As this blog has evolved, we’ve gone back and forth a little bit over the extent to which we want it to be about:
1) keeping in touch with friends/family and letting people know what we’re up to
2) travel related posts with the kind of information we would have loved to have known in advance
Initially, the entire purpose was just to keep in touch and create a record for ourselves so we can someday look back and have an online scrapbook of sorts. Along the way though, we wrote a few posts that turned out to be quite useful (or so we’re told) to people traveling to Buenos Aires. In case you don’t believe us, here are some of the posts that we’ve gotten positive feedback (and traffic) on from places like Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet and more:
We wrote these and a few others somewhat out of frustration (and for entertainment purposes) initially after going through a difficult experience here that we struggled with (e.g., trying to find an apartment, almost getting robbed, etc.), but as we got feedback about them we realized that honest writing like this about real topics here is genuinely useful to folks planning trips–and we certainly would have been far better off had we read posts like these BEFORE we experienced the real deal. So much of the “info” out there on traveling topics is actually written by people that are just trying to promote their own tourism business (and often they don’t tell you that). We love the idea of being able to be helpful to people and we figure it’s also actually a pretty good way to let our friends/family know what we’re up to, so… rather than choosing between staying in touch or being helpful, we’ve decided to choose both!
We brainstormed a bit today and here are a few of the topics that we are contemplating (no commitments just yet!):
- Guide to our favorite restaurants
- Our favorite Malbecs
- Scams to look out for
- BA Neighborhoods
- Off the beaten path stuff to do
- Several others that will have to be a surprise
Any feedback?? Any other topic suggestions?? if so, please leave them in the comments!
p.s. to summarize this post: we are going to keep doing exactly what we’ve been doing