Welcome to #TheWeeklyPostcard!
Just like the postman once delivered updates from friends and family traveling around the world, we’re delivering weekly posts from travel bloggers all over the globe!
A Brief Introduction
Before we sat down to write this week’s entry for The Weekly Postcard, we took another look through all of the great blog posts that were part of the last edition. What a variety! National parks, hotel reviews, great foodie posts, stories about hiking and cruising, and glimpses into travels literally all over the world.
It was a great reminder of why we co-host The Weekly Postcard, and like travel blog link-ups in general. It was also a great reminder of how hard it can be to pick out a few favorites. So, this week, we’re not going to do it! We really appreciated everyone’s hard work and awesome posts. Instead of narrowing down a list of favorites, we decided to go with a theme. Take a look at the recaps down below, and see if you can guess the theme!
But first, here is the latest edition of The Weekly Postcard!
Let’s Get this Party Started!
Highlights from The Weekly Postcard
This week, we’re going with a theme in the highlights from the last edition of The Weekly Postcard! Let’s see if you can guess what it is.
- Our buddy Travel Lexx likes to get outdoors, which is great because he takes us along! This time, he’s Hiking the Notch Trail in Bandlands National Park in South Dakota. If you’ve never been, be prepared for a stunning and unique landscape, which Lexx captures perfectly.
- A big hop, skip and jump to the southwest, and Ruth is Visiting the Grand Canyon West Rim in Arizona. On her blog Tanama Tales, she stuns us once again with great photos from one of the Natural Wonders of the World, and great details on what to do and see in Grand Canyon West, which is distinctly different than the North and South Rims.
- Lyn at The Travelling Lindfields shows off more gobstopping sights at a very different sort of site: Angkor Wat and the 7 Must See Temples of Angkor. Selecting just seven is quite a feat, when you consider there are more than a thousand temples spread over 200 square kilometers! But these seven are truly spectacular.
- 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 include text saying that you have linked 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 12n Pacific / 3pm Eastern, and closes on Sunday at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern.
- Anything else?
- You can help spread the word by using the hashtag (#TheWeeklyPostcard) in your tweets. We will like and re-tweet your Tweets when we see the hashtag, and encourage everyone to do the same.
- 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!
One of these things is not like the others!
Did you spot the theme? Yes, we tried to throw you a curve with the last one. Two are U.S. National Parks. Two are natural areas. Two are UNESCO World Heritage sites. But what they all have in common is that they are recognized park areas – Badlands National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and the Angkor Archaeological Park. If you guessed National Parks, that’s close enough!
If you have a favorite from last week – or even this week – be sure to share it on Social Media, and let us know in the comments.
See The Weekly Postcard on Pinterest!
If you have a favorite from last week – or this week – be sure to share it on Social Media, and let us know in the comments.
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.