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Friday, January 3, 2014

Greetings to my new blog!  Some of you may already have seen the newsletter.  I'll add a link to sign up for the newsletter in the next few days.

I suppose a lot of you are wondering why now after all this time am I suddenly sending out newsletters and blogs.  If you don't really care and just want to get to the funny stuff you can skip this entry.

For more than ten years I've enjoyed writing about my misadventures travelling.  I've been encourage by all of you to keep going and keep writing.  I also enjoyed writing for a wider audience in the papers and enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the tree previous Travel editors of the Sun and Province.  Unfortunately all good things come to an end, and when the last editor took early retirement  her replacement didn't appreciate the humour and informed me he "won't be using my articles" anymore.   This was not only upsetting on a personal level, but his predecessor  had made written commitments to three companies to publish my articles, which was the main reason they underwrote the cost of the trips.  The current acting editor feels no obligation to honour those obligations which put me in an awkward spot

This is also galling because the papers pay next to nothing ($300) for an article and demand exclusive rights to the content (including photos) for all the papers in the chain for any purpose they desire into perpetuity.

It's for the above reasons I've decided to put less emphasis on the papers and build my own readership - hopefully with your help.  If you enjoy the material please pass it along to your friends.

This is going to be a bit of a learning experience for me as I have to catch up on how to use social media. I haven't really concerned myself with it since I left DottoTech about 9 years ago.

The new formats will let me share pictures and videos with you - something I've wanted to do for a long time.  I do get myself into some funny situations like the Hungarian Folk dancing debacle:

For the first bit the newsletter and blog will be very similar  in their content.  I eventually hope to keep the blog more personal (like my emails to you were) and the blog more formal (like the newspaper articles).  I'll also be eventually adding tips and other travel info into the newsletter as I go along.

Besides your help passing the word around I really would appreciate any and all feedback and suggestions.
Thanks to my friends in the industry who have encouraged me and pushed me in this direction -particularly to Johnny Jet who I met on the River Cruise.  He's got a great newsletter and I encourage all of you to  subscribe to it. (no he didn't pay me for this!)

I'll be also posting on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter as soon as I figure them out!

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