The Socially Awkward Travel Blogger’s Guide to Networking with Travel Bloggers

Will Peach delivers the Socially awkward travel bloggers guide.

Top Travel Blogger Will Peach is the man-boy behind the green travel site DontFlyGo.com and editor of gap year travel community Gap Daemon. He’s very socially awkward.

Having worked with travel bloggers on both sides of the fence now (as editor at travel community Gap Daemon and author of my own blogs), I have to say that chatting to all you lovely blogging folk is just like speaking to the Gods themselves. There’s never a dull conversation.

Yet after a few years in the game – and a lifetime of being sexually depraved and socially awkward – I’ve noticed there’s a certain way of doing things.

Emailing travel behemoths like the sexy hat-wearing Nomadic Samuel and telling him how much liquid has secreted from your body after several hours of reading his travel stories and looking at his travel photos is a big no-no. The same goes for telling superstars like Dave Lee, via Facebook message, that you want to be his private salsa dancer when he’s next in Medellin.

You just can’t do these types of things if you want to get the attention of travel rockstars like these.

So, if you’re anything like me then – and you spend your time masturbating furiously over the new posts of people like The Travel D and Adventurous Kate – the question goes begging: how do you network with travel bloggers and not piss them off?

Well the good news is that I’ve pissed them off so you don’t have to. Here’s what works and what doesn’t.

Will Peach delivers the Socially awkward travel bloggers guide.

Begging

As cute Travelling Editor Dylan Lowe once said: “ask not what your travel blogger can do for you but what you can do for your travel blogger” (at least I think he said that right?) – the question over begging has never been so pertinent.

Hit a travel blogger up with a “can you tell me so and so…”, “can you come and critique my blog”, “can you tell me how I can be as big as you”, is pretty much guaranteed to piss off even the nicest of travel bloggers. Yes Lindsay Hogg, I’m looking at you.

To really get the attention of a travel blogger you admire/fancy the khaki pants off, you’re going to have to offer them an extra sumthin’ sumthin’.

I’m not talking about your virgin body here – let’s face it, most of us are knee-deep in pussy anyway – rather I’m talking about the offer to give something CONSTRUCTIVE to said blogger. Whether that’s an offer to share their content via social media, an offer to buy their products or an offer to critique a part of their site, these are the kind of openings that you get noticed.

You have no right to get pissed off with a blogger if all you’ve ever done is ask for stuff. Go back to Geocities you freeloader.

Will Peach delivers the Socially awkward travel bloggers guide.

Tone and Behaviour

Another thing that’s led to this socially awkward bloggers email downfall in the past? Tone of voice.

Emailing a blogger and demanding things in a very Nazi-esque manner is certainly not going to make you any friends. Nor is writing complete messages in caps-lock, as do some of my little shouty, sweary, fans.

Also, and apologies to stalking victims like Becky from Global Grasshopper for this one, being creepy as hell doesn’t go over well either (seriously, I didn’t mean what I said to you about dripping vanilla ice-cream all over my nipples…)

Yeah, so believe it or not, travel bloggers (apart from the one you’re reading now of course) don’t get too flattered by your reports of how dashingly handsome or stunningly beautiful they are. No, instead they just make sure that their hostel door room is firmly locked and that you have no way of ever joining their mailing list. None of you could be any more perverted than me anyway.

So what works then? Being genuine, nice and, yes I’m sad to say it, full of praise. We’re all sticklers for a good compliment. Whoever said “flattery will get you everywhere” must have been an expert travel blogger after all.

Will Peach delivers the Socially awkward travel bloggers guide.

Social Media Protocol

Hands up how many of us add travel blogging friends on Facebook without even having met them? Ah, just me then.

I can’t speak for every travel blogger out there but Facebook, especially in the light of other social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and even bloody Pinterest, is still in the realm of the sacrosanct. Don’t add people you don’t know, just like their pages instead!

As for those other aforementioned mediums, the same rules apply. Don’t be overly creepy, don’t be too demanding and don’t be attention-grabbing without offering anything back. Twitter might restrict you in doing these things but still there’s no bloody excuse OK?

So if you do want to play things sensibly why not take someone like Rexyedventure’s approach and retweet other travel blogging content like crazy, ask specific and relative questions (in a respectful manner) and post sexy photos of yourself with crotchless trousers on? Works like a charm if you ask me.

Giving Back

Now that I’ve discussed the relative pitfalls of being a travel blogging groupie (of which there are many), I’d now like to move on to remind the bigger boys about something. Namely, giving back.

