Big Blog Map

I recently met Ben of Big Blog Map on Twitter and I thought this was pretty cool.

Ben has developed a big map with travel blogs from around the world.

How’s it work?  1, 2, 3

1. Go to http://www.bigblogmap.com.  It looks like this:

Travel blogs on Big Blog Map

2. Go to the area of the world of interest.  I selected Aspen, go figure.

Travel blogs on Big Blog Map

3. Click and read.

Middle Aged Ski Bum on Big Blog Map
Pretty cool, huh?
So, I decided to find out a bit more and Ben was kind enough to answer a few questions.

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Ben Jones, a twenty-something English guy who’s dedicated the last 3 years to backpacking. I’ve now settled in Berlin which is the closest thing to travelling while not actually travelling. Once upon a time I was a philosophy student, but now I’m starting the Big Blog Map.

What is the Big Blog Map?

The Big Blog Map is a project to Geotag the world’s best travel blogs. It’s basically a big map where each marker is a travel blog about that place. The blogs are collected from all over the web.

Anyone can contribute and add a blog, even if they haven’t written it. One of Kim’s blogs is geotagged here.

Why?

Travel blogs are a great way of researching for a trip. If you were going to Morocco, for example, you could just navigate there on the map and see all the appropriate blogs without having to search through multiple sites.

It’s also great for inspiration. Just spin the globe and be presented with real experiences of real people who’ve visited that place. It’s perfect if you don’t know exactly where you’re going. You can’t Google a place you’ve never heard of.

For me, the Big Blog Map is a way to get people to visit places they wouldn’t normally.

How did you come up with the idea?

Actually, I just woke up one morning and I just started to build a prototype. I don’t know exactly where the idea came from, but I have always loved geotagging photos and reading travel blogs.

I suppose the BBM suits my style of travel. When I go to a country, I don’t exactly know where I’m going, but I know roughly in which direction I’m headed.

What’s the plan?

The project was only launched a couple of weeks ago, but it’s already gained a lot of support across the internet from both Bloggers and readers. I hope to keep building the project up and eventually get it to a point where I can run while traveling.

You can also follow the Big Blog Map on twitter.

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