Hopefully, I won't be tempted to change the look and feel again; at least until we have upgraded all the pages; some going back to version 0.97 - when Travel Notes™ was first launched.
I know, it's embarrassing.
Since our first release, in 1997, there have been many changes in web design and what people expect from their Internet experience.
There is also a lot more competition for viewer loyalty and a lot more noise to sift through; to find the real gems.
Some websites we used to like haven't kept pace, while others have exceeded all expectations.
There's also a lot more e-mail in our inbox and the spam has become ridiculous.
We've also dabbled with database driven content, travel forums and open mailing/discussion lists.
While there were some advantages, the moderation and verifying of all the different forms of user-submitted content just took up too much time. Some sites don't bother to use the power of editorial control, and seem to do quite well, but it's not something that I'm comfortable with.
It takes a keen eye to spot the 'fake reviews' and see through the tricks of cunning marketing hopefuls. Just look at how many 'Press Releases' are around.
Social Media on Travel Notes
Social media has really exploded lately, which is very exciting as I have always embraced the idea of travellers coming together in the form of an online network; having established the 'Network of Travellers' - in The Tropics of Geocities, way back in 1996.
That's why I've now created a Directory of Travel Tweeters on Twitter and will be adding Google's Friend Connect to the newly designed pages on Travel Notes™.
This is a great way for fellow travellers to come together across a large number of websites, so please join us to add your comments.
Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
This is really something I need to apply to myself more often, and have a new personal work plan to try and help me stay focussed.
Mondays - Africa & Middle East.
Tuesdays - Asia & Oceania.
Wednesdays - Europe.
Thursdays - Latin America & Caribbean.
Fridays - Canada and United States.
Saturdays - General Travel.
Sundays - Travel Articles and Videos.
Of course, 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' so I will continue to travel and connect with friends online; as work can be fun too.
Follow Michel on Twitter - @TravelTweet.
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