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Travel often inspires the creation of narratives about journeys and destinations, more so with the increasing availability of online platforms, applications for smartphones and tablets, and various other social media technologies. This book examines travel blogs and their associated social media as a form of self-presentation that negotiates the tensions between discourses of travel and tourism. As such, it addresses how contemporary travellers use online platforms to communicate their experiences of journeys and destinations, and how the traveller/tourist dichotomy finds expression in these narratives. Addressing the need for more in-depth analysis through a study of blogs, this exploration of networked narratives of an individual's travel experience considers personal motivations, self-promotion, and self-presentation as key factors in the creation of both personal and commercial travel blogs. As this text applies concepts such as self-presentation and heteroglossia, it will be of interest to both students and scholars of tourism, new media, sociology, cultural studies, and discourse studies.
Writers hear it all the time: if you want to reach new readers, you must have a strong online author platform. Publicists and successful writers agree that a blog is an essential element of any writer's social media presence. But in a world of competing outlets, this is easier said than done. How do you start a blog or even set one up? How do you attract followers? What should you even write about, anyway? Rebecca Emrich's blog, Living a Life of Writing, has been live for seven years. Through trial and error, she's learned how to produce compelling content, gaining a strong community of regular followers and contributors that include fellow successful blogger and coauthor, Paul Nieder. A Writer's Guide to Creative Blogging provides a slew of practical and easy-to-understand tips, from a glossary of basic terms to promotional advice, for those interested in making their blogging debut. If you love to write but aren't sure how to share your words with the world, this is the book with which to start. Your readers, and your Klout score, will thank you for it!
Girls' Feminist Blogging in a Postfeminist Age explores the practices of U.S.-based teenage girls who actively maintain feminist blogs and participate in the feminist blogosphere as readers, writers, and commenters on platforms including Blogspot, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Drawing on interviews with bloggers between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one, as well as discursive textual analyses of feminist blogs and social networking postings authored by teenage girls, Keller addresses how these girls use blogging as a practice to articulate contemporary feminisms and craft their own identities as feminists and activists. In this sense, feminist girl bloggers defy hegemonic postfeminist and neoliberal girlhood subjectivities, a finding that Keller uses to complicate both academic and popular assertions that suggest teenage girls are uninterested in feminism.Instead, Keller maintains that these young bloggers employ digital media production to educate their peers about feminism, connect with like-minded activists, write feminist history, and make feminism visible within popular culture, practices that build upon and continue a lengthy tradition of American feminism into the twenty-first century.Girls' Feminist Bloggers in a Postfeminist Age challenges readers to not only reconsider teenage girls' online practices as politically and culturally significant, but to better understand their crucial role in a thriving contemporary feminism.
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In the past decade blogging has exploded. More people than ever are becoming rich, successful or famous through blogging. More people than ever are reading blogs as digital publishing becomes ever more popular. Many people have quit their day job to blog full time, giving them freedom and creative fulfilment. Catherine Balavage founded Frost Magazine six years ago and has learned everything that you need to know about becoming a successful blogger. She also writes for The Huffington Post as one of their signature bloggers. Here she passes on all of her knowledge to help you achieve your dream of becoming a successful blogger. The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Successful Blogger covers every aspect of blogging from design to writing, advertising and working with PR people. It is the only book on blogging that you will ever need.
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