The Getaway Travel Blog conference
July 23, 2012
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In an attempt to improve this blog and find my inner geek,  I’ve decided to treat myself to a quick trip to Cape Town (yay!) to attend the Getaway’s Travel Blog Conference.  This is the second travel bloggers conference to be hosted by Getaway Magazine and will be held at the Upper Eastside Hotel  in Woodstock on Saturday 4th August. 

I’m really stoked to be attending as the organizers have arranged some awesome speakers including local digital media gurus and top international travel bloggers including… *drumroll*…

I’ve been following their travel blogs for the past year or so, and these guys really know what they’re doing.  They are pioneers in their field, having  figured out the secret to make travel blogging a career.  After following their adventures, I’m excited to finally meet them and learn about their experience in travel blogging and working with DMOs.

I’m also looking forward to the talk by Andrew Brauteseth, from Cape Town photography blog Guy with Camera, who will be speaking on travel photography for blogsan area I definitely need some help with.  Other interesting speakers in the line-up are digital media entrepreneurs Dave Duarte and Mike Sharman.  The programme also includes talks on leveraging social media for blogging, how to write to drive traffic and some techie tips on WordPress stats and analytics. As a blogging newbie, I’m hoping to gain some valuable insights and also to finally meet some of the people I’ve been stalking on Twitter for a while 🙂

Kudos to Getaway for assisting local bloggers to find their voice and also to Cape Town Tourism for being a major sponsor of the conference.  Its great to see DMOs getting more involved with travel bloggers. I wish more local DMOs were as progressive as Cape Town Tourism.  Follow the hashtag #LoveCapeTown to see what Nellie, Keith, Melvin & Matt are up to in Cape Town, and if you’re a local share some insider tips with them on their Cape Town adventure.

If you’re an aspiring blogger and want to improve your blog, I really recommend attending the conference.  It costs R750 for a full day of high quality speakers and there are some awesome prizes up fro grabs for attendees. I’m holding thumbs for the 4-night stay at  Matemo Island , a little piece of paradise on Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago.  I couldn’t wish for more than this…

If you’re unable to attend, you can follow the conference hashtag #GTBC on Twitter.   I will definitely be sharing the love by tweeting some nuggets from the conference.

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There are 13 comments

  • Dave says:

    I remember sailing by dhow to Matemo Island back in 97 when tourism was yet to hit that part of the world… Found a pic of it from my old blog:

    • mzansigirl says:

      1997! Wow, that was a while back. I imagine it must be quite different now. Would be great to visit now and do a post on how it has changed.

  • Very exciting! I hope to be able to connect with you at the conference. Sounds like an excellent opportunity for the travel writing community in South Africa.

  • Hi, really like the appearance of ones website. Can you mind saying what theme youre making use of? I’m not used to this and i am hoping to have mine looking anywhere close to cool as yours. Many thanks.

    • mzansigirl says:

      Hi Margaret. Thanks so much! Its a WordPress theme called ‘Fresh and Clean’. I’m also new at this, but luckily I’ve had help from a friend. The theme can be customised – we added the photo in the header as well as some widgets for Instagram, social media etc.

  • I really appreciate what you post. You have a new subscriber now.

  • Cynthia Simpson says:

    Look forward to meeting you on Saturday, it will be my second Getaway Bloggers Conference. I have been actively blogging since January this year and learnt a lot at the last one

  • Hi Mzansigirl

    Thanks for this post. I’ll checkout the bloggers you recommend. I don’t know you but I will as we meet at Twiiter and via RSS.

    May I suggest something to you?

    When you link to one of your own posts let the link open as you have it now. But when you link to someone else’s blog let it open in a new page.

    You always want to try and keep your own blog available underneath.

    I wanted to click on the recommended bloggers but then I get taken away and I need to get back to get the other links.

    One last suggestion. There’s a wordpress plugin that you can add that makes it easy for my to subscribe to comment updates. At the moment I have no clue if you or another made a comment after me.

    Have fun friend.


    • mzansigirl says:

      Hi Johan,
      Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m not a techie person. WordPress and blogging is new to me (its barely been a month!), so all feedback is much appreciated.
      I will implement your advice regarding the links – this is very useful, thanks!
      I will definitely look out for the plugin you mentioned. Any idea what it is called?
      Feel free to send me other WordPress tips!
      Cheers, MG

  • source says:

    This is a wonderful website, could you be interested in making time for an interview about just how you created it? If so e-mail me!

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