Letting the odd badly-worded message or overly zealous email slide is par for the course being a respected travel blogger that people look up to. Remember where it all started won’t you? It wasn’t so long ago that you were lying at the bottom of the pile looking up at the stars and saying to yourself “one day they WILL notice me”. That’s unless you were one of the true pioneers of course.

A strong believer in karma, I think it’s important that we all remember where the start and end point of all this travel lark is. It’s not all about our twatty-little online personas, our not-much-that-separates-us blogs. No. It’s also about being a human and helping out others who want to better their own lot. Giving back to the people who take the time to read the stuff you write and look at the photos you take.

That’s why, at the culmination of this post, I want to say a big thanks to Nomadic Sammy for having me (in the guest post sense – not in the homosexual sense, YET) and welcome anyone who wants help starting or furthering their own blogging goals to contact me in whatever way you see fit.

I guarantee you all, at the very least, a very thoughtfully worded response.

The creepier you are, the better…

Will Peach delivers the Socially awkward travel bloggers guide.

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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria April 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Once I cleaned the coffee off the monitor and from my nose – yup spat it right outta there… I laughed till I coughed and choked, then wiped the tears away and read it all again! Thanks guys – I needed that. *nice hugs, not creepy ones*

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:43 am

LOL, glad you enjoyed it Maria. What a charmer that Will is!

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jenny April 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Hilarious yet true!

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:43 am

LOL, indeed it is.

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hogga April 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Will has blossomed into a social butterfly because I told him he had too, and everyone does what I tell them.
You’re welcome.

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:43 am
Lillie April 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I would use this as an exemplar text with my students to teach awesome use of “Voice” whilst writing… But I would get fired. :) Love this piece!

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

Too bad you weren’t teaching adults Lillie :P

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Runaway Brit April 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Great post, Will – there’s some good advice in there. I guess I’m guilty of some kind of nuisance blogger as some of the ‘bigger boys’ out there have never yet responded to any of my tweets or comments on any of their posts!! Maybe I should try posting sexy photos instead…

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

I think you’re on to something with the sexy photos :P

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Christy April 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Posting sexy photos of yourself with crotchless trousers on works every time. I mean, who could say no to that?

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

HAHAHA

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Laurence April 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Mmm. Creepy. Me lick.

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:45 am
Laura @Travelocafe April 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

So true. The world of blogging continues to surprise us all. Great tips… or so they seem. I’m off trying to put them into practice and test their real value. LOL. I love your style of writing, of presenting your ideas. They are more memorable this way.

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:47 am

Will’s guest posts are of the epic variety!

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Raymond @ Man On The Lam April 27, 2012 at 12:32 am

Will, I’m adding you as a Facebook friend tout de suite!! :)

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Will - My Spanish Adventure April 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

Do it MOTL. I’m waiting with baited breath…

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:46 am

Wait a minute. Wouldn’t you normally un-friend someone under these circumstances :P

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Torre – Fearful Adventurer April 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

“So, if you’re anything like me then – and you spend your time masturbating furiously over the new posts of people like The Travel D and Adventurous Kate – the question goes begging: how do you network with travel bloggers and not piss them off?”

Bah-ha-ha-ha-ha. Not creepy at all.

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:46 am

Not at all :P

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Jerick April 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

I need to get one of those crotchless trousers ;-)

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Ian [EagerExistence] April 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

Yeah, I guess that’s the BIG secret to success… maybe we can bulk order?

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

Count me in for that order as well!

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Chrystal McKay April 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

I feel being creepy is a requirement in life. And I can only offer that to people. Thank you for making me realize that I am toning it down too much. Keep up the creepy-ness. Its wonderful.

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

Sounds like a wise way to live :P

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Amanda @ Farsickness April 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

Oh, Geocities. Those were the days :)

Great post, both informative and funny. Glad I stumbled across your blog!

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

Thanks Amanda, Will’s the mad man behind this post though :P

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fotoeins | Henry April 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Yikes, I’ve failed miserably in blog-stalking techniques. Laughed so hard in mid-sip, I spew-choked on my beer. Best to go back to try and trudge again, fellow travelers …

Thanks for writing, Will, and thanks for hosting, Sam!

