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Blog hop: Confessions on my writing process

I love talking about writing (because when you’re talking about it, you can feel like you’re writing without actually writing—procrastination, anyone?). But no, I also love it because it gives you insight into how other people battle the blocks, seek out their muse and get their jumbled thoughts into a coherent structure on the page…

That time TBEX made me cry

People who know me know that I’m a tad emotional (read: cries at mountains and Christmas carols). It’s a trait I inherited from my mother, along with blonde-ish hair, chronic hiccups and a severe case of the giggles (side note: thanks to Daniel Noll of Uncornered Market who taught me this past weekend at TBEX…

Why we’re all the lonely traveller

I don’t know why I can’t get her out of my head. I didn’t know Anita Mac personally; she was just the voice behind a URL, someone who shared some connections with me, who loved travel and writing like I do. I don’t know why, when I opened my Facebook newsfeed and saw a note…

The beginner’s guide to TBEX

On a warm, sunny day last year in Keystone, Colorado, I walked into the bright, spacious conference centre at my first TBEX—the annual Travel Bloggers Exchange, which brings together travel writers, bloggers, photographers, videographers, industry reps, PR folks and anyone and everyone who works in travel and new media. The sky was blindingly blue, I…

Should you ever write for free?

Should you ever write for free?

If you want to spark a heated debate in a room full of writers, just mention the Huffington Post. Arianna’s publishing empire incites a range of alternating fury and support that occasionally makes me fear for my life. There are those who proudly declare they write for such a widely read publication, even if it…