Am I a modern day Phileas Fogg? Hmm…
In 1872, the fictional character Phileas Fogg, wagered he could make it around the world in 80 days. He would explore the world, using trains… boats… balloons… elephants. It was a worldwide journey into the unknown.
In 2012, the non-fictional character Lindsay McLoughlin – me! – tried to establish an around the world guest blogging reputation in 80 days. I would explore the web, using LinkedIn… Google+… Twitter… Facebook. It was a worldwide web journey into the unknown.
I ventured into blogging territory writing about networking, well-known expressions and proofreading, broadcasting them across my social media. My posts first caught the attention of Belinda Weaver of Copywrite Matters via Twitter in October. My “travels” had taken me to Melbourne! Given that Twitter had made the introduction, I wrote a post entitled “What creates noise but is quiet at the same time?” (One of my favourites!)
My guest posts continued with articles around guest blogging and ghost writing for the 10-12 Business Club and Athena networking groups, respectively. I was back on terra firma - on home ground in the UK.
The next thing I knew, I was in North Dakota in January, guest blogging for Karen Elliott. It’s brutally cold over there at the moment, I can tell you! This time, I wrote “I called my daughter an apple cart!“, an amusing little article that Karen has said has brought her a fresh influx of followers, fans and friends from the UK. (I like to think I might have made some impact!)
My next stop is the beautiful – and hopefully warmer – Cape Town! I have been invited by Lisa Steyn…
I have been around the (guest blogging) world in (perhaps a little more than) 80 days! My host bloggers in Melbourne, North Dakota, the UK and Cape Town have all been very welcoming. Through the social media and their blogs, I have learned a little bit about their lives and lifestyles. I have “brought home” some great friends from my experience on these travels, and I am looking forward to working with them again.
Am I a “Phileas Fogg”? Probably not… but a proofreader, copywriter and guest blogger for business and marketing materials… Yes!