Huey Freeman said it best in The Boondocks: "I hate looking at my old work."
Reading your old writing is a special form of torture. This is an unfortunate truth for the SEO-minded blogger since revamping aged content can have especially great effects on traffic in the long run. Reading my old(est) blog posts gives me a sense of accomplishment, showing how far I've gone but it gets cringe-worthy at times. What was I thinking? I published this? Really?
This line of thinking is exactly why I've put off on writing new blog content recently. I started building out my portfolio pages rather than focusing on my blog, though that's still far from ready. I've got quite a few travel blog articles that were ready to go that I'm going to change up before showing it off to the world.
After reading friends' travel blogs and re-writing my own work, I've decided to dig into 5 cliches that really get on my nerves. I've been guilty of some of them (in un-published work) and you've probably done it yourself. I get a little salty in this article, so don't take me too seriously.
1. Must-see Breathtaking! Unique!
Death to hyperbole. This is my biggest hatred on the list of travel blogging cliches. Make it a habit to remove adjectives that aren't descriptive. There's no need for them. Even better, keep a spreadsheet of adjectives you use and take note of frequencies.
Pics or it didn't happen. Or just don't bother writing about it if you can't describe it? This just comes down to lazy writing by my books.
3. Acting as Authority After a Week
Don't act like an authority if you're not one. I understand the whole 'fake it til you make it' mentality since I've done it in the marketing world more than a few times, but as a travel blogger, it comes off as fake. Show off what you loved, what your favorites were, but don't act like you know the best in the area. Transparency is key to building a loyal fanbase. My top travel blogging cliches is likely on others' travel blogging cliche lists for example. I don't need to pretend and you shouldn't either.
4. Hidden Gems / Best Kept Secrets
In all likelihood, you're writing about a popular tourist destination. Cities that attract millions of tourists a year don't have secrets. Talk to a hostel owner and they'll tell you the best restaurants in the area. There isn't anything hidden from the general public. If you've got a secret, keep that shit to yourself. That's kind of the point, right?
5. Describing Cities as "Old and New"
Welcome to planet earth. Pretty much every city on the planet is like this. That's how progress goes. Europe, Asia, South America - doesn't matter where you are, you'll find a Starbucks somewhere close to historical monuments and ruins. Or monks at McDonald's Snapchatting their friends. It happens. You're either blind or a first time traveler if this amazes you.