After blogging for about 15 months now, I’ve noticed something interesting about travel blogs. Stalking travel bloggers online is not only socially acceptable, it’s encouraged. It’s innocuously termed “networking” or “promoting your brand”. Whatever it is, I like it. All these years of stalking has finally paid off and now I have transferable skills that I can use for good instead of evil. Here is an incomplete guide on how to be a highly effective travel blog stalker (and a selection of bloggers I stalk)
Do: Comment on any interesting blog posts you come across in the blogosphere. There are loads of interesting people out there doing interesting things.
Don’t: Go through all their archives and write a “mix tape” version of their blog, linking to all their best posts. Too creepy.
Stalk Jack & Jill now.*
Do: If you like reading their blog, like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter or write them an Alexa review. (Or do all three, it’s so fun!)
Don’t: Use their Facebook page wall as your own self-promotion tool. Too spammy.
Stalk Janet now.*
Do: Ask for advice on a specific city that you will be visiting, since you’ve read that they have been there.
Don’t: Change your travel plans drastically just so that you can be in the same city as them. Without telling them. Too stalkery.
Stalk Sally now.*
Do: When new people comment on your posts, go to their blog and start stalking them.
Don’t: Straight away add them as facebook friends and start emailing them cute LOLcat pictures. Too needy (besides not everyone likes LOLcats).
Stalk Caanan and Kent* now.
Do: Respond to every new comment on your blog. They took the time to write, so it’s nice to return the favor.
Don’t: Find their number and call them in the middle of the night to discuss their comment. And then ask them what they are wearing. Too illegal.
Stalk Amy and Kieron now.*
Do: Be inspired by people’s posts but write something original.
Don’t: Mimic their writing style. Then make all your blog posts a line by line “in response to” your stalkees blog posts. Too fucking weird.
Stalk Ayngelina now.*
Do: Retweet interesting posts
Don’t: Google them and then tweet any “background information” you find about that blogger. Too nerdy.
Stalk Michael now.*
* No actual stalking is recommended. Please refer to local law enforcement for clarification.