The Internet medium has allowed just about anyone to call themselves a travel writer or photographer; even a 'published' travel writer.
However, some of the material I've been looking at recently almost makes me cringe and cry out for more editorial control.
There are articles about top things to do or see by people who have probably never left their computer screen to research a travel destination in their life, illustrated by photographs they've 'borrowed' from elsewhere online; often without even giving credit to the photographer.
There are also far too many blog posts created just to link to another blog, which again masquerades as something of a 'travel article'; inspired by yet another blog post, which may eventually lead us to the real source.
That wouldn't be so bad, if people didn't use Twitter to send the link to their hastily mashed up effort at writing; just for their following flock to waste their time clicking around to reach the real story.
If people can't create original content, then why not use editorial judgement and link to the original article from their tweet?
There's also the increasing use of Twitpic to push out photographs (through Twitter) of 'travel photography'. I was even duped into looking at some that were taken through a car window.
Then there's a link circulating to something claiming to offer tips on taking better travel photographs; but the photography used to illustrate this only shows that the photographer still needs to work on the tips.
Not one of the photographic examples stands out enough to be worthy of publication in traditional media.
Tip number 10 was 'Take a lot of photos and don’t delete them'.
Well, well..... I'd say take plenty of photographs by all means - but delete the duds; unless your intention is to show me how not to take photographs, as a way of producing something better.
My number one travel photography tip would be to look at magazines like National Geographic and be inspired by the great pictures produced by the professional photographers who do get published.
Look at the framing and exposure of these images and train your eye to see what makes them so special. Then be critical of the pictures you take that aren't.
So to all of you who claim to be travel writers and photograpers, perhaps it's time to start thinking like an editor and be selective in what you (as publisher) choose to publish.