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Blog Day 2007

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August 31 is Blog Day, a chance for us (and other web authors) to share with you 5 of our favorite websites that don't necessarily have anything to do with the national parks.

Today, I've just found out, is Blog Day. As described on its website, BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors. Kim at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation added us to her Blog Day list, which is how I heard of this internet event. I know, I know, we are a 'webzine' and not a 'blog', but I still think it's a good idea to share a few of my favorite blogs out there that aren't really associated with National Parks.

Wanderlust and Lipstick : I like checking in on travel websites, and this is a fun one. It was started originally as a source of information for women traveling solo. The author of the site is a friend of mine, and what I found quickly, is that frequently the tips and info on the site could be used by any traveler! The travel focus on the site typically involves overseas stuff which I find fascinating, especially since I've never traveled beyond North America. Take a peak around.

Gadling : This may not be a 'new' site to a lot of you because it is such a popular site on the web. It is a travel website, and like a traditional blog, picks out the best or most interesting travel content on the web each day and adds it to their running list. The site comes up with typically 10 stories a day, so it's really an active directory. Another fun thing about the site? Every so often WE are mentioned on their site, woo hoo!

The Cleanest Line : This is self-described as a "weblog for the employees, friends and customers of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia." But, before you write this off as a marketing thing, check it out. It's about travel and adventure. A lot of active people talking about fun stuff like surfing, hiking, running, climbing, etc. It covers United States stuff, but also a lot of international travel too.

Frommer's Deals and News : OK, I know this will sound like self-promotion because I occasionally (once a month) submit a story to this Frommer's site, but it's not. This website contains a daily newsletter that covers travel around the world, and really, it's got a very good mix of travel info. They've just started talking about snow sports as the winter season approaches, and as you may already know, over the summer they've had two days a month that cover just National Parks. They've got a podcast too, which is done well, and doesn't feel as if it has been built just to sell their books.

Rocketboom : And now for something completely different. This is a video-log. Every weekday these folks come up with a new short video clip for the web. Typically, the stories run between 3 and 5 minutes and cover a really wide range of topics. A lot of content involves life on the web. Every once in awhile though, they bring in content from around the world. They've got some creative people on staff, and I enjoy the approach they take with some of their web-casts.

Do you have some favorite blogs out there that may be of interest to other National Parks Traveler readers? Let us know about them.

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