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1. Posted by spcansdale (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!


Is it possible to create a Travel Blog site, which groups blogs by trip (rather than a very long list of blogs).

For example, it would have :

  • Generic Home Page describing the purpose of the site (Not where blogs appear)
  • Table of Contents (TOC) - Which is a list of Trips (with links to the relevant blogs)
  • Each trip would then have its own set of Blogs

Alternatively, is there a way to archive blogs into groups, accessible from the TOC ?

I have hunted around and can't work out how this could be done.

Cheers, Simon

[ Edit: Edited on 10 Jan 2022, 19:05 GMT by spcansdale ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5712 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The blogging system at travellerspoint is primarily set up for classic blogging: that means that the expectation is that people read new articles ("blog entries") as they are published (while travellers are on the road), and that the site ("blog") shows the newest entry first.

However, you can start effectively unlimited blogs, so many people who use them for after-the-fact journaling, and care about readers being presented the blog entries in chronological order, frequently prefer to start one blog per trip, with "Oldest first" sorting (there's a setting for that), and maybe some links back and forth between all their various blogs, or just let your profile take care of that. (greatgrandmaR's list of blogs is one of the most impressive one like that)

You could for example have a main blog site which contains only a single blog entry, consisting of a list pointing to all your other blogs (trips). That works well for presenting your trips, but can be quite a bit of hassle for readers who want real-time updates, since they'd have to resubscribe to each new trip-blog after it's been created.

Alternatively, if you want just a single blog which people can subscribe to, but still want a table of contents with grouping of blog entries together, you could use the tagging system for that. It'd be a lot more manual work, but might be worth it. Tag each blog entry belonging to the same trip with a unique tag. Then, set the blog to showing one entry per page, oldest first. Create your first blog entry with a description of the "site" and a list of links, one per trip, which link to the overview pages for each tag/trip. (You'd basically make a fake table of contents.)
You could even use custom CSS styling to remove unwanted links like the automatic table of contents, and since each blog can also contain custom links in the sidebar, you could use CSS to promote those to some sort of fake navigation system (as e.g. ToonSarah has done with the automatic country links) - also see the thread Adding sections for my blog.

Even simpler might be to just use very consistent naming for all your blog entries - if you prefix the title for each blog entry with the trip name/destination, and set their posting time such that blog entries of the same trip show sequentially, then your table of contents would very clearly show the individual trips grouped together, simply by virtue of the repeating title-prefixes.

[ Edit: Edited on 10 Jan 2022, 20:13 GMT by Sander ]

3. Posted by spcansdale (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thank you Sander,

That is a very comprehensive reply - I guess I am not the first (or last) to ask that question

GGR's method seems to meet the requirements perfectly, despite the readers' resubscription issue.

Thanks and Cheers, Simon

PS - Do Travellerpoint have any plans to include this functionality in the future (worth asking :) )

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5712 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

You're welcome! :)

Some variation of making this easier/clearer is probably on the todo list of Peter (the admin), but it'll be low priority compared to a whole host of other things, so I wouldn't expect it anytime soon.