Yomadic.com will show you locations you have never seen before – Yomadic.com
I was given this travel blog a few weeks ago by Dan and told “It’s new, review it now and see where it goes.”
So don’t be taken back by the low rating, it’s simply a new blog so it’s not going to get massive rating’s straight away.
Every year new travel blogs and “personalities” appear on this crowded scene. Most don’t make it over 18 months. Will Yomadic fall or rise? Let’s see.
Yomadic began posting in January 2012 so the blogs content will naturally not have that many posts. With that in mind what we have is a mix of random posts. From possible relations to the King of Thailand to getting Myanmar visas and a plethora of breaking free and travel style posts it’s all there.
The posts themselves are well written. Humorous in a slightly sarcastic refreshing way they are easy to read and quite enjoyable. The confusing thing I find with Yomadic is trying to figure out if the author “Nate” has been to any of these places? It reads like he has at certain points, but it’s hard to tell, more about this in continuity.
Very clean, crisp and lot’s of favorable white space. This is a site that’s very much taking on the mantel of less is more. And it works. Perhaps too much so as there is a serious lack of navigation on the menu bar and a complete lack of categories.
More travel blogs could learn from Yomadic’s use of white space and let the content do the talking.
Yomadic does have some nice photographs. I particularly like a post about sulfur miners. There is no gallery on Yomadic yet though which would be nice. However the biggest issue I have is that I have no idea if Nate or someone else took the photographs. I tend to think it was Nate, but until such time as he has a gallery or says it in his about page I’m holding back.
Style of writing
Mildly sarcastic and humorous. Nate is setting Yomadic apart from many other travel blogs with his personality. And I like that. I’d like to see more on this side of things. Posts are well written and often times have some useful information.
If Nate could engage us more about who he is, his background and what he wants to do then I think this would make the writing in Yomadic that bit more addictive.
If there’s one serious flaw in Yomadic its continuity. We are taken from Myanmar to South America in post or two. Clearly this is not a travelogue, yet. Perhaps Nate is trying to cover all his bases here and prove he is world traveller. The problem is, from what I can tell, he’s not traveling at the moment.
The more recent posts are typical travel blogger fodder whereby Nate is engaging fellow travel bloggers to interact with his site. This is good as he’s getting a following. But in terms of wanting to learn about Nate and his travels continuity here is seriously lacking.
I’ve dug around a bit on Yomadic, Nate, and former “new” travel blogs. Last year there was a slew of them. Some rose to mega “travel blog” stardom and then vanished. Nate is starting off well by engaging the travel blogging community. He’s making a name for himself. But again it’s within a very small circle. And I do wonder if he will fall into travel blogger support circles and get lost in the masses there.
Having said that I did read Nate’s tweets and can only conclude that he does seem like a genuine person trying to make friends online.
There’s a thin line here of follow the masses for the sake of it, or go out on limb and produce your own work and only promote quality bloggers. Again, it will be interesting to see what direction Nate goes in.
I would have preferred to read about Nate’s preparation for continuous travel and current life than random travel blog posts. Adding categories, a gallery and some more personal who, how and what information would be a huge benefit. I think Nate’s got a good personality and an enjoyable writing style. But let’s not forget Nate is not actually traveling yet. Will he be able to keep this up once he actually starts traveling?
It will be interesting to revisit Yomadic a little later to see how it and Nate are doing.