Last night I discovered someone’s Instagram handle. Out of curiosity, I clicked it and I was led to a feed full of heavily edited travel photos, urban landscapes and social gatherings.
Very typical, indeed.
But what caught my attention is the bio of the feed owner. It says: “travel writer”.
As a linguist and bibliophile, I just cannot help myself admiring those who have a knack for and talent of writing.
Writers are always intelligently sexy to me. And that is irrespective of their physical shapes.
Travel writers in the glory days of leisure economy are known as a highly respected profession.
They travel for – well maybe – free.
They make money in the process.
They showcase such a leisure lifestyle that everyone envies.
They are on holiday all the time, it seems.
They enjoy being in the wilderness and still looking lively, sprightly, fashionable, photogenic and cool ice cream.
This is a to-die-for job for millenials of my age and generations that follow (Gen X, Y and Z).
But as I clicked, I found a webpage that is dry and deserted.
The most recent post was dated back on some day in 2016.
I compared to his Instagram feed which has quite a huge following for some unknown self-proclaimed travel writer (or it is I who do not know his level of popularity).
Well, I formed a conclusion that now one does not need to get certified by anyone else but himself to be called “travel writer”.
Though you may think I am as sinister buffoon as one can be, I take some lessons to learn for myself from this disappointing discovery.
And one of those is UPDATE YOUR BLOG MORE OFTEN THAN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FEED!
That is especially recommendable for someone who claims himself or herself a writer by profession. No matter what the field s/he is writing in.
Because if you don’t, you deceive the public.
Social media services has sucked up so much of our time and turning us from writers (read: content creators and producers) to readers (mere consumers of ideas, emotion and information).
So the next time some people think it is enough to become a travel writer by showing a heavily edited holiday photo with a short caption on Instagram, I would say: TRY HARDER. (*/)
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.