Without exception, every traveler I’ve met has been an avid reader. Makes sense, as a keener interest in information and stories complement a curiosity to see the world. The natural next step is to pick up our keyboards and write stories of our own, in travel blogs.
The website Travelllll.com had a post titled, Good Travel Blogging: Seven Ways to Read Better. There is a good mix of advice. The writer recommends where to find good articles for inspiration, how to read with a critical eye, and more.
My favorite is tip No. 1: Read #longform. Following @longreads on Twitter has been a revelation. The articles there are found through a crowdsourcing process. Fellow reading addicts submit their favorite stories by marking them with the hashtag #longreads. Then the main editor tweets out his selections from @longreads. I’d recommend following both the Twitter account and the hashtag so you don’t miss a story.
Taking that step further, an awesome website for long-form journalism is Byliner. It’s a social network where people can find and share the best reads on the Internet. The site is so addictive for inveterate readers that it should come with a warning.
What do you read to inspire your blogging? Please share your advice in the comments.