Welcome to #TheWeeklyPostcard!
As we enter a new weekend, it’s looking like it will be another hard one for many people as Hurricane Harvey is bearing down on the Texas coast. While our thoughts and prayers are with friends, family and strangers in South Texas, we know there will be real needs for lots of things. From our home base in North Texas, we’ve already seen trucks rolling southward filled with supplies. We will be contributing more in the coming weeks, and encourage you to do the same. We know our Texas neighbors would appreciate it.
Meanwhile, The Weekly Postcard continues with a fresh batch of travel blogs from all around the world! 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. But first, we wanted to share a few or our favorites from last week, in case you missed them!
Sometimes there seems to be a theme to our favorites on The Weekly Postcard. This is not one of those times. They are literally all over the place! But they do have one thing in common: They look like amazing destinations! One we’ve been to, one we dream of going to, and one we only recently discovered, and can’t wait to visit!
- You know how you’re not supposed to have a favorite child? We feel the same way about our National Parks. We really do love them all. But one is sort of a favorite, and the duo at Life Beyond 520 was just there for their post, Bryce Canyon in One Day. The only bad part is that it was just one day.
- Have you ever been to Curacao? It usually brings of lots of questions, like Where is it? WHAT is it? And how do you say that? This week, The Flight Attendant’s Wife answered some of those questions, and answered the lingering question of why you’d want to visit, with her post, Beaches of Curacao.
- The Ladies What Travel are back on our list of favorites this week, introducing us to the largest city in southeastern Poland. They’re letting us know Why Everyone Needs to Know about Lublin! One read, and you’ll see why. It really reinforces our recent belief that a lot of what we think of as “quintessential Europe” is in Poland!
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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.
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!