I understand that as your mission changes, the name of your blog is likely to change. Often, we start our blogs with one concept and it turns out to be something different than what we intended. I began my blog, http://www.korea-diva.com to share my experiences in moving from the U.S. to South Korea to teach English. Now, I am wondering if I may teach in other countries as well, hence needing to change the name of my blog later. I am sure that even with the name change, you will keep your loyal readers.
This is ANDY
THE BLOG IS NOT CHANGING --- IT IS THE SAME
The directory part of the site, the main index, and that graphic a the top of the page is going to change.It now says, "Budget Travel Guide HoboTraveler.com."
It is this link:
Note: I am sitting in park, cannot see the screen because of the sun. There is free internet, but in nomral Latino ways, the office has not opened.
www.hobotraveler.com The World is Open
My thought there Andy is that we feel that so many places are not available, affordable, accessable, etc... You prove those perceptions to be wrong. So the "World is Open".
Skillful Travel Simplified
Best regards and thanks,
In view of your taking the wrong road in Haiti and missing the high point of your visit . why not rename it "ANDY'S AMBLES " ?
HoboTraveler.com Making Sense for Budget Minded Travelers
HoboTraveler.com Travel Sense for Budget Minded Hobos'
Enjoy the Sun and Heat Andy. -11c in Ontario Canada
I like the current title. I know I'm a budget traveller and for me the term is not so much about the money as it is the style of travel...exploring markets, eating with locals, public transport, and staying in the same hotels as local travellers.
I definately look to Andy for tips and inspiration. I also appreciate his comparisons of 1 country to another - as having seen the same countries, the comparison tell me a lot more than simple text description
I'll gladly chime in on either of KC's suggestions.
View from the Road or Insight from the Road...might work too, but I think KCs will attract more new readers looking for help and guidance.
Thanks again for setting the ground work exploring Haiti :-)
If the timing stays right with work/vaction, I'll be there Jan 2011!
Andy, I would never get the idea to see your blog only as guide for cheap travels.
The Lord has taken you away from the alcohol and now are you talking about the people on the base of the world. Shure, by traveling around, and with your own budget. But your blog attracts not because the small money you spend. That is only one (interesting) point.
We readers get more to see from the world and the people there by your blog than any other thing what I know. Thanks to the Lord for you. I see you working for GOD.
I would say something like Andy's world view blog. It is YOU and your VIEW what makes it, not the money.
Astute Temporal Scout
I would still like to know how to travel to more expensive places on a budget like some of the all inclusev resorts in the dominican ,jamaca,tahiti those places that the travel agents tell you that the only way to go there is all inclusive.There must be budget accomadation in those places but nobody tells us about them.I like the fact that you give information for the average middle of the road traveller can use.
I want the 3 word mission titl
e to allow all people to understand this is
Real Travel Explained by Professional Travelers
Professional Travelers Club
Perpetaual Travelers Handbook
Professional Travel Defined
Real Travel Stories by Professional Travelers
Pro Travelers Stories
Home for Professional Travel
Professional Travelers Handbook
HoboTraveler.com Helping You Go Pro
Learn to be a Professional Traveler
Rites of Passage for Pro Travelers
Rites of Passage by HoboTraveler.com
...where professional travelers open the world to real travel
How about how to travel like a Hobo? No one knows how to travel around the world 365 days a year like you. Share how, where you book your travel, how much, what it was like, the people, the food, the cost...
Ha...Are you really so arrogant that you equate long term with being a professional? Just because you do something for a long time doesn't make you a professional. In your case it just makes you a long time traveler. Or maybe wanderer is a better word for what you do...I definitely wouldn't label it professional. And remember long time is a perspective. 10 years ..is that a long time? maybe not.
How about - Random Thoughts of a 10 year wanderer . or
10 Year Wanderer's Handbook
HoboTraveler.com - Professional Traveler Insights
Throwing these out (as you surely will :-)
Reality Check (accompanied with a cartoonish bank check graphic with rotating inset FLASH of exotic travel photos)
Fly Bye: Not Your Average Travel Journalism
Touch Down Traveler
Off The Map
F-Stop Travel Dispatches
Flat Out Gone (F.O.G.)
Andy Graham's ...) --- this idea is to name brand the site right off (i.e. "Rick Steve's ..., "Fodor's ...," etc.) to grow the business franchise variously. Also "A" starts off the alphabet for advertising purposes.
Up To Here
HoboTraveler.com is the perfect domain name, easy to remember. It is not changing.
