See how SEO-friendly that headline is? Very specific, with “key words” designed to snag anyone searching for the Latin American Bloggers Conference. That’s one small tip shared at that very event, a full day of laughs and learning at the Tecnología Turística Total downtown. An even better headline might be “5 reasons I liked the Latin American Bloggers Conference,” or even better “Thanks to Mérida’s TTT for hosting the Latin American Bloggers Conference,” which might attract even more Googlers, but hey, I already wrote that first headline and I’m too exhausted from travel to change it.
So now blogging community here is a little more sophisticated, all the more capable to achieve what I sincerely believe is documentary journalism. If this stuff survives the ages, historians would find these slice-of-life observations and topical accounts to be extremely valuable, although our descendants will have to keep paying our Go Daddy bills.
But I digress.
One thing I learned was how lovely the TTT campus is. I’ve been curious since I first read of the school built by Jorge Rosado and Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado in “Magic Made in Mexico” — the story of the school’s formation is among its compelling B-plots. I’ve already written about how her book is essential reading for any newcomers to Yucatán. And there I go again, employing something we all learned at the conference: linking to something in your own darned blog.
Joanna, despite having a bum knee, led us around the campus (stairs and all) to show us how the school has evolved. It’s now a substantial campus, and quite lovely as well. They have created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for college-age students to learn the hospitality trade.
The campus will always hold a special meaning for me. Ever since that day at TTT, we’ve been running into people we know, waving hello and greeting people on the street as if we’ve lived in Mérida for years. This feels like a big stop forward in our quest to become bona fide expats here.