Blogging & Writing

Posts that talk about the craft of freelance writing and blogging.



I started this blog on February 10, 2006 at the recommendation of journalist friend and tech expert Dwight Silverman;  I was retiring from the Navy and planning to be a writer, and he said, “If you’re going to be a writer, you need to have a blog.” Hmmm, well alrighty, […]

It’s been a great run, but it’s time to go


A gaggle of some of my dearest travel blogging friends run a dynamite fundraiser every year – it’s called Passports with Purpose and oh by the way, the BootsnAll Travel Network (which hosts this blog) is a Platinum PwP sponsor. So what’s with the “build a village” thing? How can […]

Build a village and win cool travel stuff: Passports with ...



If you’re planning a family trip to the Gulf coast beaches, don’t assume that they are all an oily mess from the BP oil spill.  Here are 6 reasons to visit the Gulf Coast now, in case you were wondering, and the Traveling Mamas have a post on October Gulf Coast […]

Gulf coast beaches are NOT all oil slicks


Way back in 2006, I wrote a post on this blog entitled “Why the bleep would I want to go there?” In it, I wrote about taking the kids to visit places that seem crummy, but really aren’t, and how you can’t have an opinion about seemingly crummy places unless […]

Psyched to visit Lubbock, Texas. Really.


Most bloggers like to keep up with their blog’s statistics and analytics, to see how we’re doing over time with our readers. I’m no exception, and I thought you might be interested in some of the data from the last six months about popular items on this blog. The source […]

Stats Woman: posts and info you love on Family Travel



In my tourism training hat, people often ask me about the utility of location-based services like Gowalla and Foursquare. Here’s an example of why they’re so handy…. I was speaking in Houston at the TFEA (Texas Festivals and Events Association) annual conference, and I needed a quick meal near the […]

Gowalla and Foursquare lead traveler to House of Pies



As suspected, not a lot of burning family travel news to come out of my time at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) tech conference last week, but here are two items of possible interest to parents…. ***  The research work of Dr. danah boyd (yes, she spells it lowercase) […]

Report from the Nerd Break at SXSWi



Things will be a bit quiet around the ol’ blog for a few days while I’m getting ready for/participating in/recovering from the tech conference madness that is “Geek Spring Break” at Austin’s South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) – here’s my report from last year’s travel blogging panel. It’s a fabulous […]

Taking a nerd break