Labels are amazing, new readers have trouble getting past the word Hobo, and understanding it is a play on words. Hoboes traveled to find a job, this is the dream of travelers, to travel and earn money. I earn great money, this no longer is my problem.
I want to change the first image, move it to what I really am, I am an expert professional world traveler. This is all marketing.
I also want to have other professional travelers write small insights for readers. So far I thin Eric has the best. Maybe I add one word.
HoboTraveler.com - Professional World Traveler Insights
HoboTraveler.com - Insights by Professional World Travelers
I would choose between these two titles. I chose the titles because of the word Professional. It makes it clear that tips and sharing of ideas are Pro.
- Travel Tips of HoboTraveler.com from Professional Travelers
- Learn to Travel Like a Pro with HoboTraveler.com
Experienced Travel Advise @ Hobo Traveler.com
As per my opinion HoboTraveler.com is OK. But you can add few more words with it.
1.HoboTraveler.com..the guide you trust
2.Simple travel tips..HoboTraveler.com
3. HoboTraveler.com... fresh Travel ideas
I think the caption should be very nominal and easy to pronounce. This is my personal view . We have more ideas on travel tips here http://www.travelguideblog.net/
It is my impression that it may be difficult to find the perfect three word title that would not alienate any type of readers.
Your site is vast, Andy, there are many variables which attract different sorts of readers. I would say that at least 50 of the people who read your site do not travel, so I would think that a title that explains that the site is about "how to travel" would mean nothing. I imagine that the majority of the people commenting here are not travelers but people who would are just interested in the world they live in or are looking for a good story.The people who do travel are the ones who stop by looking for some sort of direct information, and they will probably find it, leave, and never return. It is my impression that any three word title would mean nothing to these people: they want content, information, nothing more.
My recommendation is to just call the site Hobotraveler.com, and have a collection of three word slogans set up in a revolving script that follows the main title. So each time the page loads a new slogan will appear. Your site is vast. It is not only about traveling but the world in general.
It is my impression that a single three would slogan would damper the true diversity the site. I would use a collection of five or six and then use the one that best matches the audience of press releases and other media outlets or promotional initiatives.
I've been experimenting with internet copywriting and marketing for a couple of years now, and I've come to one unsurpassed conclusion when it comes to getting your message across. Its not a new conclusion, and books have been written about it, but it remains as true now as it ever did.
It is: "Make your message as simple, short, and clear as possible." Or as Steve Krug puts it: "Don't Make Me Think"
When I glance at almost every other suggestion as to what the the tag line should be for your website, I have to take an extra step and think about what that means. You WILL lose readers if they have to take this step. My eyes glaze over the longer and less direct suggestions, as I have to put mental effort into further deciphering their meaning, and I subsequently gain no new information about how your website might benefit me. This is exactly what most new readers will do.
The ONLY tagline that transmitted the required information to me, without requiring me to think, was "Travel Tips". I think that this should be your tagline, if your income/readership numbers are your primary concern.
In general, the more syllables that a message contains, the worse that it is. Secondarily, the more words that it contains, the worse that it is. Be direct, and dont confuse or overly complicate what you are trying to say.
Just my 2 cents..
Good luck with your decision...
I like 'defining travel'. A while ago i thought about trying to create a PhD proposal that studied you. I am still thinking about it, but I am not really qualified, I am a theologian o) But someone will, if they have not already.
For me, the only person who knows about travelling is andyhobotraveler.com. Everyone else is doing something else, they are reccommending or selling or giving tourist information, or writing a survival guide.
When i found your site i was planning a gap-year backpacking trip like many many kids before going to university. I thought that some people backpack, others go on holiday/ vacation and the super-rich do the 100 countries or more club or Around the World in 80 Days type thing... Epic Adventures which you can more or less buy a ticket for in a shop on Bond Street if you have enough money, and they'll give you a 'complimentary' Louis Vuitton luggage set.
You have redefined my view of travel as within the grasp of the average person. What I need to do is find my niche, my thing that i can do to earn money while i go. I can code websites, but I have never made a penny from web advertising, and never figured out SEO. And the technology has moved on from when I was 18 to now when I am 22, me sitting there typing lines of code is very old fashioned now.
I'm late to the party...but how about
Hobotraveler.com - Travel Redefined
Because your articles most often shatter the stereotypes most of us have when it comes to all styles of travel and living.
Explore the world with hobotraveler.com (or Hobotraveler.com - Explore the world)
I also liked "the world is open" and "off the map" from previous commenters.