Tag Archives: social media

My travel diaries and community contributions

My photographs on Flickr. The album includes thousands of images available under the various Creative Commons (CC) licenses.
Flickr profile banner[Pro tip: Know these best practices to provide attribution for CC images, if you intend to use any.]

Almost 3k photos, 2K geo-tagged photos, 277K views, 455 tags, and 48 followers.


My travel video channel on YouTube. It offers raw footage to share the factual information about trail or road conditions, treks, interactions with locals, and video reviews of hotels/places/activities. I hope it helps other people make informed decisions or just do their share of arm-chair travel 🙂
Youtube travel channel banner

Close to 100 subscribers (soon), ~50k video views, and 150+ videos.


My forum discussions on Indiamike. Browse through my various engagements and contributions on the travel forums — long-form travelogues, bite-sized answers, road conditions updates, very detailed logistics info, and so on.

I am inactive on other some other communities like BCMTouring and DevilonWheels.
Ashish's Indiamike travel forum profile link Here’s requesting the readers to join some such community and give back to the community as and when you can.

Almost 800 posts with over a quarter million views.


This DTC blog. It hosts detailed information, how-to, opinions and observations, and compilations on the various travel-related topics. Also, see the corresponding DTC Facebook page.
Delhi Trekker's Club Facebook page


GPS tracks. I upload the trails and routes of my treks and road trips on Wikiloc. Use the info, to plan and estimate better and to discover new tracks.
Wikiloc profile with GPS trailsMore than a dozen of my Wikiloc trails are also displayed on Google Earth. Read this Google blog about the feature and how to access such trails in Google Earth.

Trailrank of ~250. Uploaded 25+ trails. Viewed 600+ times.


Google Maps contributions. I am a Level 7 Local Guide on Google Maps. I contribute reviews of various POIs and provide answers to queries.
Google maps local guide profile link

Answers 1000+    Places reviews 125+   Photo views 1 million+   Review views 10k+

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Optimizing your social media videos for maximum effectiveness

Who doesn’t love to share their story with the world?! Videos are an amazing medium as they have a very high bandwidth to convey our stories in a matter of seconds or minutes.

We travelers also use videos for sharing our experiences with the world, help our friends and readers do their share of armchair travel, for online reputation management, as an entry point to business conversion funnel, hone our skills at video production, to boost our social media presence, and so on.

There are those travels that I’ve conceptualized or managed completely based on the videos posted online. Then there are those few videos that have been a disappointment because those do not serve any purpose.

Self-deprecating disclaimer: It is subjective to speak of serving a purpose because even such videos clearly serve the purpose of making the creator happy. Being happy is an end in itself, because who am I to judge what rocks your boat 🙂 However, if you are the one who is looking at up-leveling the usefulness of your videos by conveying more in less, then this blog post is for you. I’m sharing my personal opinion on what makes a video useful to me. I shall try to be objective and give tangible points that you can understand without much wonderment.

When shooting/recording

  • Use both, the audio and the video channels in a video. When shooting, see if you can capture the speed of the wind at the top of a mountain to subtly convey how windy it was, the chirping of birds at the dawn to indicate how musical the mornings are, the raging sound of water to indicate how gushing the flow is, or record your own voice to convey more context and info than what’s recorded on video.
  • What is the neighboring area and its natural beauty? What does the terrain look like? What is the degree of climb? What are the nearby water sources if any? Where is the tree line? If it is rocky, then how difficult is it to walk on it?
  • What is the complete view of the object and not just a myopic, zoomed-in view of the activity you may be doing there. For example, if it is waterfall then move the camera a little to indicate the height of it, the force of falling water to indicate if one can bath under it, the outflow from the basin to indicate how fast the water is, the approach to the waterfall to indicate if it is risky or not to walk, speak out how cold the water is, and so on.
  • What is the roads’ tarring quality? What is the width of the road? What is on the sides of the road? How dense is the road because it’ll get darker faster in the evening than open roads. Very dense forests near the roadside means possibility of having wildlife at night on the road. All these parameters indicate the quality of drive and safety.

When uploading

  • Spend a minute to write a good title. All media hosting platforms allow you to update to a more meaningful name than the file name. Make sure to use a few keywords like place name, event name, what you are showcasing in the video, etc. in the title.
  • Do a dry run before uploading. Make sure the video is in the desired shape. Re-uploading video will change the URL so use this option only in dire straits.
  • Deleting older videos is a big NO. It will also change the URL and break the backlinks or embeds for your users.

When sharing

  • When sharing on a social media channel, be cognizant of the basic SEO like description, tagging, location, date, etc.

 


Work in progress — more tips to be added soon!