Thought I'd test the blogging waters...

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1. Posted by kay.igyor (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Howdy. My name is Kay and I'm just trying to see the world. So cliche, everyone wants to see the world. But I am here for something that a lot of you may also find to be intriguing. I am here for the ugly, grungy, and maybe even sketchy parts of the world - when I say I want to see the world, I want to see it for what it really is. I love to vacation with my friends, go to music festivals and do all that touristy bullshit just as much as the next person. I also wanna see the dirt roads that lack cell phone service and I want to feel the trembling, nervous feeling of culture shock that you get the very first time you see something that you cannot quite make sense of. Those feelings of fear and curiosity only cross paths when you're out of your element - lost and far from your comfort zone. That's where I want to be.

I have always wanted to keep a written record of the places I go and the things that I see. Journaling has been very much therapeutic for me, yet it is so personal. This is something I wish to share with the world. SO, here we have it - my very first travel blog. Reader beware - and don't say I didn't warn ya

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5428 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Welcome to travellerspoint!

Just so you're aware: You've posted this as a thread in the travel forums, a place to ask for help from fellow travellers. Travellerspoint also has a dedicated blogging setup, which sounds like it's what you're looking for. Click on the green button on that page to start your first blog, and you can always access your blogs through the "Your blogs" link at the top of each page, directly below the header.

3. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 431 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Yes, check out the blog feature on this page. There you are able to write about your adventures in a continuous sequel of as many chapters as you like, add photos and so on. Sounds like you have interesting stories to tell!

4. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1082 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi Kay. I like the sound of your approach to travel. Do consider starting a proper blog here as 'm sure many of us will enjoy reading it :)

5. Posted by Bennytheball (Budding Member 53 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I find blogs on this website difficult and complex to write, compared to the now-redundant Virtualtourist website where writing a "travelogue" was comparatively easy, albeit rather restricted with only the possibility of uploading 8 photographs, whereas on Travellerspoint there is no restriction on the number.

So, you want to see the world as it is and not in the glossy tourist brochures?.....you could do worse than make a start in Morocco, and more specifically Casablanca, most of the peripheral "Bidonvilles" (shanty towns) have been demolished, but there are still some suitable gritty areas in the Old French Quarter ( Derb Omar) and further east through the industrial zones which are best avoided as the traffic pollution is awful, at least at the beach you can breathe clean Atlantic air.

Some of my Casablanca pictures might give you inspiration......
https://bennytheball.travellerspoint.com/6/

The highlight of which could be an adventurous late-night visit to my favourite "clochard" bar to further your research.....

https://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/photoID/4720235/users/Bennytheball/

[ Edit: fixed link ]

6. Posted by Bennytheball (Budding Member 53 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

You will need to enter the "clochard " bar link manually as it's not making the transfer, see what I mean about "difficult and complex?...

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1398 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Bennytheball

I find blogs on this website difficult and complex to write, compared to the now-redundant Virtualtourist website where writing a "travelogue" was comparatively easy...

On the contrary - I find this website as easy to use as Virtualtourist - once I was freed of the necessity to write tips and get ratings, I could just write about my experiences and add my photos freely and without restrictions (except for occasional problems where I got too long winded and had to break the blog into parts)

8. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 431 posts) 1w 2 Star this if you like it!

At first sight it isn't that easy, as there are a lot of features to figure out. But as soon as you understand how they work, you have a lot more possibilities to design the layout and the result looks much better than VT's travelogues.

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1398 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

When VT stopped being an option, I tried several other areas. WordPress which I found extremely confusing and I have never figured out how to organize photos in that venue, Photoblog which is very restrictive, and TravBuddy which of course also went out of business. TravellersPoint was the best of the lot IMHO

10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1082 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

At first sight it isn't that easy, as there are a lot of features to figure out. But as soon as you understand how they work, you have a lot more possibilities to design the layout and the result looks much better than VT's travelogues.

I completely agree. And it's possible to start quite simply and then do more with the options as you get to know how it all works. I still miss some aspects of VT (especially organising meets) but for writing about trips I actually now prefer the additional flexibility that TP offers me :)