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City Blogging: A new media trend in travel writing

I’ve resumed posting over at blogHOUSTON, a weblog dedicated to “Houston politics and current events, local media, and thoughts on the city’s cultural and entertainment options.” My niche is primarily arts and entertainment with a strong literary slant, of course. Not being up to date with the local music scene and being that rare individual in today’s visual society who does NOT go to films, I generally leave those reports to the others. Thankfully, Houston is a big city with a large appetite for culture and entertainment so there’s plenty of venues and subject matter left. It’s nice that all that Houston research for the travel books continues to pave the way for additional writing projects even today. Five years ago I would never have said I’d be part of a group blogging about Houston. I had barely heard mention of writers providing content material for major online corporate sites such as MSN City Guides or Expedia. For me, blogHOUSTON is a great fit. No pressure in posting, and I can share info about places and events that catch my attention.

Kevin Whited, editor and web guru for blogHOUSTON, has done a great job in executing his idea for a blog about the city. He cites the now-defunct LAexaminer.com (run by blogger/journalist/musicians Ken Layne and Matt Welch) and LAobserved.com as inspiration. Of course, Kevin’s own highly praised PubliusTx personal blog had to have provided some creative sparks. I ran across his earlier blogs several years ago and we exchanged a few emails prior to the launch of bH. I followed the blog’s early days and appreciated it when he linked to this site and mentioned my work. Eventually he suggested I join them. Trust me, I was flattered. It took a while but eventually it happened. Then life became a bit more complicated and postings everywhere dwindled. But recent events have opened up new writing time and I’ve keyboarded my way back to his blog. Here are the links for last week’s posts. Read ‘em and comment if you’ve a mind to.

Surprise! Gas prices are up.
Have a bloomin’ buggy weekend at BUGstravaganza!
Murder by the Book hosts a triple header that ends with Lee Child


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  • http://www.temlynwriting.com/blog Julia Temlyn

    Small world– I’m in Houston, too! I enjoy reading your blog, though I’m not sure where I came across it. I’ll bookmark blogHouston, too! Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.temlynwriting.com/blog Julia Temlyn

    Small world– I’m in Houston, too! I enjoy reading your blog, though I’m not sure where I came across it. I’ll bookmark blogHouston, too! Have a great weekend!

  • http://vikk.typepad.com/down_the_writers_path Vikk Simmons

    Hi Julia,
    How is that we have not met? Thanks for your kind comments and for the bookmarks. Stop by again!

  • http://vikk.typepad.com/down_the_writers_path Vikk Simmons

    Hi Julia,
    How is that we have not met? Thanks for your kind comments and for the bookmarks. Stop by again!