The following is a video of a keynote presentation I made to the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) convention in Dresden, Germany. The presentation was about successful blogging, but since it was also the keynote address, I had to include a few personal anecdote. Not only will you learn some great blog success tips, but you’ll also learn my story and the secret of my success.
The SATW holds their annual convention in a different country every year. Countries actually bid for the rights to host them. At first, I thought this was insane, but then I realized that the SATW represents the cream of the crop for travel writing. Their members write for tier one magazines like Time Life and National Geographic. If you were the tourism minister of Germany, wouldn’t you want to have 400 of America’s top travel writers coming to your country and writing about it? Needless to say, Germany rolled out the red carpet.
All this added a lot of pressure to my keynote. It’s one thing to give a blogging presentation to a local meetup group. It’s another to give the keynote address to 400 of the world’s best travel writers. To say I was nervous when I got on the stage was an understatement. In the end, I think I did a pretty good job.
The video is 35 minutes long. I recommend you grab a snack, a drink, then pull up a chair and enjoy. Your feedback on my presentation is welcome. Please let me know what you think in the comments.