When I started writing this blog I didn’t think it would have been so difficult to tell people about my travels, because I lived them and I know about them, I know what made me laugh or being disappointed, I know that I found a beautiful café with delicious pastries or a cheap restaurant somewhere in that city rather than the other, I know that the park not indicated on the tourist map is one of the nicer just because there are no tourists in it but the problem about all these things is memory… If the trip is not so recent you tend to forget details, like names of places, mainly bars/café/restaurants, addresses, indications on how to get there or about prices/entrance fees, etc…
So my first tip for me and for everyone with a short-term memory is:
#1 write down on a notepad names of places, addresses, name and price of your favourite dish and everything you might not consider important at the moment but that you will think about it later on.
Another problem occurring to me in every post I write is the selection of pictures, usually I choose the pictures after writing the post so am not conditioned by the choice in what I write, but at the end am influenced anyway because am already thinking of the pictures I want to post in between, so the result is that the post is not that fluent or coherent, but is just an explanation of the pictures or something not very relevant… so the next suggestion is
#2 forget about the pictures when writing a post, concentrate only about what you’re writing, try to talk about your emotional memories of the trip, not the visual ones, posts will be much more interesting (I’ll try to apply this tip from my next post about a trip)
These days I have read (and appreciated) some blogs on WordPress and the ones which interested me the most were those with a lot of personal impressions about the place, the culture, the food, the language etc… I found quite boring the ones saying “I saw that, visited that, done that”, I prefer to read about something funny happened in a restaurant than a list of monuments so what I would suggest is..
#3 write about something that you really liked or hated, about anecdotes, about personal impressions, about language and culture… not only about monuments, for that travel guides are more than enough…
In my posts I like to put pics that I’ve personally taken if is a trip that I’ve already done and that represent places or objects that I found interesting, but this is not a rule, I think that everyone has its personal taste and say for this particular aspect..