Blogging has become an important communication tool for the world and the passionate voices that emerge from this not-so-new venue inspire, enlighten, educate, amuse, inform and give hope. For some it’s a set-in-stone format and for others simple on-line diatribes with no rules. Grammar, format, photo layout be damned! This is one of the things that inspires me, because anyone can be a blogger and be heard…even me.
As I’ve rather recently jumped into this amazing arena of new wave journalism, I’ve met many people and seen the vast world through their eyes. Those real voices speak to me much louder than fluffy reviews or advertorials, especially when it comes to restaurants, hotels, sightseeing and even spas.
In fact a recent ‘review’ of a spa convinced me to go there only to be sadley disappointed when the polish immediately rubbed off my toes and my newly manicured finger caught on fire the next day! Ouch indeed on both accounts. So yes, I give much more credence to the ‘real’ voices that are emerging these days through blogging. I also try to adhere to those guidelines myself, without being unkind with thoughtless words and criticisms.
*Just a note, I did return to that particular business to politely inform them, but they didn’t seem as shocked as I was or offer a refund… go figure right?
Having read far more blogs these past couple of years than any advertorial journalistic pieces in ‘tourist’ rags, I’ve learned of some of the best inside scoops on travel, food, culture and society. And I applaud any country that takes their blogging community seriously, especially when it comes to tourism and travel.
And the beauty of tourism and travel is that they embrace every nuance of the world, from architecture to food, from customer service to culture. Those aspects get me excited about travel, cultural experiences and especially meeting new people!
Malaysia has in the past two years embraced their blogging community with two successful blogger conferences and social media events, Malaysian International Tourism Blogger Conference & Awards 2012 and 2013. I attended both MITBCA events and was honored to be a guest speaker in 2013. Am I inspired? You bet! Has it raised my desire to see and do and blog even more? Absolutely!
As I do my daily search on line for usable content for my website and social media endeavors, I often find hidden gems. A link in one place leads to a link somewhere else and my morning path goes off in many directions, all filled with glorious information. Time consuming but a fascinating look at the world around me. May sound corny to some, but I love it!
As I went to Facebook ‘message’ a fellow blogger , I noticed another blogger had told him about a blogger conference coming up in Indonesia..hmm, how come I hadn’t heard about that? And as I investigating further, I found an entire community of bloggers were converging in Jakarta to celebrate their unified Southeast Asian voices at ASEAN Blogger Festival 2013, set for May 10-12, 2013.
ASEAN is the brain child for a unified Southeast Asia ‘region’; a region rich in culture and history. Do I want to participate in this event? Absolutely! To put faces to the many ASEAN blogger voices will be further inspiration for my own ‘voice’ as well as how I see Southeast Asia. And I plan to see a lot more of Southeast Asia, because thanks to Air Asia, now everyone can fly, even me!