I had been thinking of something deep and meaningful to write for days now, and I had started a post about political blogging and my opinion on it, and one on the morphing computer industry, but this was something that really caught my eye and for the right reasons.
This is a guy who came over from the UK and decided to travel around NY using just blogs. His post is called, Block by Blog, and rightly so. How did he achieve this? He used a Blackberry and a mobile phone. What does this teach us? That the world of blogs is not as detached as we might believe. You can navigate around a city using blogs, or rather, people’s opinions of places.
What should people learn from this other than the navigation lesson? Well now, real places, restaurants, monuments, tiny off-the-beaten-path tourist attractions, are all now receiving reviews in real-time and you can instantly attract people to them. No more the preserve of fancy magazines or travel guides, or even that NY food guide (whatever it’s called). Funny little facts like Salman Rushdie eating at a pizza joint called Otto’s in Greenwich Village – to the soup-like Bloody Mary at Fifty Seven Fifty Seven – are now seared in my mind!
And perhaps more importantly in terms of human connection – is the individuals that are written up in these blogs that you can now move through the world to and from. One person’s individual experience can now be passed along not from generation to generation but from blogger to surfer to blogger. It is a wider world of connection no longer limited by writing it down, some publisher cleaning it of personality, bleaching it of any colour, but more of a personal bond from humanity to electronic.
I doubt we could travel in the more beaten path locations in the world in the same manner no matter how famous – could you say the same with say, Lagos? No, I doubt it. But this is dependant on the blogosphere so for now, this is something to try out where the blogosphere is concentrated. It might be interesting to try this in say, Singapore, as a foreigner and see how well you fare. I don’t have the blackberry or mobile phone (yet) but it’s something I AM going to try. Thank you Mike Hodgkinson for your article!