Connecting with other travel writers is a very important part of my project and this blog, so I thought I’d share a follow up I had from SKJ Traveler, Shara, since the last blog post I wrote reviewing her website:
Hi Rachel. I really appreciate the write-up on my websites. This whole networking thing is a bit beyond me, to be honest. I'm a bit of an old fart and have no affiliations... I'm basically a hermit with no social or professional connections! I designated 2011 the year of trying to contact the outside world. I suppose I should just do a sort of Blitzkrieg sending out friend requests on Facebook, but it's just so not my style, and to be honest, even with the careful selection of strangers whom I contact (seeing people with similar intents on travel-related sites) it still makes me nervous. Ha. So not a child of the social media age! Anyway, it's a delight when I meet someone who is friendly and enthusiast and a kindred spirit. As it happens, I very recently decided to add a page to my travel website with external links and various "armchair" musings. I have the button up and intend to start adding content in the next week when I get some time. I will be sure to add a link to your blog at this time. Thanks again. Best – Shara
I just read through your Conclusions from Adventures in Ghana. Very thoughtful and thought-provoking, and I relate to a lot of it. I'm actually inspired now to perhaps vent some of my frustrations on my next Writing Life blog entry. I wrote an entire book, generally filed under "ethnographic memoir" about a village in China I spent time living in. A most horrible and depressing experience trying to get it published and I finally gave up. A number of your points in your Conclusions ring relevant to my experience. Anyway, I very much enjoyed reading your piece.
From there I got a post on my facebook wall linking me to her latest blog post (June 27, 2011) inspired by my Ghana conclusions, reflecting on her struggles with publishing a book.
Pretty neat, eh? It is nice to see that everything I did in Ghana can still be a leaving, breathing entity out there that others can benefit from outside of myself and the one person who might read my final written paper. I am convinced that by having my conclusions in a blog format makes it so more people can benefit from it. It makes me so happy that other writers are thinking, and caring, about the issue of authenticity and writing.