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iFootpath Expert: Become a Guest Walk Author

If you love following iFootpath walking guides via our dedicated App, have you ever considered writing a walking guide to share? Becoming a Guest Walk Author is easier than it may first sound and it is really rewarding to know you are helping others discover the routes you love. Find out what is involved, tips from our current authors and how you can even earn vouchers for your efforts…

 

Claire Holding iPhone 0201We designed the iFootpath App to make following our walking guides fun, accessible and stress-free. But what you may not have realised, is that the iFootpath App and website are also packed with features to help anyone become a Guest Walk Author by building their own walking guides to share. If you love walking, like taking photographs and are not averse to putting pen to paper, then you are halfway there already.

The data you need to create an iFootpath walking guide falls into three broad categories:

  1. A GPS-based map – this may sound like the hardest part, but in fact the iFootpath App builds this map for you while you are walking, so it couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is choose a handful of landmarks along the way, where you add Waypoints to split the walk into sections.
  2. Photos – using a camera or the camera within your phone, you simply need to take photos of the route all the way round, to illustrate your walking guide
  3. Written descriptions – this is the most time-consuming part, but is relatively simple to achieve. We recommend that you use a voice-recorder (either the function already available on lots of smartphones or a stand-along device) to capture the turn-by-turn directions as you walk the route, then it is just a case of typing these up on a computer once you get back home.

We have lots of Guest Walk Authors that publish walks on iFootpath – all working hard to create an-ever growing collection of walking guides for us all to enjoy. Guest Authors can earn up to £30 of Amazon vouchers for publishing their walking guides on iFootpath, but we know they also feel rewarded in terms of a sense of achievement and comments from walkers. Here’s what some of them have to say…

“I would encourage all users of iFootpath to consider submitting their own walks. I've found it great fun and actually very satisfying to see one's own walk appear on the site and to see the feedback from walkers who've followed the route. Don't be put off by thinking it's very difficult. It's not at all complicated - just a matter of noting down directions as you walk and taking some illustrative photos. There is lots of help on the website about how to edit your uploaded file - and if you have any problems Richard and Claire are always on hand to help and advise. And the more people submitting walks the better iFootpath becomes so we all benefit. So go on - give it a go!”

 

“I have enjoyed being a guest author and have found it rewarding seeing my efforts in print. It’s great sharing walks with other people and I love to read the comments from people who have also enjoyed the walks. It's quite easy to create your own walks, I personally track with the GPS tracker but also take pen and paper for jotting down points. The camera on my phone is a great tool too as it logs where I have taken photos. On more complex walks I have also used video so I could look back and check a visual reference. Using the web site to create the walks is quit straight forward and makes it easy to set out each section. What I would say to budding authors is go ahead have a go, I did and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.”

 

“Having used the iFootpath App a few times, I decided to track my own walk and have a go at publishing it. When I got home and logged into my iFootpath account on my iMac, I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to upload photos, comments and submit my walk for moderation. It was also very rewarding to see my walk published for other walkers to enjoy.  All in all, it was a fun experience that I will be repeating again in the near future.”

 

“I’ve been walking the South Downs pretty much as long as I’ve been able to walk. Always looking for new walks I tried a few Apps and eventually tripped over iFootpath. I pretty much immediately realised that I liked the ethos. I think that I did just one walk before being inspired to write up one myself. I found that it added a new interest to doing a walk and found that it forced me to find new walks instead of keep repeating the same familiar ones. I save my planned OS route on my phone to follow and at the same time re-track it with the iFootpath App.  I switch on geolocations in my phone photo App (to show where I was when the picture was taken) and take a lot of pictures and videos on my round. So even with my failing memory I can relate to what I have previously walked! I think I’m up to 40 walks so far. Most people have their favourite walks, so why not give it a go, Claire is always up for giving friendly guidance.”

 

“When I discovered iFootpath and looked at walks around my home town of Scarborough, I knew there were other walks that I do regularly in the area that could be enjoyed by others. So I decided to give publishing a go, and found the experience easy, and enjoyable, once I found my way around the publishing system and the App. Plus you can earn Amazon voucher rewards as an added bonus, so give it a try.”

 

There are loads of helpful guides on the iFootpath website, that walk you through the whole process of becoming a Guest Walk Author, and we are always on the end of the email to help you out with any queries. So, if you fancy giving it a go, we’d love to have you on board.

Visit our online user guide - Creating Walks with iFootpath User Guide

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