I attended the travel bloggers meet-up at Blogher on Friday afternoon. The travel meet-up was originally discussed by Pam Mandel at nerdseyeview and on Blogher. It was moderated by Suzanne Reisman at cussandotherrants (who has also written a new book, Off the Beaten Subway Track, more on that later) The majority of our time was spent on introductions, but we did have a few moments to discuss how we could create a more tightly-knit travel blogger community. Delicious Baby collected cards from everyone who is interested in building the community and will be posting the list of bloggers on her site. I captured a few names during the introductions and subsequent discussion of some great travel blogs I want to add to my google reader in addition to the blogs already listed:
What A Trip written by Nancy Brown, a contributor to Uptake
Mile High Mamas–(the Denver Post)
KitchenGadgetGirl (and consultant to Uptake) has an idea for creating a page with RSS feeds from all the sites that wish to participate. I think this is the best idea yet, but I may be biased sine I have been working with her for nearly a year.
Uptake also have a travel blog search widget we created in cooperation with the t-list to make it easier to find travel bloggers everywhere. If you are interested in participating, please go here to join the search widget and here for information on the twitter t-list..
A few corporations sent some representatives including SeaWorld, DisneyWorld Orlando, Teleflora, and the Hilton were all there to gain insight into the travel blogger community. They want to reach travel bloggers of all kinds (see Blogher, travel is big business….)
Many of the bloggers were interested in building a more cohesive community and wanted to make ourselves more available to other bloggers, publicists and corporations trying to reach us. Please add to the conversation. Give us your ideas to build a more connected travel community. Next year, we hope Blogher ’09 will have a panel devoted to travel.