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Chapter 10

Hey MatadorU,

I’ve been wrestling with Chapter 10 for a while, and to be honest, after reading some other student’s experiences I’m still feeling a little uneasy. This is probably-at least to me-the most challenging part of the class and actually getting your feet off the ground as a travel writer. Simply put, I have no alexa ranking or google anything on my blog ( despite pouring all of my non backcountry adventure time into working on it+twitter, etc. That’s enough whining. My “Media Kit” can be read on my Matador blog or below.

I haven’t posted it to my actual blog as I’m not super proud of it just yet and to be honest, I’d like to finish the course and gain the practical skills needed for readership and popularity and then come back to this at a later date.

Media Kit

PollywogPaul: Encounters With the World is an adventure travel blog that seeks to provide readers with an evocative interaction with places they may or may not have yet been. Through mixed transportation from foot to kayak from Alaska to the Himalaya, PollywogPaul situates wild landscapes, urban areas and the people that live their as equally important for shaping places.


-Photography-Personal Accounts-Mini Guides-Short Films-Well Researched Op-Ed-


My readers seem to by and large be outdoor enthusiasts with interests in:

-Adventure Travel-Mountaineering-Photography-Travel Writing-Backpacking-Mini Guides and Trip Descriptions-


My site hits a dynamic audience within the outdoor community and people are always curious about gear. As a result, PollywogPaul is a great venue for outdoor and travel companies to advertise products or trips.

Free Lance:

Feel free to contact me ( for any queries about projects.

Gear Testing, Review and Sponsorship:

I’m always going to the most demanding climates on earth from the deserts in Utah to the heart of Alaska and the Himalaya, and am open to any gear testing, review or sponsorship.

View Profile 2012-10-03 03:36:54 PDT

Hey Paul,

Great description for your blog. Nice to see a focused niche.

Free lance = Freelance

I assume the lists under the “Content” and “Readers” headlines are meant to be in bulleted form? If not, definitely do so. Easier reading!

When you’re ready, make sure to include advertising rates, etc. Don’t allow advertisers to waste your time by sending along pointless emails.

That image kinda seems out of place…I was expecting something gear or adventure related. I suggest replacing!

Nice start!


View Profile 2012-10-08 04:51:05 PDT


Thanks for your feedback. I’m still having trouble embedding google analytics on my WordPress, so I don’t think it’s worth putting this up on my blog until I’ve got some actual demographics to show. That being said, I am really struggling financially so I need to get a move on and get some advertisement revenue in the works!


Andy Paul

View Profile 2012-10-10 16:30:36 PDT