I’ve entered a new dimension:

“It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity.  It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge…”

The quote is from Rod Serling, and comes from the opening narration from the first season, in 1959, of the cult television series The Twilight Zone.  Fifty-one years after that program’s debut, those words pretty much sum up my feelings about starting a website/travel blog.

It’s not so much the blogging that concerns me.  I’m sure I can babble incoherently and put thoughts to screen.  And someone might actually read it. What really scares the hell out of me is the technical side:  I’m about as computer illiterate as they come.  Oh sure, like most of us, I can email, surf the web and all that.  But when it comes to designing a website, I really am out of my element, feeling like I’m in a real Twilight Zone,  caught in a “…fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man.”  At least, beyond that which is known to this man.  I face a steep learning curve just getting the “look” of this site the way I want it, as well as posting pictures and video.  I just ordered WordPress for Dummies from Amazon, so I’m hoping that will be a start (WordPress is the name of the blogging software/template I’m using).

I recently attended a travel writer’s seminar, sponsored by the American Society of Travel Writers.  Speaker after speaker emphasized the importance of using social media (like Twitter and Facebook), having a website, and “branding” yourself.  In addition to meeting some great people, it really inspired me to jump on the bandwagon.  I am now on Twitter — @travelingringo — although I haven’t really started using it yet; another learning curve to conquer.  I’ve started this website — www.travelingringo.com — which I will use to blog as well as post photos and videos of my motorcycle trips, and I will continue to write the magazine articles that I’ve done over the last seven years or so.  And I’ve started a Facebook fan page:  “The Travelin’ Gringo: tales from the road” which I will try to make interesting also.  And of course I’ve come up with my “brand:” “The Travelin’ Gringo.”  I’m not sure why; it just seems to fit.  Of course, I will continue my other freelance job as a news videographer, working primarily for ABC News, as well as CBS, CNN and others from time to time.  That’s what pays the bills; I’ve got nearly 30 years in as a newsie, and it’s usually a lot of fun and interesting too.  But with the start of warmer weather (at least here in Orlando where I live), I have begun thinking about where the year’s motorcycle trips may lead me, working on story pitches for magazine editors, and planning how I can integrate travel writing/photography/videography and blogging into an interesting product.  I’m open to any and all feedback, ideas and suggestions.

So thanks for joining me on this strange journey.

“That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop — The Twilight Zone!”

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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3 Comments
  1. Luis Perez

    January 31, 2010

    “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.”
    (from 4th and 5th seasons)

    John Valentine: [Just saw the weird creature on the wing of the plane] There’s a man on the wing of this plane!
    [Everyone looks out the windows on his side. But the creature has disappeared]
    John Valentine: There was somebody out there. You gotta believe me!
    Old Woman: I saw him. Green and slimy.
    Old Man: Leave the poor man alone.
    Old Woman: I’m only trying to help. You’ve got to deal with him.
    John Valentine: It was lightning. At first I thought it was animal. Some kind of bird or something. But it was a man! There were flames coming out of the engine, and a flash of smoke. Maybe it was a technician who was caught on the side of the plane when it took off. How could he survive out there? The air’s so thin, the blast of the wind. It’s so cold.
    [Begins to think it was only his imagination and feels embarrassed]
    John Valentine: It’s impossible, isn’t it? Oh my god, I feel so stupid!
    [Takes sedatives to sleep. Then laughs nervously]
    John Valentine: Can you imagine? A naked man crawling along the wing of an airplane at 35,000 feet? (From great Twilight Zone episode)

    Good luck on the blogging and The Travelin Gringo!

  2. Mary B.

    January 31, 2010

    It all makes sense. Good job and the best of luck to you Gringo.

  3. Ana

    January 22, 2010

    Great!!!

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