Some of you may have noticed a new feature which was added to the community recently called "Best of". While we gave you a brief introduction to ”Best of” in a previous blog, we wanted to take the time to dive in to this exciting new addition to our community.
What exactly IS "Best of"? Put simply, "Best of" is a categorization of top notch Travel Stories. Travel Stories are organized into Themes such as "Paris" or "Alaskan Cruises". A Travel Story can be added to more than one Theme. For example, a Travel Story about fine dining in Paris can be added to Themes like "Paris", "Europe", "Fine Dining", etc. Each Theme contains multiple lists with related Travel Stories.
Who selects “Best of” Stories? The Barclaycard Travel Community Managers, Jared, Jen and myself, select the stories to be featured in "Best of". That's not to say we won't accept your suggestions on stories you think should be included though.
Why was “Best of” created? Probably the biggest question on everyone's mind! We wanted to recognize quality content and contributing Community Members. From time to time we may add a Contest element to allow Community Members to select “Best of” Themes (please see our full Terms & Conditions here) which gives us an opportunity to reward users who have created quality Travel Stories.
How are stories selected? We look at stories as they come in, as well as search through the Community to find travel tales we think will delight, inform, or inspire you. Factors which are considered when it comes to selecting a Travel Story for "Best of" include, but are not limited to, any one or more of the following:
Quality of photography: We consider images which are original, clear, well-composed and/or representative of the Travel Story itself.
Quality of writing: This is something we examine on both the Travel Story and Detail level. We look for original, informative Travel Stories and Details which would provide value, education or inspiration for our Community.
Category and Theme: Finally, Categories and Themes which exist in the Community, or which we are planning, play a part in our consideration of Travel Stories. For example, if we are planning stories about Paris, France in the future, we will logically be considering stories which we feel best represent that Theme.
So, where can you find "Best of"? The "Best of" link is located in the top navigation of the Community. You can also access it by clicking on a Travel Story with the "Best of" flag on the top left corner of the image.
Do you have a suggestion for a “Best of” Theme? Any Travel Stories you’ve seen recently that you thought were truly top notch? Let us know in the comments below!