On the 8th day, God created the superfluous travel blogger. That is the opinion held by many who see bloggers as nothing more than affiliate pushing, agenda driven, wannabe journalist hipsters who provide very little value to readers. To some extent, that is true.
Some travel blogs are nothing more than a monkey banging away on his keyboard about deals from X to Y that are only available for a limited time to a destination nobody wants to go and from a location that nobody even lives. On the opposite extreme, many travel blogs are written by individuals who make little or no money but enjoy sharing their travel experience.
Besides travel bloggers there are travel writers who do more than post pictures of the beach and the menu on Cathay first-class. Travel writers are artists who give insight on the geo-political, social situation in a country from their unique perspective that can only come from seeing the world up close and personal. Travel writing isn’t how to churn your way to a Tahiti or sneak your way into the Lufthansa Senator Lounge. It requires more thought, more detail, and, dare I say, more knowledge of the English language.
So which one is TPOL? Travel blogger degenerate or travel writing savant?
The answer is all of the above. Yes I want affiliate links that pay me stupid amounts of money for people applying for the Southwest card for the 10th time. Yes I want Uber referral credits for readers signing up with my referral code (which happens to be alexanderb113). At the same time, I go beyond these superficialities and provide readers with clever Trip Reports, Flight Reviews, Hotel Reviews, and Lounge Reviews along with an impossible to duplicate Guns & Butter Travel Guide.
None of those make me a travel writer. What makes me a travel writer are posts that take hours to write but receive little attention because they aren’t a freebie to the Maldives. These include the ones found in the press, the pulse, and occasionally, the prof section. Are you a naive traveler? interested in the Occupy Movement? concerned about ISIS? All these posts received a handful of eyeballs but are a lot more insightful than my $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World.
I’m happy to have readers read, comment, and critique all my styles of writing and am grateful for real live interaction as a result of blogging/writing. Now if you could please click on my sponsor below so I can make some money to pay for all this.