Welcome to #TheWeeklyPostcard!
Before we take a look at the wonderful world of travel blogs in #TheWeeklyPostcard, we want to appeal – once again – for help specifically for the Caribbean. As you probably know, the region suffered another devastating hurricane. Recovery and rebuilding is going to take months – years, in some cases – and aid was desperately needed even before Maria made landfall. We found several organizations you can donate to which are directing aid to the region. We love traveling to the region, and feel an obligation to help support the islands in their hours (months?) of need.
It seems like every week recently we have said, “What a week!” Hurricanes, earthquakes, world leaders. We mentioned last week that it all had us dreaming of escaping, and that feeling continues. It’s reflected in our favorite posts in the last edition of The Weekly Postcard; we loved these posts about absolutely beautiful destinations, and we know you’ll like them, too.
Be sure to check out all of the new posts collected in the latest edition of The Weekly Postcard, too! If you’re new to blog link-ups, or want more info about participating in The Weekly Postcard with your blog, you’ll find details below. We have some tips for bloggers to make the most of the link up, too.
- We (Rob and Ann) grew up in (respectively) desert and tropical locations, and are now based in the sunny southern US. Canada is not just a foreign country to us, it’s almost a different world. And we are fascinated by it! So we’ve been loving Dotted Line Travel’s series from Newfoundland. This week, she’s exploring the fjords of Western Brook Pond, and it’s just gorgeous!
- Speaking of deserts, have you seen the Pinnacles? Our co-host Sally-Ann at Tips 4 Trips took a Holiday to Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert, and shared the stunning scenery and sunsets with us, along with the comfy family resort in Cervantes. We are suitably #jeally!
- We dare you not to add the Isles of Scilly to your Bucket List. It’s okay if you’ve never heard of ‘em. We hadn’t either. Now we’re almost obsessed. I mean, look at that photo! (“Totes adorbs,” by the way.) That’s from Otis & Us, who decided to Experience Karma St. Martin’s. Unless it’s already crossed off your list, we dare you to resist it. In fact, we double dog dare ya!
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Let’s Get this Party Started!
How Does It Work?
There’s a new batch of blogs ready for reading every Friday afternoon. You can find them on TravelLatte, and at our co-hosts: Travel Notes and Beyond, Toddlers on Tour, Two Traveling Texans, and California Globetrotter.
Each one of us will have links to all of that week’s featured blogs. Find a few that look interesting, and click to read – it’s really that simple! Don’t forget to leave a comment – bloggers love comments, and that’s how we build a community of like-minded travel lovers! Feel free to share with your friends on Social Media, too. You can Pin, Tweet, or share on Facebook right from the thumbnails, or from each post you click on. I know all of the bloggers truly appreciate it when you read and share.
What if I have a blog, too?
Then join the fun! Participating in #TheWeeklyPostcard is a great way to reach new readers, and build your comments and social shares. Plus, you get to know some of your fellow travel bloggers, network, and learn about tons of destinations, travel tips, and more.
Housekeeping Rules for Bloggers
- Can I use an older blog post?
- Sure! #TheWeeklyPostcard is a great way to show off a new post, but also to show an older piece some love.
- Does it have to be travel related?
- Well, it is about travel, so yeah. Show off your favorite destination. Teach us how to take a train or save money on airfare. Tell us your favorite travel tips. You get the idea! Posts that are not travel related may be removed.
- Where do I get that snazzy badge for #TheWeeklyPostcard?
- We know, it’s cool! And it’s easy: Just copy the badge html code (from the gray box on the page where you add your link) into your editing program. You can add it to the bottom of your page or in a sidebar.
- Uhm, that code thing isn’t working for me.
- No worries. If you have issues adding the code, add the badge as a picture and then include text saying that you have linked your post up with #TheWeeklyPostcard, along with a link back to one of the co-host’s blogs.
- Do I have to add the badge?
- You want people to know you’re part of the cool crowd, right? The badge helps get the word out and identify community members. Having the badge on your sight lets readers know you’re part of an established, respected community of travel experts. Plus, posts without a badge will be removed.
- When can I add my post?
- #TheWeeklyPostcard opens each Friday at 12 noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern, and closes on Sunday at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern.
- Anything else?
- You can help spread the word about #TheWeeklyPostcard by tweeting with the hashtag #TheWeeklyPostcard! We will like and re-tweet your Tweets when we see the hashtag, and encourage everyone to do the same.
Helpful Hints for Bloggers
- Be sure to include a nice, tall portrait-orientation Pin so everyone can add you to their Pinterest boards! Here at TravelLatte, we’ll use that to add you to our board for #TheWeeklyPostcard, and may feature you on next week’s roundup!
- When you do make a Pin for your post, be sure to give it a name that includes the post title, blog name, and keywords. That will help your Pin (and post) travel farther.
- Not up with the Pinterest? No worries, but do try to include at least one portrait orientation image that people can use if they’d like to Pin your post.
- Be sure your posts have your Social Media channels, so readers can find and follow you right from The Weekly Postcard linkup!