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

You’re welcome Henry! Glad you got a chuckle and a few spits out of it :P

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Graham GlobalGrasshopper April 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Hey you, hands off my Becky! *I’m* the one who gets the vanilla ice-cream out here ;-)

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:26 am
Jasmine April 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

LOL that is some funny shiz…

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:26 am

Indeed, indeed, indeed…

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Erik April 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm

How about that wierdo who retweets almost everything his favorite bloggers write? Creepy! (Oh wait… that me ) :-)

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:25 am

Hey, I’m not that weird am I? :P

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Jarmo April 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

I don’t get it why vanilla ice-cream on nipples wouldn’t work, I mean come on! That stuff is hot!

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:25 am
Adam April 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

Well, I’m pretty good at pissing off travel bloggers – could’ve used these tips sooner! Where have you been all my life, Will?

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:25 am

I think I’m quite skilled in that area as well :P

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Vanessa April 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

The creepier the better…that just makes me want to know the creepiest thing everyone has done!!

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

LOL, be careful what you ask for :P

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Jeremy April 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

There’s only one thing gayer than toasting pizza, and that’s toasting pizza with Will Peach. Sorry Sdawg…

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

LOL, something tells me they had more than one with all that money they acquired!

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Will April 30, 2012 at 7:31 am

Lucky that overly averaged size pricks are all the rage in the gay porn industry Jeremy. You’d never “fit in” mate.

Jealousy is an ugly thing my little Philadelphian crumpet.

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Heaven May 2, 2012 at 7:18 am

It is kinda sad to admit, but those thing really occur over the web. Bottom line: practice the netiquette.

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Nomadic Samuel May 7, 2012 at 2:44 am

Amen

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Roy Marvelous May 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Haha, cracks me up you singled out Hogga ;)
The whole adding Facebook friends who I’ve never met still feels a little weird – especially if they stalk your status updates after that. Then again my “friend” list is so bloated now that it I just use it as a networking tool.

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Nomadic Samuel May 7, 2012 at 2:43 am

My list of friends could use some serious maintenance as well. Like you, it’s more of a network now than anything.

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Izy Berry @ The Wrong Way Home May 3, 2012 at 1:57 am

Wow, this was totally creepy but highly entertaining. I’m yet to piss of any fellow travel bloggers, but I’m sure my time will come soon.

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Nomadic Samuel May 7, 2012 at 2:42 am

LOL, it’s almost inevitable isn’t it? :P

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Marina May 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

I loved this post. Mostly because it’s original and, well, creepy. Creepy always makes things better. Thanks for the laughs this morning.

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Nomadic Samuel May 7, 2012 at 2:40 am
Lifecruiser Travel May 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I really enjoyed reading this funny description of us travel bloggers… ha ha… Now I feel more normal… creepy…..lol…

Generally I think we travel bloggers should stick together more (and not compete against each other :-)

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Nomadic Samuel May 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

LOL, indeed

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Cole @ Four Jandals May 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Love that Will cuts straight to the chase every time! Really want him to write something for our site but a bit scared about what he might write hahaha.

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Candice May 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Hahahaha, this is hysterical. Thank you.

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Britany August 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Wish I found this sooner when I was emailing some of the top bloggers to critique my site that I’d only been working on for a month or two and looked like absolute garbage… oh dear god I’m blushing at my computer screen. lesson learned! :)

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 5:24 am

LOL, I made the same mistake as well. My site looked hideous when I launched last year. We all start from somewhere :P

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Lorenzo Gonzalez September 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

guilty of adding people as facebook friends… lol

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Nomadic Samuel September 3, 2012 at 5:31 am

I think we all are :P

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Kevin June 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

Is it possible to network with other travel bloggers without the help of Twitter? I still don’t have a twitter account for my site and I’m terrified of those damn daily tweets.

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Frank July 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

That’s so damn funny – sorry, that has to be the geekiest video ever made! Love it though, we all have a geeky side to all of us.
Frank (bbqboy)

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Lauren Metzler January 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

lol this is hilarious! I’ve done so many of these things like asking top bloggers to look at my site! who knew everyone was asking them the same thing! :P

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The Guy February 13, 2014 at 10:18 am

What a great article, I love it. Straight down to the nitty gritty of does and don’ts no respect spared. I also love the casual name dropping of all those bloggers we love. Thankfully I’ve never offered ice cream to any of them in any context!

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Samuel Jeffery February 14, 2014 at 1:37 am

Hahaha, ice cream will win you a lot of favors in life – or so it seems ;)

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Anna McPherson February 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

That’s funny as! What a brilliant post to read on a Monday morning :)

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