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June 4, 2010 / Brent Sears

Who Cares?

There is a very slim chance if you blog abroad that anything you do will go viral on the Internet, but that is not the point, or at least it shouldn’t be.  The point should be to build skills like finding interesting content in the ordinary and not-so-ordinary things around you, showing you can constantly produce content, and connecting with others.

If you do nothing, then you have what everyone else has when they are done with a trip: memories and stories.  What you need to do is produce content that is worth sharing.  The beautiful thing is that once you have taken the time to create something it can be reused, both by the person who did it, and also people that are interested.  Create something intentionally that could be used in the first five minutes of a class.

Given the choice between a textbook account of Australia and a person who is there, I would take the person who was there any day of the week.  If you have decided to travel, then make the most of it by creating something about your trip.  The worst thing that can happen is that you will have a blog of your memories that no one reads but you and your mother.  But what will most likely happen is people will follow, share it with those who are interested, and want you to come speak to their class.  That is how you set yourself apart from the crowd.  In the job market today, do you want to have the same experiences as everyone else?  Yeah, me neither.

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