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11. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting dpd

I've been trying out a few and I like the ;)sight, cheers

Which site are you referring to, dpd?

12. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 11y

I have tried out some of the other sites mentioned but for me I have decided on Ball of Dirt. I registered the other day and it seems very easy to use. Though I have yet to upload a picture, looking at other people's blogs they have more pictures loaded than other websites, obviously that's a personal choice but the site appears to have unlimited space for photos. The email notification is good and simple to use and it works. I guess you, wocca, have more experience of these things so I will be interested to hear what your opinion is.
Cheers
David

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting dpd

I have tried out some of the other sites mentioned but for me I have decided on Ball of Dirt. I registered the other day and it seems very easy to use. Though I have yet to upload a picture, looking at other people's blogs they have more pictures loaded than other websites, obviously that's a personal choice but the site appears to have unlimited space for photos. The email notification is good and simple to use and it works. I guess you, wocca, have more experience of these things so I will be interested to hear what your opinion is.
Cheers
David

Hi David,

The TP member to refer to about Ball Of Dirt is GregW He could tell you a lot more than I could. I registered with "Ball Of Dirt" last year. However, I just haven't had the time to plot travels on their maps OR upload photos. Besides, I've already logged travels on Travellers Point.

I do have my own webpage, but I cannot access it from China due to browser settings here. Most other parts of the world can view it. Whenever I want to make changes, I do the design and then email it to a friend in Australia, who uploads for me.

I'm considering within the next couple of weeks of creating a new webpage or blog, which I can have direct access to. In fact, I may need to create two (2) webpages / blogs. One for professional (teaching) stuff, and the other for Wocca personally. I haven't made any frim decisions as to which site/s I'll use.

As for photo storage space, TP announced yesterday that storage space has been increased from 5MB to 10MB for travel gurus. This is great news for me, because I'd already used up my quota. This evening, I've been uploading more Myanmar pix to TP. I've got a wad of hard copy Nepal pix to scan and upload as well. I hope to complete that fairly soon. I now only take digital photos. Of course, they take time to prepare before uploading as well.

Apart from TP, I also store photos on a couple of other travel sites. One is for my ongoing China pix, and the other is for India pix. (I worked in India for a while).
My maximum photo storage capacities are now: TP = 10MB / India = 15MB /
China = Unlimited.

In as much as possible, I would prefer to keep them all together or at least closely connected. Having said that though, there are advantages for me in having country-specific sites, especially China. I?ve uploaded over 650 photos so far. Just everyday China stuff that wouldn?t mean much to say, TPers.

If you?re interested enough to look at any of my sites, then just follow the links in my profile

Cheers
Wocca
20 April 2005

14. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

[quote=WoccaThe TP member to refer to about Ball Of Dirt is GregW He could tell you a lot more than I could.[/quote]

Thanks Wocca.

I have found Ball of dirt easy to use. There is unlimited storage for pictures. I like the mapping feature (even if the places are sometimes a bit off). I like the email being sent out when you update the site. They have recently made some changes to the site so that you can choose whether or not emails go out to your "fans," which is nice when you want to go back and correct spelling mistakes or are half-way through a journal entry and forced to save.

They were running slowly last month, but added new servers to handle the additional load, and are now running quick again.

A couple of complaints that I or others have had. The first is that Ball of Dirt asks that you agree that they have a "non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully-paid perpetual license to use all media the user uploads to and makes public on the http://www.ballofdirt.com web site." They are asking you to allow them to publish any way they want without having to pay you - so if they put out a book you wouldn't be entitled to a dime. This has turned off some potential sign-ups.

I don't think it's a concern because (a) they say they are only doing it to be able to cover the ability to expand ball of dirt to other media (interactive TV and the like); (b) if you read most of the journal entries, they aren't worth publishing anyway - come on, it's not like you're a published author, are you?; and (c) if they did decide your stuff was worth publishing, you could probably fight it in court. Anyway, don't put anything on Ball of Dirt that you are planning to publish professionally, and problem solved.

The second issue I have is with the picture upload. They have an FTP site to upload pictures to, which is cool. But the port for FTP is blocked at my work, so I have to upload shots in small batchs using the traditional upload tool.

The changes they made recently, while adding some new cool features, removed a couple of features that I liked.

When you were reading a journal, they used to put other journals from the same location listed on the page. You used to also be able to search for journals from a specific country or place, but this functionality has been combined into a single search function which searchs for text. I liked these features because I liked to read what other people thought of the places I was going to (or had been).

Finally, a little gotta with the new version (hopefully they will fix it). If you have a private journal, and you edit an entry in it, unless you uncheck the "send an update to my friend's" check-box, it will send out an email to your BOD listed friend's. But, because the journal is private, your friends will not be able to see it.

15. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Hey Wocca,

I knew a really good photoblog site, but I can't seem to find it anymore because I lost my Favourites (my bookmarked website links) while recently moving. Here is a really 'cheapie', though, www.angelfire.com , I know it is... I only saved a couple links that were really important to me on another disk.

I can't seem to figure that out . Not that I would use it that often, although.:(

Peace,

Steph

16. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

try
http://www.greatestcities.com

17. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I've already tried http://www.blogger.com/

I can only seem to upload BUT not actually access or view it from China. It's all to do with browser settings here.

What I'm now working on is a phpBB2 site . I think it could have been Brendan that previously mentioned them.

18. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

have anyone tried www.flickr.com?

19. Posted by ellen22 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I'd definitely try TheDiary.org. It's a great, easy to use site where you can easily upload a lot of pictures and make them available.

20. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

If what you want is to insert pictures and comment them as much as you want, or input text as much as photos I would recommend you to get an account at blogger.com, which is the blog master of Google. Very easy and handy to use, you can upload as much as 5 pictures per post, bus as many posts per day as you want to.

If what you want is just upload the photos with a quick description to share them with your friends, family, etc... The best thing is to get an account at www.flickr.com, actually if you have already a yahoo account you shouldn't have to register again with a new user name and password. This is only for pictures and breif comments on each photo. It allows you up to 20MB per month on pictures (for the free version, then you have paid versions that allow you more space for pictures and other advantages).

Take a look at both sites and see if they fit your needs!!!!
http://www.blogger.com
http://www.flickr.com

I have myself both of them, a blog in Blogger which I use for things I feel like writing, critics, facts, cool news, etc... and an account in Flickr to share my photos with everybody as I recently moved out from where I used to live... It is so simple convinient... I just have to tell them the address, and don't spend time sending pictures one by one...:)