Oh my goodness – Men of Travel Blogging Calendar for 2013 [women version also available]
Tnooz has covered (often stirred) the various debates about the rise of bloggers as a force within the world of content in online travel.
Lara Dunston’s Entrepreneurial model for travel writers working in an evolving media, for example, remains one of the most popular articles of all time on Tnooz.
We have also featured guest pieces from high profile bloggers such as Matthew Kepnes – aka Nomadic Matt – (Why travel bloggers need to establish their own brand) and Gary Arndt (Why do travel advertisers continue to avoid bloggers?).
Even last week, Martin MacDonald of Expedia Affiliate Network issued a rallying cry for the industry to use bloggers more.
As we have said before, we like travel bloggers – what they’re trying to do, their energy (but not necessarily all of their practices) and enthusiasm.
We do, however, continually wonder whether the navel-gazing that appears to be part of the DNA of the community often does it more harm than good, at least in terms of how the industry perceives it.
Anyway, obviously going against the idea that the community might be slightly self-congratulatory, this little nugget of jaw-dropping madness has been doing the rounds over recent days.
Nice eye candy and all that, very worthy causes, etc. But really?
Perhaps we’re being a bit unfair and it’s just a bit of laugh, etc. But some might argue that such an initiative does not fit so well with the aims of what the wider travel blogging community is trying to do (and we think generally that it is slowly getting there).
We continually hear about – to continue the analogy – how bloggers want to be considered in the industry as luxury Middle East airlines rather than low cost carriers.
Something doesn’t chime so well here.
Anyway, if bloggers (and their industry fans, readers, etc) want to really give something back to charities then they can perhaps also look at the two which Tnooz supports: Footprints and Passports with Purpose.
We will, of course, check with the organisers of the Blogger Calendars in the New Year to see how many were sold. We would be genuinely pleased to be proven wrong.
Kevin May is a senior editor and one of the co-founders at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and will be publishing his first book - a biography about electronic band, Depeche Mode - soon.