Monthly Archives: July 2010

2010 State of the Travel Blogosphere

Posted by on July 6, 2010

NOTE: I don’t usually dive into issues of blogging, but occasionally I do. This is pretty inside baseball sort of stuff, so if it doesn’t interest you, feel free to skip it.


We are in the second inning of a nine inning game in the creation of a new form of travel media. If anyone, myself included, thinks they know how this is all going to end up, they are lying. (not that it will stop me from offering my opinion)

Old institutions are falling apart faster than new institutions are being created. Ask 10 different bloggers how they are trying to make money and you will get 10 different answers.

Freelance writers and seasoned pros are trying to figure out social media and what it is good for, while at the same time new travel blogs are sprouting every day, all trying to vie for limited attention.

Laste year at TBEX I expected about 20 people to show up. 120 actually did. This year the size of the conference tripled and next year it will probably double in size again.

We are in the early phase of a transition period in travel media which is going to probably last the better part of this decade. (more…)

Announcing Project Pringles

Posted by on July 2, 2010

PringlesLadies and gentlemen, I am embarking on what might be the greatest project in the history of the human species. The pyramids…..speed bumps. The Panama Canal……a ditch. The Chunnel…..tis but a straw.

What I am going to attempt will be remembered long after those other things are gone and forgotten.

What I am proposing is nothing less than the documentation of every flavor of Pringles in the world!

Why am I doing this? During my travels I have discovered that the world’s most universal snack food is Pringles. No matter where you go, you can find Pringles.

Despite how similar every can of Pringles is, every country seems to have their own flavors. There are literally dozens of them. I’ve seen so many of them, I’ve often wondered just how many there are. (more…)