Excuse the brevity of this post, but I’m held up in the college library, my new home. My mom just emailed me the link to Camels and Chocolate’s post about how hard it is to become a travel writer. Here is what my mom (who now has a Facebook and Google account to become a follower of my blog!) said:
Hello dear! I know that you are busy, but I have a few observations to share with you: First, although I am a reasonably intelligent and tech saavy person, I really don’t get this Facebook thing for adults. Do people just sit around all
day while at work, uploading new photos and videos and writing comments? I need a class in how to navigate this new system. :) Secondly, I just read the “So you wanna be a travel writer ” post on Camels and Chocolate and I can see you
networking and getting this kind of experience already. Way to go, girl! Lots of Love, Mom
It sure perked up my boring night in the library! Here is basically what Kristen said to do:
- Get an internship: Check. Two to be exact. It started out this summer in advertising for the Charleston City Paper. It was mostly making copies, but now I am an editorial intern, which means I get to write stuff from time to time.
- Read journalism sites: Check. I read travel stuff non-stop. Even if I wasn’t trying to get a job in the travel field, I would probably do it.
- Start a blog and join online communities: Check check. You are reading my blog, so clearly it exists. I am also a member of Travel Blog Exchange, 20 Something Bloggers, and BlogHer.
- Network: Check. I’ve got blog, twitter, and real life people that have helped me out so far. In fact, that job I just got writing for Examiner was by coincidence. An acquaintance from my feature writing class mentioned that he knew a travel writer and got me in contact with him.
- Pitch, pitch, pitch: Check. Writing for free is easy, especially if you love it. Someday I might get paid, but I am enjoying doing freelance for Trazzler and Examiner.
So don’t be discouraged. I don’t have it mastered, but I do what I like.