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 blogs, an 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.