In the News: Top Female Bloggers

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I’ve made it no secret that one of the top reasons I keep blogging, even with a full-time job and a side business, (plus trying to have a life!), is the incredible web of people that being in this world allows me to meet. I’m a travel blogger (with some crossover), but there are so many different spheres out there. Ignite Social Media recently published a list of Top Female Bloggers, with topics ranging from Food and Green Living to Politics and Tech. If you can believe it, I was so, so honored to represent Travel with three of my very favorite bloggers!

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Meet Liz, of Travelogged

When I moved back to the U.S. from Costa Rica, I was so worried that I wouldn’t have a place in the online travel community anymore. I’d found a job (or, it’d actually found me!), and I couldn’t take time off for six long months, the downside to returning to corporate life. One of the online travel pioneers who was a true inspiration to me was an old friend of mine, Liz, of @travelogged. Little known fact: Liz and I met no less than 12 years ago, when we were completing our masters in journalism at Columbia University. The recession eventually led to the loss of both of our jobs but, no surprise to me, Liz retaliated much more swiftly than I did, as you’ll learn from her interview below. After I returned from a month-long trip to Borneo, she asked me to write about it on her blog. Unemployed, slightly depressed, and stuck in the “old journalism” mentality, I had no idea what she was talking about. Fast forward two years, and look at me now!

As I just learned at the TBU travel bloggers conference, Liz and I are both “joggers,” journos who blog. Love us!

I hope you find her as inspiring as I do.

 

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Why journalism snobs should love amateur blogs

amateur blogsWhen I was first introduced to the online travel community more than a year ago, I was confused as to why everyone expected me to start an amateur blog . Who would read it besides my mom? What would I write about? And WHAT was the purpose?

I’d been working in magazines since college, so writing just for kicks, for my new friends who I’d never met across the world, seemed a bit ridiculous. And self-published, free eBooks? Give me a break. It’s not that I looked down on all of it… I just didn’t get it. I was in a period of my life, after losing my job, where I wanted to slow down – not add extra projects that appeared to take a lot of time for little or no monetary profit. And so I stayed far away.

Twelve months later, I have changed my mind. In fact, not only do I think the amateur blogging universe is extremely important to the future of professional writing, but I also think that even journalism snobs should have a lot more respect for it. Here’s why.

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My first review!

Almost exactly six months after I started my blog, I Wish Gap Year gave me my first review. And it couldn’t have been nicer! The reviewer really spent some time reading my blog, which means so much… especially since this magazine editor greatly appreciates reporters and writers who do their homework. This was completely unexpected and so, so exciting for me. I can’t thank I Wish Gap Year enough! Show them some love — their site is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to take a gap year abroad. Eleven months into my stay in Costa Rica, it’s a move I clearly support!

Read my review here: Blog Focus: The Jungle Princess

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