@mistertoad So this is an interesting and, perhaps, a necessary debate. I can't say I personally get a lot out of the travelogue-y posts, myself; but it feels a little misguided to criticize it as a "private blog" effort, given that it seems to be Lexulous staff and administrators who are creating them. And, from what I can see, citing their sources with embedded links. "Sponsorship" I don't know about... but basically what it looks like we have going on here is an attempt by Lexulous to expand on the "hello" in international languages that we have been seeing for many years without, to my knowledge, anyone complaining. You may have noticed that these posts are all appearing in the "Creative Corner" forum section, which is different from the sections specifically set aside for new feature requests, comments about the game, dictionary words, etc. So, it seems to me that it's part of the effort Lex. has put in to make this more of a social site (with profile pictures, etc.). The effort may be misguided, and may not go anywhere, but they are trying to improve it. It does feel a little intrusive, I'll grant you, since the travel posts appear at the top of the list, being the most recent.
@mistertoad There haven't been many posts over this weekend, it's a holiday one in North America. That said, I see all the new things when come to the forum--I read the non-geographical ones first, answer if I wish, then read or Mark As Read the remainder ie the country information ones.