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What is the best travelblog site to keep in touch?

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1. Posted by stevenpike (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Hi,

About to commence five months of travelling across South America, USA and South-East Asia.

I want to set up a travelblog for friends and family to keep in touch with me whilst I'm away.

I've seen travelpod and getjealous. Get jealous seems to be nice and simple yet wants you to pay to upload more than 50 photos. Travelpod gives you free uploads but lacks the simplicity.

Does anyone have any advice?

I need a nice simple site for everyone from mates to elderly relatives to access. And of course the ability to upload photos.

Thanks
Stevenxx

2. Posted by stevenpike (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Also.... is Travellerspoint any good for people to keep in touch with you? Ideally I want a site which people can view without having to become a member.

Cheers x

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

I don't know what the two other sites offer exactly, but I can say that Travellerspoint has a very complete set of features a traveller needs.

For a start, all members get a minimum monthly quota of 25MB to upload photos. 25MB does not seem a lot if you upload your photos in their original size (about 2 to 3MB), but if you resize them to about 800x600 pixels, you can easily upload at least 100 photos a month (based on the size of 250KB per photo, which is on the high side). As you go on contributing to the site (posting in forums, blogging, uploading photos, write travel guide), you would be upgraded from a Budding Member to a Full Member, and this will increase your monthly quota to 100MB. Respected Members and Travel Gurus can upload 200MB of photos a month. This quota will reset to 0 on the 1st of every month. So it's virtually unlimited.

Other than that, there's also the travel map feature and video upload section.


Quoting stevenpike

Ideally I want a site which people can view without having to become a member.

Your family and friends do not need to become a member to view your profile, photos and blog. However, membership is required if they wanted to comment on your blog entries.

Take a look at some of the featured blogs and how they make full use of it. :)

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Ah Steven, you came to the right place ;) I'd say there's a few benefits to having a travel blog on Travellerspoint compared to those two sites (and they're two of the better ones out there). For starters, you get 'your own' domain. So rather than something like www.travellerspoint.com/member/stevenpike/blog/123 you can just tell your family and friends to visit for example http://sam-i-am.travellerspoint.com . You'll also notice upon visiting that blog (or any of the others linked to from the blogs page) that it's much more of a personal space than (I think) every other travel blogging system out there. Sure there's some links back to Travellerspoint at the top and bottom of the page, but everything else is links within the blog. Not only that but there's different designs possible or you can create your own! I am 99% sure we're still the only travel blogging platform in the world doing that! Last but not least, there's some 'geeky' features like the ability for Google Analytics stats or keeping track of your subscribers via Feedburner. I'm just highlighting the things here that we do that none or very few of the others do. Of course there's the usual stuff like photos, videos and a really nifty mapping system (again, one of the better ones out there because of how it's tied in automatically by dates you set when posting or you can actually choose to integrate an interactive one within the entry).

Hien mentioned the limit on monthly photography uploads which is one thing we're hoping to increase again this year, but I can't make any guarantees before then. If you speak a language other than English and our blogs haven't been translated to it yet, we're giving away an upgrade to 200MB per month for users who help us with the translation :)

About friends and family reading your blog. That's free for all, so no log in required. They can also subscribe to your blog via email without having to log in. If they want to leave a comment however, we still require them to be a TP member. The main reason is to avoid SPAM, so unfortunately it's one of those necessary evils. I really wish it didn't have to be that way! But I believe this is common place to all travel blogging systems.

Man, just reading that back I wonder why anyone doesn't blog their travels with us?!

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5811 posts) 8y

Another thing some members take advantage of is the ability to post your blog entries by email. This saves having to log on to the site every time you want to add a new entry. Just send an email off to a secret address associated with your account and it will show up on your blog. Photos can be added in as well, although not quite as integrated as they would be if you went on the site to do post your entry. But that can always be fixed up later!

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that in my (biased) opinion the designs available for blogs on Travellerspoint are one of the major draw cards.

Not sure if you've seen the page, but all the main Travellerspoint blog features are listed here.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting stevenpike

Also.... is Travellerspoint any good for people to keep in touch with you? Ideally I want a site which people can view without having to become a member.

Well, membership for TP is free. They would not have to contribute anything just because they are members. And if they do become members they can use the chat room to have a live chat with u for free.
I am not sure if the blogs can be viewed by non members. Maybe they can. :)

Mel

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Mel.

I am not sure if the blogs can be viewed by non members. Maybe they can. :)

They can

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9. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

They can definitely view it, but I think they have to become a member to post a comment. It's really fairly painless though While I would have to say that I still haven't got the whole travelmap figured out yet, it's overall a very easy system to use, and it does seem to cooperate with crappy internet connections as well!