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I need suggestions on managing my Blog(s)

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1. Posted by dgreening (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

We take 2 or 3 major trips each year and I started the blog to keep a record that others coudl refer to or read instead of leafing through all of my e-mails.

It would be nice to separate trips somehow so that the info on Eastern Europe is not mixed in with a cruise to the Caribbean.

travellers point will let me create a new blog, but then someone would not be able to see both trips. I would like to somehow create folders where someone could see the current of latest trip as soon as they log in, but be able to go to a folder to go through entries from previous outings.

I know someone out there has figured this out, but I could not find anything apparent.

Thanks in advance for your help ...

Denis

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 6y

You can link your blog entries to specific trips (see bottom of page when editing blog entry). However, the trips are not shown in the blog pages.

Sam and Peter, I think having a section to list trips (basically a duplication from the trips list in the profile) will be useful here. Once a trip is selected, the blog will display only the entries for the trip.

3. Posted by dgreening (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

I appreciate your thoughts. I apologize for my rather simple questions. My problem is that I am new to this and haven't figured out the mechnics of the site.

I have 10 entries from different countries in Eastern Europe that I want to link together as a single trip.

I selected one of my entires and opened it in an editting window.

At the bottom of the page, I can select to Categorize the entry by country [there were 4 different countries] or by travel type, but I do not see an easy way to create a way to mark this as "Eastern Europe fall 2009" or just "Fall 2009" [they are over 2 different months].

I have been making my entries over e-mail and I realize that I coul edit all and make the title the same for all entires and sub title reflect specifics.

Anything you can suggest will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks ... Denis

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 6y

What I'd do for now is to have the blog entries for each trip in a separate blog, and then have one post in the blog to link to all your other blogs/trips so that people will be able to find the other trips, too.

The intent is to at some point allow free tagging / categorizing of blog entries, at which point you could use tags/categories like "Eastern Europe fall 2009" to group blog entries from a single trip together, but as far as I know this isn't very high up on the todo list yet, so will probably take at least a couple of months to be implemented.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 6y

Hey Denis,

I'd actually recommend keeping all your entries in one blog. The reason would be that you probably have built up some subscribers over time and it's just a lot easier for them if you don't make it so they have to re-subscribe.

If you provide dates with your blog entries (in the "Describes Travel From .. To .." field) , it will match your entries to your map. This is a way of achieving what you are looking for. It will result in a link to your map for that entry and a subheading under your entry that says something like this: "View <Bucharest to Budapest Sep09> on dgreening's travel map."

Also, a tip when creating titles for your entries - try to keep them unique. At the moment, all your entries are titled the same even though they are about different things. The title you have for them seems more suitable for the title of the blog or perhaps as a subheading for the entry.

Hope it helps. And I do also take on board your point that it's not possible to group your entries for a trip easily. Funnily enough, I don't think it's come up before, even though it is definitely something that could be improved.

6. Posted by Johnash (Budding Member 31 posts) 6y

Quoting Peter

Hey Denis,

I'd actually recommend keeping all your entries in one blog. The reason would be that you probably have built up some subscribers over time and it's just a lot easier for them if you don't make it so they have to re-subscribe.

I think this answers a question I was about to post here. I want to start a new blog for out forthcoming trip. I don't really want it mixed in with our last one.

I want to transfer the subscribers to my old blog across to my new one. I guess this can't be done, then? Knowing my friends, I will have to subscribe them myself as they are too lazy to do if for themselves, even though they want to read the blog (or so they say!) and be advised when it's updated.

Thanks for this great resource.

John

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 6y

Hi John, you're right, that's not possible right now.

I wonder, what is the main reason for wanting to make a new blog for each trip? Is there anyway the current blog could be structured differently that would make it work for multiple trips better?

8. Posted by Johnash (Budding Member 31 posts) 6y

Quoting Peter

Hi John, you're right, that's not possible right now.

I wonder, what is the main reason for wanting to make a new blog for each trip? Is there anyway the current blog could be structured differently that would make it work for multiple trips better?

Peter. To me, it just seems more natural to start afresh. Which is what I plan to do and will transfer the subscribers myself. Thanks for the suggestions though!