One of the most popular stories of 2012 was an article about words that will set off the rat-smellers and send alarm bells ringing at Homeland Security.
After being forced to reveal a list of the ‘offending’ words under a freedom of information request, travel bloggers should be aware that the super sleuths could be snooping around your posts right now if you’ve been writing about the white powder sands of your favourite top ten beaches. Even a tropical virus that gave you the trots might attract trouble. Whatever you do, don’t mix up your water sports with body boarding.
There are the obvious usual suspects to avoid such as dirty bomb, terrorism, biological weapon and anthrax. But who would’ve thought that ice, help, hail and snow could put your scribblings under scrutiny.
It’s easily done. This innocent post about being caught up in a storm mentions extreme weather, warning, disaster management and cloud, which are all watch-words.
Fitness and foodie blogs may be attracting attention too with exercise and pork surprisingly on the suspicious hit-list.
Seriously, some people will sell their souls for the sake of stats and do anything to attract some extra traffic
king to their travel blog.