You may remember a couple of months back when I excitedly announced my position as channel leader (editor) of the Tree.com Travel blog. The Travel channel was one of 14 blogs on a social media site launched by the company that owns Lending Tree and RealEstate.com. This was my dream job. But not all dreams are meant to last forever.
For this dream job, I worked out of my house and set my own hours. I hired and collaborated with about a dozen of my favorite travel bloggers to create daily content for Tree.com. What travel blogger wouldn’t want to write for a national site, choose the stories to feature, and edit awesome travel posts written by leaders in the travel blogging world? After landing this gig, I was even featured in a local magazine about how Blogging Can Lead to New Career.
I was ecstatic (truly, that’s not an exaggeration) when Tree.com Travel was named one of the 11 Best New Travel Blogs of 2011 by travel journalist Christopher Elliott (of National Geographic Traveler and syndicated fame) on his world renowned blog, Elliott.com.
Just a few days after the Elliott story, Tree.com announced it would no longer be paying for content on the site. That meant all of the channel leaders and all of our contributors were out of work, effective that day. Despite the lack of PR or advertising by the parent company (not even a press release!), Tree.com was receiving over 100,000 monthly visitors just a few months after going live. As a contract employee, I was looking forward to at least seven more months of employment but then abruptly at the end of June, the dream was gone.
Big, deep, heavy sigh. What to do now? Looks like I am back to a space of confusion and flux similar to when I wrote Going Confidently in the Direction of My Dreams in 2011. I’ve got some big ideas in the works. Stay tuned for some exciting new projects launching soon. But in the meantime, give me a holler if you want to publish my book on travel with babies and toddlers or you know of someone looking for a travel editor!
If you want to learn more about what happened to Tree.com, check out this story, Shake Tree.com and See What Falls Out, featured in today’s San Diego Reader magazine.