Best of the RSS: What's on the Web this Week

One of the tricky parts about writing blogs is you need to keep up with the other bloggers out there, because they are, for the most part, the ones with all the information. It gets especially overwhelming when you take a few days off.

It took me a little while to catch up after attending the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference last week and not checking my feed. I came back to my Google Reader filled to capacity, which is good news for you because there were some great articles written over that time period.

Here is some of the travel blogosphere’s best content over the past couple weeks.

Travel + Leisure had an interesting post about what happens to your luggage after it sits in the lost luggage pile at the airport for 3 months. Evidently Scottsboro, AL is where it goes to die, only to get resurrected by fastidious shoppers in a retail setting.

Since 2010 is the year of the blogger I found Adventurous Kate‘s post about how to choose a name for your travel blog especially relevant. I also know just how anxiety-producing this process can be. After all, you just might end up with a name people might misconstrue.

Bloggers have opinions, and no opinion is as loud and colorful as those found in the comments section of a blog post, especially if it controversial. Gadling writer Mike Barrish wrote a post last week about long-term travelers being a tad bit snobbish about their lifestyle. It spurred a huge debate in the comments section. Overall a great dialog between those people that make traveling a lifestyle and those that only travel between workweeks.

Keith from Velvet Escape has been doing a series entitled “Enchanting Spots” that I’ve been loving. His most recent edition is Penang, Malaysia, more specifically Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang’s capital of Georgetown. The pictures just make you want to grab a Singapore Sling and wander its halls.

Normally I’m not a fan of photography how-to’s, simply because they’re either painfully obvious or not terribly helpful. “Compose your shot”, “think about lighting”, “don’t be afraid to get in people’s faces”. But Daniel and Audrey at Uncornered Market wrote a great post about how to get great street and market photos when you’re abroad. These are not stock tips but actually well-thought out suggestions on how to get great people-shots (which is a pretty hard thing to do). My favorite: “Ignore the first shot.”

And finally, an article from the UK’s Financial Times highlighting another sign of the slow and painful death of print media, this time the harbinger is in the travel guidebook arena. I quote:

“The latest news from the front line is not good. In fact, over the past two and a half years, guidebook sales in Britain have fallen off a cliff. Sales for 2009 were down 18 per cent on 2007, and if the second half of this year follows the first, 2010 will be down 27 per cent on 2007, according to data from Nielsen BookScan. If the current rate of decline continues, the final guidebook will be sold in less than seven years’ time.”

Perhaps we can think of how the times, they are a-changin’ as we download another Rick Steve’s audio tour (which I love by the way).

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