It’s free. It’s pretty comprehensive. Digging through the archives now. Great place if you’re just starting out too.
I think it’s only too perfect to talk about HTML5 using a catch phrase from over 10 years ago. It’ll be dated just as fast. BUT. Right now, it’s super hot, until the next big thing, and I am loving it. I am playing with this theme: http://themeforest.net/item/modernize-flexibility-of-wordpress/1264247 and it’s ah-mazing. It’s responsive so it looks great on my iphone or macbook, but it also has all kinds of cool features, that make me look like a better designer than I am. I think it just shaved two weeks off my project. If you’re shopping themes, do this: search Theme Forest for HTML 5 themes. There are tons. Look at the 5 star ones. Plenty. Go.
I’m reading Robin Hemley’s A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel, and it’s great. I laughed in the first chapter, which isn’t something you’d expect from this kind of book, but it’s really snappy and fun to read.
I’m writing a book that’s largely participatory journalism, so I was drawn to this title. However, as I’m reading it, it occurred to me that this is exactly what travel bloggers do. We’re immersion memoirists, who can be of two ilk: either we experience the world in order to understand ourselves better or to discover something about the world at large. In other words, we tend to be memoirists or participatory journalists. (Robin breaks it down into five categories: the experiment, the quest, the infiltration, the investigation, and the reenactment).
There’s not much writing about travel writing that isn’t (in my view) focusing on the travel aspect and somewhat ignoring the omnipresent “I” in all of our stories. If we blog, we are writing long form narratives, over months and years, that could be considered serialized memoirs. If you take it from that perspective then it shifts the way you think about your writing from being in service to the immediate post, to the larger story.
Anyway, great book, check it out if you want, the first chapter is free on Amazon.com.
I have to catch up with these two, but I’m sure they are super busy right now. (Congrats, you guys!) Todd Sullivan and Lauren McLeod, who I happen to know because of globetrooper.com (Drew did the India Railway Circumnavigation trip with Todd & Lauren), well they started a new website last year (FlightFox). It lets you crowdsource your flight search, so if you’re looking for the cheapest, shortest trip from say, Buenos Aires to Dublin, you don’t have to spend six hours online trying every different combination (Buenos Aires – Miami – NYC – Dublin?? wait try – Boston – London – Dublin… and so on).
We met them in Goa and later again in Thailand. They are really cool and really smart people. When I first met Lauren, she had just come off a 51 day trek across the Gobi Desert. She is seriously bad ass.
Anyway, now they are going even bigger after getting some seed money, which then lead to angel investors, and this Techcrunch article talks about their path to $800K in cash to launch, for what I thought was a good idea, but secretly suspected was too ambitious. Lesson to me: think bigger.