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Notebooks not needed: Travel Blog Camp review

November 11, 2009


One tweet made me laugh during last night’s travel blog camp, but it then got me thinking…

“Lots of PADs in evidence at #tbacmp – that’s Personal Analogue Devices aka those lined notebook thingies you need a pen for.”

I had mine in front of me, but didn’t write a thing – despite last year’s copious notes during the event.

But this year, all the activity was being done by the participants/organisers. Everything tends to get documented as it happens nowadays (unless you’re at this type of event). I am also fairly lazy, which could also explain the lack of documentation.

So no notes, but there was a hash tag (#tbcamp), and Twitter legend Alex Bainbridge was manning Tnooz’s website, providing a running commentary.

The future of blogs
If online forums are becoming less popular, and harder to sustain, I’m starting to get worried for blogging.

During last night, the start of the evening was taken up by the sponsors/speakers’ praise for Twitter, and tips on how to use it – this may have been a case of preaching to the converted.

The conversation moved on to commenting etiquette and law, via paywalls and Murdoch, and paying for quality, but it was funny how Twitter kept rearing its head.

Is blogging now regarded as long-winded, failing to engage with others? Travel companies seem to have varying success rates with it, although seemed to take it seriously – it even has a blog school.

Interestingly, for a travel blog camp, most of the sponsors/speakers did not blog (one admitted they had set one up one on typepad the week before). Alex Bainbridge, who has stopped blogging to focus on his role as a Tnooz “node”, told me it was a lot tougher for him nowadays, as posts for Tnooz can take up to two hours to write.

The Voldemort of travel
Hearing organiser Darren Cronin (aka @travelrants) talk about his recent brush with a libel case was fascinating (the company that shall not be named, as one travel journalist put it).

Darren spoke frankly about what happened, and this in turn raised a good debate in the audience. Meanwhile business travel agent Murray Harold (for me, the star of the show and like a cross between Morissey and an angry politician) gave an energetic speech about the real reason we should be using social media – to make money.

Joobli also blogged about the event.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2009 10:14 am

    The most interesting and relevant banter circulated around @travelrants recent libel experiences. There were a lot of people in the room with massive brains that tossed out valuable advice for bloggers on the subject. Also just wondered if @hurrymurray left the house that night without his medication? 😛


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