NEW Feature at TWE: Under The Microscope

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11 June 2010 Post Author:
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I’d like to introduce a new concept that will become a monthly feature here at Travel Writers Exchange

This new feature will be called “Under The Microscope”, and will be an in-depth travel blog review.

Each month we’ll take a look at one travel blog (volunteered by the blog owner, of course) and review it with the objective of identifying what works and what doesn’t, what’s great about it and what could benefit from being changed.

The goal is help travel bloggers find ways to improve the overall performance and growth of their blog.

Our analysis will begin in our Travel Writers’ Forum, where I’ll post my thoughts on the guinea pig of…..ummm…I mean ‘volunteer’ of the month.

For one week after I post the travel blog to be reviewed, any and all Forum members are invited and encouraged to offer their own opinions and suggestions.

Then I’ll post the summarized results along with any particularly helpful or insightful comments here on our Blog.

If you would like to participate as a commenter, a few ground rules:

  • Comments on the blog being reviewed should be added in the appropriate Forum post, not in our comments below this post;
  • The intention is to be helpful, so please keep that spirit in mind and phrase your comments in a positive light, and ensure that any criticism is constructive;
  • Please offer your comments using the following structure:
    • What Works: Offer your opinion on what you like about the travel blog being reviewed – what appeals to you;
    • What Could Be Better: If there is something that you find unappealing or confusing, please state it simply without using derogatory phrasing;
    • Suggestions for Improvements: think reasonable and actionable, and whenever possible try to give some specific instructions for implementation;
  • Keep in mind the audience of the travel blog being reviewed, and the fact that everyone has a different style and voice. The goal is not to change how people choose to express themselves – after all this is not intended to be a lesson in writing – but to help them find ways to improve the overall performance and growth of their blog.

If you would like to volunteer your travel blog to be reviewed, please follow these guidelines:

  • Understand that this may not be best for the faint of heart or thin-skinned – if you don’t handle criticism well, even when constructively given, you may want to wait and try incorporating suggestions made to others first before you open yourself up to this microscope;
  • You may suggest your site in this Forum Post, and we will try to get to everyone who volunteers by using our Forum to start the review;

  • If there are a lot of volunteered travel blogs to review, please understand that if your site feedback or suggested changes are minor (which is good, after all!) it may not be chosen as a Featured Travel Blog Review Post for the blog (but you’ll still be getting valuable feedback);

Bryan Cassidy, a regular contributor to Travel Writers Exchange and the founder/editor at, has graciously agreed to kick-off this series by volunteering his own travel blog for review.

Let the games begin!


11 Responses to “NEW Feature at TWE: Under The Microscope”

  1. Maria Staal

    Hey Trisha, I had noticed this new feature on the forum and think it is a great idea. A good learning opportunity for everyone and particularly novice bloggers like me.
    .-= Maria Staal´s last blog post: Deventer The New Residence Of Radbod =-.

  2. JoAnna

    What a great idea! Looking forward to seeing how this goes.
    .-= JoAnna´s last blog post: Kaleidoscopic Wandering Turns One Year Old! =-.

  3. Cool – what a fun idea!! Looking forward to it.
    .-= Andy Hayes | Sharing Travel Experiences´s last blog post: Flying with MJ =-.

  4. Candice

    Awesome! Although I might not be thick-skinned enough yet, hehe.
    .-= Candice´s last blog post: Candice & Cailin Do St. John’s, Newfoundland =-.

  5. Pat Munch says:

    Peer review is a wonderful idea. Is this striclty for dedicated travel blogs? I like to write about my travels but these posts are amongst posts about a wide range of whateve catches my interest. I’ll add it to the Forum as you suggest.
    .-= Pat Munch´s last blog post: Uneccesary Airport Security More Travel By Car =-.

  6. It’s been a bit over a week since this was published by Trisha. Just wanted to thank Trisha and all of you that have left feedback within the forum!
    .-= Bryan @´s last blog post: Changes Are Coming After Going Under The Microscope =-.

  7. Melanie

    I look forward to your posts! I love seeing reviews of other blogs – it really makes me think about my website and blog!
    .-= Melanie´s last blog post: Jul 19- Travel facts about Hong Kong – Hong Kong is an amazing vacation idea for a romantic vacation or a family vacation! =-.

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