Welcome to #TheWeeklyPostcard!
Did you blink? We must have because, just like that, October is gone! It was full of fun for us – TBEX Ireland, the amazing Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree (more on that to come!), the fun Plano International Festival (see our Pinterest link below), and Halloween! Speaking of Ireland, the first of what is sure to be many posts from Ireland is in The Weekly Postcard this week. We are suckers for a castle, and we found plenty on the Emerald Isle!
Last Week’s Roundup
There were soooo many great travel stories in the last edition of The Weekly Postcard! Really hard to pick a favorite, or even three! But we did like these posts about three very different cities in Europe. Together with our post on Ireland, there’s a loose theme about the wonderful diversity of Europe. Which, coincidentally, fits in with our visit to the Plano International Festival recently. It’s all about celebrating this awesome world of ours!
- Our buddy David at travelsewhere has a talent for finding the most charming villages, many of which are completely off the average tourist radar. He did it again last week with 9 Things to Do in Guimaraes Portugal! One read, and you’ll be looking at airline tickets…
- Our friendly neighborhood California Globetrotter, Lorelei introduced us to another town that we (at least) had not heard of. In Timisoara, the “Little Vienna” of Eastern Europe, she explores all of those elements that make this charming Romanian village a world class destination.
- And finally, someplace we’re familiar with! Mary at The World is a Book spent A Day in Split, Croatia, and Exploring Diocletian’s Palace. While she visited on a Mediterranean Cruise, it’s a really popular destination. If Split is on your To Do List, There are good tips and info in this post for you.
See more of 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.
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 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.
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!