It’s been awfully quiet around here at the blog. You know why We’ve been busy with numerous other projects…the Spanish language product launch + Facebook page and blogging…the Saga of Lucimia MMORPG development team I’m heading….finishing up my TBEX presentation (I’m speaking on the first day; see the schedule here) on advanced Facebook marketing….and then there’s our travel blog boot camp, which kicks off Monday, August 25th and runs through until the 29th. Read More
It’s important in life to build up as many professional working relationships as possible. That’s why I don’t believe in burning bridges, and I don’t subscribe to the point of view that I’ll ever reach a point where I am more important than another person. Instead, I believe in mutually beneficial working relationships with everyone, and the karmic view of business where everyone is a potential ally because you never know when that person can help you out in return somewhere further down the road.
Last year, when Marginal Boundaries arrived at the point where I could no longer manage it on my own, I reached out for a personal assistant and found a brilliant guy who has since spent the last year working for us via the personal recommendation of Ryan and Angela from Jets Like Taxis. His name is Devlin Madden-Perdue of Dream In Reality and 1 Life 2 Bags, and as his year-long term comes to a close with us, it’s time to play it forward and help him on the next step of his journey. Read More
“Blasphemy!” I hear the multitudes cry, so entrenched and and trained are they to believe that the number of comments on a blog post has any significance whatsoever beyond the “feel good” factor of vanity traffic. “A post with 50 comments is proof that it is more popular than a post with only 5 comments or only zero”.
That, my dear readers, is the myth of popularity. The true nature of engagement is far more complex, and relies on many more components than merely the number of readers (most of whom are fellow bloggers and armchair readers and not your target audience of paying customers) leaving random one-sentence fluff replies simply to build up their layer of backlinks to their own sites. Read More
Any time you get into the business side of dealing with another country, you’ll find that things vary dramatically from the way things work in your home country. If there’s one mistake I see bloggers and travelers coming into Latin America make, it’s the #1 mistake in the book: a lack of know-how in navigating cultural differences and the assumption that it will work just like it does in <insert home country/primary audience here>.
What works back home or for your English/French/German/Insert-Favorite-Language-Here audience doesn’t necessarily translate into the Latin way of doing things. And if you plan on making any sort of deals here in Latin America, you are going to have to unlearn everything you think you know about business…because it doesn’t apply. Read More
Is finally here!
After three months of hard work, we’re finally publishing our latest book: Life on the Road – The Business of Travel Blogging.
Forget the Photoshopped and filtered photos and videos that show up as the final result in blog posts. These are the nuts and bolts of blogging that are normally completely behind the scenes; the 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. grind, the morning edits, emails, social media routines, article planning, drafting, editing, photo shoots, planning for video shoots, mosquitoes and sweaty jungle-crawling, blisters from riding a pack-mule through the mountains for three days, scheduling, nightmare rides at night in rickety vans through the mountains, proposals, press tours, press kits, meetings, presentations, negotiations, film shoots, editing film and photos, cutting and splicing, processing and uploading, sharing and networking, public relations and beyond. Read More