Niche blog with photos

I love when a blogger steps outside the box and creates something original.  Whether it’s their theme, niche or what they write about, I always find it refreshing.

The author of this New Blog Of The Week (NBOTW) did just that.

She found herself a niche, and with camera in hand, documents her discoveries.

Unlike the photo blogs I showcased last week, this blogger uses pictures in her posts to compliment the story.

Recently she took a series of photos and added dialogue under each photo.  By combining the words and the pictures, she created a short story that takes her readers on a journey.

Her well researched articles that not only tell the reader where she traveled, but the history of all she has discovered.

Her fabulous posts and beautiful photographs create an experience for her readers to the extent they feel they’re right there with her.

As I scanned her archives, it was hard to chose only a few posts to highlight, but the following are some of my favorites.

  1. “Education, Conversation and the Tree People”
  2. “Envisioning The End Of Smog”
  3. Welcome to the Free Pipe Organ Recital at the First Church in Los Angeles

For those of you who haven’t found her yet, her name is Lisa, and she authors the blog, Travelin Local – “From Los Angeles to San Diego and everything in between”.

Please join me in re-welcoming Lisa Newton to the Blogging Without A Blog community. When time permits, pay her a visit, join her on a journey, leave her a comment and/or follow her on Twitter.

Welcome again, Lisa.

May your blogging journey take you to new heights.

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  1. Awesome choice, Barbara! Lisa’s photos made me yearn for California again. Loved her piece on community gardens. Thanks for the referral!

    Betsy Wuebker´s last blog post..TRIGGERING THE LOVE OF TRAVEL

  2. LisaNewtonNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, if i snapped a picture of myself right now, I’d be blushed red, but smiling from ear to ear. Thank you so much for featuring Travelin’ Local, her stories and pictures.

    The funny thing about my blog is that while I take pictures and research, I’m learning just like the readers. I love every moment of it.

    I’m so happy you enjoyed your visit to my little part of the blogging world, and to my larger part of California.

    LisaNewton´s last blog post..Ocean View Farms, a Community Garden and City Oasis

  3. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, great choice today Barbara! I love the photos and commentary that Lisa shares on her site.

    Lisa – congratulations on being NBOTW! You know already that I love your stuff! So, I’m not surprised at all to see you here, your passion for what you’re doing makes your pictures come to life!

    Lance´s last blog post..And Practice Will Go On

  4. Barbara!

    Love your new layout. And you have a lovely pic 🙂

    I am in awe of those who take such good photos for the web.

    Have a great rest of the week.

    Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..What if…?

  5. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations Lisa! Your pictures of everyday life are real and comments make you feel like you are right there.

    Thanks, Barbara, for finding this new place in the sun!

    Linda´s last blog post..A Good Drink For Earth Kids

  6. DsTroutFlyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Barbara,

    I’m glad I followed the link that brought me here. First off, I’m a die hard black and white FILM fan – the snap at the top has me drooling for more. I can’t wait to check out lisa’s site. I will kick myself if that shot is digital btw.

    DsTroutFly´s last blog post..Tie-Fast Knot Tyer

  7. I like the story of the boy catching waves that is told in pictures, it’s quite uplifting 🙂

    Miguel de Luis´s last blog post..I did not do any drugs

  8. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara: I’m off to check the new blog of the week, but first: I noticed from your avatar on the comment you left on my blog that it shows your photograph now. I missed the moment you decided to publish your photo, but I just wanted to tell you that it’s a great photo 🙂

    Marelisa´s last blog post..Make Your Workspace More Creative

  9. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    I like the idea of taking appropriate pictures to go with the posts. I have been to Lisa’s site before but went over again to take a peek. Oh yes….she makes me feel as if I am right there doing gardening with her post on it. And I don’t even do gardening….LOL!!

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Lessons Learned From The Law of Attraction

  10. Barbara,
    I love Lisa’s blog. I’ll be her guest on Monday. What an honor to be asked! Each time I see your picture I have to smile because I’m used to seeing the avatar!

    Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..My Kid Did Something Bold & Thrilling

  11. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Off to discover someone new…thank you for the passport Barbara…you are such a good guide.

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  12. Hey Barbara! Love your new theme! Is it based on Thesis? My whole blogging life changed when I made the switch from a Digg-based theme to Thesis – really opened things up!

    Kevin Sandridge´s last blog post..What Every Do It Yourself Tax Preparer Should Know About Filing Their 2008 Taxes

  13. Barbara, good pointer!
    Subscribed to Lisa’s

    Alik Levin | PracticeThis.com´s last blog post..Want To Win? – Argue, Do Not Fight!

  14. Welcome Lisa!

    I’ll come check out your site as I’m always looking to learn how to blog outside the box if you will. I’m doing something different at simply blog, it’s called “experiemental blogging.” The idea, where blogging and living jibe. 🙂

    -Mig

    miguel wickert´s last blog post..The Power of Less: Day 5

  15. Nice to discover another interesting blog.
    Congratulation Lisa, I will be following you.

    The Journey Within´s last blog post..Intention Speaks Louder than Action

  16. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Betsy – You’re welcome. Lisa does great with her photos, doesn’t she. Like you, she made me miss the ocean. *sigh*

    Hi Lisa – You’re very welcome. It was an honor for me to showcase your work. Isn’t that great how that works? You snap photos, research your posts and it becomes a learning experience for everyone.

    Hi Lance – Haha! I saw you are already a fan of Lisa’s and even wrote a post about your neck of the woods. That was a great read with fabulous photos.

    Hi Jewel – Thank you. I agree. Those who can take great pictures have a wonderful talent.

    Hi Linda – You’re welcome. Lisa’s blog is the perfect place to go when our weather is gloomy as it seems like the sun is always shining in California.

    HI DsTroutFly – I’m happy you followed the link, too. The photo at the top of the post is from Flickr. I don’t know the particulars. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Lisa’s blog and her gorgeous photography.

    Hi Miguel – Yes. The story of the boy catching waves pulled at my heart strings too.

    Hi Marelisa – Thank you. Have fun on Lisa’s blog.

    Hi Evelyn – That’s too funny. And…a good sign of a great writer/photographer when she can make you feel like your there gardening with her…and you don’t even garden. 🙂

    Hi Tess – Thank you. I’ll come by and check out your guest post on Lisa’s blog.

    Hi Patricia – You’re welcome, and thank you for your kind words.

    Hi Kevin – Thank you. No, the theme is not Thesis based. It was one I found online and then Eric Hamm worked with me to customize it. (see his link in the footer)

    Hi Alik – Thank you. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Lisa’s blog.

    Hi Miguel – Thank you for stopping by and for checking out Lisa’s site. I’ll be by to check out yours soon.

    Hi Journey Within – Thank you for supporting another new blog of the week.

  17. CarolineNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for introducing this amazing blog. I have been there before and am always amazed at her incredible talent. So glad that more people will find her!

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  18. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Barbara, for sharing this. Lisa, your blog is gorgeous!

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