Blogging for the Art of It

Writing for the TBEX conference website, Pam Mandel answers the question, “Why blog?” Blog because you are teaching yourself to write – blogging’s time driven nature creates an excellent framework for homework.  Blog because you are compelled

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The Best American Travel Writing 2012

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 is out. I started writing about travel just a few years shy of the debut, 12 years ago, of this annual series of the best travel stories from American publications. For

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Photos: The National Arboretum and Bonsai Museum

Being in Washington, DC, I live so close to national museums for everything. Lately, I have been trying to make an effort to visit more of these museums, which is why I found myself at

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Blogging Conferences You Should Know About

I started blogging back in 2003 (on Blogger) and on this blog in 2004. But it was only recently that I realized a whole world of blogging conferences had sprung up, promising to help bloggers

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