Traveling and making a living – my introduction to social networking

The reasons behind my eagerness to take part in social networking is two-fold.

1) I wanted to share why I am traveling and what I am seeing.

2) To get an audience that would be interested in what I have to share

I came up with this idea to travel in 2009. I had traveled Europe and Africa during the 70’s, and really enjoyed it.

I decided that the “system” was doing many things that I disagreed with. I resolved (this is just me) to combat this by leaving the USA. I pulled a “John Galt”, if you will. (a term used in “Atlas Shrugged” – “Who is John Galt”.

(In the novel “Atlas Shrugged”, John Galt convinces the producers to “drop out” of the system. He suggests and convinces producers that walking (hence the Mozey, as in mosey, in my blog title) away from their businesses or jobs is the best way to bring about the change that’s needed in the USA. ( For further insight, read the book “Atlas Shrugged”, the link to buy it is here: Atlas ShruggedPolitical Genre Fiction).)

I tried, I really did, to get information about what was happening in world travel. I knew many people were on a world-wide adventure, and I wanted to connect with those people. Holy Shamoly, did I miss that!

I have traveled for 10 months. Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and I am now in Costa Rica.

Those 10 months of traveling have been great! I have met interesting people and I have seen mind-boggling stuff – sites, living conditions, scenery, etc.

American

Known as Americano, he is owner of a shop in Wasala, Nicaragua Central America

La Moquina

La Moquina Waterfall outside of La Trinidad, Nicaragua Central America

Farm worker houses

These are the people that bring you organic coffee

Tikal

A view of Tikal from atop one of the 5 pyramids in Tikal National Park, Guatemala

What is lacking on my journey is income. Costa Rica is another spot that I have taken pause to look further into the why’s, the how to’s and the processes of internet marketing.

I have done this in Santa Ana, El Salvador, Lago Yojoa, Honduras and Casares, Nicaragua. It baffles me how this all works. I know it is possible to do, and I know people are surviving and making money while traveling.  I just do not, for the life of me, know how to connect. Up until now.

Balcony

Balcony for room area to main floor - I stayed here for about a month Hotel Casino, Casares, Nicaragua Central America

Cabin

One of the cabins at El Cortijo Del Lago, where I stayed for about a month Lago Yojoa, Honduras

My brother directed me to my niece, who is adept at this social interaction on the internet. She instructed me to start tweeting more and posting more on facebook.

Let’s pause and take a quick look at my knowledge of what is “shakin’ ” in the internet world and how I (at the age of 58), participated in that.

I DIDN’T take part in social networking! No participation at all………..!

Tweeting, Digg, facebook, StumbleUpon, RSS Feeds, etc., etc. has left me in the dust! No knowledge of “social networking”, following, feeding, connecting at all!  Hardy Har Har!

A sign of old age I suppose, or a lack of  being “with it”. It has all passed me by. Now I play catch up. Anywho, I digress from the gist of this article.

The next assignment for me was this: “like” on facebook and “follow” on twitter any companies involved in travel.

Those two tasks enlightened me to portions of the internet that I knew nothing about. A world full of “tweeters” and “liker’s”.

People “like” business pages on facebook that people enjoy and connect with by hitting a “like” button. (Gee, I have been on facebook for over two years, and never knew there was a business side of facebook!)

You “follow” people and companies on twitter, and hope they follow you back.

The people and companies who post on twitter are known as “tweeters”. (I think)

The twitter interface is a “tweeter”, hence the name “tweeters”.

(At this time a dictionary, on all the social networking terms, would be great!)

StumbleUpon, Digg, etc., etc.

I looked at Wikipedia for more and you can click here to see what comes up. There are over 200 social media contact, sharing and connecting sites. Good Golly, Miss Molly – where’d all these come from?

Now that I have discovered the “new” world of social networking, what am I going to do next? ( Thanks again, Brooke, for the tasks and instructions!)

I am going share how I am, with my blog, “putting my toe in the water” of social media, social marketing and social media monetizing of my blog.

The blogs “The Art of Travel Blogging” and “Travel Blog Exchange” seemed the next logical choices for social networking.

I’ve signed up for both. Joined groups within those sites and set up my profile. That is how one begins participating, I think!

In the next blog, I will share what these sites are and what I hope to learn and accomplish by joining these two sites.

Cheers for now!

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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9 Responses to Traveling and making a living – my introduction to social networking

  1. Silverboom says:

    Like your new improved look. Good photos, too. And your photo header is terrific.

    Good write-up. Looking forward to what you learn from the two travel blogging sites.

  2. Jillian says:

    Welcome to TBEX! Look forward to reading more from you!

  3. inka says:

    I know how you feel. I’m even older than you and am still playing catch up with the ‘new’ socialising. It’s fun though and the best way to connect with like minded people.

  4. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for the comment, Inka.
    Have to approach this “new” socializing with a positive attitude. Sure beats trying to meet people in bars and cold calling for leads!
    Hope to hear from you again.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  5. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Jillian for leaving a comment and the welcome.
    I hope I can keep you entertained – not looking to enthrall!
    Hope to hear from you again.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  6. robin says:

    Yes, welcome to TBEX. I’ve only been using social networking for a year or so and am still deeply confused. So hey, you have that to look forward to! I like your story and your attitude.

  7. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for leaving the comment, Robin.
    Nice to know that the longer i use social networking, the more confused I will be!
    I recently read an article about 7 kids – all under the age of 18 – who were making over $100,000 plus on the internet.
    I have to think that if they can do it, so can I.
    Hope to hear from you again.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  8. Anh Nguyen says:

    Just letting you know that I’m extremely jealous that you’re traveling all over South America for the past year. It’s my favorite continent! If it makes you feel any better, I do online marketing as a professional and a lot still confuse me. I smirk at people that claim to be social media experts because the field is so new and vastly changing. The great thing, though, is that it’s easy to start and once you get a hang of it, you could reach out to more readers than ever before. Good luck!

  9. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for the comment Anh,
    Cheers,
    John D. Wislon

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