Hey, my friend and I are about to go to Oz on a WHV and are obviously leaving alot of friends and family behind - we want to find a way of having joint web dairies that we can upload all our pics onto, so that we don't need to spend ages e-mailing everyone. Originally we wanted a web-site that everyone could just look up and leave messages for us, but that seems like it's going to be too much hassle.
We want it to be combined but something that we can both write seperate diaries on, and preferably one that will let you upload a picture of more that 100x100 pixels (that's tiny!!!!)
Does anyone have any ideas? They would be much appreciated!
You can set up a "blog" page, which is a web page or web log (hence the term "blog") very easily.
These are like an online journal or diary that you can enter your daily ramblings into. You and your friend can either set up one each, or set up one together and both write your own things into it.
There are also some "blog" providers that allow people to make comments on your entries. This way, you can write about your experiences, and people can sort of write back by way of a comment.
The "blogs" are easy to set up, and you will get your own web address for your page, such as www.xxx/rihannonstravels or whatever. You can email your friends the web address and they can view it from any PC anywhere in the world.
There are many providers of the "blogs", so I suggest you do a search and have a look at the features of each one. Google has one at www.blogger.com but I don't know what it's like. There is also one at www.livejournal.com
They are completely free of course!
I have a similar question as Rhiannon, since I am 'blog' illiterate. How do I download digital photos without my personal software to put photos on a website?
I know there are internet cafes around the world to update websites, blogs, etc., but what equipment do I need to download photos from my Olympus camera without having a laptop?
I'm not sure about specifics when it comes to particular cameras, and particular web sites.
Perhaps some of the "blog" sites have this feature where you can upload photos and stuff. But I'd be surprised if there are too many internet cafe's that would allow you to attached your own hardware (camera) via USB cables, to their equipment as they'd be concerned with viruses, etc.
Sorry I can't be of more help.
I've been thinking.....
....the easiest way to upload photos to a web site might be to have your photos saved to a CD, and then you just insert the CD into the PC and follow the instructions on how to upload to the "blog" site (one that alows photos).
I know that some blog sites allow photos to be uploaded from emails, so perhaps if you email the photos from your CD to your email account, and then go from there.
My personal opinion is to stick to a normal text based web log. Photos, memory sticks, CD Roms, etc in my mind are a hassle, and you can spend your precious travel time hanging around internet cafes.
This will come in handy if you are going to travel for a long period and/or will be taking a lot of pictures.
It's a standalone CD burner with built-in card reader. With this, you can burn CDs as you go along the way. You can burn two copies, one to be sent home by post, and bring along the other. This way, you will have a back-up in case any of the copies is damaged or lost.
It is definitely faster and easier if you have a lot of large size photos. Uploading to the internet may not be a wise thing to do if you have many photos and the connection is slow.
BTW, make sure you buy the correct model, as some cheaper models may or may not support memory cards used in your camera.
You can keep a diary right here on tp as well. Not a blog as yet, but it works pretty nicely. If you share a username/password, you can both post to it without a problem. Pics can be uploaded, but we are a little strict about total disk space used. If the main purpose is to show people what you did yesterday, it's not really a problem, because you just delete pictures that are old.
The diary feature is undergoing some serious new improvements (I won't give too much away, in the hope to create some sense of mysteriousness). In the meanwhile, blogger.com is a very nice blogging system, that allows multiple users to post to the same blog.
www.bootsnall.com do a travelblog - I haven't tried it yet but it seems to be a pretty good one.