Elliott.org is running a favorite travel blogger poll, and I’ve been nominated (though I have to wonder how the nomination process works based on certain blogs that aren’t on the list). Voting is open through 5PM EST on Friday, November 16, and each person can vote once.
Now, I wasn’t planning on posting about this for two reasons. First of all, I’m not sure I want to be at the top of any of Elliott’s lists, since Chris Elliott and I get along like soup and a fork. But second of all, these “lists” are often little more than link orgies — by everyone linking to his site his Google rankings go up and he’s the real winner.
All that being said (and now that I’m probably disqualified), I decided to still post about it. Why? Because I’m a travel blogger and my dad doesn’t know how to use the internet. Do you have any clue how hard it is for him to explain to people what I do?! “Velll, ummm, he vrights to ze people on za internet and zey somehow reeed it” (my dad has a thick German accent despite living in the US for nearly 40 years). His appreciation for my career choice is similar to a deaf man having a kid that decides to be a DJ, or a blind man having a kid that paints for a living.
But do you have any clue how proud he’d be if his son won a “best travel blog” award? That would legitimize my career choice as much as a JD Power award.
So anyway, if you have a few seconds to spare, consider heading over to the polling page and voting, even if it’s not for me. I’m in 6th place at the time of this post.