Guest Post- Things I’ve Realized Writing a Travel Blog

vw-camper-336606_1280~Being a travel blogger for a while now, there are a few things I’ve realized. And since this is a guest post, I thought this is the right time to write about it and share it with not just my readers, but T’s as well. This is my first guest post for any blog. So bear with me 😀

I am no travel expert, or some awesome writer, or a critic to lend any tips to my readers. But certainly I can share my experience of blogging for 6 months now and the things I have learnt during the process. I love travelling, cooking and eating a lot and the blog shows my love for it. The thing is, when one starts a blog, he or she is extremely enthusiastic with writing and sharing almost everything they love. Even I went overboard few times hehe 😀 I know the blog is an expression of your passion and being, but try not to go overboard and post a lot of stuff in succession with almost no time gaps. It divides the reader’s attention to your work and each individual post might not get the attention it deserves. Draft the posts for future and click the publish button when it is the time.

So I made a rough post calendar. Didn’t publish it or anything. But I had it framed out in my mind with few ideas written in a diary. That brings me to my another point. Have your ideas framed out beforehand to stick with your calendar. Of course there are no rules or anything, still jotting down the ideas helps you when it’s the time to write something. All this – making a calendar, and jotting down post ideas helps you build a writing discipline, polishes your writing skills with time, helps you explore and generate new ideas and yes, keeps your set of readers intact. Remember, consistency is the key.

When I started my blog, I had my family and friends read it out even if they wanted to or not haha 😀 ohh everyone does that :p So the thing to remember here is that do not take their praise seriously. Some of it is genuine, some is not. Oh come on! They love you and cannot hurt you. So do make them read it and ask to even share it with others.

Promotions 😀 ohh yeah!!

Keep up with the work, let the blog grow with time, and then analyze if it is generating any buzz. You will know what to do then. Have some goals for your blog. Mine is to be consistent, and post high quality material even if it is one post a week. So frame out your own goals and aims to make your blog better. Also, try making it visually appealing as well. I know some of you don’t wanna confirm to rules, and just pour out what your heart says. I do that too. But then again if you want more readers, do add a picture or two. Any person would love few pictures while reading a piece. Make your blog what you would love to read and see in a blog.

These are some pointers I think are good to make your blog and readers grow. Then again, it is your choice what to do in the end. For me, blogging is expressing and sharing what I love with the world. And have my own identity. I love it when people ask me about my blog. And you should be too. Do what suits you the best and you can add on these pointers if you wanna find your own niche.

P.S I blurted my heart out with no proofreading whatsoever. Advice from the heart 🙂

~Upasana

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Guest Post by: Adrea Kore-Erotic Poetry Guru xo

I am so honored to have the lovely Miss Adrea Kore as a guest blogger today! Adrea is from Melbourne, Australia and writes the most incredible erotic poetry. What a treat to have my tiny little blog spiced up by this wonderful gal xox Please check her out: http://koredesires.wordpress.com/ you won’t be disappointed 😀

Thank you Adrea! ~T

Suspense

Naked, I find myself
here, at both pinnacle
and this most fragile of places
Neither here nor there
A world of possibilities
Unfolding giddily beneath
A bare-legged refusal
to run for safety;
to choose one side in haste, foregoing
sweet knowledge of the other
I stand strong in the liminal heights,
A wide-eyed heart
Invoking divine transition

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Girl on bridge

 

© Adrea Kore  2013

Adrea Kore is a writer/performer, residing in Melbourne, Australia. A former theatre director and artist’s model, she engages strongly with themes of ‘the feminine’, publishing both fiction and non-fiction. She’s featured in American erotic anthology Dirty Little Numbers by Go Deeper Press, and her story Peek Hour can be found in the fresh-off-the-press release of “Best Of” anthology Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 13. Adrea  is fascinated by creative process, and the place where words emerge from our most physical of experiences. Her erotica short stories feature on Erotica Writers and Readers’ (ERWA) online gallery,  and in Australian anthology A Storytelling of Ravens.

Currently working on her first collection of themed short erotica stories, and ignoring her novella draft, Adrea has just discovered blogging. Visit her at Kore Desires.

Guest Post by: All Curves West – Tiny Curves too!! :-)

~It is always a daunting idea to start-up a new business. Often it is not the business idea but the business practices that “fail”. Marketing, and for me, social media marketing, is one of the crucial aspects of winning the business game. One of my side projects, All Curves West, depends almost solely upon social media to grow or “succeed”.

In my opinion “social media” includes; blog networking using platforms like WordPress or Tumblr, social networking via Facebook & Twitter, business networking through Google Plus and Linkdin, and the more recent trend of photo networking using applications such as Instagram and Pintrest. Having a solid “online presence” can seem complicated when you see that big list of sites and applications. It comes down to having a plan, and being efficient. Social media can steal your entire life if you let it! But it doesn’t have to. I could spend a lot of time talking about exactly how to do that but for the purposes of this article I will leave it at that.

All Curves West is a little blog I have, these days my ability to keep it as up to date as I would like is struggling. But one way I keep it alive without too much time is by having my WordPress blog linked to my Facebook business page of the same name. It isn’t the same and I still deserve a good slap on the wrist for not practicing what I preach but it is still a great way to help grow your blog following.
To me the best part about having a Facebook page in addition to your blog is growing your “personality”.

Blogging is limited in that you can only present your own writing or the writing of your fellow bloggers. It doesn’t allow for the quick “shares” and “likes” that can let you show people what you are all about. My blog, All Curves West, is a fashion forward, body positive, journey sharing type of blog. Writing is great for me to share my journey with people in detail, but sharing pictures of fashion, or other pages allows a much more visual presentation of my interests and message. It is also a great way to save time in a busy week! A decent amount of social media might take three 2o minute sessions a week, whereas writing a solid post could take ALL week!

Getting followers to your blog is also a lot easier when you can get them to “like” your page and THEN get them to follow the blog by connecting the two. Don’t be afraid to ask people to like or share or follow you, not all the time, obviously, but once a month is certainly reasonable! Confidence is attractive to people whether it be in marketing or dating, so let people know you have a great thing happening over here and ask them to come take a look! Once they have liked or followed you, it is your job to keep them there! Maybe next time I can talk about that!

Erin 2Since I am here I am going to take a little minute and tell you about All Curves West (ACW)! It has taken a long time to figure out my message in a really tangible way. In a word, All Curves West is about inclusion. My journey of self love has jumped forward since I found the power of inclusion. I feel like the very best way to teach love is through love. I had to truly find the ability to let go of comparison. I discovered that very few of us, whether our curves be big or small, possess true self-love. I learned that so many of the people who possessed the body I so desired, did not possess the confidence or self worth that I had spent my whole life assuming came with it! And that is what pushed me to start writing and create All Curves West.

My message is acceptance: all the curves, all the love, all the time. My motto is: Present Choice: Happiness – because you have to be present, it IS always a choice, and ALWAYS choose happiness.

I have a serious love for fashion, fashion art, modeling & photography. My Facebook page allows me to showcase that aspect of ACW as well as draw attention to artists/designers/businesses/events/people who fall in line with my message. My blog gives me a place explore my journey through words.
There is so much more to All Curves West and I could spend so much more time on everything I said above but for now I leave you with this thought courtesy of a very special tarot card that I pulled almost every single week for two years at the beginning of my yoga-for-curvy-ladies practice…(paraphrased)!

~Is the bamboo less mighty than the oak? Is the oak less beautiful than the bamboo? Comparison is not the answer. We all have our strengths and our beauty.~

All Curves West!

Erin