump into them I had time for a bit of self analysing and to ponder whether we fell into any of the 7 reasons why Candice Walsh won’t follow you on twitter or facebook. Maybe we had ignored the dos and don’ts of Twitter? Or could the answer be that it wasn’t me it was them using one of these 30 Twitter tools for managing followers?

I suppose I should be grateful that we were not regarded as part of the general internet noise and muted or, worse, that our tweets were collected and exploited for profit.

This last fear prompted Pam Mandel to ask who owns your internet noise anyway?

ZipSetGo, organisers of the popular travelers’ night in, must be hobbling around with a collective limp after shooting themselves in the foot with their decision to publish and sell a book based around the event. Read the discussion in the comments of Pam’s post and it isn’t difficult to conclude that Roni Weiss won’t be alone in questioning and thinking about quitting #TNI, perhaps to move over to Travel Talk on Tuesday instead.

Also dropping the ball is Nomadic Matt. He irked a lot of his readers by suggesting that the World is Boring. He later said that’s not what he meant at all, got in a huff and closed down his comments.

Despite his recent clangers Matt is top of this list of most influential bloggers whereas we are listed at… um.. hang on let me scroll down a bit.. bit more… drat.

Clearly we need to put the word out a bit more. We could start by paying attention to these one hundred and ninety seven ways to build traffic and make more effort to build our brand.

We could get a free tweet and a stumble now that Suzy Stumbles Over Travel has made a welcome return and take steps to appease the Google gods because of the importance of ranking high in Google.

One effective way of getting our name known is guest travel blogging on other blogs and websites. (Here’s a list of twelve, ten and 33 more travel blogs looking for guest posts).

If we do these things then perhaps, like Amanda Williams, we will be able to stop asking is anybody out there? and have a sticky blog and you will all come back again. Won’t you? Please. We’ll give you things.**

* I’m lying
** We won’t give you things

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9 comments to The Blogpacker Review #5

  • Corinne @ Gourmantic  says:

    I find social media to be a fickle beast. People follow and unfollow, or drop you the second you follow back. There are no etiquette rules and different people create their own.

    I find that creating rapport with the blog writer through reading and commenting on their blog far more rewarding than working out the intricacies of social media.

    • The Working Traveller  says:

      I do like the commenting aspect of blogging. One of the reasons why we started a blog in the first place, after years of running static sites, was the opportunity to engage our audience and to be engaged when wearing our own audience hat.

      I’ve found that Twitter is a useful tool in this respect. Before I’d turn up at an article months after it was written and feel like the party was over. Now I see a tweet about a post of interest and (theoretically, at least) can post a comment that is both timely and of interest.

  • pam  says:

    I like your attitude. :)

    Hey, I think it’s a really bad and mind-messing policy to track who’s unfollowing you and why. Thing is, maybe you were on a trip and couldn’t shut up about the sun, and I was surly in my midwinter Seattle funk. Or you only posted HuffPo links and oh, you might know how I feel about the HuffPo. Or.

    Just coz someone unfollows you doesn’t mean, well, it doesn’t mean ANYTHING. Or it does, and unless that person tells you directly, you’ll never know. My totally unscientific sampling says it’s what you said first, “not for me,thanks!” and that’s all there is to it.

    • The Working Traveller  says:

      Yup, you’re right, everyone has their own rules. Under mine I wouldn’t have unfollowed this person and I think this is one of the things that irked me (though not nearly so much as I made out – artistic license and all that).

  • Candice  says:

    Hehe, well those are my own personal rules. I don’t think there are any real social media “rules,” really. But I’ve made many friends via Twitter and Facebook (bffs!) and that’s what it all comes down to…SOCIAL media. Social. Dammit.

    You’re probably better off without that follower. Like a bad break-up, if they can’t accept you for who you are, you’re better off without.

    • The Working Traveller  says:

      I’m so over them now and looking forward to rebounding into some casual tweeting before settling down again with a good follower.

  • Suzy  says:

    Truth be told, I am always a little outraged when I see someone I have talked to before or exchanged articles on Twitter periodically has un-followed me. In the end, it seems they have a lot of time on their hands to go through and unfollow certain people, or maybe it’s just me ha.

    • The Working Traveller  says:

      We weren’t best buddies or anything but we do have at least a couple of links pointed at them, suggesting that I take an interest in their blogging and tweeting. If it were the other way around I doubt I’d be so foolish to alienate our reader (hi Bob) in such an avoidable way.

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