Best Site to Post & Read Travel Blogs?

Jul 22nd, 2006, 07:44 AM
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Best Site to Post & Read Travel Blogs?

I generally write an in depth trip report after returning from an adventure.

I would like to start a blog so I can just send my friends and family the link and they can live vicariously through my travel adventures.

I recall seeing a site that allowed you to map your trip as well. Does anyone know which site allows that?

I also want to be able to post numerous photos.

Please share your favorite place to blog and why you like it.

Thanks!
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:47 AM
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I don't think of it as a "blog" site - - but virtualtourist.com seems well suited to meet the needs of what you're seeking.

Best wishes,

Rex
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 01:45 PM
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ttt...
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Aug 7th, 2006, 02:53 AM
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I am in the same search, but as I have tried a few, I will let you know my experience

blogger.com: I like this site because you can customize the URL (like eurotraveller.blogspot.com) and you can post pictures in-line with your commentary.
I do NOT like the fact that the postings cannot be organized in any fashion, other than in reverse chronological order. Which means that unless you want to confuse people you really kind of have to put entire trips in 1 entry, or go through the cumbersome process of changign the dates/times so that the entries show up in the order you would like them. Here's an example of an entry from a still not complete Venic trip report: http://beavis98.blogspot.com/2006/01...ursday-26.html. The other thing I don't like about this site is that it's a pain to upload pictures; they have to be done individually, and you have to just view them with your blog, you can't view them in a slideshow.

Because of my frustrations with blogger, I decided to search for another site. (probably shouldn't ahve bothered, because it's just contributed to me getting even more behind on my trip reports)

Travelpod.com is the next one I tried. I still haven't given up on it because the results seem to be so close to what I'm looking for. There's a cute little map that shows up and traces your route, it's organized by city, you can either post pictures inline with your post or separately as part of an album; you could have just 1 big album or one album for every entry. I like it; my main complaints are 1. time consuming to upload photos 2. The 3 people I asked to look at my sample trip report thought it was confusing. Pity, though. Here's a trip report of a short holiday in Amsterdam and Brussels http://www.travelpod.com/cgi-bin/gue...ssword=&p=tpod

The least time consuming, easiest thing for me to do, I've found, at least for now, is to upload my photos to http://www.kodakgallery.com and simply add commentary that people can read as they look at the pictures. The main benefits of this method are that it forces me to be kind of brief, pictures are really easy to upload in bulk and easy to rearrange, and it's easy to add titles. Here's an example of a report I did like that: http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...r&x=0&y=8fymih (hopefully it will work; if not, that's a good example of what I don't like about this method!!)

Problems with this site are: you're supposed to "invite" people to see your site; people can't just surf to a site and look at your pictures. No space for long commentary with no associated picture. Cannot include links to outside websites.

So, I am still lookign for the perfect answer. Maybe one of these will work for you; if you find something better please let me know! My key features are
-Ease of picture upload
-Ease of picture captioning
-Ease of navigation (e.g. to find a particular trip)
-Good tie-in with pictures and commentary (e.g. easy to find a picture that is associated with what I"m mentioning in the trip report,instead of having to readreadread, then look at pictures separately.)
-Easy for people to get to (an easy-to-remember url is a nice bonus)

Hopefully others have more ideas. In the "not really a blog" type scene, I think you can do somethign similar to virtualtourist.com on tripadvisor.

Carrie
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Sep 17th, 2006, 05:55 PM
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Carrie, thanks for posting this information. I have signed up with TravelPod. It seems to have most of the features I want for posting a trip report that family and friends can follow. I really like the map feature. With any luck, we can test it on our trip this month - depends on finding internet cafe's however. And the time to use them.
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May 9th, 2007, 05:32 PM
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Any update or new suggestions on this topic? I've had great success at www.travelblog.org but suddenly as I am about to complete my journal of my very last day in London, I can no longer add photos. Apparently I'm the only one there having this problem. Up until now it's been a great website with lots of other good posters and really helpful administrators. But like I said, I'm looking for a new place to call home.
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May 9th, 2007, 07:40 PM
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bookmarking, seeing as I want to do exactly the same with my 5 weeks trip to Europe this summer...
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May 23rd, 2007, 01:19 PM
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I used www.travelblog.org. It's a very good site. And the pics are big enough on the blog for people to see them clearly while reading....The only thing is that I had to resize all my pics, because it wouldn't upload the larger ones.
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May 23rd, 2007, 03:08 PM
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Nobody's mentioned http://www.travbuddy.com. I have subscribed since late winter and have found it a valuable source of information. Posting is very user friendly.

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/5754
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May 23rd, 2007, 03:33 PM
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Zeus have you run out of your space allocation? If you loaded quite a few photos this can happen. More so the higher the photo resolution. You need to resize them using a programme like Adobe. Makes for faster uploading and viewing.
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