Where does the idea for a travel post or article come from?
So where does a travel blog post idea come from? Well, in my case it’s very easy.
First and foremost, I write about my journey. Which can be broken down into things like:
and, is this a good place to live?
I also write about particular places I’ve been or currently am in, from a visitor or tourist’s perspective. But, relate it to my own journey.
There’s more too it than that:
I also like to focus on certain aspects of a country in relation to my journey. Maybe how I relate to the society, or the food, or how what it’s like to work there.
Hence, articles like my Food from The Philippines, or Seeing the Unseen started. Or, how individual ones like dealing with religion are written.
Moreover, I might also want to cover an angle no one has yet touched on in a country before.
Last but not least, there’s the photography aspect of things. Maybe there’s a place, event or situation I’d like to photograph. Here, the camera takes the lead and the writing follows.
So, for me, these are a the things that bring about the concepts of my travel blog posts.
Which one I choose, determines my workflow.
Multiple concepts, 2 workflows, one travel blog:
For the purposes of this series I will touch on photography taking the lead, and articles about finding home.
Each one melds together at some point, but each one seems to have a different work flow. At least, for now.
Travel journal workflow:
Here I write about my journey to find home. In each place I go whether it be a country, city or area I write down my experiences and thoughts.
Both get written into two forms:
- Online travel blog
- Offline hand written journal
Online I will usually write about a situation, and relate it to my physical whereabouts. In other words, if I am visiting a place.
Rough and ready, a first draft can contain excerpts from my off line journal as well. It’s then expanded upon, and photographs added.
Offline, I write more about the personal events, personal feelings, rants, raves and everything else not suitable for general viewing. All this, has, culminated in many, many, journals. A batch of which have been edited into a manuscript.
This is when I am out and about. The camera rarely leaves me. I use it to document my journey, and the places I’ve been. But then, as in life, I’ll spot something special.
Maybe it’s a man on the road begging, or someone painting something. Here, the camera leads. And, I will document the event.
This is where I enjoy photography so very much. For it gives me an insight into the real country I am traveling in.
From there comes the workflow of the photograph telling the story, with the words following.
How easy is it to think of concept or photograph to write about?
From a conceptual, and creative stand point this is the most enjoyable. It’s creativity, story telling, and documenting at it’s most raw.
But like anything in it’s most basic of states, it needs refining to be presentable. And, now the really hard work begins.
Concept travel blog workflow summary:
There are two main areas here that lead to a post:
1. Written idea – life, the journey, the situation, the journal etc – get put into hand form, and first draft online.
2. Photograph – an event, a photograph that tells a story, real life situation I find myself in, places I’ve been – first draft written around this
Coming up next: Part 3: my travel photography workflow – I’ve taken the photograph, but now I’ve got to manage it, process it, back it up, and publish it. All from the road, not an easy task.