Thursday, June 29, 2017

New feature: Brochure box

Whenever I visit a Welcome Center - whether it's a state welcome center or one for a city, I see hundreds of brochures available for things to see and do - as well as commercial brochures for hotels, restaurants, etc.

Until I can visit all these sites and write articles on them all - which will take years - I decided I'd share the brochures at least. That way people looking for things to do and see from their home will have access to these brochures and can plan a trip before they even drive past a Welcome Center. (Although, as I repeatedly advise, it just makes sense to stop into Welcome Centers and talk with the volunteers and take advantage of their knowledge of the area, the state - and the real-time traffic problems you might encounter.)

Here are links to the Brochure Box brochures I've shared to date:


Colorado Cities (Loveland)

Wyoming Cities (Evanston)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Historical Markers at the Cheyenne Depot

The first few articles I wrote for the Wyoming in Motion web magazine focused on historical markers around Cheyenne.

I started with the batch at the Historic Cheyenne Depot.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Creating back links

I have two Facebook accounts. Quite by accident. I hadn't intended to, but when I got my second smartphone and started setting it up I wasn't sure if I could be logged into the same Facebook account - in order to upload photos and video in real time which is important for a travel blogger - so I just created a new account.

But as a result of having two accounts, I'm able to give myself two backlinks per Wyoming in Motion article published, because I share it on both accounts of course.

Each account is a legitimate account, I hasten to add. I used my real name and contact details. It's possible to hire people (at, for example) to share your posts on their social media, but I don't have the means to do that and I don't want to, anyway.

I want to see how far I can take my social media and the travel webzine legitimately, without employing any tricks.

That's not to say I may not pay to advertise the site in future...I am undecided about that. Right now I'm still building up the article base and attempting to recruit other writers - which is proving to be harder than I expected.

I posted an ad in Craigslist and, before it was taken down for some reason that was never explained to me, got 3 responses. But when I sent the info they requested, and pointed out that it was an unpaid position, I never heard back from them.

Which is silly. These days - in fact, any days! - most people don't get paid for what they write. You do not get paid to write for a blog unless you are a big name and it is a big blog that can afford to do so!

But what you do get, by contributing to such sites as The Daily Meal, Senior 55 Plus, etc., is exposure. Then, when you approach a venue about sponsoring you for free for a meal or a room or even airline tickets, they see your portfolio online and they say, "Sure, here's your comped trip."

But if you have no portfolio, no clippings, that will never happen.

So it just makes sense to contribute articles to travel webzines, even if unpaid, because you're building your portfolio online. And the publishers of those travel webzines (like myself) will then work to approach people on your behalf to get you those comped trips.

It's a win-win!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Welcome Centers

I am catching up on some articles I should have written last month.

I love to stop in at Welcome Centers - whether for a state or a particular city - and pick up brochures and even souvenirs.

Some Welcome Centers, also called Visitors Centers, have small gift shops. That was the case with the Loveland Visitors Center and the Colorado Welcome Center in Loveland.

Others have displays of various aspects of the state- such as the Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center, situated just outside Cheyenne on I-25.

So here are the Welcome Centers I've done to date.

State Welcome Center - Colorado

City Welcome Center - Colorado

State Welcome Center - Wyoming

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book: The Organized Traveler

I've just started work on a book - more of a monograph, really - called The Organized Traveler.

One of the goals of Wyoming in Motion and this blog is to not only help tourists maximize their experiences, but also to help other aspiring travel bloggers to make their mark.

The Organized Traveler is therefore being written for two different types of audiences...we'll see if they mesh or if I end up breaking it into two different topics, one for each audience.